Ingemann Danish Lutheran Church

27 May

Thomas and Maren Larson, buried in the Ingemann Danish Lutheran Church cemetery outside of Moorehead, Iowa. Their photograph and some information hangs in the entry way of the Ingemann Danish Lutheran church.
Thomas emigrated to America from Denmark in 1881. Citizenship papers show the name Lauridsen, but later a marriage certificate shows the name Larson.
Maren Christensen was born in Vorda, Denmark in 1861 and came to America in 1884. Thomas and Maren married in the same year she arrived and farmed in Willow Township in the vicinity for 10 years, then moved to a farm across from the Ingemann Church. Maren planted peony bushes in the cemetery of the church that are still blooming today.
Thomas died in 1919 and Maren passed in 1948.

Bethesday Lutheran Church, Moorehead, Iowa, Pastor Carla Johnsen presides over a Memorial Day church service at the Ingemann Danish Lutheran Church Sunday, May 26, 2013. Located on Monona County Road E54 near Moorehead, Iowa, the church was built in 1884 by Danish immigrants, and each year one Sunday service is held, the Sunday preceding Memorial Day, to remember history, family, and fallen service members. (photo by Jerry Mennenga ©

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