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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 requested.”

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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