The history of Holden Lutheran Church
In 1855 Rev. Nils Brandt, of Oconomowoc, WI, came on foot and was the first pastor to visit settlers in this area. He performed the first baptism and first wedding recorded in Holden's church records. In 1856 Rev. P. A. Rasmussen preached in several locations. The settlers met to organize a congregation on the site of the present Lloyd & Gerry Voxland home, (previously the site of the Gronvold home, the first medical doctor). 73 men and one woman signed the charter at the organizational meeting September 12, 1856. In August, they bought and secured a deed to 100 acres of land. This became the site of the present parsonage and church. Holden Parish consisted of the area that now includes the congregations of Minneola, Dale, Hegre, Lands, Gol, Moland, Valley Grove, Vang and Urland. Prof. Laur. Larson from Rush River, WI, came on foot in 1858 and baptized 157 children in outdoor services. He also dedicated the Holden cemetery and held services and baptisms in September 1859. Many of the first members came from Telemarken in Norway where there was a village called Holden and that is how the name was chosen. Prof. Larson later became the president of Luther College, Decorah, IA.
First Pastor - B. J. Muus 1859 - 1899; helped found Luther College; Principal of Holden Academy 1869 - 1874; Founder of St. Olaf College, 1874.
The first church building was completed in 1871 and served the congretation for 53 years until the present structure replaced it in 1924.
The present church was dedicated in 1924 with an estimated crowd of 7000 present. The cost of the present church was $56,687.00.
GPS Coordinates: 44.32039, -92.89361
- Added: 5 Sep 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #194442
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