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The Turkey River Parishes
Norwegian Lutheran Congregations



East Clermont Lutheran, Marion Lutheran, Norway Lutheran and Highland Lutheran

 

The Turkey River Parishes

The churches now known as East Clermont Lutheran, Marion Lutheran (Gunder), Norway Lutheran (St. Olaf) and Highland Lutheran were originally a part of the same parish begun in July 1851. Their history begins with the arrival of Ole Valle and Ole Tollefson, the first Norwegian immigrants to Clayton county in 1846. These pioneer settlers made their homes in the hills and valleys surrounding the Turkey River, developing the "Clermont Settement", near present-day Clermont, Fayette county; and the "Norway Settlement" near the present-day community of St. Olaf.

On July 13 & 14, 1851, Pastor C.L. Clausen conducted worship services in the Norway Settlement at the home of Ola Wold, organizing the families into a congregation. He had done the same at the Clermont Settlement on July 11 & 23 at the home of Kittel Groth. They became a parish known as the Turkey River Congregations.

The first baptism was in 1851, when Jorund Valle, daughter of Ole Valle and his wife, was baptized by Pastor Clausen.

Pastor Nils O. Brandt conducted the first confirmation west of the Mississippi River on October 10, 1852. Confirmed were Peter Helgeson, Ambjor Halvorsdatter, Ingebjor Austendatter and Maren Abrahamsdatter with the confirmation taking place in Peter Eiteklep's log cabin just north of the present Norway Church. Rev. Brandt served until 1853.

In the fall of 1852 the Norway and Clermont settlements, along with other settlements at Washington Prairie (near Decorah) and Paint Creek in Allamakee county near Waukon, wrote a letter to Norway asking for a pastor to serve them. The Rev. U.V. Koren answered the call and arrived in December, 1853, succeeding Rev. Brandt. He was one of the first resident Norwegian Lutheran pastors west of the Mississippi, and served the four settlements from 1853 until 1862, visiting each congregation once a month.

The Rev. O. Waldeland came in February, 1869. That summer a 79-acre tract of land, half a mile east of Gunder was purchased and a parsonage erected on it. It was during Mr. Waldeland's ministry that the conflict on the quesiton of predestination occurred in the Norwegian synod. The three congregations -with the exception of one man - voted to leave the synod and identify themselves on the side of the anti-Missourians. In 1890 when the United church was organized all three congregations affiliated with it.

In 1870, after a dispute concerning the location of a new church in the Clermont congregation, the parish divided itself into two groups with the families at the center of the parish near Gunder forming what is now the Marion Lutheran Church. Those to the east in the Norway Settlement nearer to St. Olaf became the Norway Lutheran Church.

Pastor Waldeland was followed in 1891 by the Rev. C.H. Gjerstad, and in 1898 the Rev. Jacob Tanner came to serve. During his pastorate, in 1900, there was another division. Because of the long distance from the Marion church, members living south of the Turkey River formed the Highland Lutheran Church, the fourth church in the Turkey River Parish.

In 1904, the four congregations of the Turkey River Parish divided into two parishes and the "call" was divided. The Clermont and the Highland Churches formed one call; and Norway and Marion formed the other. They became known as the St. Olaf Lutheran Parish. It was at this time that the Parsonage near Gunder was sold and two identical parsonages were built for each new parish, one at Clermont Lutheran and the other at St. Olaf.

The next pastor was the Rev. N. Arveson, who served the parishes from March, 1904 until his death Feb. 11, 1924. In 1929 the Rev. Mr. Strandjord came to the Norway and Marion parishes. Under his pastorate, both parishes thrived.

The first Norway Lutheran church building was of frame construction and built in 1857. It had no steeple. In 1874-75 a larger frame building with a steeple was built on the same site at a cost of $3,500. It was dedicated on October 1, 1875. The present Norway Lutheran church, located 2 miles NW of St. Olaf is a red brick structure and was erected in 1908 at a cost of $14,000. This building is still in use. The parsonage is on the west edge of St. Olaf.

The Marion church building cornerstone was laid on September 10, 1871, and construction continued until 1873. It was completed at a cost of about $4,000 and dedicated September 30, 1874. The original church building is still in use, located in Gunder on the Postville-Gunder Rd.

The Clermont congregation built a brick church for $9,000 and used it for the first time on December 26, 1876. (Note: It wasn't until 1916, when the West Clermont Lutheran church was dedicated, that the Norwegian Evangelicals became known as the East Clermont Lutheran church).

