Elim Lutheran Church

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The Evangelical Lutheran Elim Church of Chicago

Elim Lutheran Church was organized on December 2, 1885, as a member of the Augustana Synod, to meet the need of Swedish residents working at the Pullman Palace Car Works in and around the village of High Prairie. The name "The Svenska Evangelsik Lutherska Elims Församlingen" was chosen. It was incorporated on March 17, 1886.

In January 1887, George M. Pullman made a gift of two lots to the congregation at the corner of 113th and Calumet Avenue, in what later became Palmer Park. The cornerstone was laid in June 1888 and the first service was held in December 1888. (Much of this introductory text and photos come from the Elim Church's own website.)



Kyrko-Bok for Svenska Evangelisk Lutherska Elimsforsamlingen, First Church Register 1885 - 1900. Memorandum of Pastors:

  • Rev. Gustaf A. Ekeberg; from Feb. 1st, 1886 to April 1st, 1891
  • Rev. Ernst Adrian Zetterstrand; from Oct. 14, 1891 to Sept. 24th 1893
  • Rev. Henry O. Lindeblad; from Sept. 27, 1893 to Jan. 29th 1898
  • Rev. Gustave Forsberg; from (blank) 1899 - died May 31, 1900
  • Rev. Victor J. Tengwald; from Nov. 4th, 1900 to Apr. 2nd, 1910
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Record of Marriages

