Church Book VIII: Evangelical Lutheran Christus Gemeinde 1916-1951
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, 102 pages, CD.
Church Book VIII: Evangelical Lutheran Christus Gemeinde (Christ
Congregation) 1916-1951 is a translation of the original church
Record book from the Christus Church. The German script was translated
by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed by
Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.
The Christus (Christ 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 Christus Gemeinde (Christ 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 Danzig 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 “Christus Gemeinde
Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.
"Members at the time of the organization were D. D. Eisenbeisz, Christof Schilling, John Merkel, Jakob
Groshans, John Ley, Gottlieb Ley, Gottlieb Delzer, Anton Helmer, Fred Dockter, Johannis F. Wolf,
Gottlieb Wolf, John Pfeifle, John Neu, Albert Frankfurth, Gottlieb Joachim Jr., Mathies Oster, John
Bentz, John J. Stroh, John Schulz, John Schwenk, Jacob Kapp, Andrew Joachim, Julius Pfeifle, Fred F.
Gieser, Thomas Martz, Martin Rothfusz, Elmer Joachim, Jacob J. Groszhans, Claus P. Hoirup, Henry J.
Brinkman, J. M. Hellerud and A. E. Bietz."
Church Book VIII: Evangelical Lutheran
Christus Gemeinde 1916-1951
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