In the beginning of this settlement Church and the Lord's Supper were held in homes by Pastors Flickinger from belleville, Fuerbringer from Venedy and Spiess from Mascoutah.
The first constitution was written at a meeting in the fall of 1843 and called Pastor Siegmund Spiess of Mascoutah as their first pastor who came in 1844 and lived at the place of Adam Weilmuenster. In 1845 he moved to the site of our cemetery where they had built a log house for him along the side of this house , they laid out the cemetery and fenced it in. While doing this someone said wonder who shall be the first one to be buried here and george Heberer said that will be me, and it happened as he was to be the first one to be buried on May 5th, 1845, and the long row was started to await resurrection Day.
The first log church was built in 1844, it being 20feet by 24feet and without bells.
Pastor Spiess returned to Mascoutah in 1846.
Then from Dreieichenhain (three oaks area.) in Hessen, Germany came a teacher by the name of August Reuss who was hired as a teacher. He later served as their Pastor until 1853 when he went to farming in Washington county. He died in 1863.
The third Paster F. Fischer, during his stay, part of the members quite the church but later all came back. He served from April 1853 until November, 1854.
The fourth evangelical pastor was william Schulz. He also taught school. All German settlers then belong to this church, as they did not have a church at Biddleborn, Marissa and Lenzburg. as the German settlers came in fast. The English speaking people moved out and the old log church, being too small, a brick church was built along side of it and the log church was used as a school house. The new church was built from September until November 1857. Two bells were also installed. This church was dedicated January 1, 1858. Schulz resigned in 1860.
the fifth evangelical pastor was Johann Bolamil Erben. He left November 1863
the sixth pastor was J.P.Steiger ;a theological student..serving until October 1863.
the seventh pastor was Frederick Theodore Beckman from Cape Girardeau near Chester. He served until the sprin of 1867.
the eighth pastor was Frederick Altmueller, came on November 7th, 1867. He came from Petersburg (now Stone Church, ILL. )
During a lightening rain storm, lightening struck the brick church at Cemetery on August 31st, 1866 and burned same with all it's contents to the ground even meling the two bells. They again had church in the log church.
the ninth pastor was pastor Beckman.
In 1863 a steam driven mill was erected in Darmstadt (ILL.) became a growing town. The Church and parsonage being about 3/4 mile north of Darmstadt, was being considered as unhandy so a parcel of land was bought, it being where our church now stands. The cornerstone for the church was laid on May 26, 1857 and the church was dedicated on January 19, 1868. Most of the money was raised through free offerings, balance was borrowed.
the tenth pastor was Gustav Seydel. He came in June 1871 from Quincy, ILL. The first eight years he lived in the parsonage at the cemetery, but as this hous was becoming unlivable, he moved into a house in Darmstadt which was later bought by the congregation (this house was where Bird now lives. )
The church until the year 1879 had no tower so a tower or steeple was built. Also two bells were bought.
the eleventh pastor was, Car Emil Otto came who up to this time had been a Professor at Eden Theological college in St. Louis, Ill. During his stay, teacher Feundling was hired to teach parochial school. For the first few years this school was well attended but attendance fell off bad, so the teacher had to be dismissed.
After this , confirmation school was taught by the Pastor. School started on September 15th and closed at confirmation. School was held five days a week and six hours a day.
This type of school did not suit the Pastor very much as he thought the children should be taught more religion and he didn't have enough time to visit his congregation and the sick.
He bought the house from Pastor Seyel but shortly after pastor otto had bought it, the congregation bought it from him for $700.00. Pastor Otto was here from Sptember 1880, until August 1887.
the twelveth pastor was Johnnes Jargstorff came here in the summer of 1887 and served until January 1895.
During his stay, ligning struck the steeple and caused a crak in the small bell. The bell caster or bell maker tried to patch the crack but didn't succed so for a few years it had a very poor tone.
the thirteenth pastor, Gustav Tillmans, who studied and was ordained in Germany. He had his first sermon on palm sunday in 1895 and served until April 17,1898.
In the summer of 1895 the small bell was recast by stuckstede bellworks in St. Louis, ILL.
Money for this work was donated by members of the congregation.
The ladies aid was formed and by 1898 had 40 members who were very busy and helped the congregation very much. during the spring of 1896, through the ladies aid, of Church was put into better shape. The too high pulpit was lowered, the walls were painted with oil paint and all woodwork was also painted.
In 1897 summer, the small spires on the steeple were rebuilt, also all the iron work, windows, doors were painted. The ladies aid paying for some. they also painted and papered the parsonage.
From 1895 to 1898 the Sunday School was started with good attendance. in 1898 confirmed boys and girls started to help teach Sunday School.
Pastor Gustav Tillmans, leave the Church March 15, 1898
the fourteenth pastor was G. Hehl, came here May 21, 1898
pastor G. Hehl, served until 1900., His final sermon was on November 4th, 1900.
the fifteenth pastor was Piepenbrock. Pastor Piepenbrock's, final sermon was may 14, 1905.
the sixteenth pastor was Johannes Dorullis, came on March 3, 191. He passed away in 1937.
the seventeenth pastor was g.A. Kanzler came in October 17, 1937, and installed on January 2, 1938.
Ib Narcg 15m 1938 a tornado destroyed the church and contents, only the massive tower with its two bells remained standing.
On Sunday, August 7th1938, the corner stone of the new church was laid. the church was built by Constr. Louis Osterhage of Waterloo, ILL. at the price of $9,165.00. The plan was made by Rev. Ernst of Chamois, Ind. who was a licensed architect.
Rev. J.M./ Hertel started his ministry of Holy Ghost E&R Church on August 1, 1941. During his ministry the congregation was received as a member of the E&R Church body at Granite City., ILL. on May 6th 1942. He resigned on January 19, 1946
here ends this book.
E&R+ Evangelical and Reformed (Church)
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