Bio: Gensichen, Pastor (1859 - 1927)
Contact: Robert Lipprandt w/ research provided by Marsha Hosfeld.

Surname: Genischen

----Source: Medford Area Centennial Book, 1874 - 1974, Medford St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, pages 87 & 89


Gensichen, Rev. Frederick R. (1 May 1859 - 14 Jun 1927)


Reverend Gensichen served St. Paul’s from 1917 through 1922.


1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Fred Gensichen    Age: 41   Birth Date: May 1859   Birthplace: Germany

Race: White    Gender: Male           Immigration Year: 1893 Pa

Relationship to head-of-house: Head    Occupation: Minister

Father's Birthplace: Germany          Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Spouse's Name: Coneiga Gensichen    Marriage Year: 1885     Years Married: 15

Home in 1900: Hanover, Adams, Nebraska

Fred Gensichen           41  Germany    May 1859    married 15 years    Minister

Coneiga Gensichen     40  Germany    Apr 1860     9 of 9 children living   << Hildagard

Freda Gensichen         13  Germany    Jan 1887    

Greata Gensichen        12  Germany    Feb 1888

Hilda Gensichen         11  Germany    Mar 1889

Kate Gensichen             9  Germany    Feb 1891

Walter Gensichen          8  Germany    Feb 1892

Lizzie Gensichen           6  Nebraska    Jul 1893          << died Jun 23, 1905

Fred Gensichen             5  Nebraska    Oct 1894

Hilbert Gensichen         4  Nebraska    Feb 1896

Victor Gensichen          2  Nebraska    Jan 1898


1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Frederick Gensichen     Age in 1910: 51     Estimated Birth Year: 1859

Birthplace: Germany     Relation to Head of House: Head

Father's Birth Place: Germany     Mother's Birth Place: Germany

Spouse's Name: Hildagard Gensichen     Marital Status: Married

Race: White       Gender: Male                 Year of Immigration: 1894 (all)

Home in 1910: Ponca, Dixon, Nebraska

Frederick Gensichen   51  Germany    married 24 years    Minister - Lutheran church

Hildagard Gensichen 49  Germany    9 of 11 children living

Freda Gensichen         23  Germany    Seamstress

Margaret Gensichen    22  Germany    Seamstress

Hildagard Gensichen 21  Germany    Seamstress

Walter Gensichen        18  Germany    Farm Laborer

Frederick Gensichen   15  Nebraska    Farm Laborer

Herbert Gensichen      14  Nebraska

Victor Gensichen        12  Nebraska

Theodoria Gensichen   4  Nebraska


1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Fred L Gensechen    Age: 60    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860   Birthplace: Germany

Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)    Spouse's Name: Hildegard Gensechen

Father's Birth Place: Germany              Mother's Birth Place: Germany

Marital Status: Married    Race: White   Sex: Male    Year of Immigration: 1894 Pa

Able to read: Yes    Able to Write: Yes

Home in 1920: Medford, Taylor, Wisconsin

Fred L Gensechen       60  Germany-Ger-Ger    Minister

Hildegard Gensechen             58  Switzerland-France-Switz

Theodora Gensechen 13  NE-Ger-Switz


Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934

Name: Friedr. Gensichen               Departure Date: 21 Feb 1894

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860      Age Year: 34    Gender: männlich (Male)

Residence: Altona, Preußen (Germany)    Occupation: Kaufmann

Ship Name: Warrington    Captain: Backon    Ship Type: Dampfschiff

Accommodation: Erste Kajüte    Ship Flag: England    Port of Departure: Hamburg

Port of Arrival: Grimsby (Nordamerika via Glasgow)

Volume: 373-7 I, VIII B 1 Band 107    Page: 49    Microfilm Roll Number: S_13168

Family: Household members


Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths, 1916-1947

Name: Hildegarde Gensichen    

Death Date: 17 Sep 1939            Death Place: Chester, Randolph, Illinois

Gender: Female       Age: 78        Birth Date: 28 Apr 1861    Birthplace: Germany

Spouse: Frederich Gensichen

Father: Robert Koenig                 Father's Birth Place: Germany

Mother: Adele Mellet                   Mother's Birth Place: France

Occupation: Housewife                Residence: Chester, Randolph, Illinois

Burial Date: 19 Sep 1939             Burial Place: Four, Randolph, Illinois

Digital Folder Number: 4007912   Image Number: 982

Film Number: 1432189                Volume/Page/Certificate Number: 37164

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Sherman Township, Platte County, Nebraska