Date of Marriage Groom Groom's Age Groom's Residence Bride Bride's Age
April 10, 1886 Carl Gustaf Bergein -- Pullman, Ill. Miss Christine Carlson --
May 5, 1886 Charles H. Johnson 27 Pullman, Ill. Miss Ida C. Nelson 19
May 15, 1886 Carl J. Johnson -- Pullman, Ill. Miss Amanda Utter --
July 24, 1886 Rudolf Runsten 22 Pullman, Ill. Miss Hanna Anderson 21
September 11, 1886 Sven Aaron Johnson 22 Chicago, Ill. Miss Emma Johnson 23
September 11, 1886 Erik Wennerstrom 34 Pullman, Ill. Miss Maria Elisabeth Anderson 27
September 18, 1886 Anders P. Åberg 35 Pullman, Ill. Miss Emilie Sofie Johnson 28
November 27, 1886 Charles Lind 23 Pullman, Ill. Miss Justina Larson 21
January 22, 1887 Edward Olsson 32 Pullman, Ill. Miss Jenny Sommanson 22
April 30, 1887 Carl August Johnson 26 303 Watt Ave. Miss Ida Maria Sandstrõm 23
June 11, 1887 Håkan Nilson Schelin 23 Kensington, Ill. Miss Anna Larson 27
June 11, 1887 Johan Theodor Olsen 45 Pullman, Ill. Miss Margarethe K. Scheftoe 45
September 10, 1887 G. Edward Johnson 23 518 Stevenson st, Pullman Miss Anna Johnson 26
October 1, 1887 Frank O. Johnson 29 428 Stevenson st, Pullman Miss Hilma Skld 23
November 26, 1887 Olof Johnson 30 642 Fulton st, Pullman Miss Nellie Larson 25
March 10, 1888 Andrew Anderson 27 2715 Portland Ave,Chicago Miss Martha Johnson 27
May 5, 1888 Gustaf Blom -- 112th Str. Roseland Emma F. Berg --
October 27, 1888 John Holmer 25 347 Stevenson Str. Anna Emilia Anderson 18
November 10, 1888 Albert Benson 27 736 Erickson Ave. Miss Mary Erickson 27
November 10, 1888 John Tolf 26 410 Watt ave. Miss Hilma C. Johnson 22
December 1, 1888 Gustaf Engdahl 29 653 Stevenson Str. Miss Emilia Olander 23
December 1, 1888 Andrew Peterson 24 Kensington Ave. Miss Ida Swanson 23
December 8, 1888 Aron Hjerpe 28 115 Stevenson Str. Miss Selma Arvidson 26
December 8, 1888 Johan Ivar Olson 26 116th Str., Kensington Miss Alma Peterson 28
December 11, 1888 Jorgen C. Christianson 21 113th Str., Roseland Miss Emilie Johnson 23
January 19, 1889 Olof Anderson 29 427 Morse Ave. Miss Annie Bengtson 22
February 9, 1889 Jacob August Nygren 24 Room 26, Block F. Miss Hedvig W. Hallin 31
April 14, 1889 John Johnson 22 527 Stevenson Str. (808Ericsson Ave) Miss Ellen Anderson 19
April 21, 1889 Albert H. Sands 22 202 Stevenson Str. Miss Mathilda Anderson 18
May 18, 1889 Gustaf Johnson 26 Foundry Frida Selin 22
June 29, 1889 Andrew Pearson 25 114th Str., Kensington Miss Minnie H. Augustin 23
July 3, 1889 Leander O. Månson 35 116th Str., Kensington Miss Emma Johnson 25
August 10, 1889 Arnold B. Prys (Hollander) 37 Roseland Miss Annie Johnson 23
October 16, 1889 Gustaf P. Johnson 30 Sycamore, Ill. Miss Ida Nathalie Anderson 27
October 19, 1889 William Skogh 27 541 Pullman Ave. Miss Emma Johnson 27
October 26, 1889 Otto Bjurstrõm 26 Block E, Room 39 Miss Ellen Bõrjeson 23
December 14, 1889 August Lund 25 742³ Ericson Ave. Miss Minnie Bergstrõm 22
March 24, 1890 William White 22 Allen Block Miss Annie Swanson 18
April 12, 1890 August Anderson 28 225 Stevenson St. Enkan Johanna L. Johnson 23
April 26, 1890 John Peterson 30 McQusan, Elgin Miss Clara Nelson 23
May 3, 1890 Charles A. Johnson 22 Chicago, Ill. Miss Hulda Heggstrõm 19
May 3, 1890 Frank Westlund 28 Chicago, Ill. Miss Emalia Hanson 29
May 3, 1890 Charles O. Buckman 23 Brighton Park Miss Anna M. Johnson 27
May 24, 1890 Emil Håkanson 22 112th Str., Roseland Miss Hanna Johnson 23
August 27, 1890 Axel Johnson 26 313² Fulton Str. Miss Emma Anderson` 26
September 13, 1890 Charles Luttringe 21 Burnside, Ill. Miss Amanda Snell 22
October 25, 1890 Gustaf Larson 26 Grand Crossing Miss Emma Rundquist 21
October 25, 1890 Marius Christiansen (with his father’s assent) 20 Roseland, Ill. Miss Nulsine Ulrik 18
December 13, 1890 Thomas Thompson 21 Kensington Ave. Miss Bertha Nelson 19
December 27, 1890 Johannes Germandson 25 Roseland, Ill. Miss Mathilda Petterson 22
March 21, 1891 Claus Olin 27 Rockford Miss Emely Lnnquist 29
April 4, 1891 Olaf Conrad Almquist 32 Chicago Miss Augusta Johnson 20
April 4, 1891 Otto Wetter 24 Roseland Miss Mary Swanson 23
October 17, 1891 Gustaf Johnson 26 Pullman, Ill. Miss Amanda E. Peterson 24
November 7, 1891 Per Adolf Sandstrom 28 Anna Sofia Strid 24
December 5, 1891 Gustaf Fredrik Sandstrom 31 Amelia Sofia Storm 24
February 20, 1892 August Emil Hakanson 24 Roseland, Ill. Ellen Person 25
February 20, 1892 Charles Fern 32 Pullman Emily Carlson 29
March 26, 1892 Herman Skoglund 23 Gano, Ill Ida Olivia Hanson 24
April 5, 1892 George Memmott 21 Pullman, “ Ida Perry (with her father’s assent) 17
April 9, 1892 Frans Johan Petter Lindberg 25 Harvey, Ill. Augusta Christina Carlson 29
April 16, 1892 Axel Oskar Johnson 23 Gano Anna Dorothea Hellstrom 21
May 7, 1892 John __ktor Soderstrm 33 Chicago Mathilda Bengtson 26
May 21, 1892 Oscar A. Bergman 25 Ida Palm 25
July 3, 1892 Anders Johan Johnson 24 Lockport, “ Selma Olivia Anderson 25
July 9, 1892 Clas Leonard Lindgren 23 Kensington, “ Ellen Anderson 22
July 23, 1892 Carl Algott Hellstrom 27 Roseland, “ Emma Holman 20
August 13, 1892 Olof Emil Olsson 22 Kensington, “ Emma Maria Johnson 21
September 17, 1892 Lars Olson 59 Gano Anna Kristina Anderson 39
October 1, 1892 Andrew Nilson 30 Kensington Neta Bothilda Nilson 29
October 8, 1892 Gustaf Bernhard Bengtson 27 Pullman Albertina Anderson 23
October 8, 1892 Nels Anton Nelson 25 Anna C. Nelson  
October 8, 1892 Per Urktn? Nelson 24 Harvey Clara Maria Ljrngblom --
November 5, 1892 William Paulsen 28 Pullman Annie K. Petersen 29
November 10, 1892 Paul Karstrom 25 Grand Crossing Emma Swan 25
December 6, 1892 Carl A. Lundahl 35 Gano, 521-115th St. Minnie Anderson 25
December 6, 1892 Alfred Kinell 42 Emma Johnson 30
December 17, 1892 Axel W. Anderson 23 Roseland Hilda N. Skoglund 21
December 17, 1892 Enock Silander 23 Burnside Ida Michaelson 22
December 31, 1892 Johannes Jonson 26 Pullman Elida Matson 22
February 25, 1893 Mr. Peter Carlson 32 Englewood Miss Sophie Hassel 22
February 25, 1893 John Otto Ingebretsen 22 Roseland Anna Nildur Danielson 18
March 4, 1893 Gustaf Johnson 29 Fernwood Sophie Anderson 29
May 6, 1893 Carl A. Thielin 27 Pullman Ida J. Magnuson 27
May 27, 1893 Emil Nilson Hohie 21 Roseland Olga Charlotta Hortin 22
May 27, 1893 Peter Paulsen 28 Pullman Karen Jensen 27
June 3, 1893 Alfred Sohlberg 28 Hilda Mogren 28
July 1, 1893 Anders Gustof Carlson 26 Harvey Anna Karoline Johnson 24
July 15, 1893 Axel Benediktus Hammas 29 Providence, Rhode Island Christina Viktoria Amanda Peterson 27
August 26, 1893 Herman Holmgren 37 Harvey, Ill. Elisabeth Eriksson 27
September 18, 1893 Ulrich A. Raeder, M.D. 25 Pullman, Ill. Dora Fritzner 23
October 7, 1893 Gust Udlund 24 Grand Crossing Miss Hanna Johnson 24
October 14, 1893 Alfred T. Carlson 28 Harvey, Ills. Ida Hele--- Johnson 24
October 18, 1893 Swan -akrow 34 Roseland, “ Hulda Sophia Blads 27
November 8, 1893 John Emil Strom--- 23 Pullman, 452 Watt av. Minnie Gustafson 23
November 11, 1893 William Jackson 25 Roseland Erikn? Falberg 21
December 20, 1893 John M. Johnson 23 Lina Hakanson 22
December 30, 1893 Henrike Erickson 40 Maria Sandgren 35
January 1, 1894 Hartley A. Barri-ull 22 2460 - 115 Street Emma Sund 18
January 8, 1894 Thomas Cunningham 24 Roseland Hattie F. Reutelsterze 33
January 11, 1894 Henry B--deen 29 533 Stevens Street Sophie Erickson 29
February 25, 1894 Axel Moran 25 Pullman Selma Andersen 23
April 9, 1894 Herman G. Bradenburg 24 Roseland Helen Swanson 18
May 5, 1894 George Munson ? Pullman Nellie Lund ?
May 19, 1894 Carl Emil Carlson 29 Harvey Sopia Wilhelmina (Minnie) Johnson 27
May 23, 1894 Hans Peter --- Lettan 28 Roseland Christina Mary Brumet 18
June -, 1894 Birger Gerrge Gedda 38 Pullman Morse av 235 Bertha Elisabeth Swenson 35
June 30, 1894 J. Edward Johnson 32 Roseland Amanda Blade 26
