First Log Church
In September 1852, Gustav Polkow invited a few of his German neighbors to worship in his home. As time went by, he and Friederich Niebuhr alternated hosting and leading the group in worship.
In 1854, they built a log church, which they called the Independent German Lutheran Church. Fourteen heads of families made up the first congregation:
The “Big White Church” on the Hill- 1866
The membership continued to grow so that the log church was much too small. It was decided to build a new church on the hill on an acre of land donated by Gustav Pulkow. Thirty-one families contributed to the new church, which was dedicated in May 1866.
John F. Lubcke
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