The Highland Lutheran church was organized in 1900. A church building was erected on land originally owned by Peter Larson, at a cost of about $2,000. Carpenter work was done by Wilson and Pagan, and Stenor Larson did the stonework. It was dedicated September 1, 1901. There were about 30 charter members. The Rev. Jakob Tanner served as the congregation's first pastor. In 1903 he went to St. Paul, Minnesota to teach in a seminary and later taught at Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa. Other pastors who have served Highland Lutheran church were:
Peder Dreyer, 1903-06
Johan Theodore Bursett, 1906-14
Christian Hjortholm, 1914-21
Gustav Gunsten, 1921-37
Elling Ramsey, 1937-43
A.O. Nesset, 1943-51
Stanley Knudsen, 1952-54
Vance Knudson, 1954-56
Dennis Stutrud, 1957-61
Casper Fjelstul, 1962-66
Denny Brake, 1972-85
Ernest Thompson, 1986-90
Harold McMillan, 1990-93
Kathleen Soldwisch, 1993-98
Galen Kuhens, 1998-

In 1955 the Elgin Lutheran church was organized and Highland was released to form the Elgin-Highland parish.

The Ladies mission society was the first women's organization in the Norway and Marion churches - organized in 1875. It subsequently was divided into Norway and Marion societies, and the Norway society was divided into three divisions: Bergan, Norway and St. Olaf, because of the large membership and the distance to the meeting places.

Services were conducted in Norwegian until 1918 when English began to be used in the services. By the 1940's only three services each year were conducted in Norwegian. In 1945 the final Norwegian service was held at Norway Lutheran. In 1947 the Marion Lutheran church held its final service conducted in the 'mother tongue'.

In 1921 the Lutheran chapel at St. Olaf was built by members of the Norway congregation at a cost of $10,984. It belongs to the Norway congregation on the condition that it shall never be discontinued as a house of worship.


~compiled by S. Ferrall from the following sources:
Clermont Enterprise, July 17, 1941
Cedar Rapids Gazette, July 8, 1951
Elgin Echo, June 16, 1976
Elgin Echo, July 3, 1991
Oelwein Daily Register, April 5, 1996
Postville Herald, May 30, 2001

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Subscriptions to the first Luther College building fund taken in the
Clermont, Norway and Marion congregations


Subscriptions to the first Luther College building fund taken in the Clermont, Norway and Marion congregations, dating back to the year 1858.

Luther College Diamond Jubilee 1861-1936. Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, can this year observe the seventy-fifth anniversary of it founding. It is the first institution of higher learning established by the Norse settlers in the U.S.; the first major project around which they rallied. More than 9,000 people subscribed to this pioneer undertaking, and their names are practically synonymous with the lists of first settlers in the widely scattered Norse settlements of that time.

The subscriptions in the Clermont, Norway and Marion congregations, were taken by Rev. V. Koren, followed by Rev. O.J. Hjort and Rev. O. Valdeland were 406 in number, amounting to the sum of $3,647.31, averaging $9.47 per subscription and ranging from less than one dollar up to more than one hundred dollars in individual amounts.

The names of the subscribers were:

Transcription Note! The two lists of subscribers are identical. The names in the first list (on the left) appear in the order they were printed in the newspaper. They may or may not be grouped by congregation ... this wasn't indicated in the article. The second list (on the right) contains all of the names arranged alphabetically to aid researchers in browsing the list for familiar names.

Nilsen, Halvor
Dalager, Hans K.
Halsteinsen, Halstein
Nilsen, Nils SR
Abrahamsen, Jacob
Helgesen, Ola
Holt, John
Aasen, Halvor
Holt, Jens A.
Nielsen, Knud
Halsteinsen, Torkel
Lien, Ola E.
Gundersen, Eilif
Olsen, Arne
Holt, Brede
Lofsgaard, O.
Gudbrandsen, Gudbr.
Grinna, Ola H.
Skarshaug, Embr.
Thorsteinsen, Sigbj.
Andersen, And.
Ekjerven, Chr.
Lien, Chr.
Oset, Birgit
Gundersen, Tallak
Klaubakken, A. Iversen
Brorby, Jacob P.
Brorby, Jens
Langdalen, Erik
Mogn, Iver O.
Johnsen, Lars
Thorsen, Thor
Stenersen, Gudmund
Kaasa, Ketil P.
Halvorsen, John
Groth, Johan H.
Vetlesen, Toa
Bilen, Torgrim L.
Loftsgaard, Torsten O.
Svendsrud, Hans
Rorshuus, Nils
Aanesen, Lars
Gudbrandsdtr, Ingeborg
Haga, John
Loftsgaard, Guri O.
Rorshuus, Anne
Svendsdatter, Sigrid
Eriksen, Jens
Nielsen, Anders
Groth, Sedsel K.
Iversen, Ole
Andersdatter, Hilleborg
Jensen, Andreas
Hansdatter, Kari
Gallager, Svend Olsen
Rorshuus, Guri
Groth, Ketil H.
Opperud, Lars
Brorby, Embret
Brorby, Iver J.
Nielsen, Sevre
Groth, Thorund K.
Pedersen, Andreas
Gomsrud, Ingeborg
Loftsgaard, Halvor O.
Grinden, Hans O.
Kristiansen, Joakim
Halvorsen, Lars
Hagen, Ole Halvorsen
Groth, Svend H.
Halvorsen, Trond
Reiersen, Lars
Knudsen, Arnulf
Grinden, Ole H.
Houg, Svend L.
Guttormsen, Gudbrand
Aslaksen, Peder
Pedersen, Martin
Gulbrandson, Anders
Thoso, Torger
Andersdatter, Kjersto
Evensen, Even
Bilden, Embret
Rustad, Embret
Tollefsen, Ole
Henriksen, Torstein
Groth, Syvert
Lien, Eivind E.
Sherven, Marie
Gundersen, Peder
Iversen, Iver
Brynildsen, Tollef
Eriksen, John
Oset, Olive O.
Rasmussen, S.
Tallaksen, Gunder
Rasmussen, L.
Hansen, T.
Andersen, Thr.
Hanson, Isak
Olson, Knud
Aanesen, Embret
Halvorson, R.
Gunderson, A.E.
Wilson, B.
Anderson, Peder
Pladsen, Ole Nielsen
Pedersen, Lars
Rugland, Asle
Nielsen, Even
Olsen, Knud
Knudsen, Halvor
Aasen, Ole Olsen
Saug, K.
Mikkelson, B.
Danielson, Joran
Kvernas, O.
Lien, Even
Paulson, Birgith
Knudson, Karen
Kristianson, Ole
Hovda, Lars
Ole, Roligar
Leier, Joran
Erikson, H.L.
Pederson, H.
Narveson, A.
Sorum, N.
Vold, T.
Evenson, S.
Bergan, Bergith
Narveson, Asle
Column Two Starts
Medal, Gulbrand
Skarshoug, H.
Thingelstad, Iver
Oset, Lars
Groth, Torkel
Olsen, Johannes
Haug, Knud K.
Hansen, Kristian
Thorstensen, Niels
Halvorsen, Halvor
Nielsen, Ole
Gulbrandsdatter, Ingrid
Kundsen, Johanne
Olsdatter, Ingeborg
Reiersdatter, Kari
Simonsdatter, Gunnild
Pedersdatter, Ingeborg
Oset, Svend
Skagen, Halvor
Lofsgaarden, Ole
Hansen, Ulrik
Larsen, Torgrim
Reiersen, Halvor
Pettersen, Gregor
Olsen, Peter
Reiersen, Torkil
Nilsen, Nils
Larsen, Ingebret
Ingebrethsen, Svend
Olsen, Synnove
Thingelstad, P.
Winden, J.
Skarshoug, Knud
Paulson, Jacob
Paulson, Jens
Johnson, S.
Jensrud, Joh.
Hanson, Lars
Strande, P.
Moklestu, P.
Lewis, Karen
Oseth, Gunhild
Oseth, Kr.
Undebak, T. Reiersen
Pedersen, P.
Olsen, P.
Ydsto, O.
Skoien, T.
Breivig, O.
Kvernes, O.
Olson, And.
Oseth, Ole
Tollefson, L.
Smed, Anders
Reiersen, Anfin
Oseth, Halvor
Herbranson, Ole
Pedersen, Torkel
Larsen, Helge
Vold, Ole O.
Gronhovd, Lars E.
Gronhovd, Ole E.
Glesne, Ola E.
Poulsen, Anders
Blingsmoen, Ole O.
Pedersen, Johan
Blingsmoen, Knud O.
