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  Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society
 Decade: 1950-1959
 Collection: Texas Cultures Online
4-H Dancers
Photograph of a group of young girls posing for the camera in front of a curtain backdrop. They are wearing traditional Danish costumes, which consists of a pointed hat with ribbon attachments, a vest-like bodice tied across their bust, and a tied apron over a full skirt with horizontal stripes running across the bottom of the skirt. On the back row, from left to right, the girls have been identified as Jane Laustrup, Neva Bram, Peggy Bram, Sharon Krag, and Annette Waldman. On the front row, from left to right, they have been identified as Carolyn Lauritsen, Sharon Roberts, Beverly Waldman, and Eleanor Berndt. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph lists their names again, and a secondary, upside down blue line of text reads, "Danish Dancers, Return to Lillian Roberts". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222921/
4-H Dancers
Photograph of a group of young girls posing for the camera in front of a curtain backdrop. They are wearing traditional Danish costumes, which consists of a pointed hat with ribbon attachments, a vest-like bodice tied across their bust, and a tied apron over a full skirt with horizontal stripes running across the bottom of the skirt. On the back row, from left to right, the girls have been identified as Jane Laustrup, Neva Bram, Peggy Bram, Sharon Krag, and Annette Waldman. On the front row, from left to right, they have been identified as Carolyn Lauritsen, Sharon Roberts, Beverly Waldman, and Eleanor Berndt. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph lists their names again, and a secondary, upside down blue line of text reads, "Danish Dancers, Return to Lillian Roberts". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222920/
4-H Girls in Danish Costumes
Copy negative of a group of 4-H girls dressed in Danish costumes, dancing around a Christmas tree in the Danevang Community Hall, located in Wharton County. Eight young girls are wearing dresses and hats, and they are holding hands with each other. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222717/
1953 Confirmation Class
Copy negative of the 1953 Confirmation class at Danevang Lutheran Church, which is located in Wharton County. In the picture, four young boys and two young girls are standing outside the church. They are wearing suits and dresses. From left to right, the members pictured are Alfred Gann, unknown boy, Jeanne Swendsen, Anna Marie Smith, Howard Ledwig and Allen Lauritsen. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222722/
[1955 Confirmation Class of the Danevang Lutheran Church]
Color photograph of a group of youth standing outside of the Danevang Lutheran Church which is partially visible behind them. The group is comprised of several girls and a few boys. The girls are all wearing dresses and the boys are wearing suits and have floral boutonnieres pinned to their lapels. A girl in a green dress and a girl in a white dress standing next to her are both holding books in their hands. The door of the building in the background is open. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223421/
[1958 Confirmation Class]
Photograph of the 1958 confirmation class and their pastor gathered for a group picture inside a church. Behind them, inside a small alcove is a statue of Jesus Christ with hands outspread in front of him looking down. They are all wearing formal attire. The boys wear two-piece suits and the girls are in light-colored dresses. They all have corsages pinned to their chests. From left to right, they have been identified as: Top row: Harold Smith, Ronnie Dippel, David Hildpold, Lilburn Shulty (possibly), and Pastor Jespersen. Bottom row: Gendra Bram (possibly), Marilyn Thaysen, Beverly Waldman, and "Mike" Brodsgaard. These names are also hand-written on the back of the photograph in black ink. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222865/
[Aerial Photograph of School]
Aerial photograph of a school building surrounded by farmland. The date Oct. 1954 is written on the back. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222864/
Aerial View of Brodsgaard Farm
Copy negative of an aerial view of the Brodsgaard family farm in Wharton County, Texas. In the image, a large field is pictured, and in the center of the field, there is a two-story home as well as several other one-story buildings. According to sources, the farm belonged to Soren Brodsgaard, and was later given to his son, Chris Brodsgaard. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222767/
Aerial View of Danevang Co-op
Copy negative of an aerial view of the Danevange Farmers Cooperative Society, as noted on the front of the photograph. The co-op is located in Danevange, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222779/
Aerial View of Danevang School