Gensichen    Friedrich Pastor  May 1, 1859; Jun 14, 1927     (wife's side blank)

Gensichen    Elisabeth              Jul 31, 1893; Jun 23, 1905

Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992

Groom's Name: William A. Luebke  

Groom's Age: 25   Groom's Birth Date: 1899    Groom's Birthplace: Pierce, Nebraska

Bride's Name: Theodora Martha Gensichen

Bride's Age: 18      Bride's Birth Date: 1906    Bride's Birthplace: Leigh, Nebr.

Marriage Date: 07 Jul 1924        Marriage Place: Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa

Groom's Father's Name: Wilhelm C. Luebke    

Groom's Mother's Name: Alvina Kolterman

Bride's Father's Name: Frederic G. Gensichen

Bride's Mother's Name: Hildergard Koenig

Groom's Race: White    Groom's Marital Status: Single

Bride's Race: White       Bride's Marital Status: Single 

By Staff reports - Randolph County Herald Tribune - Posted Sep 19, 2008 @ 12:51 PM

Copyright 2008 Randolph County Herald Tribune. Some rights reserved

Chester, Illinois

Peace Ev. Lutheran Church, Chester, is celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2008.  Actually, the congregation was formed on September 4, 1907.  Pastor Fr. Fuerst, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Wine Hill held mission services for several months at the Baptist Church on Franklin St. in Chester in the rear of the Episcopalian Church (which we believe is now the Christian Church behind the courthouse).  After we discontinued services there, it was remodeled into a home.  Very shortly before the congregation was organized they held services in our present building at 125 Opdyke Street which was vacant at that time.  This church was then owned by the German Methodist Congregation and known as the German Methodist Church.  (This was done in early 1908, to the best of recollections.)

Pastor Fuerst was asked by a few families in Chester to organize a congregation.  The following were the persons present at this first meeting: Pastor Fuerst, Henry Sonnenberg, Peter F. Heuer, Fritz Heuer, Henry C. Welge, Herman F. Wiebusch, Detlef Ahrens, Wiegund F. Ochs, Charles Brandes, William Ebers, Charles F. Welge, and Rudolph Welge.  All agreed to sign the Constitution which was written in German.  The first two meetings were held at the home of Rudolph Welge on Swanwick Street, Chester.

Pastors who have served the congregation are: Pastor Fr. Fuerst-supply pastor-(of St. Peter’s, Wine Hill) September 1907-April 1909; Pastor R. B. Garten-supply pastor-(of St. John’s, Bremen) June 1909-April 1913; Pastor Frederick R. Gensichen-supply pastor-(of St. John’s, Bremen) July, August or September 1913-April 1915; Pr. J. R. Frenzel-resident pastor-May 1915-April 1919; Pr. M. A. Jensen-resident pastor-March 1920-September 1925; Pr. E. Schmidt-resident pastor-December 1925-April 1926; Pr. J. C. Fitting-resident pastor-May 1926-March 1929; Pr. H. H. Pontow-(of St. John’s, Bremen) and Pr. F. W. Schneider (of Peace, Steeleville) - supply pastors - served alternately April 1929-September 1929.  They were paid $2.50 per Sunday; Pr. F. Schmidt-resident pastor-served October 1929-January 1931.  He was paid $10.00 per Sunday, more members, more pay; Pr. H. H. Pontow (of St. John’s, Bremen) and Pr. F. W. Schneider (of Peace, Steeleville) again served alternately from February 1931-April 1931; Pr. C. C. Joern-resident pastor-served from May 1931-August 1931; No pastor served Peace, Chester from September 1931 through December 1931; Pr. Walter Luther-resident pastor-served from January 1932-May 1933; Pr. Wm. Boatman-(from Murphysboro) served two Sunday evenings, August 19, 1933 and September 3, 1933.  During this time, information was being gathered about the “Illinois Synod”; Pr. Walter E. Kaitschuk-supply pastor-(of Peace, Steeleville) served from October 1933-January 1940.  He was paid $40.00 a month until we could pay more; Pr. O. M. Meyer-resident pastor-served from 1940 until his retirement in 1979.  He performed hundreds of baptisms, weddings, confirmations and funerals.  He had a radio program on KSGM.AM for many years.





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