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Located East of Sullivan on Hwy 18.
From the dates on the stones, the cemetery seems to begin before the church records.
History of St John's - Sullivan
In 1847 The Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church was founded by German immigrants to combat what they saw as the liberalization of Lutheranism in America. In Wisconsin in 1847, there was only one congregation (Trinity in Milwaukee) that belonged to the Missouri Synod. By 1853 there were six congregations. In 1855 the church at Watertown obtained its own pastor Rev. A. Wagner. He undertook missionary work in Reeseville and his successor founded the congregations in Sullivan and Concord. By 1873 the District had 32 pastors and 50 congregations belonging to the Missouri Synod. Twenty eight congregations were listed as actual members of the synod. In 1854 it was organized as a separate Synodical District. By 1928 there were 140 churches in the district.
Lutheranism in the Golden Lake Sullivan area dates back as early as 1852. This is when the pastor from St. Johns, Watertown canvassed the area and discovered many Lutherans living here. Worship services were begun in private homes but soon moved into a school. This building still stands across the road from the present church. Among others, a "Rev. Evert" is known to have served the people here.
On April 1, 1861, our congregation was organized under the leadership of Pastor Henry Flack with one of the founders being Carl Zahn, grandfather of many families still belonging to our congregation. The surnames of other Charter members included; Bente, Bernhardt, Buth, Glamm, Gleichman, Kummrow, Koch, Meyer, Schlender, Schwager, Vinz, Wenzel, Will and Zastrow.