Mariadahl Lutheran Church, in the Blue River Valley of Kansas

     The following paragraphs are taken from the article titled, "Mariadahl Kansas Lutheran Church" by J. C. Christensen, 1948.  This article appreared in the Lutheran Companion, November 17, 1948.       A copy of the complete article can be obtained from the Kansas State Historical Society by referencing (K284.1/-SW3/Pam.V.2).There are four (4) pages to this article.
Stone Church Still Stands
The stone church built in 1866 stillserves as church, but has had manyadditions and improvements since firstbuilt. In 1884 a tower and bell andgallery were added, and the interior renovated with new pulpit and newpews. In 1900 an annex was added andin 1938 a basement was excavated underthe stone church. Several memorialshave been given from time to time, in-cluding an altar painting done by OlofGrafstrom, an altar, a new pulpit (the third in the history of the church),cross, candlesticks, altar vases, pipe or-gan, and cemetery gates. The cemetery adjoins the church.Here are buried many of the pioneerswho helped build up the Mariadahlcommunity. It is a place of hallowedassociations. "It is not merely Man'sbut God's acre. Here is indeed theprecious dust of noble men and women from whom has stemmed a great mul-titude to rise up and call them 'blessed.'Others of our kindred have labored andwe have entered into their labors, andupon their shoulders we have glimpsedvistas of grandeur for the land whereour fathers died,"
The Mariadahl Cemetery was relocated due to Tuttle Creek Dam.The cemetery was originally 6 miles northwest of Olsburg inTwp 7S, SE 1/4 NE 1/4 of Sec 5.. Relocated to just westof Olsburg. This cemetery is under the control of the OlsburgLutheran Church.
A special thanks to the couple who made a copy of the postcard they found at a garage sale,and so graciously gave me a copy of it. "Thanks, E & L."

Julie Hatesohl /
Pottawatomie County Coordinator

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