REV. E. NEMESCHY
is the present pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, of Altamont, or rather its location is about one mile southwest
of the village. This church is attended by one of the largest congregations of the township in which it is situated.
The church was organized in 1865, and the first resident pastor was Rev. J. G. M. Hillemann, who came to Altamont
in 1866. Under his administration the house of worship was erected at a cost of about $2,500. A number of additions
and improvements have since been made to the church property, including the erection of a steeple, and the purchasing
and placing therein of a bell. The church has also been nicely carpeted.
parochial school over which the pastor, Rev. Mr. Nemeschy, has charge as instructor numbers over fifty pupils.
The first pastor of St. Paul's Church was succeeded by Rev. Carl Sabbann, who was the minister from 1879 until
1883. When he left the church in that year it called to its pastorate Rev. Mr. Nemeschy, who entered upon his duties
in July, 1884, and has since had charge of the congregation. The Rev. Mr. Hillemann is now located at Howard's
Grove, Sheboygan County, Wis.; and the Rev. Sabbann, who was the second pastor of the church, is now living in
subject of this sketch was born in Buffalo, N. Y., in 1861, and is of Hungarian descent. His father, John Nemeschy,
was a native of Hungary, and his mother, who bore the maiden name of Caroline Drews, was born in Germany. During
their childhood both left the lands of their birth, and crossed the broad Atlantic to America, becoming residents
of Buffalo, N. Y., in which city they were married and resided for many years. The father died in that city in
1881. The mother still survives and is yet living in Buffalo, where the family have so long been residents.
Mr. Nemeschy is one of a family of seven children, consisting of three sons and four daughters, all of whom are
yet living, and are still residents of Buffalo, with the exception of himself. His education was acquired in his
native city. He attended the public schools, the parochial school of the Holy Trinity Church, Buffalo, and later
entered the Martin Luther College, from which he was graduated in 1884. The following year he was united in marriage
with Miss Lydia Wendt, a daughter of Frederick Wendt. Three children graced this union, all sons: John, Edward
after leaving college, the Rev. Mr. Nemeschy entered upon his duties as pastor of St. Paul's Church. His ministry
at this place covers a period of almost nine years. He is an earnest and untiring worker, and throughout the community
in which he makes his home is held in warm regard, not only by his own people, but by those of other denominations
and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago:
Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 436. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards