Church Book IV: Evangelical Lutheran Dreieinigkeit Gemeinde 1901-1949
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, 105 pages, CD.
Church Book IV: Evangelical Lutheran Dreieinigkeit Gemeinde (Trinity
Congregation) 1901-1949 is a translation of the original church
Record book from the Dreieinigkeit Church. The German script was
translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed
by Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.
The Dreieinigkeit (Trinity 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 Dreieinigkeit Gemeinde (Trinity 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 Trinity 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 “Dreieinigkeit Gemeinde
Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.
"Charter members at the time the church was built were: Johann Stroh, Christian Denning,
Andreas Pfeifle, Gottlieb Iszler, Philip Fischer, Gottlieb Pfeifle, Konrad Pfeifle, Johann
Spitzer and Karl Baumann. The congregation was a member of the Iowa Synod.
Pastors serving Trinity Congregation were the Reverends: N. Brun, 1904; Otto Bruntsch,
1904; No pastor listed, 1904-1908; C. Schulz, 1908-1917; C. Baethke, 1917-1919; P. P.
Briest, 1919-1922; George L. Sprattler, 1922-1933; J. K. Jung, 1934-1943; J. F. Drewelow,
1943-1945; H. L. Lechner, 1945-1946."
Church Book IV: Evangelical Lutheran
Dreieinigkeit Gemeinde 1901-1949
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