Flaxton Danish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation Church, taken in 1910. Standing from left to right: Paul Petersen, Anton Winther, Mads P. Strandskov, A. J. Nygaard, Mrs. A. J. Nygaard, Mrs. Mads Strandskov, Mrs. Paul Petersen, Lars Jacobsen, Anna Winther, Hilda Petersen, Mrs. Lars Jacobsen, Hilda Jacobsen, Mrs. Chris Rawn, Valborg Strandskov, Rebbecca Petersen, unknown, Berman Jacobsen, Viggo Strandskov, Paul Jacobsen, John Winther, Rudolf Jacobsen, Einer Strandskov, Student Pastor J. J. Larager. In the front row, children of these families.
From “Pioneers and Progress,” Volume I, The Burke County and White Earth Valley Historical Society, 1971, ©1972, printed by Quality Printing Service, a division of Bismarck Tribune, Bismarck, North Dakota, pages 800-801; originally published in the booklet "History of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1907-1957, Flaxton, North Dakota," prepared by the Members of the Danish Lutheran Aid, 1957, printed by The Flaxton Print Shop, Flaxton, North Dakota:
DANISH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
So is gone another landmark of Flaxton pioneer life. Built in 1907, dedicated December 1, 1907, by a group of homesteaders of the Evangelical Lutheran faith, it stood until the spring of 1958 when it was sold, torn down and the material moved.
Following is a list, perhaps not complete of these early members and their families: Anton Winther, Ole Winther, Mads Strandskov, Christian Rawn, Lars Jacobsen, Paul Petersen, Ferdinand Jensen, Henry Barer, A. J. Nygaard, Chris Jensen, Andrew Kaae, P. C. Petersen, Harold Petersen, Edvig Rasmussen, Valdemar Roland, Paul Wiggers, and George Hansen. The first board in about 1900 was Mads Strandskov, President; Harold Peterson, Secretary; Paul Petersen, Treasurer. Trustees were George Hansen, Lars Jacobsen, Anton Winther. Deacons were Ole Winther, Paul Wiggers and A. J. Nygaard.
Three acres of land was purchased from Marion Baker in 1902. This was for a cemetery plot and land on which to build a church.
These early homesteaders had their homes to build and numerous hardships we do not realize. But they also had a need for a church in which to worship. The first years they met in the homes or in a school house whenever a minister could be secured.
The church was a building 24x28x14 built almost entirely by members. Inside fixtures such as altar railings, baptismal font, and lectern were all the work of loving hands.
Perhaps these figures could be of interest as taken from an old secretary's book. Cost of building: cellar and foundation, $48.00; lumber, $550.23; stove, $30.00; chairs, $40.00.
Services were quite irregular but when a minister was not available lay services were conducted. Everyone attended, young and old; coming many miles with horses as transportation. We children were arranged on the front benches and I know personally that simple as it may have been, when we worshiped there I had the feeling that we were in the House of God.
These early settlers had high hopes of a growing congregation eventually converting this building into a parsonage when they could erect a church. But somehow the interest of the Synod and influential persons could not be directed to Flaxton. So it has crumbled little by little, not only the building but the congregation and its hopes of continuing as a group.
Because we were often without a residing pastor many of the children were confirmed in the Norwegian Lutheran Church at Flaxton. Two were confirmed at Dagmar, Mont., by Rev. Svend Jorgensen.
Ministers and students who have served the congregation are: Rev. Henrik Plambeck, 1903-1905; J. J. Lerager, Student Parochial School, 1910; Rev. P. Jensen, 1915-1916; Christian Andersen, Student, Parochial School; Rev. N. C. Neilsen, 1916-1919, Parochial School; Rev. L. Henningsen, a few weeks to see if the climate would help his asthma; Rev. Charles Petersen, 1920-1922; Rev. J. P. Andreasen, 1923-1933; Gordon Miller, 1947, Student Parochial School; Carlo Petersen, 1948, Student Parochial School and Calvin Rossman, 1952, Student Parochial School.
From Dagmar, Mont., the ministers were faithful in coming in for services once or twice a month and usually a service during Christmas. Some of these were: Rev. Svend Jorgensen, Rev. A. E. Frost, Rev. H. C. Strandskov, Rev. Marius Larsen, Rev. John Enselmann, Rev. M. Nikkelsen, Rev. Ove R. Nielsen. Rev. Enselmann came whenever there was a fifth Sunday in the month. He usually spent several days and managed to visit each family. Even a 20 degree below stormy Sunday did not keep us from going to church because we knew Rev. Enselmann would be there altho he had a distance of over 100 miles. We shall always remember Rev. and Mrs. Enselmann for the personal interest in our little group.
Through the years when Rev. Andreasen and family were here we also had parochial school for two or three weeks. This was conducted in the Danish language. The following teachers served: Anna Jensen, Tyler, Minnesota; Agnes Jacobsen, Flaxton, North Dakota; Johanna Rasmussen, Nebraska; and Anna Petersen, Des Moines, Iowa.
Very soon now we shall be dissolved; the younger folks we hope will join other churches of the neighborhood, just as older folks will support them as we depend on them for needed services.
We have given the pictures, lecturn, baptismal font, altar railings, communion service and hymnals to various local churches who had use for them.
Our parsonage was sold on monthly payments and a cemetery association was organized, the board to have charge of disposal of the money in accordance with the decision of the congregation. We decided to give $300 to the Ebenezer, Brush, Colorado; $200 each to the following: local St. Paul's, Missouri Synod, Flaxton. The remaining sum is to be divided equally between District V and the Synod.
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