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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"


Chapter  38 - Eau Claire Churches

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church


(-as transcribed from pages 533 - 534)
 

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (German), was founded in August 1874. by the Rev. Frederick Mehrteus, who began the building of a frame church on the north side. At that time, there was but a small congregation of sixteen or eighteen families. The second pastor was Rev. George Meyer, who took charge in September 1875, completed the church building and also erected the first parsonage. He resigned October 28, 1877, and was succeeded by Rev. G. Reeknagel, who remained until 1890. During his pastorate, he disposed of the old church property, purchased the site where the present church is located, erected the present handsome brick edifice at a cost of $18,000.00, and also a parsonage adjoining. In 1890 the present pastor, Rev. August F. Augustin, took charge. The church now has a membership of about 120 families or 1,030 souls, and 120 voting members. Rev. Augustin, since taking charge of the parish, has made many improvements in the church, putting in new steel ceilings, altar, organ, bell and also rebuilt the parsonage.


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