Photograph of students and their teacher posing for a group picture at their school, Danevang School, in Danevang, Texas. They have been arranged into three rows, with the front row seated on a bench. Three long double-hung windows can be seen behind them. They have been identified, from left to right: Top row: Viggo Andersen, Arthur Andersen, Eddie Nielsen, Elmer Andersen, Edward Nielsen, Paul Madsen, Harry Andersen, Thorvald Lykke, Eric Petersen, Uffe Nygaard, Martin Christiansen, Harold Hansen, and Jim Jensen. Middle row: Frank Jensen, Hans Treumer, Viggo Juhl, Dagmar Evers, Anna Nygaard, Ellen Longwood, Hazel Johnson, Margretha Nygaard, Karen Berndt, Mable Johnson, Katy Rasmussen, Nona Johnson, Sophie Madsen, Mary Treumer, Signe Lykke, Laura Petersen, and Professor Vitrup. Front row: Hans Nygaard, Holger Lauritsen, Ebbe Wind, Abelone Wind, Mabel Andersen, Elizabeth Jensen, Marentze Nielsen, Marie Nielsen, Thora Nielsen, Esther Longwood, Cora Johnson, Anna Jensen, Anna Lykke, Pauline Madsen, and Agnes Nielsen. A newspaper article included with the photograph also states that "only ten of these live in Danevang now. Many of them have passed away. Others have moved. Names are written as they were then. Photograph is furnished by Mrs. Laruits Harton.[sic]"
Photograph of a large group of children and the faculty of Danevang School in Danevang, Texas. They have been arranged into five rows. Behind them, the school building can be seen, along with three windows, two of which have shutters. The photograph, which is torn on its right bottom and top corners, has been pasted on a gray stiff paper. On the back of it, there is hand-written text that reads, "School picture Danevang."
Photograph of an alter and baptismal font inside the Ansgar Church of Danevang, Texas. The shaft of the baptismal front has been ornamented with rounded bands and supports a rounded basin. Behind it, a wooden step leads up to an alter flanked by wooden furniture. The alter is composed of a wooden table covered by a tablecloth with an ornamented design trim. Two floral arrangements and two candle-holders are on each side of the tabletoo. A seven-branched candelabrum has been placed directly on the center of the table, which stands before a large framed painting of religious icons engaging with a leaning figure. The painting's frame is topped by a cross. Hand-written text in pencil on the back of the photograph cannot be read with certainty. A black stamp indicates, "Danish Heritage Society P. O. Box 386 Danevang, TX 77432".
Copy print of an older woman, identified as Antomine Andersen Christensen, seated in a chair behind a spinning wheel. She wears a long-sleeve dress and glasses. She is outdoors, and in the distance, several trees can be seen. Accompanying information indicates that she was 90 years old at the time the picture was taken. Her daughter, Marie Christensen, married Chris Christensen and moved to Danevang, Texas.
Legal document inaugurating the Danish Mutual Insurance Company's corporate membership, filed through the Secretary of State's office in Austin, Texas, and signed under a notary. The document specifies a twenty year lifetime minimum and the seven men of the first board of directors who will be in charge of insuring both Wharton and Matagorda counties. They are as follows : Neils Christian Jensen, Marcus Nielsen, Helvig Jensen Berndt, H. P. Hermansen, Jasper J. Juhl, Marcus Christensen, and Niels M. Hansen.
Certificate from Sigrid Larsen Wind's baptism at Danevang Church written in Danish. There is an illustration at the top of the document of a female angel holding a basin. She is inside a circular motif with a line of bold text going around the top. Additionally, two paper scrolls unroll from leafy branches that decorate the top third of the document. In these scrolls, there are biblical passages from the gospels of John and Mark. Translated from Danish, the passages from John and Mark read: "Unless one is born of water and spirit, he can not be received into God's kingdom" - John 3. 5. "Whosoever believes and is baptized shall be saved, but whoever does not believe shall be damned" - Mark 16. 16. Two more detailed illustrations flank the right and left hand-written parts of the document. The one on the left is of a tall tree in the middle of a deserted, sloping terrain. The image opposite it is of a sailing ship bearing the Danish flag in a large body of water. Four more paragraphs of text are on the bottom flanking an embossed seal.
