Throwback Thursday: Scandinavian Baptist Kirken

Paul Riemerman

Paul Stenshoel of Valley City provided this photograph of Valley City's former Scandinavian Baptist Kirken. Kirken means church in Norwegian.

Stenshoel said the original structure still stands today, minus the ornamental steeple, and is located at 214 Third Street Southeast, now the home of Valley City's Masonic Lodge.

Of the 10 charter members, four were from the Jacobson/Ellingson Families of Hobart and Green Township. The Jacobson/Ellingsons were active Baptists while living in Chicago during the 1870's and organized here when the first Sunday school classes were held at Richie Schoolhouse, taught by Marie Jacobson, wife of Enoch.

The church was built in the First Ward of Valley City during the early 1900s, one block off the Sheyenne River, where traditionally baptismal was done by submersion in the river.

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