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 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. 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 1914-194

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