Black and white photograph of the Berndt family farm property, comprised of a white two-story house, two barns in back, and a windmill. A crop field of an unidentified variety is visible in the foreground. A few members of the Berndt family are standing in various areas of the yard.
Color copy photograph of a black and white portrait of three children from the Berndt family. They are posed with a textured background behind them, an elegant rug beneath their feet, and a chair in the center of them. There is one boy and two girls, one of whom is an infant. The boy is Andreas Berndt, aged 7 years; he stands to the right of the chair and has one of his hands on the back. He is wearing a white shirt, a bow tie, dark shorts, and stockings. Marie, who was 3 years old at the time, stands on the other side of the chair from her brother. She is wearing a white dress, stockings, and two bows in her hair. Ingeborg, the youngest sibling, is seated in the ornate chair in a white baby's gown. She was 3 months old at the time. A note on the back of the photograph says that these are H.J. Berndt's children.
Copy negative of a framed portrait of the Bram family of Wharton County. Marius Bram and Jakobina Bram are sitting down in the portrait. Their children, from left to right, are Carl, Walter and Johanna (infant).
Copy print of a newlywed couple posing for the camera inside an empty room. The man, identified as Christian Jepsen Christensen, is seated in an elaborately designed wicker chair and wearing a suit and bow tie. The woman, identified as Marie Magdalene Jensen, is standing next to him on the right with her right hand resting on the chair's back. She is wearing a long-sleeved wedding dress and veil that has been adorned at the top with small flowers.
Certificate of naturalization given to Helvig Jensen Berndt by the United States Department of Commerce and Labor. A black and white illustration of an eagle emblem is at the very top, flanked by the title of the document. The text on the page gives the names of Helvig's children and wife as well as a short physical description of Helvig. There is hand-written text on the back of the document which reads, "H. J. Berndt is U. S. Citizen since May 4, 1908."
Copy print of a baby, identified as Ester Knudsen Hutson, in a baby carriage. She is wearing a long, light-colored gown with a decorative crochet trim running across the bottom of the garment. She is also wearing a large bonnet tied around her neck. The carriage seems to have been placed on a wooden patio, perhaps the front porch of a home.
Photograph of the Madsen family at their property in Danevang, Texas. The man on the right, identified as Chris Madsen, appears to be seated on a plow, which is being pulled by three horses. There are two children on the right, and an adult woman next to them, presumably their mother and wife of Chris Madsen. Behind them, there is a hammock hung on two trees, and beyond that, a two-story home. It has light-colored siding, intersecting gable roofs, several windows, and one bay window on the right part of the house.
Black and white photograph of the Danevang Lutheran Church's Confirmation class of 1908, posed for a group picture outside of an unidentified building. Five young women are seated on a wooden bench in front of a row of eight young men who are accompanied by their Pastor, Soren Hamburg Madsen. Each individual is wearing a hat. Most of the girls' hats have floral embellishments on them. Everyone is dressed formally. The young women are wearing white, high-neck dresses that reach to the floor; their hands are clad in gloves. The young men are wearing suits and ties and simple, brimmed hats. Pastor Madsen is the only individual that is not completely facing the camera; he is turned 3/4 of the way.
Black and white photograph of a large group of Danevang citizens gathered in front of the Danevang Community Hall, a white wooden building with a single door in front. A pair of Danish flags are hanging on the building on either side of the open door. Numerous citizens are sitting and standing in and around the bleachers.
Copy negative of community members gathered together outside of the Danevang Community Hall in Danevang, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. The community hall is a large, one-story wooden building with two flags hanging on the front of the building.
Newspaper photograph of the children and teachers of the Danevang School in 1908. There are two teachers, Cheatham Evans and Anna Laura McDonald and eighty four children in the photograph. Names are listed by row in the information below the photograph. According to accompanying information, this appeared in and El Camp newspaper.
Copy negative of Thomas and Magdalene Christensen's family home in Lokken, Denmark. The home has a thatched roof and an arbor covered with vines. There are two Danish flags flying on either side of the arbor.
