Bovre Congregation

Bovre Congregation (HMOXK)

Location: Stoughton, WI 53589 Dane County
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N 42° 57.769', W 89° 10.833'

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"Now may the Lord bless this step which we have taken not out of a desire for discord and dissuasion but compelled by the voice of our conscience." With this prayer on their lips, six families met at Lars Bovre's farm on June 22, 1860 to organize the Bovre Congregation, Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church. They had separated themselves from the West Koshkonong Church because of disagreements on significant issues of doctrine and pastoral matters. This marker commemorates their courage in taking action based on their avowed principles.

They built their church and platted a cemetery in 1864 in Pleasant Springs Township on land purchased from Lars Bovre. Membership increased to about 50, including T.G. Mandt (Mandt Wagon Works, Stoughton) and the parents of John A. Johnson (Gisholt Machine Co., Madison). In 1887, because of declining membership, Bovre Congregation merged with First Lutheran Church in Stoughton.
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Dane County Historical Society series
Marker Number25
Year Placed1988
Placed ByThe Dane County Historical Society and the Koshkonong Prairie Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 8:40am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 322156 N 4758992
Decimal Degrees42.96281667, -89.18055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 57.769', W 89° 10.833'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 57' 46.14" N, 89° 10' 49.98" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2157-2199 Co Rd B, Stoughton WI 53589, US
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