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Near Sacred Heart in Renville County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

A New Life with Family and Friends

 
 
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
1. A New Life with Family and Friends Marker
Inscription.
This is the Lars Rudi home. Lars was the son of a farmer in Uvdal, Numedal, Norway, and was one of seven Rudi children who grew to adulthood. All but one of the Rudi siblings immigrated to America hoping to make a better life for themselves. Family and friends frequently settled in clusters because of familiar customs and language.

Lars and his new wife Vighild (Sunde) immigrated to the United States in 1866, where they lived and worked on the Lien Farm in Clayton County, Iowa that first summer. After harvest season, they set out for Rushford, Minnesota and lived with relatives for the winter. The next spring they came to Renville County where they settled near their neighbors and family from Norway. Across the river, Lars' only sister, Turi, settled with her husband, Tov and their four children. The Rudis lived with Thor Helgeson until the summer of 1869 when their tiny log home was built.

Lars became a lay religious leader for the cluster of Norwegian families. Religious services and parochial school were held in the Rudi home. Pioneer pastors stayed here while conducting services in the area.

Vighild's sister, Ingeborg, stayed with them to help with daily chores. Though Lars and Vighild had no children of their own, they helped raise many children and were loved by
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
2. A New Life with Family and Friends Marker
many people. The Rudis lived in this cozy home until Lars died in 1913. Vighild and Ingeborg then went to live with a nephew southeast of Sacred Heart until they passed away. The Rudis are buried in the Opdal Church Cemetery, southeast of Sacred Heart.

Lars, Vighild and Ingeborg. Over the years, the building gained a lean-to on the north side. This was stripped away by Ole Enestvedt when he began restoring the place in the 1920s to become an area museum. In 1986, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Building of the House
Trees for the Rudi house were felled in winter.
In spring they floated the trees down the river about three miles to the Rudi Homestead.
Lars had a lime kiln similar to this to make his own plaster.
The house was constructed with dovetail notching.
In 1869, Lars hired Thor Helgeson to build their new log home here in the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. Thor Helgeson was to build a 15 foot by 18 foot home, constructed of oak logs that had been felled the winter before, stripped of bark, dovetail notched in the Scandinavian way and then lifted to make the walls. The spaces between the logs were chinked with lime plaster and the logs themselves regularly whitewashed with lime. Lime was commonly made from stones containing lime, picked in the field and burned to a powder in a kiln.

Struggles
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
3. Lars Rudi Home
Welcome Visitors
Rudi Memorial
Built 1868
for a Home

The Minnesota River Valley has a story to tell about indigenous people struggling to make a home amid a changing environment. The Minnesota River Valley also has a story to tell about the struggles of the pioneering immigrant families who eventually created one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world.

The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway
logos of: Renville County; America's Byways Federal Highway Administration; Scenic Byway Minnesota River Valley
www.mnrivervalley.com

 
Location. 44° 40.3′ N, 95° 17.616′ W. Marker is near Sacred Heart, Minnesota, in Renville County. Marker is on County Highway 12 1.1 miles south of 145th Street (County Road 15), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 75135 County Highway 12, Sacred Heart MN 56285, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Family's Proud Heritage (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Enestvedt Marker (approx. one mile away); The Kittelsland Water Wheel (approx. one mile away); The Joseph R. Brown House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Farther and Gay Castle
Lars Rudi Home image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
4. Lars Rudi Home
1868 1948
National Register of Historic Places #86001924
(approx. 2.2 miles away); Boiling Spring (approx. 2.6 miles away); Vicksburg Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Schwandt State Monument (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacred Heart.
 
More about this marker. photo caption: Thor Helgeson
 
Also see . . .  Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway. Site 41: Rudi Memorial. (Submitted on January 12, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Rudi Memorial
The cabin is a small museum and has more displays and pictures than shown here.
    — Submitted January 12, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

 
Additional keywords. Rudi Cabin
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Dovetail Notching image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
5. Dovetail Notching
Rudi Memorial
On National Registry
of Historic Places
Built in 1868
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
6. Stairs to Upper Room
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
7. Upper Room / Attic
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
8. Displays
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
9. Rudi Memorial
This log house, located on the Sioux Trail, was built by Thor Helegson in 1868 for Lars & Vighild Rudi. Lars became a lay religious leader of the community, having services and parochial school in this log cabin before Opdal Church was built. This Rudi Memorial was owned and cared for by the O.O. Enestvedt family for many years. It is now owned and mainntained by the Enestvedt Bros. Seed Company.
1943 Marker by Andrew Davidson image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
10. 1943 Marker by Andrew Davidson
located inside the Rudi Memorial
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
11. Picture
Numedalslaget Minneapolis Minn. June 12-13-1913
Photo by Camera Craft Minneapolis Minn.
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By K. Linzmeier, September 25, 2013
12. Picture
Timothy O'Connor
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 362 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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