Photograph of a group of men standing outdoors on a large mechanical plow. Two of the men are on top of it, near the driver's seat. Another two are on the ground near the largest wheel. The one on the far right has been identified as C. M. Nissen. A fifth man is supporting himself with a lever towards the left, and a child farther left is sitting down barefoot on a wheel that has been turned to its side. The photograph has been placed on a dark mat with an embossed linear border that frames the photograph. On the back, there is hand-written text. It reads: "H. J. Berndt Danevang, Texas. Please return to A. E. Berndt. C. M. Nissen on far right married to Katherine Lauritsen. CIRCA 1908."
Copy print of a farmstead in Danevang, Texas. The photograph appears to have been taken a short distance away from a fence that runs the length of the property. Past the fence and a few small bushes, a group of people have seated themselves on chairs, presumably posing for the picture. Several horses, carriages, and men are to the left of these people; some of them have also stopped and turned towards the direction where the photograph was taken. In the distance, there is a two-story house with a gable roof and several windows on the first floor. On the leftmost part of the image, a second structure can be seen next to a large tree.
Postcard of a group of men tending to a meal being prepared on the ground. Three of the men are actively engaged with various cooking utensils, while the two in the back look on. They appear to be standing in a barren landscape. There are no distinguishing landscape elements. Two names are listed on the back of the postcard, but it cannot be stated with certainty to whom they apply.
Copy print of the Jensen family posing in front of a backdrop of a room interior. From left to the right, the individuals in the back have been identified as Jorgen Jensen, Jens Jensen, Lena Jensen, and Viggo Jensen. From left to right, the seated group has been identified as Harold Jensen, Hans Peter Jensen, Maren Jensen, Theodore Jensen, and Elizabeth Jensen. They are all dressed in formal attire.
Copy negative of Hans Peter Jensen and his family inside their home in Danevange, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. From left to right, top to bottom, the family members pictured are Jorgen Jensen, Jens Jensen, Lena Jensen, and Viggo Jensen in the top row; Hans Peter Jensen, Maren Jensen and Elizabeth Jensen in the middle row; and Harold Jensen and Theodore Jensen in the bottom row.
Photograph of a two-story structure in Danevang, Texas, belonging to H. P. Jensen. A white sticker on the front of the photograph states that Jensen was the "first mail carrier. Carried mail from 1902-1914 as a rule with a little mule and cart. He also bould bring medicine [sic]." The house itself is past a narrow dirt road in the foreground. It has intersecting gable roofs and light-colored siding. Several windows are on the first and second floors. Round bushes line the outside of the house.
Copy negative print of a two-story house in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Hans Peter Jensen. The property is surrounded by a chicken wire fence with large trees planted just inside it. The house has a steep gable roof with shingles and horizontal siding. There are several double-hung windows on the first and second floor. A young boy stands outside looking at the camera, but he has not been identified.
Photograph of Helvig Berndt's home in Danevang, Texas. The photograph was taken a distance away from the actual home, which can be seen in the back center-left. It is a two-story structure with intersecting gable roofs and several double-hung windows. A barn with a wide gable roof can be seen to the right. Two men are in the foreground on the leftmost part of the image. A horse-drawn wagon joins them. The two men have been identified as Anders H. and Helvig J. Berndt. The photograph has been placed on a stiff mat board which has chipped considerably on the bottom left corner.
Copy negative of a family portrait taken in west Danevange, Texas in Wharton County. From left to right in the top row is Marie Smith Juhl and Viggo Juhl. Sitting at the bottom of the photograph from left to right is Arnold Juhl, Jasper J. Juhl, Agnes Juhl, and Annie Juhl holding baby Hilda Juhl.
Copy negative of a black and white photograph professionally taken in 1906 of Hans Peter Jensen's five children. They are posed in front of a textured background and on top of a rug that looks like it is made of animal fur. The three older children stand behind the two youngest children, who are seated and dressed in a similar fashion. The sole girl wears a white dress, stockings, and shoes and is placing her hand on the chair upon which her younger sibling sits. The eldest boy stands in the center in a suit and tie. His younger brother stands to the right of him, also in a suit, and places his hand on the chair of the sibling seated in front of him.
