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Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, July 21, 2018
1. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  The Danish Folk Society obtained a land option from the Texas Land and Cattle Company and helped 93 Danish families from the midwest establish the Danevang Cooperative Settlement here in the early 1890s. The settlers, strong adherents of the Lutheran religion, organized an evangelical Lutheran congregation in 1895 with the help of the Rev. F. L. Grundtvig. Worship services were first held in the home of Mads and Maren Andersen. Early pastors came from Denmark and held services in the Danish language.

The congregation erected a meeting hall at this site in 1895. A sanctuary made of native pine and cypress was erected here in 1909. A painting of St. Ansgar baptizing a child was placed inside the new church building and a 1700-pound bell, which could be heard four to five miles away, was placed in the church steeple. The sanctuary was destroyed in a 1945 storm and replaced with an army chapel which the congregation reassembled at this site.

The first recorded interment was that of Maren Andersen in 1895. The cemetery, maintained by a board established in 1965, contains three former pastors and veterans of wars ranging from the
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By Brian Anderson, July 21, 2018
2. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery Marker
Civil War to World War II among its more than 500 burials.
 
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 172.)
 
Location. 29° 2.609′ N, 96° 12.261′ W. Marker is in Danevang, Texas, in Wharton County. Marker is on County Road 426 0.3 miles east of State Highway 71, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located under a covered pavilion in the center of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 357 County Road 426, Danevang TX 77432, 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. Danevang Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Danevang Pioneer Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Danevang Community Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Danevang (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clemville (approx. 5.1 miles away); J.S. Abercrombie Mineral Company (approx. 10.2 miles away); Old Hawley Cemetery (approx. 10.9 miles away); El Campo Library Building (approx. 11.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danevang.
 
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By Brian Anderson, July 21, 2018
3. Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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