Old York Lutheran Free Church
Operated: 1855 - 1977
Pastors: P.A. Rasmussen 1855-1860; J.M. Fjeld 1860-1862; P. Isberg 1882-1888; O.M. Saevig 1888-1892; H. Voldal 1892-1903; H. Hoverstad 1904-1909; J.M. Green 1910-1923; J.R. Lavik 1923-1925; J.M. Myrvang 1926-1931; I.A. Lavik 1932-1950; J.O. Jotgrnson 1951-1958; G. Pedersen 1958-1964
Notes: In 1850 settlers that were located on the juncture of Dane, Iowa, Green and Lafayette Counties formed a church congregation. Worship services were held at the Torger Skartum farm. York church was organized in 1855 by 20 families. Construction of a church building was begun in 1861, but was delayed by the Civil War. The church was completed and dedicated in 1872. In 1880 a disagreement arose in the congregation and it split. One congregation faction purchased the existing building and the other built a new structure. These buildings became known as the “Old York” and the “New York.” Over the years the Old York Church constructed in 1861 was added on to and remodeled with a parish hall constructed in 1953. The church closed I 1966 and its members joined other congregations. The old church was razed in 1977. A monument to its existence and the cemetery are all that remain.
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