The History of Norway, LaSalle County, IL

Transcribed by Nancy Piper

Norway is a flourishing village of some 150 inhabitants, situated in the prosperous Norwegian settlement in the southern part of Mission Township. Andrew Osmundsen came from Norway in an early day and settled on section 33. In 1848 a Mr. Hibbard erected a small frame house 12 x 14 feet at the present site of the village. About this time a Mr. Hyerdal erected a small building, in which he placed a small stock of goods. A Mr. Netter built another shanty and C. J. Borchsenius erected a two story building, the lower story was used as a store room and the upper one for a dwelling.

From this time the village has grown until the present, when it has one grocery kept by Mr. Solbery; two hardware stores. by O. J .. Borchsenius and a Mr. Hendrickson; drug store, by Borchsenius in connection with his other store; two blacksmith and wagon shops, by A. C. Rosenquist and Mr. Raiserson; creamery, recently begun, by William Rosenquist.

The post office was established about the time the village was founded. The present Postmaster is Nels Tosseland, who also keeps a small stock of clothing and jewelry. Norway has two churches in and one near it.

The Lutheran is.the oldest church and Was built about 1852; was rebuilt in 1875. Ole Anderson was probably the first minister.

The Methodist church was originally situated a short distance from the village, but about twelve years ago it was moved in to the village and was rebuilt. It has been very prosperous and has a fair attendance. Rev. Vierson is the present pastor. Services are held every Sunday.

Another Lutheran church is located about one-half mile from the village. It has a very large attendance.

[Source: History of La Salle County, Illinois : together with sketches of its cities, villages and towns, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens : also a condensed History of Illinois, embodying accounts of prehistoric races, aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk wars, and a brief review of its civil and political history.. Chicago: Inter-State Pub. Co., 1886.Page 431-432]

The Village of Norway, in the prosperous Norwegian settlement in the southern part of the township, has a population of less than 100, as indicated by the official census of 1920.

[History of La Salle County, Illinois. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1924.]

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