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, 76 pages, CD.
Church Book X: Evangelical Lutheran Marienberg Gemeinde 1921- 1944 is a translation of the original church Record book from the Marienberg Church. The German script was translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed by Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.
The Marienberg 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 Marienberg Gemeinde 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 Marienburg 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 “Marienberg Gemeinde Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated
"In the absence of other records, communion attendance records are being used here to establish some of the earliest members -- John K. Fink, John Funk, Otto Funk, Richard Funk, Wilhelm Funk, Fred Gehring, Joh. Gehring, Gottlieb Glaesmann, Sr., Erna Gohl, Wilhelm Gohl, Christian Gross, Jacob Grosz, John Gross Sr., Edward Haerter, Edward Hertel, John Haller, Peter Haller, Carl Hoffmann, Friederich Hoffmann, Katherina Hoffmann, John Hoffmann, Peter Humann, Joh. Jerke, Fred Jenner, Jacob Jenner, Johann Jenner, John J. Jenner, Wilhelm Jenner Sr., Wilhelm Jenner Jr., Adam Kappes, Geo. Kaul, John Lippert Sr., Christian Rall, David Rau, John Rau, C. J. Retzer Jr., Christian J. Retzer, John J. Retzer, Ludwig Retzer, John C. Schauer, Christian C. Schauer, Fred Schock, Gottlieb Schock, Joh. Schock, Jacob Stern, Joh. Trefz - Treftz.
Some of the pastors serving this church were Otto Bruntsch, Carl Schultz, Paul A. Briest, Henry Timmcke, Geo. Sprattler, J. F. Drewelow and J. C. Jung."
Church Book X: Evangelical Lutheran
Marienberg Gemeinde 1921-
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