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The Independent Scandanavian
Lutheran Church was saved from the fires which devastated the
Built in 1908, the members of the congregation first met in various
for their worship services.
congregation became a member
of the Augustana Synod in 1914. In 1958 the congregation severed its
and remained independent until joining the Lutheran - Missouri Synod in
1967. In 1978 the congregation began plans to build a new structure,
dedication services taking place for the newly completed Tabor Lutheran
Church on April 29, 1979.
Bert Schmidt has been the
pastor since 1975. ?his photo is courtesy of Ivy Rasmussen-Shreffler.
town of Mountain and the newly
built church were saved from total ruin as were other settlements by
of 'back firing1. A line of fire some distance in advance of the blaze
would be set, this being controlled as it was not too large, then
in the direction of the oncoming fire. Thus a strip of burned over area
it died for lack of fuel.
a few years the burned over
areas provided bounteous crops of blackberries, raspberries and blue
The local settlers could often times pick 50 to 75 quarts of
a day within calling distance of their homes.
such as grouse and rabbit
beceime more abundant and where there had been nothing but charred
of woodlands, now there were large sections that took on a prairie like
nature. With this phenomena, prairie chicken, in great numbers moved in
from the south and became inhabitants of these northern areas.
the advent of these proliferations,
carnivorous fur bearers increased; mink, otter, weasels, fox, and
found fertile ground for depredations. Bear also found more food for
and so increased.
however/ were not as plentyful
as they are today. Deer were usually hunted with dogs with the watchers
waiting along the streams at certain area known to ba deer crossings.
groups were so numerous
that if you walked a half mile through their habitat and failed to
15 to 20 birds, you complained that the population was down!
winter time boys used to walk the logging roads through a swampy area
pick the birds off with a '22' as they fed on popular buds.
tail rabbits abounded in
areas close to clearings, while it helped to have a dog, it was no
to bag a half dozen rabbits sitting with a 22 from one spot. All this
an hour of hunting!
swampy areas teamed with snowshoe
rabbits and here again it was an easy task to carry home a half dozen
a short while. Snaring rabbits was another means of providing meat for
the table. After the snow cover was here to stay for the winter, snares
made of picture or stove pipe wire were set out along the rabbit run
A dozen snares would net 3 or 4 rabbits per night.