Lyon County Genealogy

A Brief History of

Apostolic Christian Church

Cleveland Township

Lester, Iowa

The first Apostolic Christian Church was built in 1892 and 1893 by a small group of believers who had formerly met in homes. August Mogler came to America in 1885 at the age of 27 years. He farmed in Sioux County for two or three years before coming to Lyon County. The Augusta Meesner family traveled from Wisconsin via oxen to join August at Sioux County and together they moved to the Lester area. Here they were befriended by Henry Klein, the Ernest Nester family and Louise Wenzel, and they met together to worship. August Mogler was their first minister.

In 1890 the Knobloch family came to Rock Valley by train and were met by Mother Knobloch's brother Ernest Nester. Nester took them and their belongings by box wagon to their new home. The Knoblochs had sold their farm in Germany and had an auction sale for the other belongings. They sent the money to Nester to buy land. He bought them a 160 acre farm.


Apostolic Christian Cemetery Data.