A History of STRUM
and the TOWN OF UNITY
by Roy Matson
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whole carload of the sweet stuff from strum to an eastern buyer one time. He was a
mechanically inclined fellow and built a small dam on the creek that came through his
property and constructed a small flume with a proper sized waterwheel that powered his
honey extractor. Present day operators would likely have an electric line built, expensive
motors running, a power bill due every month. Not Mr. Klick. A flick of a wooden handle
turned water from the spillway into the flume, the water wheel began turning and in a
minute he had power for the extractor.

The Lutheran Church

It seems that every pioneer settlement had a church organization within a very short time.
As the first people here were New Englanders we could expect a Methodist adherance and
old records of that group at Mondovi show that a circuit riding pastor of that faith
included Hamlin in his travels. The year was 1859 and it can be safely assumed the newly
constructed school building on Isaac Websterís land served as meeting place.

The influx of Norwegian settlers during the late 60ís and early 70ís resulted in formation
of a Lutheran congregation on January 7, 1873. Members of this group had barely secured
roofs over their heads by that date although at least two pastors had conducted worship at
the Esten Johnson Dahl residence. Many settlers had walked over the ridges east into
northern Elk Creek where a congregation was already established. A Norwegian pastor,
Lars Sherven, served that area and moved here in the spring of 1873.

Norwegians, once they had immigrated, had a great number of divisions in their faith. The
old countryís state Lutheran Church had been dictatorial in many respects and nearly all
their pastors had opposed any thought of emigration. Once here and beyond reach of the
numerous demands of the old church many settlers were attracted to a more liberal atmos-
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