The Rev. Johan A. Blilie Family Collection, available at the Center for Western Studies, consists of letters, photographs, diaries and other personal papers of Reverend Johan Blilie and his family. There are numerous cards and letters to Rev. Johan Blilie, Lena Blilie (Johan's first wife,) Emma Blilie (Johan's second wife,) and Katharina Blilie (daughter of Johan and Lena). Other items of interest are ledgers and other legal documents like certificates and deeds. Johan A. Blilie immigrated to the United States in 1867 and after finishing seminary school became the pastor at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Flandreau, South Dakota in 1880. Johan's first wife was Lena Faegre Blilie (1861-1889), and their daughter, Katharina, was born in 1885. After Lena's death, Johan married Emma Sivesind Blilie (1852-1939). He retired from preaching four years before his death in 1935.
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