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  Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society
 Decade: 1940-1949
 Collection: Texas Cultures Online
1940 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of a confirmation class standing in a grassy outdoor area close by some trees. Six girls in white dresses stand in the front row while five boys who are mostly only able to seen from the neck up, stand directly behind them. In the background a steeple with a cross on the top is visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223065/
1940 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of the 1940 confirmation class of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. Six girls in white dresses stand in the front row while five boys in suits stand directly behind them on the steps of the church building. Two windows are visible behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223066/
1941 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of the confirmation class standing in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church]. Seven girls and six boys stand arranged in three rows in front of the church building. They are accompanied by an older man, identified as Pastor A.E. Frost on the left. Behind the group, the church doors and two windows are visible. Above the building's doors is the inscription "ANS GAR KIRKE." On the back of the photograph is a note written in Danish. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223064/
1944 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of the 1944 confirmation class standing in front of the [Danevang Lutheran Church], whose doors are open. Six girls in white dresses with flowers pinned to their chests stand in the front row while six boys, also formally dressed, stand in the back. They are accompanied by a man on the right identified as Pastor Vaghn Duus. The photograph has a decorative border above which a handwritten note in Danish was penned. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223067/
1945 Confirmation
Black and white photograph of the 1945 confirmation class of [Danevang Lutheran Church] standing inside their church. They are posed in front of an intricate altar that has four spires and that appears to have a religious image at its center. The group, comprised of three girls and eight boys, is flanked by two windows and the ceiling above the group is concave. The girls wear white dresses and corsages pinned to their clothing and the boys wear suits with boutonnières pinned to their lapels. Directly situated before the group is a white stand. To the right of the group is a flower arrangement and in the foreground the blurry shape of pews are visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223088/
1945 Storm
Copy negative of hurricane damage after a storm in Danevange, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. In the image, a building is knocked over on it's side against the telephone office. The other two buildings pictured are missing roof shingles and boards. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222764/
[1946 Confirmation]
Black and white photo of a confirmation class, composed of six boys and one girl, all of whom are formally dressed and have a flower pinned to their chest. They are accompanied by an older man on the left who is identified as Pastor Vaghn Duus. Behind them is a building whose doors are partly visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223068/
1949 Confirmation
Black and white photo of the 1949 confirmation class, composed of four girls and four boys. The girls are each wearing a white dress and the boys are each wearing suits. Each individual has a flower pinned to their chests. They stand in two rows in front of an altar that features a figure of Jesus Christ. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223069/
[1949 Confirmation Class of Danevang Lutheran Church]
Black and white copy print of a confirmation class standing behind a banister in the Danevang Lutheran Church chapel. The class is comprised of four boys and four girls; they are arranged in a line alternating between girls and boys. The girls are wearing dresses and the boys are wearing suits and ties; all of them have a floral boutonniere attached to their clothes. Facing them is a robed clergy member, identified as Pastor John Pedersen. He is holding a book with a cross on its cover. The chapel windows are visible in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223422/
[Alice Hansen, I. E. Hansen, and Michael Brodsgaard on Automobile]
Photograph of a child, identified as I. Elva Hansen (Babe), a woman, identified as Alice Hansen, and a man, identified as Michael Brodsgaard, on an automobile. The man and the woman are seated in the front seats, while the child is standing on the protruding part of the car's right fender. There are a couple of houses far away in the distance. Hand-written text in ink on the back of the photograph reads, "Babe and Alice Hansen 1948 Michael Brodsgaard on fender." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223873/
[Andrew Berndt and Myrtle Waldman]
Black and white photograph of a woman and a man (identified as Myrtle Hansen Waldman and Andrew E. Berndt) standing in a grassy area near an automobile. The two individuals are both wearing hats. Near Myrtle's feet are a basket and a suitcase. Andrew is standing directly next to the car. A dirt road is visible behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223385/
