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THE HISTORY OF ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH, GILLESPIE, ILLINOIS


The beginning of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Gillespie, dates back to the year 1869. In that year, several families came from Germany and settled in this community to establish their new home. Having been reared in Christian homes and members of the Lutheran Church, these settle5rs were not content to earn a livelihood only. They also desired food for their souls.

To organize a Christian congregation, and to build house of worship was their chief concern. First meetings were held in the homes of members and in an old brick building connected with the old Gillespie mill, and in Mr. Querbach’s wagon shop on Walnut street. The Rev. L. Gaus, an uncle of the Stehlin brothers made occasional trips to this hamlet from Bunker Hill and officiated as called upon.

In the spring of 1870, eighteen members organized the present congregation, and by October had completed the erection of a modest frame church which served the congregation for 31 years.

Those who signed the Constitution as charter members are: