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HISTORIC OCONTO COUNTY CHURCH HISTORIES


German Lutheran Church
also later
First American Lutheran Church
501 Madison Street
(now 511)
City of Oconto, Wisconsin





Built in 1889
This building replaced the first 1874 frame stucture. The building immediately to the right of the church is the original German Lutheran School at 505 Madison Street and the building far right is the parsonage.

As First Americasn Lutheran Church - Oconto



Fire Damage in 1930




German Lutheran Church 
of Oconto

The German Lutheran congregation, city of Oconto, was formed in 1874 when Reverend Charles Lieb, a traveling missionary, offered to pastor the evangelical Lutheran residents who were then attending with a Methodist congregation. The group was being served by minister who traveled from Green Bay. Reverend Lieb became pastor and the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel congregation that same year. They purchased a parsonage where services were held while the first church building was constructed and dedicated in November of 1874. It was of wood and measured 30' x 40'.

In 1889 the first wood frame church was substantially damaged by fire and a new brick building, pictured above, replaced it. This building still stands and is used as the First American Lutheran Church - ELCA.

Oconto County Reporter
February 6, 1891

Services were held at the German Lutheran church Sunday. (new church building)


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Oconto County Reporter
March 10, 1903

REV. EISENBACH PRESIDENT
________________________
Wisconsin District, Ohio Synod, Lutheran Church.
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OFFICERS ARE ELECTED
At the Annual Meeting Held at Oshkosh
on Wednesday — About 125 Members
Are Present.
Oshkosh, Wis, July 8.—At the annual meeting of the Wisconsin district of the Ohio synod, Lutheran church, held today, the following officers were elected: President, the Rev. H. Eisenbach, Oconto, (Oconto German Lutheran Church) who was re-elected; vice president, H. K. Doermann, Blue Island, III.; secretary, E. Notbohm, Mount Olive, Ill.; treasurer, J. Mittermaier, Clintonville, Wis. There are about 125 pastors, laymen and delegates in attendance.

All services were held in the German language. Between 1913 and 1919 the congregation introduced English services along with the traditional German ones.

In 1921 men and women were no longer required to be seated on opposite sides of the church and in 1935 women were given the right to vote on congregation matters.

In 1930 a fire on the roof badly damaged the building, which was repaired.


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