[Anne Berndt in Her Military Uniform]
Black and white photograph of Anne Berndt in her Women's Army Corp uniform, which consists of a single-breasted jacket, a skirt, heeled shoes, and a garrison cap. A purse is hanging from her shoulder. She is standing outdoors on a lawn; various bushes and trees are visible behind her. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223481/
Annette and Beverly Waldman
Black and white photograph of two young girls who are sisters, standing outdoors on a lawn and posing for a photograph. The girls, who are holding hands, are identified as Annette Waldman and Beverly Waldman. They are both wearing dresses and the older sister has a purse in one of her hands. Behind them is a large bush. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223389/
Babe Hansen & Michael Brodsgaard in Car
Photograph of a young boy and man in a car with the top down. According to accompanying information and a hand-written notation on the back of the photograph, they are at Danevang Filling Station. Additionally, the names Babe Hansen and Michael Brodsgaard have also been supplied. Babe is the man in the driver's side seat and Michael is the young boy climbing the car from the back door. They both wear plaid shirts and light-colored pants. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223316/
Beverly Waldman
Portrait of Beverly Elaine Waldman wearing what appears to be a corduroy dress over a light-colored blouse with lace trim. The sleeves on the dress have been tucked and pleated creating a flounce effect. The photograph was framed with a thick card stock material. Printed text on the bottom reads, "Chadwick Studio Houston, Tex." The framed image was then pasted in a fold-out card. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223037/
[Beverly Waldman as a Toddler]
Black and white photograph of a young child, Beverly Waldman, sitting outdoors on a lawn where some floral bushes are visible behind her. She is wearing overalls, a shirt, and shoes. Her gaze is directed downward and her hands are in fists, positioned together at her stomach. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223397/
Birthday at Sam Brodsgaard's Home
Photograph of a group of people celebrating a birthday at a home belonging to Sam Brodsgaard. They are just outside of an entrance, on a lawn that has been cut short. The house has a shingled gable roof and light-colored siding. Four double-hung windows can be seen as well. Names have been provided by accompanying information, but have not been matched properly to the individuals pictured. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223302/
[Boy Scouts Biting Into Watermelon Slices]
Photograph of the Boy Scouts of America standing before a single-story structure with the word "Douglass" written on it. The children, with the exception of a few who are in the back, are wearing traditional Boy Scout uniforms: shirts with button-flap pockets, caps, and neckerchiefs. They are all holding large slices of watermelons; some are biting into them. An adult female and an adult male are in the back on the right. Although names have been provided, they can only be applied with certainty to the first three children on the left - Kenneth Strarup, Donald Lykke, and Carl Hansen - and to the last five on the right - Lester Wind, Gertrude Hansen, Leroy Strarup, Lawrence Harton, and Carl Marius Hansen Sr. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222934/
[Boy Scouts Field Day in El Campo, Texas]
Black and white photograph of a large group of boys that make up a chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. According to the title written on the photograph, they are all cub scouts from Wharton County and they are posing for a portrait to commemorate a summer field day. Positioned in front of the side of a wooden cabin, they are arranged in four rows with the first row seated with their legs crossed and the second row seated on a bench. Four adult scout leaders are present; one is sitting on the first row with the boys, one is standing to the left of the group, and two are on the right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222991/
[Boy Scouts in Front of Log Cabin]
Photograph of the Boy Scouts of America seated on a bench in front of a log cabin. An open window and doorway is seen behind them. Two adults wearing neckerchiefs, presumably Scout leaders, flank the right and left side of the bench. The children wear shorts, shirts with button-flap pockets, neckerchiefs, and all but two also wear caps. From left to right, they have been identified as Bob Hansen, Lawrence Petersen, Carl Hansen, Jack Hansen, Gunnar Thyssen, Kenneth Andersen, Kermit Harton, Donald Lykke, Irvin Wind, and Harold Wind. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222933/
Boys on Horseback
Photograph of a trio of boys on horseback. They are in front of a series of trees with leafy branches. The leftmost and center boys are wearing cowboys hats. The rightmost boy is in overalls and wears no shirt underneath it. They each hold the reins of their respective horse. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223280/
[Bust Portrait of Bill Harton]