Aerial photograph of Danevang School in Danevang, Texas. It is the largest building in the photograph: a single-story structure with a mansard roof with dark shingles and several windows on the first floor. A small playground to the right consists of a few see-saws and a swing set. Further right, a basketball court can be seen. To the left, there appears to be a gas station. The building is amidst a large, rural farm area. Besides the gas station and the school building, there are only a few other buildings, possibly homes, and land that has been tilled. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222806/
Combing Rice
Copy negative of Otto Bram combing and harvesting rice on his farm in Wharton County, Texas. Otto is sitting in a large tractor in the middle of his rice field. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222762/
Confirmation 1955
Color photograph of formally dressed people standing on the lawn of a white building which is visible in the background. The first row is composed of six girls, all of whom are wearing dresses. The back row is made up two boys who are only visible from the neck up. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223070/
Confirmation 1956
Black and white photograph of a confirmation class standing on the steps of [Danevang Lutheran Church] in formal attire. The group is composed of six girls in dresses, six boys in white shirts and ties, and one male in the back wearing a suit. On either side of the group, two hand rails and two windows are visible in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223149/
Confirmation Class - 1958
Copy negative of the 1958 confirmation class of Danevang Lutheran Church, which is located in Wharton County, Texas. In the photograph, eight confirmation students are dressed in suits and dresses, and they are standing at the altar of the church with their pastor. From left to right, top to bottom, the individuals pictured are Harold Smith, Ronnie Wind, David Hiltpold, Lilburn Schultz, and Pastor Ronald Jespersen in the top row, and Neva Ray Bram, Marilyn Thaysen, Beverly Waldman, and Mike Brodsgaard in the bottom row. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222766/
Danevang Baseball Team 1950
Black and white photograph taken at the Danevang baseball diamond of a baseball team in uniforms. The team is accompanied by their managers, Fred "Densky" Hansen and J.O. Olson. One team member is laying down in front of the rest of the team members, who are either seated in the second row or standing in the back row. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223049/
Danevang L.C.W.
Photograph of a group of people seated in front of a red curtain. They are part of an organization, but accompanying information does not supply further details on the acronym "L.C.W." The group is mostly composed of women, with the exception of a man in a suit and bow tie in the right bottom corner. They are all dressed in formal attire. A piece of paper on the back of the photograph identifies them from left to right. The bottom row is composed of Margaret Juhl, Delphie Carlson, Lillian Roberts, Emma Berndt, Ester Hutson, Lillian Hansen, Ruth Brodsgaard, Reverend I. Pederson. The second row: Essie White, Joyce Nielsen, Gertrude Hansen, Bertha Jensen, Marie Swendsen, Henrietta Bram, Elsie Christensen, Anita Schultz, Alice Hansen, and Myrtle Lauritsen. The top row: Martha Graff, Joyce Petersen, unknown, Louise Petersen, Helena Lauritsen, Edna Olson, Julia Knudsen, Ella Hansen, Myrtle Waldman, and Dora Wind. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223217/
Danevang School
Copy negative of Danevang School in Danevang, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222792/
Danevang School Picture of Gene Hansen
Bust portrait photograph of a young boy, identified as Wilbert Gene Hansen, in front of a blank backdrop. The photograph was taken for a school picture. Printed text on the front reads, "School Days 1952-53 Danevang." Wilbert wears a print shirt. He is looking slightly to the right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223034/
Danevang Service Station
Copy negative of Leon Dippel and Andrew J. Hansen sitting inside the Danevang Service Station in Danevang, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222795/
Danish Ladies Aid
Black and white photograph of a large group of women standing in front of a wooden building that has its screen door open. The congregated women make up an organization known as the Danish Ladies Aid. They are gathered for a 50th anniversary celebration, according to accompanying information. Every woman is wearing jackets or coats. At the center, two women are holding together a chalkboard sign that reads: "50 Aars Jubelceum for Den Danoke Kvindeforenine in Danevang Te[xas]." (The last portion of the message is covered by one woman's hand.) There is a young girl standing in the front row amongst the older women. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223410/
[Elder Women at Danish Ladies Aid Anniversary]
