John Lunden

Mr. and Mrs. John Lunden

John Lunden was born near Lom, Norway in 1872. He came to the United States with his family when he was fourteen years of age. They lived in Wisconsin for awhile before moving to Cyrus, Minnesota.

John came to Roseglen, in McLean County, North Dakota, in 1902 and took a homestead claim, being an early settler in the Roseglen community. He build a homestead shack and made the necessary winter preparations before returning to Minnesota to see his girlfriend.

Annie Johnson was born in 1882, and was living with her parents on a farm near Cyrus, Minnesota. Annie had studied dressmaking while in Hancock, Minnesota. She and John Lunden were married in the spring of 1903.

Following their marriage, the couple made the trip to Roseglen, in the prairies of North Dakota, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

John and Annie Lunden were among the twelve charter members of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, being among the organizers of the congregation. The Rev. Hestenes, at their first meeting, asked for suggestions for names for the church. After a few moments of thought, Mrs. Lunden said she liked the name, Immanuel, in part because this had been the name of her home church in Minnesota. This was the name confirmed by Pastor Hestenes. John Lunden was a member of the building committee when the church was built in 1915.

One day in July of 1903, when Annie was home alone, sparks from the Great Northern Railway, traveling near Palermo, set off a prairie fire that rolled over several miles of prairie grass, burning everything it came into contact with. As the fire near the Lunden home, Annie prayed that she and her little house would be spared. As it turned out, the fire was extinguished when it hit the firebreak that John had plowed around his buildings earlier that summer. The house was filled with smoke and breathing was difficult, but the homestead shack still stook in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.

Hans Lunden and Peter Kolden, together, owned a big Aultman-Taylor tractor, each of whom took pride in being able to handle two levers at a time on that 9 or 11 bottom plow, and get the plows out and back into the ground again, and have each furrow start at about the same place.

Hans Lunden passed away in 1940, and Annie Lunden followed in 1945. They were the parents of seven children.

A twin sister of Ernest, and twin sons, Merlin and Melvin, born in 1913, died at birth. Their other children included…

Julius, who married Gladys Suydam in 1946, and moved onto the home place. Julius and Olger rented the farm from their father in 1928, operating it together until 1944, when Julius bought it. In 1959, he rented the land to his stepson, James Suydam.

Olger married the former Ruth Lee, of Max. They owned a farm just west of Roseglen for twenty-two years and operated a grocery store for a short time in south Roseglen, before moving to Poplar, Montana. They had three children: Lowell, Jule Ann, and Larry.

Ernest was married to the former Edith Finley of Inkster. He taught school in North Dakota, Montana, and Oregon before moving to Sacramento, California in the early 1950s.

Evelyn and her husband, Earl Pederson, were living on his home place three miles east of Roseglen in 1967, when the Golden Jubilee book was published.