Immanuel Church "on Lincoln Creek" was established under the leadership of Louis Huber who was vicar at Marysville Lutheran Church approximately 7 miles to the east. The first service for the new congregation was held at the home of Carl Heitmann on October 25, 1873. In the fall of 1874, the congregation acquired 10 acres of land and built a sod church which served them until 1877 when a frame church was built. In 1881, the Rev. Gotthold Gruber became the new resident pastor for the congregation. In 1887, a newer wood church was built and the old building was put into use as a school. Due to the difficult travel in the area (hills and crossing several creeks), a sister congregation was established five miles north of this site and became know as St. Paul Lutheran.
Immanuel celebrated it's Diamond Jubilee in 1948 at which time a remodeling program was started. However, as the number of farm families declined in the area, both Immanuel and St. Paul's merged with other area congregations. The church property was sold on September 11, 1976, but the cemetery remains on the hill. The church and cemetery have been known by several names in addition to Immanuel. It has been referred to as "Lincoln Creek Church" and "Meyer Church." The later name came from Pastor Herman Meyer, who served the congregation for many years starting in 1911. The school was often referred to as "Butzke School" for Walter Butzke, resident teacher for many years. The church cemetery is located five miles north of Utica and found on the intersection of 462nd and Branched Oak Roads.
GPS Coordinates: 40.97465, -97.34771
- Added: 28 Aug 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2367813
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