Hansen's in Repose
Those who read this page in the past, the
information regarding the Lutheran Church's of Christ and Ingeborg
was all wrong. As of May, 2008 I returned to Faulkton to research
more data. I contacted some long-standing
members of the present congregation of the Lutheran Church and Irene
Cordts, the accepted historian for Faulkton.
The Faulkton Historical Society had a calendar with old turn of the
Christ and Ingeborg were Norwegian
They did go to the Lutheran Church in Orient, So. Dak.
However, apparently the Norski's and the Swede's did
not get along and they
controlled the church there. Thus,
Christ and Ingeborg attended the
Lutheran Church in
The Norwegian Lutheran Church was located where the house at West Side Motel
is now located. It was built in 1909. Christian Hansen bought
a granary and had
it moved there. Members brought lumbar and built an entry and bell loft,
a bell was never installed. The first service was held Dec. 25,
1909. It was dedicated
May 6, 1912. ( No explanation why so late) By 1915 the church was
abandoned. ( Now this
continues to be a mystery as to why! No preacher? What and where did
Ingeborg attend services. Or did they?
I blew up the group of folks in the above photo as Christ is standing there.
He, I think is the 4th person on the left with the hat on the top row.
Enlarging this photo makes it
somewhat grainy, but if you look at enough photos of Christ, this person most
resembles him. Click
the photo for enlargement.
This is a photo of the same church building after it was abandoned. The
is gone. Why? Robert Hansen says that he believed the steeple was
along Hwy 14
somewhere. I doubt that this wooden structure survived much since then.
says this is how she remembered the Lutheran Church when her husband attended.
Phyllis (Hansen) Markegard, daughter to Halbert says that she remembers
the funerals of her grandparents and this is how she remembered the building.
the steeple) The parish was re-established in 1925.
The article I got my information from states that the new Lutheran Church was
purchased in 1948 and remains at the same location just west of the present St.
Church in Faulkton. The above building was sold. Not confirmed, but
it has been said that this
building ended up in Ree Heights on a farm to be used once again as a granary.
This is the full page taken from a booklet on the history of the Lutheran
Churches in Faulkton
and Ipswich, SD. Short, but contains interesting information. Click
for a larger image.
Of interest, while in Faulkton in 2006,
my cousin Dale Eschenbaum received a call from a
member of the Lutheran Historical Society or something like that in Faulkton.
She had called
to inquire about Christ and Ingeborg Hansen. Apparently she was going
through some old
records and found an entry regarding the "Hansen's" complaints about the new
the church building. Apparently, the front entry was a building that was
attached to the main
church building and Christ was not happy with it's appearance. Said it
looked like an old shed of
Christ was a man of his times and
carried the prejudices of that time. He was very Lutheran and
became distant from those children who left the faith. His daughter Anna
married a catholic and
there was never a bond that grew. Though Joe Kuper changed his religion,
in his heart remained catholic
and received those rites when close to death.
My grandmother, Ida, also married a catholic and did not
change her religion
until after her father's death. (This information is from
his grand-daughter, Alice, daughter
Ingeborg is buried on the left and Christ is buried on the right. They
have an 8 plot
section of which all sons except for Halbert are buried. He is in the
Prairie View Cemetery south of Orient
along with Leah.
Josephine is buried in Montana,
Elizabeth in Utah. Ida is buried in
Faulkton Cemetery in the catholic section with her family.
(1883 - 1977)
Hansen farm) ( Anna & Joe buried
in Faulkton Cemetery next to catholic section)
( Elizabeth here*Utah* 1970)
Josephine & Frank are buried in the
Lakeview Cemetery at Conrad, Montana
" Ted "
" Ole "
" Slim "
Wife to John
Overall view of the Hansen burial area at
Graves of William and Ida ( Hansen ) Eschenbaum
Prairie View Cemetery
Halbert & Leah are buried 1 mile south of Orient, So. Dak.
Enlarged Photo of Tombstone
Overall view - Halbert's stone is to right of double white markers center-right