Near Lund in Pierce County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Swedish Methodist Church
Dedicated to early pioneers
This Swedish Methodist Church was built in 1872 by Swedish pioneers on an acre of land deeded by Anders and Carolina Johnson, Swedish immigrants from the province of Varmland, Sweden. The Methodist Church was on the Lund Circuit of the Northern Swedish Mission Conference of Methodist Churches, and served as the central church in the area. Swedish speaking pastors served the parishioners, traveling by horse and buggy. Some of the original members who worshiped here are buried in the cemetery behind the church.
A parsonage, horse stable, and a well were also on this property. Hand hewn butternut benches, a platform with a railing, and a pastor's chair still remain within the building. In 1914 a large painting of Christ in Gethsemane, painted by R. Ronge, was added to the church.
By the mid-twenties, church membership had declined and the doors were closed. In 1940, Selma Swanson Boreen, a granddaughter of Anders and Carolina Jonsson, purchased the church to once again serve the community. After the death of Selma, the care of the church and grounds was taken
In the early 1990's, a number of local people became interested in restoring the church and grounds. They formed the Old Church Road Cemetery Association on June 25, 1994. The property was purchased from Selma Boreen's heirs and deeded to the Association on October 31, 1994. The restoration was begun.
Original committee members were Orlin Anderson, Earl Anderson, Vern Bengtson, Wayne and Marie Bengtson, Nanna Bjurquist, Roger and Darlene Castleberg, Bob and Laurel Haglund, Dennis Lindholm, Melvin and Marjorie Rydberg, Scott Slaughter and Melvin Tinney.
Memorial erected Fall, 2004
Erected 2004 by Melvin and Marjorie (Gustafson) Rydberg.
Location. 44° 33.686′ N, 92° 12.37′ W. Marker is near Lund, Wisconsin, in Pierce County. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway CC and 70th Avenue, on the left when traveling north on County Highway CC. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Swedish Methodist Church located at Lund Methodist
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little House Wayside (approx. 2½ miles away); Plum City: Early History (approx. 4.9 miles away); Maiden Rock (approx. 5.9 miles away); Frontenac (approx. 6½ miles away in Minnesota); Site of Fort St. Antoine (approx. 6.7 miles away); Wakondiota Park (approx. 6.8 miles away in Minnesota); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 6.9 miles away in Minnesota); Fort Beauharnois (approx. 6.9 miles away in Minnesota).
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 16, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 907 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 16, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.