Church Book XII: Evangelical Lutheran Zions Gemeinde 1908-1974

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, 203 pages, CD.

Church Book XII: Evangelical Lutheran Zions Gemeinde (Zion Congregation) 1908-1974 is a translation of the original church Record book from the Zions Church. The German script was translated by Dorothea (Bergstedt) Ziegler – Dickinson, ND and typed by Orion A. Rudolph – Ashley, ND.

The Zions (Zion 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 Zions Gemeinde (Zion 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 Zion (Venturia) Lutheran 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 “Zions Gemeinde Lutheran Church Book” also is now translated.

"Rev. Timmcke of Linton served this church twice a month until fall of 1917 - then Rev. C. H. W. Schulz served them along with two rural churches near Ashley until January 1931. At this time Rev. T. N. Deguisne of Danzig served the church until 1938. In 1939 Rev. John Kammerer of Danzig served here and on July 15, 1939 helped organize the Zion Ladies Aid. From 1940- 1948 serving Zion were Rev. G. T. Kern, Rev. Goeringer, Rev. A. Doering and Rev. P.A. Hinrichs.

In 1948 the parsonage was built and a call was placed for a pastor. Pastors serving Venturia and Danzig were Rev. L. G. Sailer from June 1948 to October 1949, and Rev. P. Mall from 1950 to 1952. Rev. Gevers served from 1952 until his death in 1955. Pastors serving from 1955 to July 1958 were Rev. F. Heupel, Rev. R. Heupel and Rev. F. J. Doyen. From May to October 1958 Rev. Henry Weber of St. Andrew Lutheran Church of Zeeland served. Then Rev. L. G. Sailer served Venturia Zion until June 1959. In 1959 Venturia Zion Lutheran joined with St. Andrew Lutheran Church of Zeeland as a parish and were served by Rev. Marvin D. Lapp.

Some of the family names of members of this church were: Blumhardt, Bogner, Delzer, Denning, Diede, Dockter, Dobler, Doerheim, Ernst, Golz, Haupt, Heinricksohn, Herbold, Hochstetter, Hoffman, Iszler, Jenner, Joachim, Krause, Kretschmar, Maethner, Maier, Meidinger, Merkel, Opp, Oster, Pfahl, Pfeifle, Ritter, Sayler, Schnabel, Stroh, Walth, Weisser, Weisenburger and Zimmerman."

Church Book XII: Evangelical Lutheran
Zions Gemeinde 1908-1974

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