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Decker Swedish Evangelical Free Church and Cemetery

 
 
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By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
1. Decker Swedish Evangelical Free Church and Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Among the Swedish immigrants who settled in Decker in the 1880s were many seeking freedom from the Swedish State Church. The immigrants held meetings in homes and schoolhouses, and organized the Decker Swedish Evangelical Free Church. Joseph Ek Johnson and his wife Charlotta (Mork) deeded land in 1892 on which a church building was erected and this cemetery was established. Charles Smith served as first Pastor of the church. As the congregation grew, a Sunday School and Ladies Society were added, and a parsonage built. Services were conducted in Swedish.

Drought and crop failure forced many members to leave the area and the churches in Decker and Elroy disbanded. The church building located here was later torn down. In 1923 the Swedish Evangelical Free Church was formed in Austin; it was renamed the First Evangelical Free Church of Austin in 1952.

The first recorded burial in the cemetery was that of Carl Oscar Swening in 1891. Many of the charter members of the church and their descendants are among those buried here. The church retains ownership of the site and maintains the cemetery, which continues to serve the area.
 
Erected 1997 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12241.)
 
Location. 30° 19.819′ 
Decker Swedish Evangelical Free Church Cemetery Gate image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, July 29, 2007
2. Decker Swedish Evangelical Free Church Cemetery Gate
N, 97° 36.208′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10309 Decker Ln, Austin TX 78724, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Decker United Methodist Church and Community (approx. 1.6 miles away); Clayton Vocational Institute (approx. 2.5 miles away); City of Manor (approx. 2.9 miles away); Barr Mansion (approx. 3 miles away); Bloor House (approx. 3 miles away); Site of Home of Reuben Hornsby (approx. 4.9 miles away); John Williams, Howell Hoggett, William Atkinson, Daniel Hornsby (approx. 4.9 miles away); Site of Fort Colorado (approx. 5.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,081 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
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