St. John's Lutheran
originally German United Lutheran Reformed Church
1880: St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
1933: St. John's American Lutheran Church
The German United Lutheran Reformed Church, organized in 1842, was made up of a group of Lutherans and Reformed. They met mostly in private homes. In 1854, only 3 years after Guttenberg was incorporated, this group of pioneers started construction on their stone church ediface. It was completed in 1857. The congregation was reincorporated in 1880 as St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church and in 1933 as St. John's American Lutheran Church. In 1947 a new church was built using much of the stone from the original building.
From the "History of Clayton County, Iowa", published in 1882, Chapter 31: Pastors - Revs. Miller, Serling, Huschman, Beckman, Thuener and Besel. The present Deacons of the church are: Messrs. Gevder, Gruenwald and Bierbaum. The membership is 250. The Sunday-school was organized in 1876.
1910 Confirmation Class
Confirmation class exercises were held at St. John's Lutheran church on Good Friday. Following are the names of those composing this year's class:
~Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 31 Mar.
1910. Guttenberg column.
At their meeting the members of St. John's Evangelical
Lutheran Congregation the following officers were
1935/36 Ladies Aid Society Officers
Guttenberg: The Ladies Aid Society of St. John's American Lutheran church here at their annual meeting elected the following officers for the coming year:
President - Mrs. Gus Reinitz
~Clayton County Register, Wed., 11 Dec. 1935
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