Photograph of a large group of men, women, and children gathered to take a group picture in front of Danevang Community Hall, also identified as the old Community House according to a line of text on the back of the photograph. Accompanying information also states that they are at a celebration, and that Iver Wind, his wife, and child are somewhere in the picture. The structure behind them has a gable roof with shingles, siding, and several windows. A few men are seated on the window ledges.
Bust portrait photograph of a young woman, identified as Marie Harton Swenson, in front of a blank, dark-colored backdrop. Her hair has been cut in a Bob, and she wears a jacket over a button up blouse. The photograph has been pasted inside a square frame, and then placed inside a fold-out photo folder. When closed, the front flap rests on an embossed decorative motif that resembles a flower.
Photograph of a young woman, identified as Marie Olson, in a photography studio with side-lighting hitting her face prominently on the left side. Her body is turned slightly to the left, but she faces the camera directly. She wears glasses, a necklace, and a sailor-collar top with a light-colored ribbon trim. A stiff paper frame with an oval cut-out covers the photograph. Together, they have been placed inside a folder with an ornate pattern embossing on the front cover.
Copy print of an oval picture frame with a photograph inside it of husband and wife Hans Peter Jensen and Maren Jensen. The frame has ornate floral motifs on the top, bottom, and sides, as well as beveled edges and a continuous pattern of decorative circle reliefs running near the edge of the frame glass. The man and the woman in the photograph are both dressed in formal attire. The man wears a blazer and a waistcoat. The woman wears a light-colored, tied neck-piece over a dark-colored top.
Copy negative print of the Petersen family insider their home. Only two have been properly identified: P. J. Agerskov Petersen is the man with the three piece suit on the left, and Verner Petersen is the young boy on his lap. The other names have not been properly matched. Behind them, on a wooden cabinet, there is a collection of family frames and flower vases on a lace tablecloth. Behind that, the walls bear two large framed bust portraits and other small family memorabilia.
Copy negative print of the Jensen family residence in Danevang, Texas. Taken some distance away from the house, the photograph captures the Jensen family behind a cluster of chickens. Two children are riding mules. Presumably, Carl Jensen is the man on the right wearing a dark-colored suit. The house itself has sloping, steep roofs with light-colored shingles. There are two patios on the first floor. They each have an overhang and slender columns acting as support. A brick chimney can be seen at the very top.
Black and white photograph of an infant, identified as Andreas Enemark Berndt, seated on an elaborate wicker chair He is wearing a long white baby's gown; the soles of his shoes peek out from underneath the hem of the dress. Both hands are in motion; he seems to be holding an object in one of them. The image is mounted on a black frame with a decorative floral banner surrounding the picture. On the back of the mat is the inscription: "Gledelig Jul til Bedstefader Laurits Lauritzen fra lille Andreas Enemark Berndt i Danevang, Texas, America." Accompanying information has translated the inscription: "Merry Christmas to Grandfather Laurits Lauritzen fra lille Andreas Enemark Berndt."
Black and white photograph of the Danevang community gathered for a portrait at the Danevang Community Hall, which was evidently also used as the town school. The younger citizens are pictured mostly in the front of the group, sitting or kneeling; older children and adults are sitting or standing behind them, arranged in rows just outside the exterior west wall of the building. There are five windows on the building that are visible; three of them are open, with a couple suited men sitting or standing within the window frames.
Photograph of a young woman, identified as Marie Olson, in front of a studio backdrop in a well-lit space. She wears small oval glasses and a nursing uniform with a contrasting ribbon pinned to her chest. The photograph was printed with an oval cut-out framing Marie. It has been placed in a folder that folds from the left and right sides. Accompanying information states Marie was Olaf Olson's sister.
Copy negative of a black and white portrait of two young siblings, Niels Petersen and Anne Petersen, posing against a painted, textured background. Niels, the younger sibling, is dressed in a white infant gown and is seated on a draped chair. His older sister Anne is standing next to him on the seat of a chair that has a metal back. According to accompanying information, Anne had a stillborn twin.