Rodegaard, Ola O.
Olsen, Soren
Vold, Endre O.
Knudsen, Ola
Knudsen, Austein
Knudsen, Eivind
Johessen, Fing.
Gunnarsen, Emb.
Sanden, Herbr.
Valle, Lars
Helgesen, Peder
Pedersen, Peder J.
Pedersen, Thomas C.
Gunnarsen, Gunnar
Vold, Gunh. Endresdtr.
Vold, Ole Endresen
Stengrimsen, Ellef
Rodegaard, Kari Olsdtr.
Herbrandsen, Ole JR
Herbrandsen, Anne M.
Herbrandsen, Gurine
Austensen, Peder
Embretsen, Jacob
Bergan, Ole
Lien, Lars E.
Vetlesen, Lars
Rodegaard, Ole O.
Knudsen, Knud
Embretsdtr., Marthe
Thomsen, Helga
Pedersen, Randi
Kristiansdtr., Sidsel
Olsdtr., Sonnov
Endresdtr., Kari
Olsen, Kristian
Ronne, Erik S.
Hoel, Peder Larsen
Knudsen, Torkel
Olsen, Aslak
Skadeland, O.
Nilson, Levan
Anderson, Ins.
Olson, Thov.
Jukam, Seri
Strom, H.
Valle, Ole
Jukam, Arne
Jukam, Gunder
Gunderson, E.
Bergan, L.O.
Erikson, A.
Vold, Marie O.
Vikse, H.
Lien, Joran
Roe, Lars
Aasen, Halvor
Yugre, Ole O.
Olson, Hellik H.
Olsen, Oluf
Ronne, S.E.
Cravy, Mrs.
Thovsen, T.H.
Gjellum, E.U.
Tollefsen, Jorgen
Pedersen, C.
Column Three Starts
Rundkvist, John
Kjorn, Ole Olsen
Olsen, Gulbrand
Knudsen, Amund
Kirkeberg, A.
Andersen, Ole
Gregersen, Guttorm
Jensen, Lars
Gronhovd, Helge E.
Valle, Stener
Halvorsen, Thore
Bergan, Lavor O.
Halvorsen, Ole
Vold, Ole O. JR
Halvorsen, Halvor
Vold, Aase O.
Thovsen, Lars
Johnsen, Ole
Sternas, Knud K.
Cravy, Agnethe
Nilsen, Oline
Nilsen, Mathias
Nilsen, Rasmus
Halvorsen, Hans
Larsen, Anton P.
Johnsen, Bjorn O.
Andersen, Gulbrand
Tollefsen, Jorgen
Bakke, Reidar
Larsen, Guri Olsen
Thovsen, Halvor
Knudsen, Erik
Knudsen, Anne
Valle, Anne
Kritstensen, Hans
Gronhovd, Tosten E.
Mogstu, Gulbrand
Halvorsen, Lars C.
Pedersen, P.C.
Holmsen, Thomas
Petersen, Thor C.
Nielsen, S.
Knudsen, Ingebreth
Thovsen, Lars H.
Johnsen, Gulbrand
Inbebrtsen, Ole & Sons
Ingebretsen, Lars
Pedersen, Anton
Ramstad, Helge
Andersen, Lars
Torkelsen, Reier
Knudsen, Birgit
Stenersen, Thor
Thorsen, Stener
Kittelsen, Svend
Thovsen, Vilhelm
Hansen, Thov
Larsen, Ole
Larsen, Halvor
Aasen, Knud
Bogestrand, Ole
Larsen, Johan
Houg, Knud Olsen
Kopang, Peder
Knudsen, Ole
Herbjornsen, Herbjorn
Halvorsen, Berthinius
Lien, Ole Larsen
Halvorsen, Osten
Brugaard, Ole
Gulliksen, Lars
Gulbrandsen, John
Knudsen, Svend
Kritoffersen, Peder
Larsen, Peder
Bjornsen, Endre
Bjornsen, Mikkel
Larsen, Reier
Olsen, Niels
Engren, Niels Olsen
Nielsen, Anders
Torkelsen, Lars
Danielsen, Andrew
Olsen, Thov
Danielsdatter, Aase
Gjellum, Ole O.
Odegaardsen, Peder O.
Brevig, Anders Larsen
Larsen, Ole
Krogsrud, Ole
Knudsen, Ole
Kirkeberg, Mikkel
Olsen, Asgrim
Nygaard, Ole O.
Valle, H.L. Halvorsen
Sather, Even Olsen
Olsdatter, Jorand
Enderson, Ole
Levorsen, Knud
Olsen, Martin
Levorsen, Halvor
Olsen, Levord
Stenersen, Stener
Bergan, Berge A.O.
Bergan, Niels O.
Bergan, Halvor O.
Knudson, K.E.
Kristianson, Peder
Embretson, T.
Hassel, N.
Holmsen, C.
Johnson, Martin
Tovson, Kari
Skolmerud, W.
Anderson, Elsie
Ederklep, Torkel
Kristiansen, A.
Kittelson, K.
Stenerson, Th.
Brunquist, J.
Gullikson, H.
Gullikson, Tollak
Tostenson, T.
Gullikson, Ole
Bringsrud, O.
Olson, S.
Thorson, I.
Tostenson, Johannes
Torkelson, Hans
Nilsen, Ola
Larsen, Hans
Halvorsen, Ole
