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Kansas History and Heritage Project-Nemaha County Lutheran Churches

Nemaha County Lutheran Churches




ZION'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN, SABETHA

In 1886 Rev. Enos Rees began preaching for a few Lutheran families in the "Ladwig" school house near the village post office of Clear Creek, Saunders county, Nebraska. About the same time he was approached by some Lutheran families by the name of Kerl residing over the line in Nemaha county, Kansas, requesting his services in their neighborhood. Accepting the invitation he preached for a season in the "Allison" and the "Prairies Grove" school houses. After a while these services were moved four miles north to the. "Prairie Star" school house, located in Nebraska. Here on the 4th of July, 1886, he organized "Zion's Ev. Lutheran church" with the following charter members: Lewis Kerl, Martha Kerl, J. F. Kerl, Mary Kerl, William Kerl, Charles Kerl, M. E. Kerl, I. C. Kerl, David Wishard, Jane Wishard, Margaret Meiers, Charlotte Meiers, John E. Meiers, Fr. W. Meiers, Chas. F. W. Meiers, Albert Ladwig, Sarah Ladwig, Catharine Rees, John A. Long, and Eliza Long. The church made formal application for admission into Kansas Synod that fall and was duly admitted. It is referred to in various minutes as "Zion's," "The Prairie Star," and the "Kerl" church. A site for a church and cemetery was donated by Mr. Lewis Kerl and steps were taken for the erection of a church. The corner-stone was laid August 19, 1888, and a short time after that the building was completed and dedicated. While serving this church Rev. Rees preached at Clear Creek and Pawnee, Neb., and in order to do this was obliged to drive a circuit of about 40 miles. He resigned on January 20, 1889, and was followed some time later by Rev. J. F. Kuhlman, under whose pastorate the congregation was transferred to the Nebraska Synod.

Zion's Ev. Lutheran church of Sabetha, Kansas, was organized by Rev. B. F. Pugh on the 14th of April, 1892, with sixteen members. The elders elected were Mr. Abbott G. Rees and Mr. J. M. Shenkleberger, and the deacons were Mr. M. M. Schultz and Mr. S. H. Hoover. The congregation worshipped Sunday afternoons in the Baptist church. In October it was formally admitted into Nebraska Synod, of which Rev. Pugh was a member. Failing to get a donation from the Church Extension Board in order to aid them in erecting a church, the congregation became discouraged. After making several unsuccessful attempts to secure a location Rev. Pugh resigned after having preached for them a little over two years. This was followed by a period of vacancy, owing to which the congregation became scattered and having no property it soon disintegrated. Mr. Hoover and wife united with the congregational church and Mr. and Mrs. Rees continue loyal to their Lutheran faith.







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