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Immanuel Lutheran Church


Elkport Lutheran Church, photo taken by Dean S. Mallory between 1908-1912
Elkport Lutheran church ca 1908-1912

Our Granddad Dean S. Mallory took this picture of the Elkport Lutheran Church between 1908-1912 with his old camera.     

~contributed by Judy Holthaus & Bruce Mallory from their personal photo collection


Church view of Elkport, Iowa ca 1890-1900
Church view of Elkport, Iowa ca 1890-1900

This photo shows the Lutheran church in the foreground and the Catholic church in the right background of the picture.

~contributed by Helen Jennings from her personal photo collection


Confirmation, March 1921

On Palm Sunday the following young people were confirmed at the German Lutheran Church by Rev. Paul Stolz:
Miss Ida Groth
Miss Margarette Smith
Mrs. Wm. Gerloff
Andrew Reuschel
Walter Boehm
Lawrence Waterman
Herbert Lau
~Elkader Register, Thur., 24 Mar. 1921. Elkport column ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


Ladies Aid, 1933

Elkport: The Lutheran Ladies Aid Society of Elkport held their regular meeting at the home of Mrs. Chas. Zittergruen, at Garber, Mrs. Adam Thein being hostess. After the business meeting the election of new officers for the ensuing year occurred. The new officers are:
President - Mrs. John Knospe
Vice-President - Mrs. Henry Beeh
Treasurer - Mrs. Roma Lindenberg
Asst. Treasurer - Mrs. John Kuehl
Secretary - Mrs. L. A. Butler
Asst. Secretary - Miss Alice Brandenberger
~Clayton County Register, Thur., 05 Jan. 1933 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


Ladies' Aid, 1934

Elkport: The Lutheran Ladies Aid met Wednesday with Mrs. Donnabrink at Garber. Seventeen members were present and the election of officers was held as follows:
Pres. - Mrs. Emil Zittergruen
Vice Pres. - Mrs. John Kuehl
Sec. - Mrs. Adam Thein
Asst. Sec. - Mrs. Chas Brandenberg
Treas. - Mrs. Fred Schrader
Asst. Treas. - Mrs. Louie Zittergruen
~Elkader Register, Thur., Thur., 04 Jan. 1934 ~contributed by Reid R. Johnson


Immanuel Lutheran Will Note Its Centennial Sunday
by Gazette Correspondent.

Elkport - Immanuel Lutheran church here will mark its 100th anniversary Sunday. Centennial services will begin at 9 with a confessional service in preparation for Communion, which will follow at 10 during a worship service. The Rev. H.W. Siefkes, president of the Iowa district of the American Lutheran church, will deliver the morning sermon. Following a noon dinner, the Rev. William Lewinsky of Fort Dodge and the Rev. Albert Guetzloff of Minneapolis, former pastors of the church, will speak. A social hour will follow.

The Clayton county church was organized by Frederick Hartge, founder of Elkport, William Waterman and D.M. Ritter, early pioneers of the community. First services of the denomination here were held at the old Elkport school. Shortly after, the small congregation erected a tiny building in which services were conducted. Professors from Wartburg seminary first conducted services in the church. They were followed by Prof. Gottfried Fritschel, who commuted 25 miles each sunday while serving the pastorate.

The first building was completed in about 1875 at a cost of $2,000. Additions have been built to the original structure, including a Front Addition in 1899. Presently the building houses a modern kitchen and dining room in the basement, as well as a completely redecorated interior.

Pastor of the church is the Rev. Clare E. Biegler, who has served the congregation since 1955. church officers are Lloyd Wessell, chairman; Kenneth Walke, secretary, and Elmer Kuehl, treasurer.

~Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 5, 1959
~transcribed by S. Ferrall for Clayton co. IAGenWeb


Elkport Lutheran Church & Parsonage
Elkport Lutheran church & Parsonage ca2004
~contributed by Helen Jennings

Elkport Lutheran Church & Parsonage, showing the cemetery in the background
Elkport Lutheran church & Parsonage. The cemetery is on the hill in the background.
~contributed by Helen Jennings


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