Near Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Vikor Lutheran Church · Solomon Lake
This monument has been placed to honor Guri Endresen-Rosseland and other early settlers of the Solomon Lake community. The settlers were predominately immigrants from Hardanger, Norway. Among the special characteristics of these pioneers were their courage and faith in Almighty God.
No one of them exemplified these characteristics more than Guri Endresen-Rosseland whose heroic deeds have resulted in her being acclaimed one of the most outstanding heroines of the nation. The State of Minnesota has recognized her heroism by erecting a monument alongside her grave. This monument is located in this cemetery.
During the Sioux Indian Uprising of 1862, a band of Indians attacked the Endresen cabin, killing the husband, Lars, and a son, Endre. Guri Endresen escaped with her infant daughter, Anna, by hiding in the cellar. After the Indians left, she hitched the family oxen to a cart and set out with her child for refuge at Forest City, some thirty miles away. Enroute she stopped at the homes of other settlers, attending to the needs of those wounded in the massacre. Some she took with her. All travel was by darkness.
Following the submission of Chief Little Crow and his warriors, Guri returned to the family homestead to rebuild her home. The cabin and graves are preserved in the Guri Endresen Cabin Site,
The Vikor Lutheran Congregation was organized at the Endresen cabin in 1871. It was named after the Vikor Church in Norway which was built by Lars Endresen.
year of the Sioux Uprising in the State of Minnesota
by the Vikor Memorial Association and the
Council of Bygdelags, June, 1962.
Erected 1962 by the Vikor Memorial Association and the Council of Bygdelags.
Location. 45° 11.137′ N, 95° 4.713′ W. Marker is near Willmar, Minnesota, in Kandiyohi County. Marker is on County Highway 5 0.2 miles north of 60th Avenue Northwest (County Highway 25), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Willmar MN 56201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turning Back Time (approx. 0.4 miles away); Haugen Homestead (approx. 2.2 miles away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 4.3 miles away); C.C.C. Worker (approx. 4.3 miles away); Geology of the Willmar Region (approx. 4.3 miles away); Robbins Island (approx. 4.3 miles away); Veterans War Memorial (approx. 4.4 miles away); Johannes Iverson (approx. 4˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willmar.
More about this marker. In August 1862, the Minnesota Dakota, also known by the French term, “Sioux," waged war against the United States following two years of unfulfilled treaty obligations. After attacking the Redwood (Lower Sioux) Agency, a remote government outpost, the Dakota moved with speed and surprise in southwestern Minnesota and what was then eastern Dakota Territory, killing nearly everyone in their path. They killed approximately 800 settlers and soldiers, took many prisoners, and caused extensive property damage throughout the Minnesota River Valley.
Also see . . .
1. The Guri Endreson Rosseland Story. (Submitted on July 25, 2014.)
2. Guri Endreson Cabin. (Submitted on July 25, 2014.)
3. 1862 Dakota War. "It was the largest Indian war in American history. The main battleground was the entire Minnesota River Valley in southern and central Minnesota. The uprising spread into the Dakota Territories and sent panic into Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin." (Submitted on July 25, 2014.)
4. Dakota War of 1862 (Submitted on July 29, 2014.)
Additional keywords. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
Categories. • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers • Wars, US Indian •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 547 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 25, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 7. submitted on October 9, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 8. submitted on July 25, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.