July 21, 1894 John Jackson 28 Roseland Hilda Piper 20
September 23, 1894 Charles A. Herman 21 Pullman Hulda Axelina -Ornblom 18
November 10, 1894 Henry Henrickson 29 9418 Champlain Street,Burnside, Chicago Ida Anderson 22
November 24, 1894 Patrik Carlson 26 Roseland Augusta Peterson 23
February 3, 1895 Per Axel Seaburg 23 Roseland Anna Laurentia Bannigren 23
March 26, 1895 Oscar Fredrick Johnson 36 Hyde Park Emma Christina Johnson 29
May 4, 1895 Gustof Miller 37 10067 Indiana Boul. Christina Olson 23
May 4, 1895 Carl Hendrickson 26 10067 Indiana Blvd. Anna Peterson 21
May 7, 1895 Fredrick Theodor Hammarin 37 528 Fulton Str Ida Person 24
June 1, 1895 Alfred Peterson 38 10907 Curtis av. Annie Nilson 31
June 5, 1895 Fritiof Olson 37 132 Fulton Anna Johnson 35
June 18, 1895 Gustof Lindstedt 30 352 Watt aven. Augusta Sofia Hellgren 25
July 6, 1895 Charles Tolf 26 329 - 112 Street Sigrid Gustafson 20
July 6, 1895 John R-sowgrew 34 539 N. Stephenson Anna Wicklund 23
July 13, 1895 John Nyquist 22 652 Fulton Str. Bessie Johnson 19
Sept 14, 1895 Charles Bloom 28 Grand Crossing Augusta Johnson 29
September 14, 1895 August Johnson 26 Roseland Beda Olsen 26
September 14, 1895 Nels Peter Anderson 27 Roseland Hilma Carolina Sandstrom 21
September 21, 1895 August Andrs Shelberg 24 Burnside Emma Christina Merkell 22
October 12, 1895 Albert Gaulding 23 Chicago 3947 Cottage Gr. Luella Grubb 22
October 16, 1895 Martin Block 29 153 - 116 Street, Gano Jeannette ---gene Anderson 23
October 26, 1895 Otto Moline 35 Hyde Park Augusta Kallstrom 23
November 2, 1895 John Benson 25 West Pullman Ida Johnson 25
November 9, 1895 Niels Christian Nielson 30 West Pullman Annie Jensen 23
November 27, 1895 Benjamin Lundberg 29 Roseland Amanda Ne---berger 23
December 12, 1895 Carl Wingrint 23 302 Fulton Str. Eva Sylvia Johnson 21
February 8, 1896 Charles Lindell 27 Michigan av. Ellen Sjoblom 18
February 29, 1896 Aug-- B. Anderson 36 Michigan av. Emma Pauline Dahlin 22
March 28, 1896 Sven Victor Nilsen 33 W. Pullman Ida Mathilda Andersen 25
April 2, 1896 Charles J. Hensersen 28 115 Street, Kensington Amelia Johnsen 22
April 4, 1896 Johan Dege-stedt 28 Blue Island, 1816Emerald av. Maria Lindgren 28
April 18, 1896 Axel Noren 23 Pullman, 341 Fulton st. Emma Fredricksen 22
April 25, 1896 Otto Olsson 27 N. Harvey (married) Betty Swanson 27
May 21, 1896 Erick J. Erickson 25 Roseland Anna Boquist? 21
June 26, 1896 Peter Herman Wistrand 30 Chicago Anna Christine Anderson 25
October 31, 1896 Lars Olson 42 --- Anna Louise Eliason 32
December 14, 1896 John E. Carlson 28 500 Stephenson Str. Hulda C. Johnson 22
January 23, 1897 John Swanson 30 327 Watt aven. Selma Berg ?
February 27, 1897 Alfred Wicklund 28 Pullman 319 Fulton Hilda Johnson 25
July 3, 1897 Alfred W. Hyland 23 Kensington, Ills. Hattie A. Backlin 22
July 5, 1897 August Jansen 42 Fernwood, 105 Lowe?Str. Ellen Hammerberg 31
August 14, 1897 Lars H. Lindquist 30 317 Stevenson str. Sophie Johnson 31
September 9, 1897 Thomas Cook 23 361 Morris ave Ida Johnson 21
September 11, 1897 Gustaf Anderson 29 11154 Michigan av. Emma Charlotha Bengtson 24
September 11, 1897 Emil Erickson 26 835 Cottage Grove Julia Helge 27
October 2, 1897 Frank Swanson 25 Sioux City, Iowa Hanna Augusta Johnson 22
October 23, 1897 Charley Thorsell 24 11308 Wentworth av. Minnie Althen 26
December 25, 1897 Charley G. Swanson 33 248 Stevenson str. Hilda Maria Olson 27
February 8, 1898 Alfred Christophus Christenson 28 Manistee, Mich. Hanna Natalie Swanson 26
March 12, 1898 Wilhelm Holmberg 24 Roseland Bersy? Person 25
July 1, 1899 Rudolph Carlson 29 Roseland, Ill. Ida Thorson 21
August 12, 1899 Andrew Johnson 24 Pullman, Ill Tillie Adamson 23
August 19, 1899 Carl E. Carlson 35 Chicago Jennie Håkanson 28
December 1, 1900 Knute R. Ågren 29 319 112th st. Alida S. A. Carlson 27

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