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In the cemetary, studying memorials

A miniature replica of a church in the cemetary

Photo of a memorial carved to resemble a tree trunk on which rests an open book

In the cemetary, studying a memorial shaped like a tree

In the cemetary, studying memorials

In the cemetary, studying memorials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of a tombstone,  engraved with a hand pointing heavenward

In the cemetary, studying memorials

In the cemetary, studying memorials

In the cemetary, studying a gravestone

In the cemetary, studying a gravestone

In the cemetary, studying a gravestone

 

 

 

 

 

Norway Grove Memorial Lutheran Church Cemetery
Deforest, WI

Drawing of the Norway Gove Memorial Lutheran Church in Deforest, Wisconsin

The first Norwegians came to the Townships of Windsor and Vienna in 1844. During the next three years, many settlers came here from Sogn, Norway, to the community lying in the northwestern part of the Town of Windsor and the adjoining portion of the Town of Vienna. This region became known as Norway Grove, with its hills, woods and creeks reminding the immigrants of their homeland.

Shortly after New Year's of 1847, these Norwegian settlers, together with those of Spring Prairie and Bonnet Prairie, invited J. W. C. Dietrichson, pastor at Koshkonong, to come and conduct services and to baptize their children. In October of 1849 it was decided that the settlers from these three areas would organize a Norwegian Lutheran Congregation.

The site for the first church at Norway Grove is described in the deed of Dec. 15, 1853. It was purchased from Erik Johnson and John J. Johnson for ten dollars, containing one acre and one hundred fifty-two square rods of land, "for church purposes including site for a meeting house, burying or cemetery ground and a way to get thereunto from the east side of said section."

The first stone church was dedicated in 1861, but by 1902 the congregation had grown so much that a new church had to be built. This second church was completed and dedicated on May 17, 1903.

--Adapted from History of the Norway Grove Lutheran Church, 1947.

 

 

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