JACOB RASMUSSEN was born Oct. 1, 1851 on Bjerne Mark, on Forsenge Svendborg in Denmark, baptized the next year in Brininge Church and confirmed in the same church on Mikkelsdag (St Michael’s Day) 1865. He came to America August 24, 1879 and joined the Rutland Church. Later he was active in organizing the Oregon congregation Feb. 7, 1896.His wife, Hansine Rasmussen (nee Hansen) died Aug. 2, 1897 in Story Town at age 39-1/2 years. They had 6 children: Lars (12-1-79), Ernst (4-14-81), Frank (4-5-83), Arthur (1-2-85), Agnes (1-29-94), and Ejvin (6-10-96).

First Members of the Congregation-1896. St. John’s Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary, 1896-1996, Oregon, WI