The Bethesda Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church is nearing completion. Rev. P L C Hansen informs us that the edifice will be dedicated on Sunday, September 15th. Directly following its dedication the District Conference, embracing the clergy and laity of the Pacific coast of this denomination, will be held at the new colony church.
Special services will also be held from time to time, to which meetings the public will be cordially invited. On these occasions the English language will be spoken that all may participate in the exercises.
The colony now has a population of thirty families, and a great many more are purchasing land and are settling up their affairs in the eastern states with a view of taking up their residence in the Lane colony. The Rev. Mr. Hansen continues to receive many letters of inquiry from his fellow countrymen who are also desirous of settling in our environs.” Eugene Morning Register, July 24, 1901,pg. 4, col. 3, University of Oregon Knight Library’s Newspaper Collection.
I thought this was another great example of the Danish influence in west Eugene. Having grown up in Junction City (just north of Eugene) and being of Danish ancestry I had been previously unaware of Eugene’s thriving Danish colony. Today the Danish influence in Eugene is not very noticable. On the other hand Junction City’s Danish history has been kept alive through the annual Scandinavian Festival held there each August.