First Congregational Church
First Congregational Church of Boardman Township
aka the "Round Church"
The above photo of the church is from their Facebook page
The above is a Google image of the church.
Unless otherwise credited, the information on
this page was transcribed by S. Ferrall for Clayton co. IAGenWeb.
On March 12th, 1855, the first
Congregational Church of Boardman township was formed at
Elkader with D.B. Davidson, moderator and E.V. Carter,
clerk. In addition, there were present, Mrs. Charry
Carter, Wm. M. Keys, Fidelia Keys, Mary H. Carter and
Harriet H. Carter, all of whom were members of the
Congregational church at Garnavillo.
|At their meeting yesterday the Ladies'
Guild of the Congregational church elected the following
officers to serve for the coming year:
President - Mrs. Albert Allen
Vice-President - Mr. S.V. Jack
Second Vice-President - Mrs. Max B. Bishop
Secretary - Mrs. Bertha Stoops
Treasurer - Mrs. Paul Buckman
~Elkader Register, Thur., 25 Sept. 1924. Local News Notes column.
~Transcribed by Reid R. Johnson
The First Congregational Church of Elkader will
celebrate its 125the anniversary, Sunday, March 16, at a
special morning worship service, 10:30 a.m. The Rev. A.
Ray Appelquist D.D. will be the guest minister. The Rev.
Appelqust is from the Executive Staff of the National
Association of Congregational Churches, Oak Creek, Wis.
These early members of First Congregational Church of Elkader stand at the front of the church, shortly after it was built in 1897 at it's current location at 200 Chestnut Street S.E. The church members:
Front, from left - Miss Lizzie Leibrock, Miss Mae Gifford and Mrs. Madge Barnard.
Middle, from left - Mrs. Chas. Long, Miss Martha Mentzel, unidentified, Mrs. Ella Lamm, Mrs. Lucy White, Miss Ida Stemmer, Mrs. B. Ruenitz, Miss Anna Paul, Mrs. Gus Wilke, Miss Clara Preston and Mrs. Bell
Back, from left - Gus Borman, Chas. Ruenitz, Rev. Baxter, Wm. E. Witt and Chas. Haggensick.
Note the poster that says "Remember the Maine". The Main was a U.S. warship which was sunk during the Spanish-American War, which was fought in 1898.
~Clayton County Register, Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - Moments in Time column
~Note: although this photo did not reproduce clearly on the microfilm of the paper, it may be of some interest to decendants of the early church members.
See also: The Pilgrims
of Iowa - Congregational Home Missionary Society
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