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 Guri <I>Endresen</I> Endreson

Guri Endresen Endreson

Death 20 Jun 1881 (aged 68)
Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Willmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, USA
Plot The grave and marker are located in the southwest corner of the cemetery.
Memorial ID 60249095 · View Source
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The text below was taken from the churchyard plaque honoring Guri Endreson. The plaque was installed and dedicated in 1962, on the 100th anniversary of the events which took the lives of her husband and son, and is pictured to the right (middle). A 1962 photo showing Governor Elmer Anderson dedicating the plaque is also attached to this memorial.

Guri Endresen-Rosseland
Vikor Lutheran Church Solomon Lake
This monument has been placed to honor Guri Endresen-Rosseland and other early settlers of the Solomon Lake Community. The settlers were predominately immigrants from Hardanger, Norway. Among the special characteristics of these were their courage and faith in Almighty God.
No one of them exemplified these characteristics more than Guri Endresen-Rosseland whose heroic deeds have resulted in her being acclaimed one of the most outstanding heroines of the nation. The State of Minnesota has recognized her heroism by erecting a monument alongside her grave. This monument is located in this cemetery.
During the Sioux Indian uprising of 1862, a band of Indians attacked the Endresen cabin, killing the husband Lars, and a son, Endre. Guri escaped with her infant daughter, Anna, by hiding in the cellar. After the Indians left, she hitched the family oxen to a cart and set out with her child for refuge at Forest City, some thirty miles away. Enroute she stopped at the homes of other settlers, attending to the needs of those wounded in the massacre. Some she took with her. All travel was in darkness.
Following the submission of Chief Little Crow and his warriors, Guri returned to the family homestead to rebuild her home. The cabin and graves are preserved in the Guri Endresen cabin site, located two miles west of the church at the end of the marked trail.
The Vikor Lutheran Congregation was organized at the Endresen cabin in 1871. It was named after the Vikor Church in Norway which was built by Lars Endresen.
This plaque has been placed in this centennial year of the Sioux uprising in the State of Minnesota by the Vikor Memorial Association and the Council of Bygdelags, June, 1962.

NOTE: Thank you to G.W. Perrault for sponsoring this Find A Grave memorial.

  • Created by: Bill Cox
  • Added: 17 Oct 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60249095
  • G W Perrault
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Guri Endresen Endreson (26 Mar 1813–20 Jun 1881), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60249095, citing Vikor Lutheran Church Cemetery, Willmar, Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Bill Cox (contributor 47178385) .