The 1850 US Census recorded no people born in Denmark living in Lansingburgh. On the 1860 US Census there was but one first-generation Danish family, that of Christopher and Elizabeth Holtz and their daughter Mary. The 1870 US Census likewise had a single family, albeit a larger one: Barnart and Anna Holdt and their children Forgen, Louis, Molly, Lewa, and Bearn. The 1880 US Census had fifty-eight people born in Denmark; the 1900 US Census, four hundred forty-eight.

The number of Danes who were second-generation or more could have been much higher, but prior to 1880 the censuses did not provide information about parents’ nations of origins. Online databases don’t seem to provide search capabilities specific to parents’ nations of origins, unfortunately – seemingly one would have to personally visually skim each census page in the relevant columns.

A Danish Church.

It is not generally known that the Danes hold religious services in the old Fox steamer house, on State street, Lansingburgh, every Sunday. A Danish minister from Michigan has lately arrived and taken charge of the church. The congregation is made up of Danes from Troy, Cohoes, West Troy, Waterford and Lansingburgh, and the services are all in the Danish language.
Troy Daily Times. September 25, 1883: 3 col 4.

—The first prize picnic of the Danish Benefit society of Lansingburgh, will be held at Young’s grove on Tuesday, June 30. A drawing for the prizes will take place at the grove at 7:30 p. m.
“Local News and Seasonable Jottings.” Lansingburgh Courier. June 11, 1891: 3 col 1.


Two corporations which filed certificates of incorporation with the secretary of state yesterday have a local interest.
One is the Danish People’s Society and Sick Benefit Association of Lansingburgh which has the following directors: Charles H. Madsen, Siran D. Jensen, Peter Madsen, Christian Madsen, Peter Hansen, Christian Madsen, Peter Hansen, Andrew Anderson, S. Niles Sinberg.
Albany Morning Express. December 27, 1893: 7 col 2.

TO LET. […]

IN new Dania Hall, Fifth ave., [One hundred] Twelfth st., Lansingburgh, one corner store suitable for drugs, one large store on Fifth ave. and one [One hundred] Twelfth st; rent very reasonable. Inquire in Barber Shop on premises.
Troy Daily Times. September 17, 1896: 3 col 8.

Fire Alarm Boxes Changed.

The Fire Commissioners have decided to remove the striker on the bell at Firemen’s hall to the bell in the tower of the Powers opera house. The location of Firemen’s hall, near the river bank is such that unless the wind be favorable the sound of the bell can be heard only a short distance. The bell in Firemen’s hall weighs only 2,500 pounds, while the Powers opera house bell weighs 3,200 pounds. The change is the result of a petition signed by 100 of the largest taxpayers in Lansingburgh. The commissioners are awaiting the result of an effort to erect a tower upon the Danish church. Should the project be consummated the bell in Firemen’s hall will be removed to that church and a striker attached for use in event of a fire in the northern part of the village.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Daily Times. September 17, 1896: 4 cols 1-2.

—The rooms of the Danish Sick Benefit Association [Dania Hall] have been newly furnished. The association has expended about $200 during the winter.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Daily Times. March 10, 1897: 4 col 2.

—The McKinley Anti-Profanity League of the Danish Lutheran Church has arranged to hold an outing and field day at John’s farm Wednesday, July 13.
“Upper Troy.” Troy Times. June 29, 1904: 6 col 2.

Photo by Charles Nelson
Emmanuel Danish Lutheran Church of Troy [252 Fourth Avenue at 105th Street]
Troy Times Art Section

Flashlight photo by Boice.
Degree Team of Godthaab Lodge, Danish Brotherhood, Troy.
An old Danish saga represented in costume by members of Godthaab Lodge, No. 183, Danish Brotherhood, of Lansingburgh, being the first and only fourth degree team in the order of the Danish Brotherhood of America, a fraternal and beneficial organization with a membership of about 20,000, divided into 265 lodges throughout the United States. The members, who are here represented in character, are as follows: From left to right, standing in the rear—Jorgen Bork, Soldier; Niels Hansen, Lieutenant; Fred Nelson, Captain; Fred A. Beck, Treasurer; Chris Jensen, Soldier; Carl Hermansen, Soldier; Thorvald Lauridsen, Warrior; middle row, seated—J. V. Jensen, Warrior; John S. Beck, King; Andrew J. Smith, Warrior; front row, seated on floor—Andrew Hermansen, Soldier; Chris Beck, Inside Guard; Andrew Jensen, Candidate; Theodore Christiansen, Outside Guard.
“Et Alvorsord, I danske Maend, I Brodersamfunds Raekker,
“Til Kamp og Daad, El blot til Lyst, Berserkerne os vaekker;
“Ved Kaempe Kraft og Saga’s Magt, I Stjaernebanners Skygge,
“De hjaelpe vil, det Danske Folk, D. B. S. at opbygge.”
Troy Times Art Section.

—The Trustees of the Danish Lutheran Church this evening will consider the construction of a new church building.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Times. March 31, 1910: 6 col 1.

—The Building Committee of Godt Haab Lodge, Danish Brotherhood, Monday will meet in the home of W. Jensen, on Eighth Avenue, to arrange for a general meeting of the lodge February 1, when plans for the erection of a hall will be considered. The lodge will confer the Berserker degree upon a class February 8. […]

A Danish School.

A school for instruction in reading and writing Danish in a new department of the Danish Lutheran Church. Rev. Ole Jacobsen, who is in charge, hopes thus to retain the interest of the younger Danish-Americans in the country of their forefathers.
“Lansingburgh.” Troy Times. January 25, 1911: 6 cols 1-2.

Permits for Church Alterations.

Fire Marshal Hayne yesterday issued a permit to the Danish Lutheran Church of Lansingburgh for the erection of a new chapel on Eighth Avenue at an estimated cost of 29,000 and to the Trustees of Olivet Presbyterian Church for alterations to the church that will cost about $1,200.
Troy Times. July 18, 1913: 5 col 1.


Invented a New Degree

John S. Beck, a member of Godt Haab Lodge, Danish Brotherhood, has the distinction of having originated a new degree for the Danish Brotherhood, which will probably be adopted shortly by the national organization. It is known as the Berserker degree and requires gorgeous [text lost in fold on microfilm] -tion. At the meeting of the lodge it will be proposed that the new degree be printed in a booklet form, containing about forty pages. The national office of the Brotherhood has agreed to sell the book. A manufacturer of lodge regalia will furnish the costumes.
Troy Times. November 6, 1913: 3 col 13.

Brotherhood Nominations.

Godt Haab Lodge, Danish Brotherhood, last night nominated the following: President, J. P. Christensen, F. Augustinus, Laurits Pflug; Vice President, Hans Nielsen, Fred Nielsen, Fred A. Beck; Recording Secretary, N. P. Christensen; Treasurer, Jorgen Bork; Trustees, Andrew Hermansen, Jorgen Bork, Paul Hansen, Hans P. Madsen, A. C. Hansen, Laurits M. Hansen; Leader, Christian Jensen; Inside Guard, John Anger, Charles Boysen; Librarian, Fred Christensen. It was decided to print 500 copies of the Berserker degree for sale to the lodges which desire them. One application for membership was received. The annual election of the lodge will be held December 4.
Troy Times. November 7, 1913: 6 col 2.

Emanuel Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church
514 Seventh Avenue
Waite, John G. The Architecture of Lansingburgh. Lansingburgh, NY: Lansingburgh Historical Society, 1976.

See also Emmanuel Danish Lutheran Church, Tordenskjold Grove United Ancient Order of Druids

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