Aanesen, Embret
Aanesen, Lars
Aasen, Halvor
Aasen, Halvor
Aasen, Knud
Aasen, Ole Olsen
Abrahamsen, Jacob
Andersdatter, Hilleborg
Andersdatter, Kjersto
Andersen, And.
Andersen, Gulbrand
Andersen, Lars
Andersen, Ole
Andersen, Thr.
Anderson, Elsie
Anderson, Ins.
Anderson, Peder
Aslaksen, Peder
Austensen, Peder
Bakke, Reidar
Bergan, Berge A.O.
Bergan, Bergith
Bergan, Halvor O.
Bergan, L.O.
Bergan, Lavor O.
Bergan, Niels O.
Bergan, Ole
Bilden, Embret
Bilen, Torgrim L.
Bjornsen, Endre
Bjornsen, Mikkel
Blingsmoen, Knud O.
Blingsmoen, Ole O.
Bogestrand, Ole
Breivig, O.
Brevig, Anders Larsen
Bringsrud, O.
Brorby, Embret
Brorby, Iver J.
Brorby, Jacob P.
Brorby, Jens
Brugaard, Ole
Brunquist, J.
Brynildsen, Tollef
Column Three Starts
Column Two Starts
Cravy, Agnethe
Cravy, Mrs.
Dalager, Hans K.
Danielsdatter, Aase
Danielsen, Andrew
Danielson, Joran
Ederklep, Torkel
Ekjerven, Chr.
Embretsdtr., Marthe
Embretsen, Jacob
Embretson, T.
Enderson, Ole
Endresdtr., Kari
Engren, Niels Olsen
Eriksen, Jens
Eriksen, John
Erikson, A.
Erikson, H.L.
Evensen, Even
Evenson, S.
Gallager, Svend Olsen
Gjellum, E.U.
Gjellum, Ole O.
Glesne, Ola E.
Gomsrud, Ingeborg
Gregersen, Guttorm
Grinden, Hans O.
Grinden, Ole H.
Grinna, Ola H.
Gronhovd, Helge E.
Gronhovd, Lars E.
Gronhovd, Ole E.
Gronhovd, Tosten E.
Groth, Johan H.
Groth, Ketil H.
Groth, Sedsel K.
Groth, Svend H.
Groth, Syvert
Groth, Thorund K.
Groth, Torkel
Gudbrandsdtr, Ingeborg
Gudbrandsen, Gudbr.
Gulbrandsdatter, Ingrid
Gulbrandsen, John
Gulbrandson, Anders
Gulliksen, Lars
Gullikson, H.
Gullikson, Ole
Gullikson, Tollak
Gundersen, Eilif
Gundersen, Peder
Gundersen, Tallak
Gunderson, A.E.
Gunderson, E.
Gunnarsen, Emb.
Gunnarsen, Gunnar
Guttormsen, Gudbrand
Haga, John
Hagen, Ole Halvorsen
Halsteinsen, Halstein
Halsteinsen, Torkel
Halvorsen, Berthinius
Halvorsen, Halvor
Halvorsen, Halvor
Halvorsen, Hans
Halvorsen, John
Halvorsen, Lars
Halvorsen, Lars C.
Halvorsen, Ole
Halvorsen, Ole
Halvorsen, Osten
Halvorsen, Thore
Halvorsen, Trond
Halvorson, R.
Hansdatter, Kari
Hansen, Kristian
Hansen, T.
Hansen, Thov
Hansen, Ulrik
Hanson, Isak
Hanson, Lars
Hassel, N.
Haug, Knud K.
Helgesen, Ola
Helgesen, Peder
Henriksen, Torstein
Herbjornsen, Herbjorn
Herbrandsen, Anne M.
Herbrandsen, Gurine
Herbrandsen, Ole JR
Herbranson, Ole
Hoel, Peder Larsen
Holmsen, C.
Holmsen, Thomas
Holt, Brede
Holt, Jens A.
Holt, John
Houg, Knud Olsen
Houg, Svend L.
Hovda, Lars
Inbebrtsen, Ole & Sons
Ingebrethsen, Svend
Ingebretsen, Lars
Iversen, Iver
Iversen, Ole
Jensen, Andreas
Jensen, Lars
Jensrud, Joh.
Johessen, Fing.
Johnsen, Bjorn O.
Johnsen, Gulbrand
Johnsen, Lars
Johnsen, Ole
Johnson, Martin
Johnson, S.
Jukam, Arne
Jukam, Gunder
Jukam, Seri
Kaasa, Ketil P.
Kirkeberg, A.
Kirkeberg, Mikkel
Kittelsen, Svend
Kittelson, K.
Kjorn, Ole Olsen
Klaubakken, A. Iversen
Knudsen, Amund
Knudsen, Anne
Knudsen, Arnulf
Knudsen, Austein
Knudsen, Birgit
Knudsen, Eivind
Knudsen, Erik
Knudsen, Halvor
Knudsen, Ingebreth
Knudsen, Knud
Knudsen, Ola
Knudsen, Ole
Knudsen, Ole
Knudsen, Svend
Knudsen, Torkel
Knudson, K.E.
Knudson, Karen
Kopang, Peder
Kristiansdtr., Sidsel
Kristiansen, A.
Kristiansen, Joakim
