Danish, Dagmar community, church, settlers


"Nothing can stay alive in this country but Danes and Russian thistles." So spoke a discouraged rancher in the early days. This is the story mostly of those Danes but also of the other extractions who for the past half century have carved out a saga of fortitude and resourcefulness in what is now generally known as the Dagmar community. Since the establishment of a church was the main purpose in the first plans for settlement and since the church soon did become the center of community life, this account is told in the broad outline of the history of the congregations. Here and there is also sketched the development of schools, farms, businesses, and social groups. And automotive progress is shown by Ado Madsen's drawings on the chapter headings. Regrettably, much valuable and interesting information has not been included, but time and space did not allow for it.