Scripture Memory Greeting Cards

Circa 1915-1920

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The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection announces the printing of a set of Scripture Memory Greeting cards. These cards contain German Bible verse text on the front cover, with the translation on the inside. The back cover contains the story of these cards.

This Scripture Memory card Series, was given to Clara Kusler Mayer in her Sunday school class at the Gnadenfeld Congregational Church near Kulm, south-central North Dakota. Clara, the daughter of Germans from Russia immigrants, was born in 1902 in Parkston, South Dakota. Her parents came from villages near present-day Odessa, Ukraine: Johann Kusler from Worms, Beresan District, and Magdalena Grosz from Kulm, Bessarabia.

In March 1921, Clara Kusler married John Mayer in a double wedding ceremony along with Clara's brother, Edward Christian Kusler, who married John's sister, Carolina (Carrie) Mayer. Clara died in 1986 in Kulm, North Dakota.

This collection of memory cards featuring color lithography was originally printed in New York before the 1920s. They were donated by Clara's sister, Adeline Kusler McCloy, to the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection in 2002.

The following information is taken from this book on page 46: Fredonia Centennial: 1904 - 2004:

Gnadenfeld German Congregational Church

Northwest 1/4 26 - 132-67 Roloff Township
McIntosh County, south central North Dakota

"In 1996, eighteen members organized the Gnadenfeld Church under the leadership of Supt. George Albrecht and Pastor E. Jose in the home of Gottlieb Schneiders. In the beginning, services were held in the sod house of August Millers. For eight years following that services were held at John Miller's home. By this time, the congregation had grown to 34 members. In 1896, the members agreed to build a new church nine miles southeast of Fredonia under the leadership of Pastor Paul Burkhardt. Samuel and Karolina Fregien donated the ground for the church, cemetery, and barn.

With lumber they purchased from Ellendale, ND, for $600, the members donated their time to build a church building 24 by 36 feet. Gnadenfeld Church was dedicated to the Lord in 1896 as the first German Congregational Church in North Dakota. The Gnadenfeld Church celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 1936 with Pastor Paul Burkhardt as a guest speaker.

Due to the small enrollment in the church, the members decided to disband the services in 1953. The church and supplies were all sold at a public auction. The building was moved to the Lee and Alice Hollan farm in 1982."

The list of those who are buried at the Gnadenfeld Cemetery, can be located in the book, Fredonia Centennial: 1904 - 2004, page 46. The book is available for purchase at this website page:

A rare photo of district church conference with participants of over fifty people hosted at Gnadenfeld Congregational Church, circa 1940s, south of Kulm, in Roloff Township (R67W:T131N), McIntosh County. The wood-frame structure was later reused as a granary at Robert (Bobbie) Hollan’s farm. This district church conference photo was taken in front of church structure, while a large canvas tent was erected from the conference attendees, just behind the photographer. (Information received from Reverend Horst Gutsche who was present at the conference as a child. Interviewed in July of 2002 by Jay Gage, GRHC Curator.) Photo courtesy of Adeline Kusler McCloy.
Kulm Centennial Book – page 90
Photograph of General Conference attendees inside the large canvas tent set up outside Gnadenfeld German Congregational Church, Kulm, North Dakota, during a national church conference, June 12-16, 1912. Photo courtesy of Kulm, North Dakota Centennial Book, 1892-1992, page 90.


(Notecards are 4 inches by 5 1/2 inches in size on high quality paper.)

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Inside Front Cover:
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10 (King James Version)

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Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Colossians 3:20 (King James Version)

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Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (King James Version)

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