Church Book XI: Evangelical Lutheran St. Paulus Gemeinde 1880’s-1959

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, 68 pages, CD.

Church Book XI: Evangelical Lutheran St. Paulus Gemeinde (St. Paul Congregation) 1880’s-1959 is a translation of the original church Record book from the St. Paulus Church. The German script was translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed by Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.

The St. Paulus (St. Paul 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. Paulus Gemeinde (St. Paul 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. Paul'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 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 “St. Paulus Gemeinde Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.

"St. Paul was part of a five point parish served by one pastor for many years. There were many services with a deacon reading a sermon. Pastors serving this church were Reverends J. Koeppel, O. Bruntsch, E. Moechel, J. Melchert, A. Schormann, Riecke, Albert F. Freymann from 1912-1918 and 1936-1953 J. Graepp, A. Doering, J. Hoyer and H. Weber.

The first family members recorded were John Aipperspach family and their seven children. Some other family names were Kasemann, Golz, Kemmet, Zimmerman, Thurn, Janke and Schwenk."

Church Book XI: Evangelical Lutheran
St. Paulus Gemeinde 1880’s-1959

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