Kristianson, Ole
Kristianson, Peder
Kritoffersen, Peder
Kritstensen, Hans
Krogsrud, Ole
Kundsen, Johanne
Kvernas, O.
Kvernes, O.
Langdalen, Erik
Larsen, Anton P.
Larsen, Guri Olsen
Larsen, Halvor
Larsen, Hans
Larsen, Helge
Larsen, Ingebret
Larsen, Johan
Larsen, Ole
Larsen, Ole
Larsen, Peder
Larsen, Reier
Larsen, Torgrim
Leier, Joran
Levorsen, Halvor
Levorsen, Knud
Lewis, Karen
Lien, Chr.
Lien, Eivind E.
Lien, Even
Lien, Joran
Lien, Lars E.
Lien, Ola E.
Lien, Ole Larsen
Lofsgaard, O.
Lofsgaarden, Ole
Loftsgaard, Guri O.
Loftsgaard, Halvor O.
Loftsgaard, Torsten O.
Medal, Gulbrand
Mikkelson, B.
Mogn, Iver O.
Mogstu, Gulbrand
Moklestu, P.
Narveson, A.
Narveson, Asle
Nielsen, Anders
Nielsen, Anders
Nielsen, Even
Nielsen, Knud
Nielsen, Ole
Nielsen, S.
Nielsen, Sevre
Nilsen, Halvor
Nilsen, Mathias
Nilsen, Nils
Nilsen, Nils SR
Nilsen, Ola
Nilsen, Oline
Nilsen, Rasmus
Nilson, Levan
Nygaard, Ole O.
Odegaardsen, Peder O.
Ole, Roligar
Olsdatter, Ingeborg
Olsdatter, Jorand
Olsdtr., Sonnov
Olsen, Arne
Olsen, Asgrim
Olsen, Aslak
Olsen, Gulbrand
Olsen, Johannes
Olsen, Knud
Olsen, Kristian
Olsen, Levord
Olsen, Martin
Olsen, Niels
Olsen, Oluf
Olsen, P.
Olsen, Peter
Olsen, Soren
Olsen, Synnove
Olsen, Thov
Olson, And.
Olson, Hellik H.
Olson, Knud
Olson, S.
Olson, Thov.
Opperud, Lars
Oset, Birgit
Oset, Lars
Oset, Olive O.
Oset, Svend
Oseth, Gunhild
Oseth, Halvor
Oseth, Kr.
Oseth, Ole
Paulson, Birgith
Paulson, Jacob
Paulson, Jens
Pedersdatter, Ingeborg
Pedersen, Andreas
Pedersen, Anton
Pedersen, C.
Pedersen, Johan
Pedersen, Lars
Pedersen, Martin
Pedersen, P.
Pedersen, P.C.
Pedersen, Peder J.
Pedersen, Randi
Pedersen, Thomas C.
Pedersen, Torkel
Pederson, H.
Petersen, Thor C.
Pettersen, Gregor
Pladsen, Ole Nielsen
Poulsen, Anders
Ramstad, Helge
Rasmussen, L.
Rasmussen, S.
Reiersdatter, Kari
Reiersen, Anfin
Reiersen, Halvor
Reiersen, Lars
Reiersen, Torkil
Rodegaard, Kari Olsdtr.
Rodegaard, Ola O.
Rodegaard, Ole O.
Roe, Lars
Ronne, Erik S.
Ronne, S.E.
Rorshuus, Anne
Rorshuus, Guri
Rorshuus, Nils
Rugland, Asle
Rundkvist, John
Rustad, Embret
Sanden, Herbr.
Sather, Even Olsen
Saug, K.
Sherven, Marie
Simonsdatter, Gunnild
Skadeland, O.
Skagen, Halvor
Skarshaug, Embr.
Skarshoug, H.
Skarshoug, Knud
Skoien, T.
Skolmerud, W.
Smed, Anders
Sorum, N.
Stenersen, Gudmund
Stenersen, Stener
Stenersen, Thor
Stenerson, Th.
Stengrimsen, Ellef
Sternas, Knud K.
Strande, P.
Strom, H.
Svendsdatter, Sigrid
Svendsrud, Hans
Tallaksen, Gunder
Thingelstad, Iver
Thingelstad, P.
Thomsen, Helga
Thorsen, Stener
Thorsen, Thor
Thorson, I.
Thorsteinsen, Sigbj.
Thorstensen, Niels
Thoso, Torger
Thovsen, Halvor
Thovsen, Lars
Thovsen, Lars H.
Thovsen, T.H.
Thovsen, Vilhelm
Tollefsen, Jorgen
Tollefsen, Jorgen
Tollefsen, Ole
Tollefson, L.
Torkelsen, Lars
Torkelsen, Reier
Torkelson, Hans
Tostenson, Johannes
Tostenson, T.
Tovson, Kari
Undebak, T. Reiersen
Valle, Anne
Valle, H.L. Halvorsen
Valle, Lars
Valle, Ole
Valle, Stener
Vetlesen, Lars
Vetlesen, Toa
Vikse, H.
Vold, Aase O.
Vold, Endre O.
Vold, Gunh. Endresdtr.
Vold, Marie O.
Vold, Ole Endresen
Vold, Ole O.
Vold, Ole O. JR
Vold, T.
Wilson, B.
Winden, J.
Ydsto, O.
Yugre, Ole O.

