Upon the settlement of the Danish colonies at Tyler and Diamond Lake in 1886, next to their first purpose was that of organizing and the erection of a church wherein they might worship.
The first divine service was held at the home of Eiler Thomsen on May 12, 1887. At this service Laura Thomsen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eiler Thomsen, was baptized, thus being the first child/person to receive the baptismal rites in the new congregation.
When the colony was first established, the North Western Railway Company donated 100 acres of land, situated on the banks of the lake after which the township was name, - Diamond Lake Township, to be used for church purposes. This land was afterwards sold to Peter Linnet for the sum of $500 and the proceeds devoted to the erection of a church edifice. The $500 was not enough to build a church, and it was found necessary to ask for donations. This was done and the church was built, without any debt in 1890.
Mr. Jorgen Jorgensen, of Dwight, Illinois donated three acres of land whereon was built the church structure in 1890. P.C. Pedersen, owned the farm adjoining the church donated two aces of land adjoining the grounds and cemetery on the south, and heron was built a church hall
Diamond Lake Cemetery Alternate name[s]
Danish Evangelical Cemetery Township
Diamond Lake Twp City
GPS Coordinates: 44.32985, -96.2812
- Added: 18 Sep 2008
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2276576
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