Pastor Ole's Document
Wednesday the 16th of August 1876 shortly
after midday, the first stone was laid in the foundation of this church.
This church shall be called St. Petri Church
and it shall be the church for St. Petri district of the Little Denmark
Danish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Montcalm county, Michigan.
St. Petri district which heretofore has been
called "Little Settlement" was given the new name yesterday.
St. Petri cost will be assumed by the
district members only.
The location of the church and the land
around it, designated for a cemetery (almost one acre) was presented to the
district by Peter Nielsen. The foundation under the church will be laid free
of charge by Peter Andersen.
The church will be built by carl Jensen. He
will be paid two dollars ($2.00) a day and free meals. His helper will be
paid one dollar ($1.00) a day and free meals.
Peter Anderson provided the carpenters with
meals free of charge.
The carpenter Carl Jensen is a member of
Little Denmark Congregation. He was born in Sieby Denmark on August 4 1850.
Little Denmark Congregation which consists of
Danish people only, was organized by the Norwegian pastor T. H. Wald of
Whitehall, Michigan on Monday Apr. 23, 1873. He also served them every fifth
Sunday until the congregation got itís own Pastor Ole Amble.
Pastor Amble was born in Sogndal, Norway on
Wednesday July 28, 1847 and was baptized in Kaupasger Church (annexed to
Sogndab) on Sunday June 22, 1847 and was confirmed in Tefsens Church Sunday
June 22, 1862. In May 1871 he came to Madison Wisconsin and soon after was
called as pastor to Iowa Rivers and Kaupaager Congregation in Allamdkee
County, Iowa and was ordained by the president of the Norwegian Danish
Conference Pastor Johan Olsen in Lashervalley Norwegian Lutheran Church in
Rock county, Wisconsin on June 11, 1872.
After being called as pastor of Little
Denmark Congregation, Pastor Amble preached his first sermon May 24, 1874.
This was Pentecost Sunday (records show that this service was in the
Pastor Amble belongs to the Norwegian Danish
Lutheran Conference in America whose president is Pastor Johan Olsen of St.
The family fathers of St. Petri are as
Peter Nielson who gave the land for the
church and cemetery.
Niels Peder Jensen
Lars Pedersen (trustee)
Jens Peder Pedersen
Lars Hansen (vice-president)
Peter Andersen (who built the
foundation and boarded the carpenters)
Anders M. Johansen
Johan M. Johansen (deacon)
All these men were born in Denmark.
St. Petri district consists of nearly 95
souls and on December 31, 1975 the whole congregation including Little
Denmark district was 466 souls. These statistics can be seen in the 7th
St. Petri Church as far as the carpentry is
concerned will be completed by November 1, 1876.
Officers on the whole congregation are as
Lars Hansen (St. Petri)
The president of the United States is now
General U.S. Grant and the governor of Michigan is John Bagley.
This document was written by Pastor Amble. It
has not been read by anyone previous to the placement in the box.
Pastor Amble has arranged the contents of
this zinc box, procured it and had it soldered.
"Let the beauty of the Lord our God be
upon us; and establish those the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of
our hands established it." Psalm 90:17
I am very happy that this church is to be
built. It will be the first church to be built in the Little Denmark
congregation. The members of St. Petri district have without request or
challenge from me or others agreed to build this church and I must give them
great credit for their interest in truth and many I have reason to believe
seek after freedom in Christ Jesus. The Lord will bless me and and all the
people. He gives us all that we can live and die in the faith in Godís Son
and through Him will be saved!!!
Gowen Michigan in the house that Little
Denmark congregation has bought for a parsonage for itís pastor.
Wednesday August 16, 1876,
12 oíclock midnight
Pastor for Little Denmark Danish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation
Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Minister