Photograph of a man identified as Bill Harton. He wears a diagonally striped tie and a light-colored, textured collar shirt. Side lighting hits prominently on his left side. Hand-written text on the front of the photograph reads, "passport picture." Text going up the side reads, "Canal Zone March 25, 1944." There is hand-written text on the back of the photograph that reads "Bill Harton". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222906/
Camp Hulen Main Chapel
Copy negative of the Danevang Lutheran Church in Danevang, Texas. There is a road visible in the foreground, as well a tall flagpole with an American flag positioned in front of the chapel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222593/
Carl Thyssen Family
Photograph of members of the Thyssen family standing outdoors in front of a large bush. Behind the bush, there is a two-story structure with two double-hung windows and horizontal siding. The majority of the family group is dressed in formal attire, with the exception of two children in the front row that appear more casual. All names have been provided, but they have not been matched to people pictured. However, Carl Thyssen is presumably the older man on the far right wearing the three-piece suit. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223330/
Carl Thyssen Family
Photograph of members of the Thyssen family in front of a large bush during a Christmas celebration. A two-story structure can be seen behind them with horizontal siding, three windows, and an elevated foundation. A second bush is off to the right. They are dressed in formal attire. A kneeling man in the front row is also wearing a military uniform while holding the hand of a woman in a dark dress. Names have been supplied by accompanying information, but they have not been matched to any single individual. On the back of the photograph, hand-written text seems to say, "Mother and party w/ her family Christmas 1943." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223334/
[Christmas Card from Pedersen Family]
Christmas card sent out by the Pedersen family from Danevang, Texas. The front page of the card bears an image of the family - Gordon, Alice, and Pastor John - around a piano. Alice is seated at it as she lays her hands on the keys and looks slightly to the right at the camera. She wears a light-colored jacket with dark trim accents and glasses. Her husband, Pastor John, stands behind her on the right wearing a two-piece suit. Finally, Gordon, next to Alice on the left, has his hands behind his back and wears a collar shirt and dark, belted pants. The back of the card bears a second image. This time, of Gordon Pedersen resting his hands on a horizontal sign with the bold heading that reads, "DANEVANG." He wears a hat and is standing outdoors in a grassy area. The caption beneath this image reads: "Our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Alice, Gordon & John Pedersen." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223800/
Church 1945 Storm
Photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church after a hurricane. A paved step, a window and a door, which make up part of the front facade of the building, are still standing. The rest of the church has suffered considerable damage. Various construction materials - walls, siding, shingles, etc. - surround the standing structure. There is a small tree off to the left. Rough hand-written text in blue ink on the front of the photograph reads, "Danevang, Texas - After hurricane - 1945 church." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222931/
[Church Construction]
Copy negative of the Danevang Lutheran Church being reconstructed in Danevang, Texas. A construction truck and workers are visible in the image. Copy negative of the fifth photo of a set that contains images from the reconstruction of the Danevang Lutheran Church. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222621/
[Church Construction]
Copy negative of the construction of the Danevang Lutheran Church in Danevang, Texas. A construction truck and workers are visible in the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222620/
[Church Construction]
Copy negative of the Danevang Lutheran Church being reconstructed in Danevang, Texas. There are construction workers and a large truck with equipment visible, as well as trees and shrubs in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222619/
[Church Repair]
Copy negative of the construction of the Danevang Lutheran Church chapel in Danevang, Texas. There is a truck holding large equipment in the center of the photograph. There are several construction workers pictured throughout the image. There are some trees and shrubs in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222618/
Class of 1949 Confirmation Dinner
Copy negative of a group portrait at the Danevang Community Hall in 1949. The group of people are celebrating with a dinner confirmation. There are large tables with chairs, dinner ware on the tables, and flowers decorating the hall. Standing in top row is Eddie Petersen, Lars L. Wind, Smike Skow, Cecelia Hansen, Donald Nielsen, Darleen Juhl, Ellis (Pee Wee) Wind, Elenora Hansen, Mrs. John Pedersen, Pastor John Pedersen, Dagmar Thyssen, Virgil Harton, Norma Lee Skow, Erling Thaysen, Peter Westerholm, Walter Nielsen, B. D. Krag, and Johannes Hansen. The second row consists of H. J. Berndt, Einer Wind, Mrs. H. O. Jensen, Olga Andersen, Margaret Juhl, Emilie Nielsen, Marilyn Skov, Dora Wind, Carl Thyssen, Ida Thyssen, Agnes Hansen, Ramona Harton, Marie Thaysen, Marie Swendsen, Mrs. E. H. Jensen, Dora Krag (holding daughter Sharon), Karen Berdnt, Hans J. Nelsen. Standing in the third row is Carl Thaysen, Arnold Juhl, Niels Carlesen, Bill Harton, Mrs. Anker Jensen, Mrs. Eddie Petersen, Wanda Swendsen, Marilyn Thaysen, Mrs. Carl Harton, Gerda Thyssen Rhodes, Esther Harton, Anna Petersen, Anges Juhl Jensen, Hazel Nielsen, Mrs. Walter Nielsen, and Martin Nielsen. The people sitting in the bottom row are Viggo Juhl, P. J. A. Petersen, Carl Harton, Mrs. P. J. A. Petersen, Elizabeth Juhl, Mrs. Westerholm, Gene Wilbert Hansen, Abalone Westerholm, Bine Andersen, and Anna Nygaard. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222594/
