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Pastors of the Fort Ridgely, Dale, Concordia and Morton Congregations
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
The membership of Fort Ridgely, Dale, Concordia and Morton churches is at present 380.
These congregations have been served by the following pastors:
I. Rev. Thomas Johnson, from the organization of Fort Ridgely congregation to the tenth of October, 1871. He was born in Valders, Norway, April 27, 1837, graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1863. The same year he came to Saint Peter, Minnesota, where he served in the ministry of the gospel to his death, April 19, 1906. In the pioneer days his mission field extended over the counties of Minnesota, Iowa and Dakota.
II. Rev. Johannes E. Bergh, from Sacred Heart, Minnesota, served these congregations from October 10, 1871, to January 1, 1874. Rev. Bergh was born in Vos, Norway, May 5, 1842, graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1869, died August 21, 1905.
III. Rev. Michael Borge from January 1, 1874, to July 31, 1876. Rev. Borge was born near Bergen, Norway, September 9, 1846, graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, 1873. At present pastor and manager of the Old People's Home and Orphans' Home at Stoughton, Wisconsin.
IV. Rev. Nils P. Xavier from July 31, 1876, till May 12, 1891. Rev. Xavier was born in Kautokeino, Norway, September 26, 1839, graduated from Springfield, Illinois. At present home missionary in the state of Washington.
V. Rev. Parelius H. Rognlie from July 22, 1891 to the present time. (Note by the publishers. - As Rev. Rognlie, the author of these splendid church histories, has modestly refrained from including his own biography in this list, it has been prepared by the publishers, and appears on a following page.)
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