Elim Lutheran Church 1983 Directory

Here it is in all its splendor, recovered from the More Than Memories Antique Emporium in West Duluth.

As usual, click on any image to see it larger.


Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

Among the many luminaries featured in this directory, special attention must be drawn to Wilfred and Mardell Pelican, who ran Eighth Street Market. They were two of the sweetest folks around.

I seem to remember the market had weird Sunday hours that were set around church. I think they might have opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 10 a.m., then reopened from 1 to 5 p.m. or something like that.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

You can thank Andrew Carnegie for Elim's first pipe organ, but it's not the one in operation today.

From the Sept. 28, 1909, Duluth News Tribune:

Elim Church was organized in 1891. It was originally called Elim Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church. All services were held in the Swedish language until 1924.

The building at 56th Ave. W. & Elinor St. was destroyed by fire in 1961, along with the pipe organ. The congregation met at various other churches until the current building opened in 1964.

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