The Crow Wing Apostolic Lutheran Church of French Lake (also known as the Riverside Church) was decided to be built at the annual meeting of the Cokato Apostolic Lutheran church on January 6, 1885, as an annex to the Cokato congregation. The reason for this decision was that many families had moved into the French Lake and Albion area, necessitating a meeting house nearer home than the Cokato church. Transportation being horse and buggy in those days.
A special meeting was held at French Lake September 26, 1885, how to raise the necessary funds. It was decided to send out collectors to each member of both the French Lake and Cokato areas.
Nels Nelson donated 1/2 acre of land for the church site, and at that same meeting a committee of three men ( Jacob Ojanpera, Esaias Kostani and Matti Mukkala) were designated to arrange for the laying of the foundation of the church building. The construction work was done mainly by the French Lake congregation. The church was completed in 1887.
Those performing ministerial duties were the same for the Cokato church, namely; Isak Barberg, Caleb and Jacob Wuollet and William Lahtinen, until his death in the sinking of the Titanic. Various other men have served both the French Lake and Cokato congregations since that time.
The church was actively used until the 1950’s when it was decided to discontinue using it, due to better model of transportation, which made possible for all remaining members to attend the Cokato church.
Charter Members listed include my Great Grandfather Isaac Yliniemi.
Another bit of history; My cousin Geraldine had surgery this past week and praise God she made it through the surgery and is doing well.
She wrote: It was a LEFT POSTERIOR COMMUNICATING ARTERY ANEURYSM Dr. Copelad [at Abbott Northwestern ] says it was a very high risk brain aneurysm due to the size and location and the fact that I'm almost 100% Finish in Heritage. The treatment was ENDOVASCULAR EMBOLIZATION This treats the aneurysm from the inside of the blood vessels and is minimally invasive.
This may be hereditary on the Yliniemi side.