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Trinity Lutheran Congregation began as a mission in 1856 by Pastor Ludwig Habel. He held services 4 times a year. That is how often the people communed each year. The land where the current parsonage stands was purchased and a log structure was built for use as a church and school. On the Sundays when the pastor was not available church officers conducted services. One layman who was noted as often conducting worship was Fredrick Gauger. The church was first named: Lutheran Community of the Triune God. A woman teacher was hired in autumn of the same year and was active in the school until 1880.

In 1858 under the guidance of Pastor Ahner from Cedarburg, the congregation joined the Missouri Synod.

In March of 1866, after several of the members returned from fighting in the civil war, a constitution was drawn up and the church was incorporated as “First German Evangelical Lutheran Dreieinigkeit Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession at Cedar Creek.”

The present church building was dedicated in 1879. It included a Christian Day School in the church basement.

The current teacherage with five acres of land was purchased in 1887. The parsonage was built in 1895.

Land for the church park and the cemetery on the south side of Pleasant Valley Rd. was purchased in 1902.

The Ladies Guild formed in 1920. They were a valuable addition to organizing and serving at many activities at Trinity.

In 1927 an addition was constructed on the north end of the church, which is our current chancel and sacristy and on the lower floor and furnace room was added.

Only German language was used in congregational worship services until 1936 when a monthly service in English was added to the worship schedule. By 1945, meeting minutes were written in English instead of German. The regular schedule of German services diminished gradually until ending in 1971.

Indoor plumbing was installed in the parsonage in 1945 and in the church and school in 1952. The area where the church basement bathrooms are located had to hollowed out by hand.

Increased enrollment in the Christian Day School resulted in the construction of two new classrooms. The building addition, which also included offices, fellowship room and kitchen, was dedicated May 18, 1958.

In 1971 Trinity separated from the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, due to their practice of false doctrine. For a brief time it was independent, served by an ELS pastor from Watertown, WI. Later that year Trinity joined the Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Pastor Paul Anderson accepted the call to serve at Trinity.

Kindergarten was begun in 1985 by teacher Gail Gauger

The Gymnasium-Fellowship Center, along with two classrooms, locker rooms and additional restrooms, was dedicated in 1989.

Pre-school classes were begun in 1990 taught by Barb Speerschneider.

The 135th anniversary celebration was held on October 20, 1991 with Rev. Paul Petersen, ELS vice-president preaching.

The 150th anniversary celebration was held on October 22, 2006 with Rev. John Moldstad, ELS president preaching.

Throughout its 160 years, Trinity has been seeking to serve our Lord by providing His Gospel to all our members, especially to our children, and to people in the community.

 

We thank the members who compiled much of the historical information for the 125th, 135th and 150th anniversaries that was used for this historical outline.

 

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Trinity’s Called Workers

Pastors

Alex Stamm                                        1867-1872

John H. Meyer                                    1872-1877

W.G. Polack                                        1878

G.W. Mueller                                      1879-1883

Carl Baumann                                     1884-1904

August Mueller                                   1904-1909

V.T. Distinon                                      1909-1910

Ferdinand Otto                                    1910-1954

Henry Kuring                                      1954-1958

Herbert D. Poellot                               1958-1961

Plischke                                             1961-62, 1965

Kenneth Roever                                  1962-1965

Erick Falk                                           1965-1971

Paul Anderson                                    1971-1979

Kenneth V. Schmidt                           1979-2009

Kenneth E. Mellon                              2009- present

 

Principals

Schallachet                                          1876-1887

P.E. Albert                                          1887-1898

P.E. Frese                                            1899-1905

P.W. E. Natzke                                   1906-1912

Augus Siecke                                      1913-1928

Clarence Runge                                  1928-1935

Christian Seefeldt                               1935-1943

School Closed (no teacher available)        1943-1944

Rodolph Groth                                    1944-1947

Edgar Wegman                                   1947-1955

Charles Zitzmann                                1955-1978

James Finster                                      1978-1979

Leonard Engel                                    1979-1991

Don Hahnke                                        1991-1995

Timothy Voigt                                    1996-1999

Richard Brei                                        2000-2012

Daniel Aswege                                    2012-2016

Dennis Leckwee                                 2016-Present

 

Teachers

Mrs. Helen Wolfgram                         1953-1954 (second teacher)

Mrs. Henry Kuring                             1954-1958

Miss Ardeth Walter                            1958-1961

Mrs. Edna Theines                              1961-1970

Miss Norma Bell                                 1970-1972

Mrs. Dorothy Justman                         1972-1975, 1976-1977

Miss Karen Barkeim                           1975-1976

Mrs. LaRue Heyn                               1977-3/80

Mrs. Martin Janke                               3/80-7/80

Mrs. Connie Bey                                 1980-1981

Mrs. Gail Gauger (Thiesfeldt)     1981-1988 (Kindergarten)

Mrs. Andrea Loduha (Brudvig)        1988-1993, 1999-2000

Spring 2005, Fall 2010-2011, 2013-2016

Mrs. Frances Siegler                           1988-1992

Mrs. Barbara Speerschneider                        1990-Present (Pre-school)

Mrs. Sharon Schmidt                         Spring 1992

Miss Kris Lindemann (Oelhafen)       Fall 1992- Spring 1994

Mrs. Diana Bormann (Gobrogge)     1992-Present

Mrs. Judy Larabell                              1992-2004

Mrs. Kathy Mellon                             Dec. 1992-Spring 1993

Miss Elizabeth Ruege                         1994-2000

Mrs. Laura Schaper                            1995-1996

Mrs. Susan Jahns                                1995-1996

Mr. Richard Holz                                1996-2002

Mrs. Stephanie Halderson                         1996-1997

Miss Jeanine Heller                            2000-Present

Mrs. Mary Schoeneck                         2002- 2003

Mrs. Erin Koschnitzke                         2003- 2004

Ms. Laura Vettleson                           2004- 2005

Mr. George Kellermann                         2006-2013

Mr. Jim Speerschneider                         2013-Present

Mrs. Christin Leckwee                         2016-Present