Photograph of elder women posing for a photograph during the 50 year anniversary celebration of the Danish Ladies Club organization. They are dressed conservatively in long coats and dresses, and the majority wear glasses. They stand before a building with an open doorway and three visible windows. A second, adjacent building is seen off to the right of the photograph. Two of the women center-left are holding a sign up that denotes the particular event, and it appears to be written in Danish. Hand-written text in black ink on the back of the photograph reads, "Winter 1952 archives". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222932/
[Family Photograph at Otto Hansen Residence]
Photograph of a group of people in front of the Otto Hansen residence in Danevang, Texas. The house behind them has several windows, and it looks to be two stories, judging by the second floor balcony seen in the far right of the photograph. The women wear long dresses, while the men wear nondescript shirts and trousers. The woman on the far left has been identified as Mrs. Otto Hansen, and the man wearing the dark-colored shirt as Melvin Hansen. No other names have been provided. There is a decorative border surrounding the photograph. Two repeating stamps on the back show a leaping fox on which lines of text read, "Fox-Tone Print Fox Co. San Antonio, Texas, January 1951" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223893/
Four Generation Hartons
Photograph of four generations of the Harton family at a wedding celebration. Peter Harton and Stephanie Reif Harton sit on two wooden chairs wearing dark-colored formal wear, with flowers pinned to their chests. In the back, a woman identified as Billie Anne Baumert, wears a kimono-style dress. To her left, a man identified as Wilhem Harton is wearing a suit and tie, while holding a young boy identified as Richard Dean Baumert, wearing a tank and shorts. Wallpaper of a floral design covers the wall behind them. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph reads, "Four Generations. Billie Ann Harton Baumert - Richard Dean Baumert oldest/first great-gran'son held by Wilhelm Harton. Bestafa - Peter Harton, Bestamon - Stephanie Reif Harton Taken Oct. 1951 @ golden wedding celebration for Bestmon ~ Bestafa @ Danevang, Texas [sic]". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222900/
[Fritz Swendsen and Family]
Black and white photograph of the Swendsen family grouped together on a wooden deck for a picture at an unknown outdoor location. The branches of a tree on the left hang over their heads. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223386/
Group of Men
Photograph of a group of adult men standing in front of a parked automobile. They have been identified from left to right as Christian Brodsgaard, Jimmy Sones, George Adams, J. E. Sones, and Albert Treadwell. They are dressed in casual attire. The man on the far right has an injured left arm and is held close to his chest by a cast. A black stamp on the back of the photograph reads, "This is a Kodacolor Print made by Eastman Kodak Company T. M. Regis. U. S. Pat. OFf. Week Ending June 11, 1955 I R 3." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223315/
[Group of Men with H.J. Berndt on His 83rd Birthday]
Black and white photograph of a group of men seated around a table upon which plates and teacups are situated. The men are identified, from left to right, as Andrew Lauritsen, Jens Berndt, Helvig Jensen (H.J.) Berndt, and Anders H. Berndt. Helvig is wearing a bow tie, a suit, and a flower pin on his lapel; it is Helvig's 83rd birthday. Both Jens and H.J. are resting their hands on the table. Behind H.J. is an accordion-top cabinet, which has a few framed pictures and a globe on top of it. In the foreground, an object that looks like a chair is visible, but blurry. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223144/
[Group of People Seated in a Room]
Photograph of a group of men and women seated in a large room looking up at the camera. On the right wall, there are four windows, a shelving system where hats have been placed, and a domed arbor with hanging vegetation. On the left wall, there is an entryway that has been uncovered by a pulled curtain. From right to left, excluding the cropped women on the right-most side, the individuals nearest the wall have been identified as Mona Harton Bendixon, Rudy Bendixon, Wilhelm Harton's wife and Wilhelm Harton himself next to her (possibly - both identities have not been confirmed), Peter Harton, Stephanie (no last name provided), Dagmar Harton Crosswait, Burton Crosswait, Stephanie Harton Swendsen, Julius Swendsen, and Jens Harton. On the opposite side of the table, starting right to left, these individuals have been identified as Laurits Harton, Abelona Harton, Louis Bonugli, Johanna Bonugli, Carl Harton, and Louise Harton. No other names have been provided. On the back of the photograph, there is a hand-written letter from Peter Harton, but its content or addressee cannot be read with certainty. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222911/
[Harton Family Reunion]
Photograph of adult men and women during the 1954 Harton family reunion. The majority of the people pictured are seated along tables that fill up most of the room. There are a few people standing in the back. Plates, cups, and other dishware has been set on the tables. Although names have been provided, no comprehensive record exists to match names to individuals. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph reads, "Our first Harton reunion". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223919/
