St. Paul's First Evangelical Lutheran Church


City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin

Courtesy of Carol

The First Evangelical Lutheran, St. Paul's Church, held its first service in 1873.
Reverends DETZER and REINSCH, who lived in other places, preached here on alternate Sundays.
In October, 1874, the church was duly organized with six or seven members by Rev.
G. SUSSNER, its first resident minister, who served some six months. He was followed by Rev. Mr. SCHNEIDER. In January, 1877, came Rev. J. J. MEIER, their minister for two years. Rev. W. BUEHRING was the pastor from 1879 to 1886. Rev. G. KAEMPFLEIN served form January 29, 1886 to April, 1890, and Rev. D. KOSHE, from May 13, 1890, to the spring of 1894. Rev. R. EINSIEDELL, beginning at that time, stayed until November, 1900, and was succeeded by Rev. J. METTERMEIER for the next two years. In January, 1903, was called the present pastor, Rev. Paul PICHLER.
The number of communicants is now about 300.
The church building, at the northeast corner of St. Lawrence avenue and Eighth
street, dates from 1882. In 1905 it was lifted several feet toward heaven and a commodious basement was built under it, with some other improvement. The parsonage, 617 St. Lawrence avenue, was built in 1889.
[Source: Rock County, Wisconsin: A new history of it's cities, villages, etc., Vol. I, by William Fiske Brown (editor-in-chief); ©1908 C. F. Cooper, Chicago, IL; p. 277]

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