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Tom Nelson
RE: Nils and Maria Jonson in Walla Church cemetery
Hi again! I don't mean to "burst your bubble" here but this is what I posted to the Walla Church's "cemetery page" on Find A Grave:

"The book 100 Years of Precious Memories, Walla Lutheran Church, New Effington, South Dakota, July 3, 1994) is a history of the Walla Lutheran Church.

Walla Lutheran Church
46532 105th St.
New Effington, SD 57255-6228
(605)537-4505

Rev. Suzanne M. Benidt
10372 462nd Ave.
New Effington, SD 57255-6228
email: benidt@venturecomm.net"

Now if, as I suppose, that book was published on the 100th anniversary of the church's inception, then the church would have been founded around 1894. And if you look at Nils' 1905 state census record, it shows that he - and, I suppose, his wife Maria - didn't arrive in South Dakota until 1895. So, did they help to "build" this church. It's a close call!!! I've tried to find that 100 Years book on eBay, Amazon.com, etc. without success. Maybe you should give it a try! Or maybe you could just send an email to Rev. Benidt and ask her if your g-grandparents are mentioned in the book. I would think she'd have a copy!!! Good hunting, Tom
Added by Tom Nelson on Oct 04, 2013 9:30 AM
Tom Nelson
Nils and Maria Jonson in Walla Church cemetery
Hi Pam! Thanks for noticing my "work". Last summer I and a woman from South Dakota, Mary Wommer, took up the project of doing a "census" of this cemetery. No one from Find A Grave apparently knew of this little church cemetery. (I live in Kansas City and a distant relative of mine - a Titanic fatality - has a "memorial" in this same cemetery. Here is his memorial.) Anyway, I set up the pages for the 300-some persons buried there and she took the photos. It was a lot of fun doing this! That's neat that you are discovering your roots. I took the opportunity to "beef up" Nils' page so click here to see his new page. There are a number of "family trees on Ancestry.com which include this couple and a real nice photo of the two. I will try to upload that photo later. If you aren't a member of Ancestry perhaps your local library subscribes to this database. If so you can see these databases for free. It appears that when Nils and Maria came to America, they brought seven of their children with them! Must have cost a bundle!!! Gotta go now. Later, Tom
Added by Tom Nelson on Oct 03, 2013 1:28 PM
 

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