Kristiane Sorensen Knudsen
Bust portrait copy print of an older woman identified as Kristiane Knudsen. She wears glasses and a dark-colored shirt. Two buttons are on each side of her lapel, and two more are seen running down the length of the fold of the shirt. Accompanying information states that she was the wife of Soren Knudsen. Her son, Sam Knudsen, died in World War II during the D-Day landing on 1944. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223015/
Leonard Lauritsen Home
Photograph of a single-story home belonging to Leonard Lauritsen in Danevang, Texas. House has several coupled double-hung windows and two doors. Dark-colored shingles cover an intersecting gabled roof. On the right, front corner, there is an automobile parked, facing away from the camera. Insignia on the trunk of the car appears to be of an early Chevrolet logo. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph indicates the house was remodeled in 1968. Additionally, two black stamps of a leaping fox with the accompanying text, "Fox Full Focus Print", are on the back. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223992/
Loading Rice onto Truck
Copy negative of Otto Bram loading harvested rice onto a truck on his farm in Wharton County, Texas. Otto is sitting on a tractor to the left of the truck. There is a car parked in the field on the left side of the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222763/
Louise Petersen
Bust portrait photograph of an elder woman identified as Louise Petersen. She wears cat-eye glasses, a pearl necklace and matching earring, and a lightweight, dark-colored jacket. Her hair is coiffed upwards and parted on the left. Accompanying information states that, "Mrs. Verner Petersen, nee Louise Olson, a native of Danevang, was the organist in Danevang Lutheran Church, continually [during] 1950-1964. Mrs. Petersen was instrumental in acquiring a teacher of organ music, Mr. Anthony Rahe of Houston, Texas, to come to Danevang once a week over a period of time to give lessons to herself and her young assistants - Jeanne Swendsen, Elsie Swendsen, and Wanda Swendsen - who were all students in El Campo High School." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223507/
[Pastor Erik K. Moller and Wife Margaret Duus]
Photograph of an elderly couple standing in front of a red curtain. The man on the right, identified as Pastor Eric Moller, wears horn-rimmed glasses and a black two-piece suit with a flower attached to the right lapel. His wife, on the right, has been identified as Margaret Duus Moller. She wears a green dress and horn-rimmed glasses as well. A pink flower and ribbon decorates the top right part of her dress. The photograph has been pasted on a typed piece of paper that lists biographical information about the pastor. This information is listed on both the front and back of the paper. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223812/
[Peter and Stephanie Harton's Golden Wedding Anniversary]
Black and white photograph of a small group of people at the golden wedding anniversary celebration of Peter Harton and Stephanie Reif Harton, pictured at the center. Stephanie is wearing glasses and is standing behind a white cake. To her right is Peter, wearing a suit and bow tie. In front of him is a Kransekage cake, a traditional Danish wedding cake made of almond-based pastry rings. A table that has been set with teacups, saucers, and plates is just before the group. A thick, velvet curtain with a fringed valance is hanging behind them. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222982/
[Peter J. A. Petersen About to Board Flight]
Photograph of a man, identified as Peter J. A. Petersen, traveling by Braniff Airline to Minnesota from Houston, Texas, to attend his daughter Elna Mickelsen's funeral. He is dressed in formal attire and holds a folded coat on his right arm. Standing in front of the airplane, the wing's propeller, a few windows, and the staircase leading up to the inside are visible. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223701/
[Photograph of Stephanie Reif Harton in Bestamor]
Photograph of a woman identified as Stephanie Reif Harton poses for the camera among tall, flowering plants of a bulbous shape. She stands in front of a series of windows belonging to what appears to be a two-story structure with siding. The woman wears a scarf around her head and glasses. She holds a pot that holds the same plants that surround her. Large trees are seen just behind the house. On the back of the photograph, a dedication reads, "To Bill Anne Baumert greetings and best wishes from Bestamor. Jo Grandma Mrs Peter Harton [sic]". Two stamps of a leaping fox are accompanied with the text, "Fox-Tone Print FOX CO. San Antonio, Texas. May 1953." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222903/
[Portrait of a Young Girl, Ruby Beth Allenson]
