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Albert Lea Centennial Tribune (Newspaper) - June 7, 1957, Albert Lea, Minnesota Ther n. Christenson As temporary pastor. At this Early period the Small group of believers did not find it possible to erect a Church. Regular Wert held in turn at the of Niels Larsen Hana Lawson and Christian Nelson. In 1864, 22 More members of the Raymond Church were granted letters of dismissal to the Church in Freeborn county. Among these were most Likely the Rev. Jena Henriksen although he came from Lacrosse wit. Difficulties arose the coming of Henriksen caused some disturbance Ainee the Church now had two pastors in its fold. There was a difference of opinion As to which of the two was the More Able. This difficulty soon passed however As Christensen adopted adventist teachings. Henriksen was chosen pastor and served until 1876. However it was understood by Many that l. Jorgenson upon his return should serve As their pastor. When he finally came difficulties arose resulting in a division within Tho Church. The one part elected Jorgenson As pastor while the other remained with Henriksen. Jorgenson was later called to Chicago and the Rev. Adolf Carl sen from Lacrosse wls., was called in the latter 1860�?Ts to fill his place. Shortly after his coming a reconciliation was brought about and in 1871 the Church was again United. Henriksen and Carlsen were both to serve changing off preaching for a year. Carlsen closed his work As pastor in 1872 and began missionary work in Albert leading it cure Over sunday. I about 400 and Cost $2,650. I Albert Lea Tribune while Henriksen remained. 1 in 1873 when the log Church in 1907 the Rev. C. H. Henning Friday june 7, 1957 As time went on and the aer-1 proved too Small it was decided i sea began his work with t h e vices were Well attended it was i to erect a new Church at t h e Church. The big event of the year found necessary to build a meeting i present cemetery site. The log 1913 a the 50th anniversary cell-1 n i a it House. It was decided in the Spring of 1866 to build a log Church. Money was very scarce. It has been said that at the meeting when it was decided to build an offering was taken for the building fund which amounted to Only 65 cents. Work donated was the big thing in connection with its construction. Thus by United efforts in the late fall of 1866 the log Church stood completed. It was a common thing to see people come to services in wooden shoes. We Are told of one woman who in order to save her Only pair of shoes would walk Barefoot with her stockings and shoes in her hand until most at the Church then put them on and proceed. Another Story is told of John Nielsen a Young Man who was living together with Hans Rasmussen in a log House. Both men were anxious to attend Church but were very poor. So one bought some Overall material and the other paid for having it made up. They took turns going to Church on alternate sundays. Church was Post office the Church was the Post office to some. Many people w asked As much As six Miles to Church and postmaster Christian Nelson wanted to lighten the Load for those who had to walk to his Home to get their mail. So he brought it to Church with him. Some of the deacons objected to this As Well As to cutting Hay on saturday and let Church was sold for $75. Jacob an Erson tells that a it was a Small meeting House with windows you could see through a Bare floor and a heating he says that the preacher used a Bandana handkerchief and All the men had beards. Women wore shawls and in the summer the boys and girls came to Church barefooted. The membership at this time was 120. When the evening services were held each worshipper would bring his own homemade Candle. The candles were lighted during the singing and extinguished Dur i n g the preaching in 1876 j. S. became pastor and the following year an Organ was bought. One had not been purchased earlier because Many Church members Felt that instrumental music had no place in a Church service. Again in 1884 the Church was too Snall for the congregation and it was enlarged to about double capacity. The Rev. A. Carstenson was called and served until 1889. At this time there was a membership of 267. The Rev. Iver Larson came from Minneapolis in 1892 to be pastor. At this Timo the sunday school had an average attendance of 95. Rev. Larsen served for 15 years. The Church building was torn Down in 1894 and a much larger one erected. A Tower Rose 73 feet into the air. The Church could seat bration. The Church then had a membership of 374. A total of 623 persons had been baptized larger Church needed the Rev. N. Nelson became pastor in 1914. The following year it was decided that a larger Church building was needed once again. A lot in Village of Clarks Grove was selected and purchased for $500. A question which caused some disagreement was whether it should be another Frame building or a Brick building. When the subscript it a was made some members made their Choice known by promising to give a certain amount if it were Brick and a smaller amount if a Frame building was to be built. On Jan. I 1916, the new Brick building which now can not be replaced for less than $150,000 was dedicated free of debt. More than 700 members and friends attended the dedication. Because of the feel j ing of some toward the a a Cense