[Class portrait]
Copy negative of a class portrait from the Danevang School in Danevang, Texas. The students are all standing in rows, and the teacher is standing to the left on the top row. The school doors are visible in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222617/
[Confirmation Class]
Copy negative of four unidentified young ladies, and three unidentified young men standing in front of the alter inside Danevang Church, located in Wharton County. The young men and women are dressed up in suits and white dresses, and they are facing the pastor of the church. Pastor John Pedersen is standing in front of the confirmation students, wearing long robes and holding a bible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222713/
[Confirmation Class]
Copy print of a group of adolescent boys and girls at their confirmation in front of the Danevang Lutheran Church. The structure behind them has two double-hung windows and horizontal siding. A concrete step can be seen on the leftmost part of the image where a young child stands holding to a railing. The girls and boys are dressed in formal attire in similar cut dresses and suits, respectively. In addition, they all have small corsages pinned to their chests. From left to right, they have been identified as Holger Thyssen, Norma Carlsen, Rodger Andersen, Elaine Hansen, Pastor Vaghn Duus, Jergen Gann, Louise Hansen, and Erling Smith. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223028/
[Confirmation Class in Front of Old Church]
Photograph of a group of children in front of an old church in Danevang, Texas. There is a large tree off to the right of the photograph. The children are dressed in formal attire; the girls wear light-colored dresses and the boys wear suits. Accompanying information has provided names, but it cannot be stated with certainty to whom they apply. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223704/
[Confirmation Class of 1945, Danevang Lutheran Church]
Black and white photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church Confirmation class of 1945. The class is composed of several young men and young women who are accompanied by their Reverend, Vaghn Duus, who is standing on the far left on the back row. They are all wearing formal wear; the girls are wearing white dresses and the boys are wearing suits. Each individual has a floral boutonniere pinned to their clothing. Behind the group is a set of open wooden doors. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222972/
[Confirmation Party at Danevang Community Hall]
Copy print of a confirmation celebration being held at Danevang Community Hall. Long tables have been arranged for the festivities, with three tables running parallel to the right wall and a fourth table perpendicular to the first three. All of the tables are full, except for the one closest to the foreground, which is empty. The photograph appears to have been taken from a high angle, as some of the guests are looking upwards towards the direction where the photograph was taken . The majority of them, however, are actively engaged in conversation and their food. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223032/
Construction of Church
Photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church in the early stages of construction. The major parts of the church's framework have been put in place, and a group of men are seen working on either side. There have been two large, flat wooden boards placed parallel to each other on an incline, acting, presumably, as a ramp for vehicles. There is a truck parked on the church's foundation, and a man is walking away from it to the right. A decorative border surrounds the photograph. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph indicates the photograph's donors. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222942/
[Danevang Community Hall After Hurricane in 1945]
Copy negative of a black and white photograph of Danevang Community Hall after damages incurred during the hurricane that hit the town in 1945. Visible from two-point perspective, the building has a few missing shingles on its roof and some broken windowpanes, as evidenced by a woman who is sitting in one of the window frames and grasping a pane. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223184/
Danevang Farmer's Co-op Office
Copy negative of the farmer's co-op office in Danevang, Texas. The building is small and has one front door and a window on each side. There is an automobile parked in front of the building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222758/
[Danevang Lutheran Church Under Construction]
Photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church in the early stages of construction. Large parts of the church's framework have been built, and a group of men on either side appear to be in the process of affixing the foremost one to a large, horizontal beam. There is a construction truck parked in the center with a tower-like structure projecting from it. A tree is seen in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222944/
[Danevang Lutheran Church Under Construction]
Photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church in the early stages of construction. Two major parts of the church's framework are standing. A group of men are on either side, all of whom appear to be in the process of lifting something. A truck is parked in the center, and a large metal, tower-like structure is projecting from it. The landscape that surrounds the church is barren, with a scarce amount of trees and bushes on either side of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222943/
[Danevang School Students]
Copy print of school students and two of their teachers standing on the front steps of a school in Danevang, Texas. Behind them, there is an open double-door entryway. They have been lined up into three rows. From left to right, the first row has been identified as Lawrence Harton, Gunnar Thyssen, Vernon Swendsen, Barbara Strarup, Lawrence Petersen, Leroy Strarup, and Julian Christiansen. The second row, from left to right, has been identified as Martin Strarup, Alton Nielsen, Preston Hicks, Lillie Jensen, Irene Hansen, Shirley Strarup, and A. R. Zieschang. The last row, from left to right, is comprised of Donald Hicks (teacher), Jack Hansen, Isabel Nielsen, Joyce Hansen, and Mrs. Hicks (teacher). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223031/
Danish Ladies Aid 40th Anniversary
Photograph of a large group of women standing in rows in front of a house celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Danish Ladies Aid organization of Danevang, Texas. The front row is seated in wooden chairs. They are mostly elderly women, with the exception of a few in the top rows. Although some names have been supplied, they have not been matched properly to specific people in the photograph. They are dressed in conservative apparel. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223277/
[Danish Ladies Aid 50th Anniversary]
Photograph of a group of senior women during the Danish Ladies Aid 50th year anniversary. They are posing for the camera outside in a long line, although it appears that two pictures were taken at the same time because they are all tentatively staring to the right. Two women at center-left hold up a sign that denotes the day's event. It appears to be written in Danish. They are dressed conservatively; the majority wear long coats and dresses, as well as glasses and pinned-back hairstyles. A young girl is in the very front looking directly at the camera. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223916/
[Dedication of Danevang Lutheran Church]
Black and white photograph of the dedication of the new Danevang Lutheran Church building. Two columns of pews, the ends of which are adorned with small floral decorations, are visible from the foreground to the background. Various men in suit jackets are seated in the pews to near full capacity. The pews lead to an altar visible in the background at the center of which is a table, a few stands with floral arrangements, and a framed painting that has a cross atop its frame. Pastor Michael Mikkelsen is standing in the background, to the far left of the altar. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223409/
[Demolished Church and Fallen Tree]
Photograph of the remains of a church after a weather disaster. A fallen tree with broken branches is on the rightmost side of the photograph. Behind it, the shingled roof of part of the church is inclined on fragments of wall material and construction posts. The entrance is the only part of the church that is still standing. It is flanked by other demolished parts of roofing, walls, and beams on the right side of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222922/
[Dr. John J. Pendergrass Obituary]
Clipping from Dr. John J. Pendergrass' obituary, who passed on January 17, 1948. The text gives a biographical account of the doctor's education, family background, and retirement to Wharton county. It continues on the second page with anecdotes of his charity work. It ends with a small list of his surviving family, including his wife, two children, a sister, a brother, and five grandchildren. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223850/
[Duus Family Holiday Greeting Photograph]
Two photographs of the same image of the Duus family, which were used as a holiday greeting card and have been placed together with the aid of a small piece of adhesive on the back of the right photograph. The portrait of the family positions Pastor Vagn Duus on the leftmost side, holding a young a boy. The pastor's wife, identified as Gerda Duus, is in the middle, holding a baby in front of her and Sybil Duus on the right. The two boys have not been properly identified, although names have been provided in accompanying information (Verner and Erling). Text beneath the portrait says, "Season's Greetings from Our House to Your House" and has a simple line drawing of a landscape beneath it. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223809/
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