Then and Now: Tabor Lutheran Church

Do you know the story of how Tabor Lutheran Church relocated from its original location on Hopson?

With all the talk about Tabor -- from the contested 2003 eminent domain claim to the now contested Public Works Garage -- editor Nicole Ball and I thought it would be interesting to explore another Tabor resident: the Tabor Lutheran Church. Back in the 1950s, the Lutheran Church located on Hopson Ave needed room to expand and made the move to what is now Tabor Drive.

Do you remember the church's location change? Were there controversies at the time? What do you know about the history of Tabor Lutheran Church?

susan Barnes January 08, 2013 at 01:44 PM
There is a wonderful history of Tabor Lutheran Church on their website.
SolarPete January 08, 2013 at 01:56 PM
The Tabor Church (Swedish Evangelical Lutheran) occupies a commanding location in the southern part of the village. It is a Gothic frame edifice, 40 by 58 feet, with a brick basement and hand- some corner tower. The corner stone was laid October 20th, 1889, and the church was formally dedicated August 10th, 1890. The interior is handsomely finished, and the entire property cost $5,152. It was built mainly by the efforts of the Swedes and Finlanders in this locality, the building committee being composed of P. A. R. Engquist, Gustaf Dahlgren, Joseph Mattson, Peter Palson, Herman Mickelson, H. Jacob- son, John Gulland, Charles Damberg. The congregation occupying this house was organized in the fall of 1887, with a few members. But there has been a steady and encouraging increase, there being now more than one hundred members belonging. The meetings were first held in the basement of the Congregational meeting house, Rev- erend Henry Jacobson being the minister.
SolarPete January 08, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Bryan Myers January 08, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Tabor Church moved to their present location and built our campus in 3 stages. We will be celebrating our 125th anniversary on Sunday, January 27 with a special worship service employing all four hymnals used in the church's life. One interesting tidbit, not included in our history on our webpage, is that rather than move to Tabor Drive the original plan was to move to Main Street opposite St. Mary's Roman Catholic church, the present location of Swirsky Insurance, or so the old timers in the church told me. Fortunately, I think, the bank would not lend them money to build at that location because of lack of parking. It is indeed a blessing that they chose the site on Tabor Drive opposite our cemetery. Thanks for sharing your stories....Pastor Myers
Alana Joli Abbott January 11, 2013 at 10:58 PM
Thanks for these thoughts, Pastor Myers! It's nice to have personal tidbits offered that aren't available on the website! :)


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