~Source: Elgin Echo, August 20, 1936
~Transcribed by S. Ferrall

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Biographical

Rev. Claus L. Clausen
Rev. Claus L. Clausen
~photo is from American Lutheran Biographies


Claus Lauritz Clausen was born on the island of Aeröe, Denmark, November 3, 1820. Brought up and educated for the ministerial profession, he went at the age of twenty-one, to visit with some friends in Norway. The emigration from that country to the United States had begun shortly before this date, and a cry from these settlements, "Come over to America and help us," was heard on the shores of Norway. After having made a trip back to Denmark and married there, he immediately embarked for America, where he, after a long and difficult journey, arrived at Muskego, Racine county, Wis., on August 6, 1843.

In 1850 the Norwegian Synod wa organized, with Rev. Clausen as superintendent, the Synod then numbering three clergymen. Rev. Clausen moved west to St. Ansgar, Ia. and from this point served the people in the neighboring settlements until the civil war broke out and in 1861 he enlisted as chaplain for the famous 15th Wisconsin Regiment.

A controversy opened in the Norwegian Synod over the question of whether or not slavery be sin, in which Rev. Clausen stood alone for the affirmative against the rest of the Synod. This, and other, dissentions on other important questions, caused Rev. Clausen in 1868 to leave the Norwegian Synod.

~American Lutheran Biographies, by Rev. J.C. Jensson, 1890; excerpts from the full text bio on pgs 138-139
~Transcribed by S. Ferrall
   

Rev. Nils O. Brandt
Rev. Nils O. Brandt
~photo is from American Lutheran Biographies


Nils Brandt was born January 29th, 1824, in Slidre, Valders, Norway, whre his father and ancestors for generations were teachers and deacons of the parish. His father died when he was but eleven years old, but two of his brothers assisted him to prepare for the ministry. After studying with the pastor of the parish for three and one-half years, and one-half year in Christiania, he entered the university there in 1844, and graduated in 1849 with high honors.

