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Church Book III: Evangelical Lutheran Biederstedt 1897-1978

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, 234 pages, CD.


Church Book III: Evangelical Lutheran Biederstedt Church 1897-1978 is a translation of the original church Record book from the Biedertedt Church. The German script was translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed by Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.

The Biederstedt 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 Biederstedt Church 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 Zion #2 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 “Biederstedt Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.

"In 1929 a new church was built with Henry and Carl Huether as carpenters. Rev. D. Bergstedt conducted dedication services in September 1929. At this time the family members were: Jacob Steinwandt, Christ Schock, Fred Schlenker, Albert Bertsch, Philip Schock, John Steinwandt, Fred Schneider, Jacob Reuther, Fred Henke, Fred Weszner, Jacob Weszner, Robert Weszner, Jacob Ulrich, Gottfried Schlabsz, John Maier, David Maier, Ludwig Reuther, Imanuel Schock, John Schock, Jacob Schock, Fred Maier and John M. Maier.

Zion II family members in 1978 were: Clifford Bertsch, Hugo Nitschke, Enoch Nitschke, Delbert Nitschke, Fred Schneider, Marvin Schneider, Christ Schlabsz, Charles Schlabsz, Matt Schock, Calvin Rothfusz, Kenneth Weszner, J. J. Weszner and Hugo Kruger."


Church Book III: Evangelical Lutheran
Biederstedt 1897-1978

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