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Near Willmar in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Guri Endresen-Rosseland

Vikor Lutheran Church Solomon Lake

 
 
Guri Endresen-Rosseland Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
1. Guri Endresen-Rosseland Marker
Inscription.
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,
Guri Endresen-Rosseland Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
2. Guri Endresen-Rosseland Marker
background: Vikor Lutheran Church Cemetery
located two miles west of the church at the end of the marked trail.

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.

This plaque has been place in this centennial
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);
Guri Endresen-Rosseland Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
3. Guri Endresen-Rosseland Marker
background: Vikor Lutheran Church
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
Vikor Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
4. Vikor Lutheran Church
. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on July 29, 2014.) 
 
Additional keywords. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Settlements & SettlersWars, US Indian
 
Vikor Lutheran Church image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
5. Vikor Lutheran Church
Sign Attached to Church image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
6. Sign Attached to Church
Historic Marker
State Monument in Churchyard
where Sleeps
Guri Endreson
the Heroine in the Indian War
Old Home Log Cabin two Miles West on the Lake
Solomon Lake (Vikor) Church
Guri Endresen Rosseland State Monument image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, August 27, 2014
7. Guri Endresen Rosseland State Monument
The cemetery monument noted in the marker text.
(State Monument Number 10 Erected 1907)
Guri Endresen.
1813 — 1881.
Erected by the State in Memory of Her Heroic Deeds During Indian Massacre 1862
Rosseland
Trail to Guri Endresen Cabin Site image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, July 16, 2014
8. Trail to Guri Endresen Cabin Site
(Cabin site is beyond the gate.)
 
 
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 440 times since then and 90 times this year. 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.
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