Church Book II: Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Gemeinde 1894-1965
Compiled by Orion A. Rudolph
German script translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler
Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries, Fargo, North Dakota, 2010, 181 pages, CD.
Church Book II: Evangelical Lutheran Friedens Gemeinde (Peace
Congregation) 1894-1965 is a translation of the original church
Record book from the Friedens Church. The German script was translated
by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed by
Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.
The Friedens (Peace Congregation) Church is one of seventeen Evangelical
Lutheran Congregations churches in McIntosh County, North
Dakota. These rural congregations are now associated with Zion
Lutheran Church, Ashley.
The Friedens Gemeinde (Peace Congregation) church book contains
baptismal registers, meeting minutes, communion registers, death
registers, offerings, member registers, marriages, and burials. As a
special enhancement for the book, Rudolph photographed all the
tombstones at Peace Lutheran Cemetery. Rudolph also compiled all
dates and had the inscriptions translated.
Orion A. Rudolph writes, “It was in the year 2001 when my interest was
triggered in the old Hoffnungs Church record book. My wife and I were
called one evening by a church centennial committee person and
asked if we could possibly write a paragraph of the Hoffnungs (Hope)
Lutheran Church, its beginning and ending for the 2003 Zion Lutheran
Centennial Book. Also that my wife’s name is listed in it as being the
last one baptized there before the church closed. We thought that
might be a nice thing to do. Upon looking through the old book, we
both knew it was next to impossible to write anything. It was at least
90% in the old German script. A problem indeed was at hand. It took
us several months to find someone to write the paragraph that was
After completion of the first book, “Hoffnungs Church Book,”
Dorothea said, “I enjoyed this, let’s do another book, I’ll help you.” So
with this encouragement to continue, this “Friedens Gemeinde
Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.
"According to records available, the charter members of Peace Lutheran Congregation were: Johannes Sackmann Sr., Johannes Sackmann Jr., Andrew Sackmann, Michael Kessel, Christoph Grueneich, Jacob Maier, Daniel Roehl, Johannes Rothfusz, Gottlieb Strobel, Jacob Schlabsz, Daniel Schultz, Mattheis Dobler and Heinrich Mueller. During the history of the congregation 280 children were baptized, 635 were confirmed, 127 couples were married, 4,419 communed and 67 funerals were conducted.
When Peace Church closed in 1965 members were: Art C. Nitschke, Ted Maier, Alvin E. Nitschke, Richard Heinrich, Gottfried Maier, Gottfried Bertsch, G. C. Nitschke, Christ Erlenbusch, Marvin Erlenbusch, John Quaschnick, August Schumacher, Gus Bauder, Herbert Nitschke, Joe Daschendorf, Melvin Fregein, Mrs. Gottfried Strobel, G.L. Sackmann, Reinie Hochhalter, Gottfried Bendewald, Gottfried Kessel, August Heil, Christ Rothfusz and Rudolph Ulrich."
Church Book II: Evangelical Lutheran
Friedens Gemeinde 1894-1965
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