Monday, January 19, 2009

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg, Missouri

Here's a picture of the second St. Paul's as of 1939 (100th Year Anniversary of the Saxon Immigration). Both churches are gone, as is the rest of Wittenberg, MO because of excessive flooding. I've been told that it was because of the damming up of the Mississippi for river locks by the Corps of Engineers.

My Great-Great Grandpa Joseph Hoehne was listed as the elder's representative on the church council picture at the time. Eventually he moved back to Trinity Lutheran, Altenburg some time before St. Paul was shut down. I'm not exactly sure when that happened. My Grandparents and Mom can remember attending worship services there.
My pastor in Poplar Bluff told me he attended some kind of ceremony there in the '90s and has a couple of bricks from the decommissioning (or whatever it's called).
You can see the original white wooden church to the left side of the small picture below. I think that one was used for the Sunday School when the newer brick one was built.

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