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Albert Lea Centennial Tribune Newspaper Archives Jun 7 1957, Page 60

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Albert Lea Centennial Tribune (Newspaper) - June 7, 1957, Albert Lea, Minnesota First Church a this is a line drawing of the first Oakland lutheran Church. First organized in 1876 a Oakland lutheran Church held services in school the Oakland lutheran Chur c h was organized under the direction of Einar Wulfsberg pastor of the Freeborn lutheran Church in 1876 in the Devereaux Public schoolhouse. Services were held in the Devereaux Public school until the first Church was built. This schoolhouse still stands in Riceland township one mile West of the Church. Then the Rev. O. H. Smeby who had been an assistant of Rev. Wulfsberg was called As pastor for Albert Lea Hayward and Oakland Congre gluons besides preaching in Moscow and London township. His work in Albert Lea expanded and it became Newessa r y for these Rural Small churches Call another pastor. A Small building for the Oakland congregation was built on a three acre tract of land in the Northwest Corner of Oakland township where the present Church now stands. The Oakland lutheran Church that is its official name. Is located near Highway 16, about Midway Between a Sun and Albert Lea. It is also called the Midway Church. First resident pastor in 1894 the Rev. T. O. Toto became the first resident pastor of the Hayward Parish. A parsonage was built after he came Hayward and from there h e served the Oakland congregation and also the Moscow and trondhjem congregations. More lutheran families kept moving in and the Little Church became too Small. So a much larger one was built in 1896. The Corner Stone for this Church was Laid on june 22, 1896, by Rev. Smeby and it was dedicated in the fall of the same year by prof. John Ylvisaker of Luther Seminary. The ladies Aid or a Kvin Defore Ning Quot was organized in 1894 at the Christopher Christopherson Home. At about this time the Young people s society or a was also organized by Rev. Tolo. The Young people s society is now called the Luther league. In 1889 pastor Eivind Skabo took Over the work of the Hayw a r d Parish. During his stay the Small altar was replaced with the present altar. In 1904 death claimed this pastor Eivind Skabo and he was succeeded by the Rev. O. A. Amdal stud who had b e e n a seamen a missionary in Rio de Janeiro Brazil besides serving parishes Here in the United states. During these years lightning struck the Steeple of the Church three times so the tall Steeple was removed. Lightning had also destroyed the con tents of the Cornerstone and a new one was placed on oct. 19, 1952. Join new Synod Johan Ellertson came be the pastor in 1913. On May 31, 1917, the congregation voted u n a n i Mously join the newly formed Synod the norwegian Luth e r a n Church of America this Church body is now called the evangelical lutheran Church. The total income for the Church in 1917 was $302.59. June 2, 1920, the members of aurland a and Oakland congregations joined form one body. The aur land Church was located a half mile South and a half mile East of the Oakland Church near the present site of the Hillcrest cemetery. Rev. Ellertson was very Active in red Cross work As this was Dur i n g world War i and Many of the boys were called into service. In 1923 Rev. Ellertson resigned because of ill health. On May 26, 1924 Charles Fritz came serve As pastor of this Parish. In 1933 the women of the congregation were Given the right vote in the Church. The next pastor of the Parish was Andrew Nordaune who came in the Spring of 1934. It was in this same year that a Reg u i a r sunday school was organized at the Church although sunday sch o o i had been held in the sch o o i houses of the Community before this. The Oakland lutheran cemetery association was formed in 1937. The care of the cemetery was under the congregation until this time. In 1939 electric lights wer in in s lutheran congregation were held in the Devereaux Public schoolhouse. The Church was organized under the direction of Einar Wulfsberg pastor of the Freeborn lutheran Church in 1876. The schoolhouse still stands in Riceland township a mile West of the Church. Stalled. A Church building fund for ish and Oakland and Moscow the the remodelling of the Church was \ other. Started in 1945. The envelope sys-1 a four year Bibl course was tem of free will stewardship was added the sunday school. The adopted two years after this it was in 1947 that Rev. Nordaune became ill and it was be sunday school had an altar made and placed in the basement. In the Early Days the Church Pessary for him have minister had neither an Organ nor an or Iel help. During this his last and serious illness the Rev. S. J. Fretheim a retired pastor and also a son of the congregation served until the Rev. S. O. Sorlien came in 1951. Mothers Circle organized in 1949 a Cradle Roll mothers Circle was organized. It was the first of its kind in this circuit. The old Kitchen was changed a Nursery and it is now used for the Nursery sunday school classes. At this time the Church was completely remodeler. It was made All modern with a full base Hoir ment. A natural Gas heating sys tem was installed. The 75th anniversary of the Church was celebrated oct. 6 and 7, 1951. On this sunday oct. 7, the newly remodeler Church was dedicated. During