Born: Herdla, Norway, on December 10, 1910

Died: Saranac Lake, on March 18, 1945

Elias Harkestad was one of the Norwegian Sailors who cured in Saranac Lake during World War II. Harkestad is said to have escaped to England on September 29, 1941. He served in the Merchant Marines both before and during the war. His brother Anton, who had also escaped to England and later joined the Marines, had died in England on April 7, 1944. Unfortunately, no "Report of a Case of Tuberculosis" card was found for Elias in the Adirondack Collection of the Saranac Lake Free Library. Elias Harkestad died here and is buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery with the other Norwegian sailors. He "cured" at McCabe Cottage, where he died in 1945.

Source: - A Norwegian site (in English) that gives brief biographies and photos of each of the sailors