Near Lake Lillian in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Tromso Norsk Evangeliske Kirken
(Tromso Norwegian Evangelical Church)
On August 16, 1885 thirty people met at the home of Erik and Anette Larsen located in Section 26 of Fahlun Township and under the direction of Rev. A.N. Kleven, a new Lutheran congregation was organized by the name of "Tromso Lutheran Church," because many of the charter members came from the province of Tromso in Norway. From their midst they selected for positions of leadership:
Erik Larsen, Chairperson
Salomon Salomonsen, Secretary
John J. Wick, Treasurer
John J. Wick, Nils Mathiesen and Hans M. Hakensen, Trustees.
Ole Haugan, Ole M. Salomonsen, Ellenmarie Salomonsen, Hans M. Haakensen, Marit Haakensen, Jakobine Haugan,
Designated song leaders.
On October 20, 1885 the St. Paul–Minneapolis and Manitoba Railroad granted permission to build a church on a four acre site in Section 1, Lake Lillian Township. Worship was held here until December 3, 1946.
In 1946 the congregation was relocated in the Village of Lake Lillian. A new church building was constructed and the name of the congregation was changed to "Grace Lutheran Church."
Erected 1985 by descendants of the charter members of Tromso-Grace Lutheran Church.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 44° 58.628′ N, 94° 53.632′ W. Marker is near Lake Lillian, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on County Highway 8 north of 154th Avenue Southeast, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Tromso Memorial Cemetery, approximately 2½ driving miles from the City of Lake Lillian. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15301 County Road 8 Southeast, Lake Lillian MN 56253, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. US-Dakota War of 1862 Aftermath (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dalton Johnson Wildlife Area (approx. 4.7 miles away); John Other Day Camp (approx. 6.6 miles away); Carrie Johnson (approx. 7.4 miles away); 1873 Blizzard (approx. 7.6 miles away); Capitol Hill (approx. 7.8 miles away); Whitefield Town Site (approx. 9½ miles away); Arndahl Lutheran Church (approx. 11.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lake Lillian.
Also see . . .
1. United Lutheran Church. About Our Church. "Formed on June 1st, 2006 as the result of the consolidation of the former Grace Lutheran and First Lutheran churches, it has deep roots that go back to the founding of Christina and Tromso Lutheran churches in the late 1800s." (Submitted on October 24, 2014.)
2. Tromsø. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 24, 2014.)
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