Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement


City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin

Courtesy of Carol

This church was organized in July, 1905, and shortly afterwards incorporated.
This congregation originated in the need of a distinctively English Lutheran
congregation in this city, where there were already four other Lutheran congregations - two German and two Norwegian. From the beginning, it has succeeded in fulfilling its purpose of gathering and saving to the church English speaking Lutherans.
For the first year without a settled pastor, worshiping in town in the old Presbyterian
Church, Odd Fellows Hall and Hadden Hall, the work was difficult. Steady progress, however, has marked its career. In May, 1906, the present pastor, the Rev. Paul H. ROTH took charge, a 1906 graduate of the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary. That same year, a fine building site on the east side of the corner of Clary street and Harrison avenue was purchased and paid for. In 1907, plans were drawn for a stone church, which, after many alterations and complete re-drawings, were adopted. At this writing (the summer of 1908), the foundations of the church are in and contracts let for the continuing of the building. The church has in the meantime grown from a membership of one-half a dozen to over 200 souls.
[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; pp. 277-278]

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