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Description: Photograph of a record written in Danish that reads, "Danevang, Texas Lars Larsen Vind son of Iver Ebbesen Vind and Hansigare Kristine Larsen born March 12 1896, baptized April 5 1896 in Danevang Meeting House by Pastor L. Henningsen."
Date: April 9, 1902
Description: Photograph of the Building Committee for the First Danevang Lutheran Church - Mads Andersen, H. P. Hermansen, and L. P. Larsen. The Congregation met on February 4th, 1906 and voted to start building a church one year later, January 6th 1907.
Description: Photograph of Mads Andersen wearing a Danish Army uniform, in which he served. Afterwards, he traveled to America in 1880 and arrived in Danevang, Texas in 1894. Mads Andersen was born July 24th, 1857 in Flyn, Denmark. He died October 11, 1938 and was buried at Danevang Lutheran Cemetery.
Description: 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."
Description: 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.
Item Type: Legal Document
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Item Type: Text
Description: 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."
Date: May 4, 1908
Item Type: Legal Document
Description: 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.
Creator: Melcher Studio
Description: 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.
Description: 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.