Cabinet Updates from Arlene Rice
- Have you been
able to stop and view the contents of our new Archives Cabinet as
yet. There is a lovely plaque presented to Zion from Catholic
Charities on August 27, 1972. The inscription is as follows:
God’s blessings on the people of Zion Lutheran Church in Milaca
whose ecumenical effort provided Key Row Community with the scene
site on the banks of the Rum River. Watch each month for my update
or stop at the cabinet and be surprised what you may find.
4/1/18 - Two of our dear
deceased members, namely Eileen McBroom and Martha Norrgard, spent many
hours to compile scrapbooks for our cabinet. Martha's scrapbook
dates from 1893 to 2003 and Eileen's book is titled 80 Years at Zion.
Take some time to remove them for an hour or so and enjoy the contents.
You will enjoy them immensely. There are many
songbooks containing the songs we sang in Sunday School,
Confirmation and Luther League. Three of my favorites from the Junior
Hymnal are Living for Jesus, Under the Stars and I Became A Christian.
The last one was sung at every
baptism. Arlene Rice
Our quilting ladies
discovered a numbers of beautiful stoles down in the lower level of
our church and we now have them displayed in the archives
cabinet. We have no way of knowing their age but stop and
see the embroidery and work displayed in them There is a
small Memorial Plaque on a shelf and on it Is the inscription:
Memorial Plaque for the furnishings of the Sacristy (the room
behind the pulpit where sacred vessels and vestments are kept).
In memory of the departed members of Zion Lutheran Church.
There are 12 names listed, mostly Rosenberg and Peterson families and
dates from 1936 to1951. Be sure to stop and see if your loved
ones name is printed there. Arlene Rice
There are two beautiful
memory of Mrs. Alec Nelson, dated 1861-1941, on a shelf for all to see
in the cabinet. Beside them is a large gold cross that was on our
altar at one time and it is in memory of Harold Raymond Anderson,
dated 1922-1943, when he was killed in action. It was given by the
Henry Anderson family, Henry, Hilda, and their daughters Doris and
Sylvia. The Andersons owned the Red and White grocery store in Milaca
and there was always a little bag of candy tucked into one bag
for the children of the household.
There is a plaque from the
Legislature presented to Zion Lutheran Church on its 110th
birthday on October
31, 2003. Zion Lutheran Church was originally known as the Swedish
Lutheran Church. The plaque has the Great Seal of Minnesota
Seal of Recognition and signed by Sondra Erickson, State
Representative. Arlene Rice
There is a
small cross found
in our cabinet in memory of Ramona Florence Wilken given by the
Wilken family. Ramona was a child and died of cancer. She was
the daughter of Dorr & Evelyn Wilken and the sister of Mary
A large book
can be found in the
cabinet titled Building the Walls of Zion through 50 years of Grace.
1893 - 1943. The book contains a great amount of information,
history and many pictures of interest.
Found on one of
the top shelves is a
stainless steel ornament given in memory of Pearl Lundholm.
Pearl was the first wife of Vern Lundholm who rang the bell for the
beginning of our church services for many years.
archives cabinet is full of
information of Zion's past. This year being our 125th
anniversary we will again be adding much to it for everyone to enjoy
Gladys Nelson Rosenberg wrote a book
titled “A Century book of Memories” beginning with her
marriage in 1907. Gladys’s family were all members of Zion which
included her parents and brothers, Art, George, Knute and Melvin and
her sister Ethel Solberg. These are the ones I recall but there may
have been more. Gladys lived elsewhere for a time but moved back to
Rosenhill Farm in 1973. Her book is full of history, pictures and
many stories of interest. Stop and enjoy reading this
interesting book located in the archives cabinet.
records of Memorials into
a permanent book is dated 1962 and the first entry is Eloise
Thompson. She was the twin sister of Elinor Thompson Johnson, Zion's
choir director for many years. Arlene
are seven old
hymnals for you to see in our cabinet. The first one is titled "The
Swedish Songbook" and dated 1919, Inside the cover I found these
words in Swedish “Till här Vondell Brook Kurkam.” The
notes it is the Augustana Synod. All the songs are in the
Swedish language. The second Hymnal is the English Hymnal and
was dated April 1925 and published in Rock Island, IL. This one
contains scripture lessons and hymns very much like our Hymnals of
today. It noted that it was the 16th printing. There are also the Red
Hymnal and the Black Hymnal and that one is dated 1958.
also found a Sunday School Song book dated 1903 and the title
was "Söndagsskol bok” (Sunday School Book).
a shelf there is a
little book that is titled “Garden of Poems.” It
given to Warner Dahlin in 1910 from Zion’s Sunday School. The
Dahlin’s were very active members of Zion. There was Warner,
and Jennie. Edith was my Sunday School teacher at one time. - Arlene Rice