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VICTORIA COUNTY, TEXAS
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Houses of Worship

CHURCHES BEFORE 1900

VICTORIA

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MISSION VALLEY

SYNAGOGUES

HISTORY AND EARLY MEMBERS OF ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH
MISSION VALLEY, TEXAS

Taken from the Church Records given by the Rev. Harold E. Tesch, Pastor
Contributed by Sharron Torrence

ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH is located in the peaceful community of Mission Valley on Farm Road 236, North of Victoria and South of Cuero.
In approximately 1898 services were held in homes in Mission Valley by PASTOR KUELPS of Arneckeville. This practice was continued by PASTOR HERZIG and PASTOR G. RAPP until 1910 when PASTOR JOHN BERGNER began holding services in the Mission Valley Schoolhouse. After a year of organizational details, on the first Sunday in August, 1915, ten families were officially released from the Arneckeville congregation to form their own congregation but to be served by the Arneckeville pastor. By the end of that year the Mission Valley congregation had grown to 14 families. In 1917 this congregation was received into the First Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Texas as affiliated with the Iowa Synod.

POSSIBLE LIST OF CHARTER MEMBERS — 1915

WILLIE LASSMAN (received Arneckeville) - 1889
Mrs. DORA LASSMAN (received Arneckeville) - 1892
Mrs. LAURA DREYER (received Arneckeville) - 1899
ADAM SCHAEFER, SR. (received Arneckeville) - 1899
OSCAR SCHAEFER (received Arneckeville) - 1911
OTTO ALBRECHT (received Arneckeville) - 1911
GEORGE GISLER (received Arneckeville) - 1911
ALFRED ANGERSTEIN (received Arneckeville) - 1913
GOTTLIEB SCHAEFER
WILLIE DREYER
HENRY BILLO, transfer from Schroeder
HEINRICH RUSCHHAUPT, transfer from Meyersville
ALBERT F. REINEKE - 1915
MARCUS LASSMAN

OTHER EARLY MEMBERS, no dates given
ADOLPH ANGERSTEIN
OTTO REINEKE
MRS. A. W. ARNOLD
FRED DREYER
MRS. G. W. HELLER
ROBERT KORNFUEHRER
ERVIN LASSMANN
EMIL LASSMANN
WALTER SCHAEFER

MEMBERS RECEIVED:
1916 - ADOLPH ADICKES
WILLIE REINECKE
1920 - ADAM SCHAEFER, JR.
FRITZ ADICKES
ED RUSCHHAUPT
1922 - FERD DENTLER

FROM THE CHURCH RECORDS — PASTORS

PASTOR J.BERGNER 1901-1924
PASTOR L. NIKOLAI 1925-June 1925
PASTOR E. MEIER 1925 - 1936 April
PASTOR L. KRAMER May 1936 - 1944
PASTOR G. E. GRUEBER Dec. 1944 - Dec. 1951
VICAR Wm. PUTMAN June 1952 -June 1953
VICAR JOHN D. O’DONNEL June 1953 - June 1954
PASTOR Wm. PUTMAN July 1954 - May 1959
VICAR ALLAN SAGER June -July 1959
PASTOR DONALD LUCKEMEYER 1959 - 1964
PASTOR JOHN W. HARPEL 1964 - 1957
PASTOR JAMES P. BURNETT 1958- 1971

The confirmation class of 1925 was:
ELFRIEDA SCHAEFER (MRS. RALPH GISLER)
ETHEL SCHAEFER (MRS. LINWOOD GISLER)
OSCEOLA SCHAEFER (MRS. JACK SCHAEFER)
GEORGIA SCHAEFER (MRS. S. KIRKHAM)
ELENORA LASSMANN (MRS. EARL BAECKER)
WILLIAM J. MEYER
ALPHONSE GISLER
WALTER ANGERSTEIN
GUS LASSMANN
LEON LASSMAN

TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH
RECORDS ON MICROFICHE

The following records are now on microfiche and are available both at the church (by appointment only) and at the Victoria Public Library.

  • Miscellaneous: 1851-1915
  • Marriages: 1851-1914
  • Baptisms: 1851-1914
  • Deaths and Funerals: 1851-1915
  • Confirmation: 1851-1914
  • Communion: 1923-1930

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