Black and white photograph of a young girl seated on a chair that is situated on the lawn outside of a building whose wood siding is partially visible. Directly behind the girl is a large, leafy bush. The girl is identified as Ruby Beth Allenson. She is wearing a light-colored dress with a white bib collar; she is also wearing a bow on top of her hair. Her feet are clad in socks and shiny black shoes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223369/
Portrait of John & Gordon Pedersen
Christmas card bearing a printed color illustration of a lit candle in a candle holder. Across the top, there are two lines of text; one running horizontally that reads "1956" and the second running diagonally across the paper which reads "Greetings." When opened, on the right side of the card, there is a photograph of two men in front of a backdrop in a well-lit space. They are both wearing suit jackets and bow ties. The older man on the left has been identified as Pastor John Pedersen. To his right is Gordon Pedersen. Opposite the photograph is hand-written text in green ink that reads, "Dear Friends. We wish you a merry Christmas and a good and blessed New Year. Gordon + John Pedersen." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223306/
Rice Water Well
Copy negative of Otto Bram on his farm in Wharton County, Texas. In the photograph, Bram and an unknown man are standing next to a rice irrigation well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222765/
Sam Brodsgaard in Car
Photograph of a man inside the driver's side seat of an automobile. He has been identified as Soren (Sam) Brodsgaard. He wears a hat and a light-colored long-sleeve shirt. Hand-written text in pencil on the back of the photograph lists his name plus an additional line of text that reads, "Grandpa B. 1950." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223318/
Scout Photo
Black and white photo of a group of eleven young boys identified as Boy Scouts, arranged in a single line. They are standing outdoors in a forest surrounded by trees and appear to be in a clearing. Most boys are wearing jeans and white t-shirts. However, there is one boy who stands second from the left wearing a button-up shirt and another boy, standing fifth from the left, wearing a boy scout uniform complete with a tied bandana around his neck. A decorative border frames the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223092/
Silver Wedding
Copy print of the wedding party of Johannes Hansen and Agnes Ingvardsen Hansen. They are seated outside of what appears to be a single-story brick structure, identified in accompanying records as the Trinity Lutheran Church in El Campo, Texas. It merged with the Christ Lutheran church in 1997. Three longs rows make up the group, which comprises of several women, men, and children. They are all dressed in formal attire. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223024/
[Three Girls at the 1950 Mayfest Celebration]
Photograph of three young girls in front of rose bushes during the 1950 Mayfest Celebration held at Danevang Community Hall. They girls are wearing long dresses, pearl necklaces, and formal hairstyles. They have been identified, from left to right as: Ramona Harton, Jane Andersen, Darla Harton. Hand-written text on the back of the photograph reads, "May Fete 1950." It goes on to list their names. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth222823/
O. V. Christensen Home
Photograph of a single-story brick home belonging to O.V. (Mickey) and Elsie Christensen. Photograph was taken a few feet away from a dirt road, capturing the front lawn on which a few slender trees have been planted. One door and several windows are seen on the house. Next to an air-conditioning system on the left wall, there appears to be a rosebush and other small shrubs planted along the edge of the wall. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223981/
Wanda Swendsen
Studio portrait photograph of a woman, identified as Wanda Swendsen, in a well-lit space. She has short brown hair and smiles at the camera openly. She wears gold earrings, gold necklace, and a thick, cable-knit sweater over a grid-pattern collar shirt. Accompanying information states: "Wanda Swendsen Plentl, daughter of Fred and Marie Swendsen of Danevang, was organist at Danevang Lutheran Church during the tenure of Mrs. Verner Petersen in 1957-1960. She graduated from El Campo High School in 1961. After four years of college, she returned for an extended period of time as organist -- era 1966-1985." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223510/
Westerholm, Ralph & Marilyn Petersen, Michael Bram, Irvin Wind Home
Photograph of a red brick, single-story house. Photograph was taken from the street. Some asphalt is seen on the foreground. A dirt walkway leads to the front entrance, which is partially hidden by the palm trees that surround the front lawn of the house. On the back of the photograph, hand-written text explains that ownership of the house moved from Peter Westerholm, then to Ralph and Marilyn Petersen, and finally to Michael and Shannon Bram. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223980/