|OUR SAVIOR'S LUTHERAN CEMETERY |
The southern part of the Lake Shetek Norwegian Lutheran congregation desired to form a congregation on their own. They met January 12, 1898, at the Jasper Johnson home and organized the Dovray Norwegian Lutheran Church.
Charter members were: Ole and Christ Hager, Martin and Ole Norstegard, Tosten and Math Lien, Math Olsen, Erick Peterson, Jasper, Joe, Iver, Jack, John, and Ole Johnson, Peder Iverson, Haaken Engen, Paul Vold, Simon and Math Tostengard, Hans Oiom, Jack Severson, and Arne Rosland.
Ole Hager donated two acres of land for the church and cemetery. The church building was 56 X 26 feet, cost $1,636.65 and was dedicated July 15, 1900 by Reverend L.P. Thorkveen. On June 22, 1908, the church was destroyed by a cyclone. Church services were held in homes until the church was rebuilt, the same size on the same foundation at a cost of $2,161.65.
The second church building was also destroyed, being stuck by lighting and burned to the ground on June 19, 1931. The Ladies' Aid had purchased the old Bank building in Dovray and this was used for services until and agreement was made with the German Lutheran Church of Dovray to use their church, which became the property of Our Savior's in 1945.
In 1952 a new church was built and dedicated. A parsonage was built near the church in 1963.
The list below was transcribed in cooperation with the Murray County Veteran's Service and volunteers. For comments, corrections, or information on Our Savior's Lutheran Cemetery, please contact Jim Reinert at 507-836-6148 Extension 154.
The Murray County graving expert is Char Larson who was also instrumental in making this information available.