j crated lumber in the old Frame building one mile from the Village it was taken Down and used to build a nine a room parsonage next door to the new Church in the Village. The Rev. A. W. Warren began his work with the Church in december 1919. He died in the prime of life and was succeeded by a Young Man Nell c. Berg of Alta Iowa. On june i. 1937. Or. S. P. Fog Dall came to fill the pastorate. In the fall of 1944, or. Fogdall re tire and Albin c. Swenson was Given a Call to serve. He began his service in january 1945. During the years 28 Young men and women have gone out from the Clarks Grove Church into full time Christian service. Among them was prof. N. P. Jensen who started the danish norwegian theological Seminary Morgan Park 111., now a part of Northern Baptist Seminary Chicago. Through the years 1,287 believers have been baptized. At present the Church has a membership of 606 persons. Recent action of the Church includes plans for an extensive building program to adequately care for the educational needs of the future. The present pastor is the Rev. Lawrence Sprankle. Fancy ruins in bad Albek Lebanon Home of Sun gods stand More imposing roman ruins than in Rome itself. The Krak Des Chevaliers built by crusaders in Syria just North of the Lebanon Border is considered one of the Best examples of medieval French Castle architecture in the world. Structure techniques for construction of reinforced Concrete buildings were advanced in Brazil and Many foreign engineers now visit that nation to learn about them. 5 Miles Southwest of Glenville at Clarks Grove a the first Baptist Church of Clarks Grove originated through the Faith and efforts of a few Young married people who journeyed to Freeborn county on the summer of 1863. They were from Denmark. In the Spring of 1866 a log Danes in America Church was built. An offering taken for the building fund amounted to Only 65 cents so the congregation pitched in and helped construct the first Church. The present building shown Here was dedicated free of debt on Jan. 1,1916. Christian immigrants settled in a sections of . And Clarks Grove by mrs. A. C. Swenson this essay a submitted to the historical Rural Church be say contest sponsored by Tho american Baptist Home Mission society. A editor danish christians from Den Mark were settling in differ e n t parts of the United states. Quot quite in few in Chicago and others in Raymond. Wis.,�?� and according to a the history of danish baptists in America Quot by or. N. S. Lawdahl it was in Raymond wis. That a few Young married people members of the danish Baptist Church decided to go to Clarks Grove. They and others of like Faith became the nucleus of the first Baptist Church of Clarks Grove. The origin of the Church is of a romantic character yet we see the providential guidance of god through it All. On a Fine summer Day in 1863, three Young married couples with missionary l. Jorgenson in the Lead set their faces toward the unknown wild West inhabited Only by the Indian. With oxen hitched up to the big Canvas covered lumber wagons the caravan started out on its journey. Some of the Folk walked All the Way herding the Cattie. Reach Freeborn county in the course of a few weeks these Young folks reached Freeborn county in Minnesota. We Are told they planned to go further West where Homestead lands were available but three things caused them to change their minds and stay in Freeborn county. These were i the Fertile land which could be bought at a very reasonable Price <21 the fear of hostile indians who had been Active further West and 3 they found Sev eral Baptist families who had arrived earlier from a Rushara was. These Early settler were desirous to worship god and further his cause and shortly after their arrival it appears that the Rev. L. Jorgenson the Mission Ary preached for them and it was suggested that a Church be organized. Inform Ion in the above mentioned Book tells us that on Ort. Ii 1863, a Small group of believers met at the Home of Niels Larsen. After prayerful consideration it was decided to organize a Church a few More had since their arrival joined their number an there were 15 charter members. I it seems to Havo been Tho under j standing that the Rev. Lars Joe j Genson should eventually become j the pastor of the new Church but he had gone Beck to Raymond j wis. So they elected another Bro Alden Minnesota died Asp a Whitfor Floyd Hughes organist Vance Stoneback sunday school supt. Wesley Pierson Lay loader sunday school. 10 00 . Worship service. 11 00 . Servies a sunday school 9 30 . Church service. 11 00 a in. The methodist Church round Prairie lutheran Church Rev. A. C. Korsrud pastor for nearly four decades the Rev. A. C. Korsrud has been spiritual Mentor of the round i Ait it memorial Church. Born in Decorah Iowa he was graduated from Luther College in 1908 with a b a. Degree. Entered Luther Seminary in 1910, being graduated in 1913 with a . Degree. His pastorate were at Palermo . 1913-1918. St. Paul a Duluth 1918-1920 Aud Glenville june 20, 1920 where he has served since. The congregation met foe the Bret time in Thi. Church on May 2$, 17 the Church now it and in the property Al Ignatius Bjorlee. Round Prairie memorial Church. Formerly designated As the round Prairie United lutheran or North Church

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