Church Book V: Evangelical Lutheran St. Johannes Gemeinde 1914-1948
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, 114 pages, CD.
Church Book V: Evangelical Lutheran St. Johannes Gemeinde (St.
John’s Congregation) 1914-1948 is a translation of the original church
Record book from the St. Johannes Church. The German script was
translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed
by Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.
The St. Johannes (St. John’s 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 St. Johannes Gemeinde (St. John’s 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 St. John's 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
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 “St. Johannes Gemeinde
Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.
"Some of the family names of people in the congregation at the time the church closed are:
Dewald, Drefs, Geiszler, Kempf, Klipfel, Kramer, Mayer, Merkel, Nill, Rall, Rohrbach, Schaeffer,
Scheuffele, Schock, Speidel, Stugelmayer, Thurn, Walz and Wolff."
Church Book V: Evangelical Lutheran
St. Johannes Gemeinde 1914-1948
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