the pastorate of Rev. Sorlien this Parish was realigned Albert Lea Tribune Friday june 7, 1957 held on the Lawn and lunch a served by the ladies of the Par ish. Worship services Are now held every sunday morning. Sun Day school and an adult Bible class now meets every sunday morning of the school year. Luther league meets twice a month. An altar Guild has been organized. The Parish has had the every member visit program and the preaching teaching reaching Mission. The present membership of the congregation is 495 baptized and 33 confirmed souls. Four sons of the congregation have been ordained the ministry. The Rev. M. E. Fretheim and the Rev. S. J. Fretheim have now passed on. Rev e. A. Fretheim has retired and is living in Albert Lea. The Rev. Joseph h. Berg who has retired is living at Pasadena Calif. The present Church officers Are chairman. Rev. Rust vice chairman Julius Hansen Secretary mrs. Bruhild Legried treasurer Clare Knutson. The deacons Are Charles Holmquist Robert Schewe and Anders Bendickson. Trustees Are Harmon Thompson Orin Wangen and Olav Nelson. Mrs. Karl Eggum is sunday school superintendent. The ladies Aid president is mrs. Ordeal Riske d a h i and Richard Holmquist is the Luther league president. Vanist but a Dkl Okkerse who directed the singing. Then an Organ was added and an organist provided. Pianos were soon put in and in 1952 an electronic console Organ was installed the greater share of it being paid for through memorials. A brotherhood for the four con. Gregat ions of the Hayward Par-1 ish was organized before the realignment and still carries on its work As one brotherhood for the two parishes. Adult choirs furnished inspirational music through the years but Rev. Sorlien organized a Jun i o r new parsonage built after the realignment a new parsonage was needed and was built. The Rev. O. A. Rust came serve the newly a formed Parish March 15. 1955. Rev. Rust and his family were the first occupy the Church records list families in year 1887 families listed in the first record Book of Christ episcopal Church Albert i a in 1887 were Henry Sue Elisabeth William and Mabel Arev Elizabeth Armstrong or. G. Gus Florence and Horance Barch Charles Brainard Fred Beatrice and Gertrude Bennett George t., Hattie Jessie and Fred Gardner Frank and Marianna Gage Anna l., Harriet Andrew John Warren and Watson Homer Carrie and Robert Hopkins d. R. P. And mrs Hibbs. Stanley Hammond John Darius Ella. Jessie. Richard and Bessie Morgan Hugh Mary Jane and Frank Morton W., James and mrs. Parker George Clara Archibald Sydney and Edna Rutan r. Selina Charlotta Helen Blanche and Ethel Tood w., Marv Joseph and Robert Warner Laura and Bernice Williams John Virginia. Laura and Virginia child Whytock Louisa White and Thomas. Elizabeth Jeanne Howard Allen and Richard Vande grift. More than 70 years ago this Church was built. It was abandoned in 1929 and Ignatus Bjorlie Section 14 of Freeman township moved the building his farm where he restored it its original condition. It is supposed have first been occupied in 1879 by a United lutheran congregation. Pioneers established colleges some survived but some closed god writes the gospel not in the new parsonage on oct. A 1955. Bible alone but on Trees and flow making two parishes. Hayward i the new parsonage waa did Tomt Era and Clouds and stars. And trondhjem became one Par cd with an appropriate Prog a in a Luther Many of the outstanding institutions of higher learning in Minnesota were established in h e 1850 s and 18�0�?Ts. Among them were the University of Minnesota Hemline macalester. Carleton St. John s and others which endure this Day. However Minnesota had Many colleges and secondary schools that were ambitious for their Day but did not endure. These were found in All parts of the state. In 1885 the presbyterians established Albert Lea col legs. Two years later the free baptists founded Parker College at Winnebago. Hutchinson later had a lutheran school Ansgar. In 1894 the lutherans established an Academy Ai Glenwood in 1893 Martin Luther College was founded at new Ulm and the lutherans also establish e a in the following year an Academy at Albert Lea. In 1900 Northwestern College began its existence at Fergus Falls. Hamline got its Start at red Wing and moved away after the Cwb War had taken most of it students in 1879 the lutherans established a Seminary in this City. A year or two later another Seminary was established at Willmar. In 1893 Madison had Tho United lutheran Normal school. Another Early Academy which endured for some years was win Dom Institute at Montevideo. In these various schools and colleges Many now forgotten there were several Hundred students enrolled in the Early years of the present Century. A Kwa preach Christ tile crucified and risen Saviour Rev Rudolph Inselmann pastor Church Council front Row Herbert Schewe Elwin Brune George sch Eta Miler. Lawrence Wichmann. Back Row Julius Spude Melvin Wittmer Lloyd Riemer August we he Aux. Services Church service sunday school 9 30 a m. 10 30 a m. Services sunday school Church service 10 00 a a 11 00 a m. Church Council front Row Albert Treicher William Heber. Fred preacher. Back Row Emil Pesicka. Marvin Rye. Arthur Dopp Elhaij Mer. Melvin Kensett. Not show a Robert be Vert so. Concordia lutheran Church Bear Lake St. Paul lutheran Church Conger

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