As you view the pages included in the History tab of our website, you will find the history of Grace Lutheran Church, as well as the history of our Pastors, the building and so much more. At the link below, you may also view many of our Confirmation Class photos dating back to 1920. Please take the time to view these historical photos. If you would like a book copy of The History of Grace Lutheran Church ($6.00), please contact the church office. Thank you!
In the early years of confirmation in the South Range Parish (and it was similar in many of the original Suomi Synod Parishes) the number of confirmands was very large and the time spent was typically a two week period in the summertime, when young people from a large area came for this intensive period of instruction. This remembrance was triggered when Karen Johnson brought an original photograph that belonged to Sigrid (Ojala) Bartelli, who is in the photograph taken of the confirmation class of 1933. This photograph was given to the Copper Range Museum for inclusion in their holdings, but it was decided instead to bring it to Grace for inclusion in Grace’s Archives. This 1933 Confirmation Class was an unusual photograph in that it was in pristine condition and in addition, all of the 49 confirmands were identified with perfect penmanship on the back of the photograph. Not only did the person writing this information in 1933 include the names, but included also the place where each person lived. The numbers of named persons living in each “town” included the following: The photograph with identified individuals is also shown below. Another difference between then and now was that the photographer was always a professional which resulted in excellent photographs, much crisper and better constructed (in my opinion) than has been taken for many years. Enjoy.
~ Karl B. Rundman