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HISTORIC OCONTO COUNTY CHURCH HISTORIES


TABOR LUTHERAN CHURCH
re-established 1909
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church
First established 1892
Independent Scandinavian Lutheran Church

established 1904

Town of ARMSTRONG
(now town of MOUNTAIN)

Oconto County, Wisconsin


Photo post card owned and contributed by Rita
The Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church building was erected in 1908
at the present Tabor Luthern Church parking lot, 14153 Church Road,
southeast of Mountain at Silver Hill Road.
It was replaced in 1979 by a modern church building now in use. 


The original Armstrong Township Hall (now Mountain) is on the left
and stood Silver Hill Road from the Armstrong (now Mountain) Township Cemetery
before being moved into village of Mountain in 1923. It no longer stands.




TABOR LUTHERAN CHURCH
established as
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church
then
Independent Scandinavian Lutheran Church
MOUNTAIN
Oconto County, Wisconsin
 

From the "Local History" Booklet - Suring School System, 1979.

Tabor Lutheran Church was organized in 1904 as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church. At first, worship services were held in the homes of the members, but it was soon decided to begin work on a church building. Construction began in the spring of 1908, and the building was completed in September of that year.

During this time, some Danes and Norwegians had also been admitted to the membership in the congregation, so the name of the church was changed, and in 1909 the congregation was incorporated as the Independent Scandinavian Lutheran Church. The charter members were: John Sandberg (Jan Olson), Lars Stromberg, Peter Andrew Olson, Carl G. Friedland, Anton Stromgren, Nels Sandberg, Mitchell Stomberg, Mitchell Larson, Jacob Coleman, Ofaf Lundquist, August Friedland, Anders Olson, and G. Friedland.

The congregation joined the Augustana Synod in 1914, and the church was rededicated as Tabor Evangelical lutheran Church. In 1958, the congregation severed it's connection with the Augustana Synod and became a free church until 1967 when it joined the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Over 400 people attended the dedication services for the new church on Sunday, April 29, 1979.

Courtesy of the Oconto County Reporter local history series printed in 1971

The original structure for the Scandinavian Lutheran Church was built in the early 1890's (1892) in the town's original location at the top of the rocky "mountain" outcroping and was the public school. The town "slide" downhill to it's present location after 1897 when the railroad chose that route, and sold the building to the congregation.  Members of the congregation were Norwegian and Danish and eventually merged with the local Swedish Lutheran Church to form the Tabor Lutheran Church.


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