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Mankato's Evangelical Lutheran Church beginnings

 

January 30, 2020

If a new community is built and people are to be reached, then a congregation must be established.

On Dec. 14, 1872, at the courthouse located in Jewell Center, Kansas, (now Mankato) a meeting was called to establish a congregation. Eleven voting members were present. John J. Abbie was elected foreman and Jacob Tonning as secretary. The group resolved to affiliate with the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Synod. A letter received said there would be a visit by Pastor G. Erdakh. He arrived for his visit in the spring of 1873.

When the congregation was organized, there was not a perma...



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