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Johan Arnt Mehlum, Norwegian, American banker. Named Junior First Citizen, Astoria, 1955, First Citizen, Brownsville, 1962; named to Hall of Fame, Oregon Bankers, 1988; recipient International Relations award, United States Junior Chamber of C., 1960.


Mehlum, Johan Arnt was born on November 11, 1928 in Trondheim, Norway. Arrived in United States, 1950, naturalized, 1955. Son of Hans Aage and Olga (Nygaard) Mehlum.


Diploma, Norwegian Business College, 1946. Postgraduate, Rutgers University, 1971.


Clerk Forretningsbanken, Trondheim, 1946—1950, First National Bank Oregon, Astoria, Corvallis, 1952—1957. Cashier, manager Bank of Shedd, Brownsville, Oregon, 1958—1963. President, chairman Siuslaw Valley Bank, Florence, since 1963.

Director Siuslaw Valley Plz. Inc., since 1966; chairman board Community Bank Creswell, Oregon, 1970—1979. Founding director, president Western Banker Service Corporation, 1983—1984.

With Royal Norwegian Army, 1948-1949.


Trustee Lane Community College Foundation, 1971—1978. Mayor Dunes, Oregon, 1973—1975. Founding chairman, board directors Northwest Intermediate Banking School, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, 1975—1977.

Trustee, past chairman Western Lane County Foundation, 1976—1982. Member of Sons Norway, Banking Profession Political Action Committee (state chairman 1973-1976), Florence Area Chamber of Commerce (president 1970), Western States Bankcard Association (board director since 1987), Oregon Bankers Association (executive council 1977-1983, president 1981-1982), American Bankers Association (member executive committee community bankers division 1976-1978, governing council 1982-1984), Western Indiana Bankers (member executive council 1970-1974), Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce, Norsemen's League (president 1954), Rotary Club 1967-1968, Elks Club.


Married Ladona Marie Christensen, May 30, 1951 (deceased 1983). Children: Ann Marie, Katherine, Susan Jane, Rolf Erik. Married Emel Hekimoglu, September 27, 1986.

Hans Aage Mehlum

Olga (Nygaard) Mehlum

Ladona Marie Christensen

Emel Hekimoglu

Ann Marie Mehlum

Katherine Mehlum

Susan Jane Mehlum

Rolf Erik Mehlum