Color copy photograph of a black and white portrait of two brothers; one is an infant and the other is a toddler, identified as Christian Berndt and Andreas (Andrew) Berndt. The infant is seated on top of a chair, dressed in a white gown, with his hands in motion in front of his torso. The toddler is standing, and dressed in a light-colored jacket, knickerbockers, stockings, and dark close-toed shoes. His arm is draped over the side of the chair upon which his brother is sitting. They are positioned against an dark, ornate background. The floor beneath them is a crackly texture that is reminiscent of the ground of a desert.
Black and white photograph of a typical agricultural scene wherein a few farmers are pressing hay with the help of some unidentified farm equipment and horse-drawn vehicles. There are about 13 individuals pictured. A growing pile of hay is stacked in the center of the background where the harvesters are standing and sitting.
Black and white photograph of a few individuals accompanied by a team of mules that are attached to wooden vehicles; they are working in front of H. J. Berndt's farm. Their task is to grade the road, or to smooth and level it. A two-story house and a barn are partially visible behind the workers and beyond a line of trees.
Postcard of three male soldiers in front of a wooden barrack. There is one double-hung window behind them with a small overhang on top. The men are all wearing identical uniforms which consist of button-up jackets with multiple button-flap pockets, hats, and bulging pants that are tucked inside tall boots. A hand-written notation on the back of the postcard identifies the man on the right as John Petersen.
Copy negative of three Berndt family brothers standing outside their home and farm in Danevang, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. There is a large, two-story home on the left side of the image, and there are several barns pictured on the right. There is a large cotton field in the foreground. From left to right, the brothers pictured are Helvig, Anders and Jens Berndt.
Photograph of Paul Acheson's rice plantation in El Campo, Texas during a threshing session. A large mound of what appears to be grass and dirt is in the background. In front of it, a threshing machine is surrounded by a large group of people who are all facing forward and looking at the camera. On both the right and left sides of the image, horse-drawn wagons are visible. Two other unharnessed horses are farthest right in front of a what may be a second thresher. The photograph has been placed on a stiff mat board. A large portion of the top right corner has chipped off.
Copy negative of Paul Acheson's rice plantation in El Campo, Texas, which is located in Wharton County. There is a large mound of rice in the background of the photograph, and there are many men working with machinery and horses in the foreground.
Photograph of a two-story structure in Danevang, Texas, belonging to Viggo Andersen. The house has horizontal light-colored siding and short hip roofs that extend slightly outwards form the walls. A gable roof in the first floor appears to create an overhang for the front entrance, but that part of the house is mostly hidden from view by the presence of a large bush on the left part of the image. Identical, rectangular windows cover both the first and second floors.
Copy negative of a black and white portrait of a newlywed couple, Marius Christensen and Thora Marie Jorgine Frederiksen, on their wedding day. Thora is wearing a white wedding dress and a veil; a floral boutonniere is attached to her dress at the chest. Marius, standing to the left, is wearing a dark suit and is also wearing a boutonniere. The two are holding hands, as if to shake them in agreement. A painted backdrop is visible behind them.
Photograph of Wilhelm Harton, three months old, wearing a long, child's gown with a crochet trim sewn to the neckline. He sits on what appears to be a wicker chair. Text on the front of the mat on which the picture is pasted to reads "Luck's East 6th Studio, Austin, TX." Hand-written text on the back of the mat reads, "Wilhelm Harton. Apr. 1, 04. 3 months old. Born: 1/1/04 Died : 1/23/72 Son of Peter Harton Stephanie Reif Harton (sic)"
Black and white portrait of a young George Hansen wearing a white Victorian infant dress. He is standing and holding himself up by grasping onto a structure made of interwoven strands of wood that is behind him. A plank of weathered wood provides a platform where he stands. The portrait has been pasted to a thick cardboard mat. The back of the mat has handwriting on it, which reads: "From Mrs. Larsen to Mrs. Henry. George Hansen son of Mr. and Mrs. Niels Hansen, Danevang, Tex, 1906. Brother of Mrs. Kristine Allenson."
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