While tutor in a clergyman's family near Stavanger, he received a call to Rock River and Pine Lake churches, in Wisconsin; and, having been ordained by Bishop Amp at Christiania, reached Wisconsin in the fall of 1851, after an ocean voyage of eight weeks, and immediately visited the pioneer settlements in north-eastern Iowa and in Vernon County, Wis., as traveling missionary. On the first and second Sunday in Advent, 1851, he was installed in his parish by Rev. C. L. Clausen and Rev. H. A. Stub. During the three first summers he continued his missionary work in north-eastern Iowa and extended it to eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. He traveled on foot a great deal of the time, preached in groves, barns, and log-huts, wherever people would meet to hear the gospel, baptized as much as twenty-five children in one day, confirmed married women with several children, shared the hardships and frugal fare of the sturdy Norwegian pioneers, and has left a memory, cherished in these settlements now so prosperous, as the first minister preaching to them the gospel in their mother tongue in their new fatherland.

In 1856 he returned to Norway, and while there he was married to Diderikke Ottesen, daughter of Provost Realf Ottesen, returning to his parish with her in the fall of 1856. In 1865 he was called as pastor of the congregation at Decorah, la., and tutor at Luther College. For seventeen years he remained in this field, gradually decreasing his work at the college as two more congregations called him as their pastor. He resigned his pastorate at Decorah, la., in 1882, owing to overwork resulting in heart disease, and traveled in Norway, succeeding in partly regaining his health. Intending to remain there, he resigned his other charges and for several months had temporary charge of a parish in Norway. Returning to this country in 1883 he made his home with his son, Rev. O. E. Brandt, in Cleveland, O., until his faithful wife was taken away by death, January 21st, 1885. She was buried at Decorah, la., where the students of the college and other friends erected a monument over her grave in token of their appreciation of her motherly and self-denying care for them during all the years she lived there.

~American Lutheran Biographies, by Rev. J.C. Jensson, 1890; excerpts from the full text bio on pgs 107-108
~Transcribed by S. Ferrall
   

Rev. Ulrik Vilhelm Koren
Rev. Ulrik V. Koren
~photo is from American Lutheran Biographies




Rev. & Mrs. U.V. Koren
~published in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 30, 2001

Mrs. Koren, nee Else Elisabeth Hysing, was born in Larvik, Norway. She married Ulrik Vilhelm Koren in 1853, shortly before they began their journey across the Atlantic to Iowa.


Rev. Ulrik Vilhelm Koren was born in Bergen, Norway, Dec. 22, 1826, and received his education at the college in that city and at the University of Christiania, from whose school of Divinity he graduated in 1852. The following year he emigrated to America, where he had accepted a call as minister in the neighborhood of Decorah, Ia., and although he has several times received calls to other places, he has remained where he first located. His charge at first comprised a large territory, as he was the first Norwegian Lutheran minister west of the Mississippi, but it has since been divided into a great many charges. Rev. Koren is one of the pioneers in the West, and he had to undergo all the hardships so familiar to the early settlers.

A little earlier in the same year in which Rev. Koren came to America, the Norwegian Lutheran Synod was organized, in whose affairs he has taken a most prominent and conspicuous part. Since 1861 he has been a member of the Church Council or the executive board of the Synod, and since 1876, when the Synod was divided into districts, he has been the president of the Iowa district.

Rev. Koren was most active in securing the location of the Lutheran College at Decorah in 1861, and ever since he has taken great interest in this institution, and, outside those most directly connected with this school, he has probably done more to make it prosper than any other man. His culture and attainments, his intelligent interest in the Synod's institutions of learning, his enthusiasm and earnestness, his eloquent defense in speech and in print of what he has conceived to be the truth, and the mission of the Synod, to which he has devoted his life, has made him the most prominent of Norwegian Lutherans in this country.

His published writings consist of a number of articles in the religious papers of the Synod, and as the student of the history of the Norwegian Lutherans in this country will readily understand, these articles are mostly of a polemical character. For this reason, when an attack has been made on the Synod by its opponents, most of their missiles have been directed against him as the most conspicuous champion of the Norwegian Synod.

His great gifts as a preacher and the devotion and God-inspired energy in his work, which has gone on unceasingly for more than a generation, have won for him the lasting esteem and love of the members of his charge.

~American Lutheran Biographies, by Rev. J.C. Jensson, 1890; pg 416 & 417
~Transcribed by S. Ferrall

Rev. U.V. Koren
Rev. U.V. Koren
~published in the Waterloo Daily Courier, May 1988

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See also:
East Clermont Lutheran Church history & photos and Highland Lutheran Church history

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