1886 - 1968 Composer of "[When I shall wake in that fair morn of morns]" in Great Songs of the Church Born: December 9, 1886, Nebraska.
Died: December 14, 1968, at his home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Buried: Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.
Jorgenson was the son of Danish immigrants. His father, Christopher Jorgenson, had been a soldier in the personal guard of the king of Denmark (probably Christian IX), and his mother a seamstress to the queen. The 1900 census shows the family living in Boone County, Nebraska. As a young man, Elmer led singing in churches in and around Albion, Nebraska, and in nearby Missouri. He was directing the music department at Western Bible and Literary College by 1908. In 1910, he and his wife Irene moved to Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the Churches of Christ.
Jorgenson’s works include:
Truth and Grace, with Robert Boll & James Shepherd (F. L. Rowe, 1917)
Great Songs of the Church (Louisville, Kentucky: Word and Work, 1921)
The New Alphabetical Hymnal (Chicago, Illinois: Great Songs Press, 1957)
E. L. Jorgenson