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Near Elk Point in Union County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

St. Paul Lutheran Church

One and one-fourth miles

 
 
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By Ruth VanSteenwyk, February 20, 2016
1. St. Paul Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription. Stately church edifices frequently have humble beginnings and so with St. Paul Lutheran Church, one of South Dakota's finest. The humble log church pictured hereon was erected in 1867 by the members of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation by Brule Creek an organization created August 12, 1863 but who had no permanent pastor. It was ready for use by Christmas 1868. The name had been changed to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Dakota. The first church council were Kjell P. Ronne, Helge Mathiason and Thomas Olesen. The seats, pulpit and millwork cost $39.50 and its first permanent pastor was (1) J.E. Nesse, who served from 1869 to 1881. The church was used as a parochial school, a common school and a polling place but as the congregation grew, an acre of land across the road to the west was acquired in 1877 and the new church with a high steeple and bell was built and used until 1923. (2) David Lysness served as pastor until his death in 1890 followed by (3) O.T. Nelson, who served until 1895 being succeeded by (4) P.J. Reinertsen, who served until 1918. It was in April 1910 that the first all English services were conducted. (5) A.J. Bergsaker followed Pastor Reinertsen and on July 9, 1922 the present beautiful church was dedicated.
 
Location. 42° 45.686′ 
St. Paul Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, February 20, 2016
2. St. Paul Lutheran Church Marker
N, 96° 41.277′ W. Marker is near Elk Point, South Dakota, in Union County. Marker is at the intersection of South Dakota Route 50 and County Route 25 on State Route 50. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Elk Point SD 57025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Brule (approx. 0.7 miles away); Richland Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Great Missouri River (approx. 5.3 miles away); Homestead Rest Area (approx. 5.3 miles away); Lewis & Clark Campsite / Eli Wixson Farm Site (approx. 5.4 miles away); First Rural Electric Cooperative (approx. 7.3 miles away); St. Mary's Catholic Church (approx. 8.1 miles away); Bruyer Church (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & Settlers
 
View of St. Paul Lutheran Church at the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, February 20, 2016
3. View of St. Paul Lutheran Church at the marker.
St. Paul Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, February 20, 2016
4. St. Paul Lutheran Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 237 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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