Arthur H. Sholts

Arthur Hamlin Sholts was born February 6, 1861, in the town of Rutland, the son of Martin and Almeda Sholts.  He received his early education in the Devine school and was a member of the first graduating class of the Oregon High School in 1884.  He completed his academic education in Whitewater Normal, graduating in 1889.

Alfred R. Nielsen

ALFRED R. NIELSEN was the first “kasserer” or Treasurer for the congregation. He was born July 4, 1861 in Skovbolle, Kovelov, Lolland, Denmark. He was baptized the same year in Kobelov Church.He came to America at age 5 with his parents and settled in Stoughton and was confirmed there the first Sunday after Easter, 1877, by Pastor Hvessedahl. They moved to Oregon April 1, 1884 and he was active in organizing the church in 1895.First Members of the Congregation-1896. St. John’s Lutheran Church 100th Anniversary, 1896-1996, Oregon, WI