Benton Lutheran Church
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N 43° 39.586 W 096° 51.297
14T E 672959 N 4836320
Quick Description: Unfavorable economic conditions in the mid 1800's in Sweden led many young people to search for a better life in America.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 6/9/2006 7:35:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMEGG
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Long Description:
At first, itinerant preachers from Minnesota occassionally held services in home or a nearby school. On May 4, 1878, 25 of the new Swedish-Americans met in the home of Samuel Johnson to organize a congregation. They drafted a constitution and the church was named the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation.
Stone was hauled from Sioux Falls and materials and furnishings were freighted from Minneapolis. The newly formed Ladies Sewing Society had a sale of their goods and raised enough money to purchase pews. A steeple and bell were added in 1884.
In 1913 lightning struck the church and the building was destroyed. Only the bell, which was cracked, was salvaged. Members immediately agreed to rebuild.
Benton Lutheran Church has maintained a strong support for local and worldwide missions.
Marker Name: Benton Lutheran Church

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text: Not listed

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