St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cemetery was also known as Soap Creek Cemetery. Early church records written in German go back to 1883. The church and cemetery are located in Section 11 of Gage Co. NE three miles south, two east and 1/4 miles south of Clatonia.
Claus Siems was among the earliest members of the St.Paul Lutheran Church founded in 1884 in Gage County near the town of DeWitt which is in Saline County. This first structure was only 18 x 26 feet, and was replaced in 1891 by one 32x56, which burned when struck by lightening in 1896. From the church history it appears that Claus built the pews of the church built in 1896. We know that this congregation was composed of most, if not all, German immigrants who continued traditions brought with them. All services were held in German until the 1930's and once a month thereafter until 1952! Men were seated to the right of the entrance and women on the left. Men left services first until after World War II.
GPS Coordinates: 40.41863, -96.81878
- Added: 8 Jul 2011
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2409438
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