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St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church Eagle Lake

RR 2 (Eagle Lake Road), Beecher, IL 60401

Submitted by Karen Rowe


Churchbook Extractions - Updated Jan. 2001
Transcribed/ Edited by Karen Rowe and Edwin Friedrich.

Baptisms 1854-1876 Albers to Kurtz
Baptisms 1854-1876 Lages to Zarn
Baptisms 1877-1910 Adolph to Luecke
Baptisms 1877-1910 Martens to Zarn
Confirmations 1855-1909 A to Kurtz
Confirmations 1855-1909 Lages to Zarn
Deaths 1855-1910 Albers to Luke
Deaths 1855-1910 Maier - Zarn
Marriages 1854-1876
Marriages 1877-1908
St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church, Eagle Lake, IL

The St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Congregation was organized late in 1854 as a daughter congregation of Zion (now Trinity) Lutheran Church of Crete, Illinois. Their first church was located on Bemis Road in Crete Township not far from the Ilinois-Indiana State line. In 1866 the church was moved about 2 miles south to its present location on Eagle Lake Road in the northeast corner of Washington Township, just across the border from Crete Township.

The original church building in Washington Township (2 miles north of present church) was built and destroyed in 1854. The present church was erected in 1866. Missouri Synod. Both locations contain cemetery.

St. Johns at Eagle Lake was the mother church to St. Paul Lutheran Church at Beecher and St. Pauls was the mother church to the Sollitt Zion Church near Grant Park in Kankakee County, formed in 1872. In 1903 St. Pauls and St. Johns again lost members when residents of Beecher decided to for another Lutheran church in the village of Beecher.

The charter members of the congregation are said to be: Hans H. Tatge, John Hartmann, Henry Wassmann, John Scheiwe, Konrad Ohlendorf, John Windheim, F. Rotermund, Chr. Wassmann, Chr. Scheiwe and Konrad Tatge.

The list which follows was extracted from photocopies of Book One (1854-1876) and Book Two (starting 1877 and containing printed forms for the entries) of the original church records. The photocopies were made by Christian Orlov of New York, N.Y. (born James Ballard, and Gr. Gr. Grandson of Christoph and WIlhelmine (Seegers) Ohlendorf and Christian and Sophia (Grages) Klemme). He, as well as the present writers who have translated and tabulated the records , are all descended from or have some close connection with early members of the Congregation. (Edwin Friedrich is the Gr. Gr. Grandson of Friedrich and Maria (Knief) Wille and Friedrich and Dorothea (Ostermeier) Battermann and Karen Rowe is the Gr. Gr. Gr. Granddaughter of Hans Heinrich and Engel Dorothea (Wille.) Riechers.).

All of the entries in the St. John's Church Record Books One and Two are written in German. Most of the names, dates and place names were written using the present English style script. However, the remainder of the entries were often written using the old style German script.




St. John's Eagle Lake Lutheran Church, Will Co., IL
Burial Records



Information from the 1854-1954 Centennial Booklet
Before 1854: Lutheran immigrants who had settled in the Crete and the Washington Townships in the late 40's and early 50's worshipped with our brethren of Zion Congregation in a house 20x26 (now still know as the Brase House) still standing south of Crete on Faithhorn Road. Zion congregation was founded some time during the "Gold Rush" year, 1849. Their first resident pastor was Anton Weyel. He was also to be "missionary for Will County and surrounding country, with Crete, Illinois, as his base". In the fall of 1851 Rev. C. August T. Selle of St. Paul's in Chicago became their pastor. The (Crete) Trinity Centennial Anniversary booklet contains this reference, "The congregation had scarcely grown to 20 members, when already several (8) of these members asked for and received permission to organize a new congregation farther toward the southeast, with the result that St. John's Church at Eagle Lake was founded in 1854". Accordingly, we are the daughter congregation of Trinity.

First Marriage: 19 NOV 1854 Johann Heinrich Borchert and Maria Sophia Joerdening
First Baptism: 20 OCT 1854 Maria Klaus born 20 AUG 1854, daughter of Heinrich Klaus and Wilhelmine Battermann.
First Confirmation 1855: John Christoph Behrens, Christoph Hasenjaeger, John Grupe, Catherine Seehausen, Maria Grages.
First Burial Entry: Henry Wilhelm Tatge, son of Conrad Tatge, died February 1, 1855 and was buried Feb. 4, 1855.


Former Pastors
From the 1854-1954 Centennial Booklet

Rev. W. Gustav Polack I

26 SEP 1854 to AUG 1868
Born near Berlin, Germany 30 APR 1825
To America 1840
Served the Trinity Congregation at White Oak, near Cincincati, OH until 1851.
Installed by Rev. Selle of St. Paul's Church, Chicago.
Left Illinois to Trinity Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, MO for 11 years.
Died in Kansas 05 SEP 1898
Rev. Jacob F. Nuoffer

MAR 1869 to APR 1885
Died 01 NOV 1892
Came from the Ohio Synod.
Rev. Carl Brauer

JUN 1885 to 24 AUG 1911
Born 21 DEC 1854 at Addison, IL
Died 14 MAY 1936 at River Forest, IL
Rev. Richard D. Piehler

01 NOV 1911 to 14 MAR 1938
From Klinger, Bremer Co., IA in 1911
Died 14 MAR 1938 Eagle Lake, IL
Rev. Carl F. Selle

25 SEP 1938 to 21 MAY 1947
From Reedsburg, WI in 1938
Released to Blue Island, IL in 1947
Rev. Walter J. Link

30 AUG 1947 to 13 JAN 1952
From Menno, SD in 1947
Released to Sutherland, IA in 1952
Church and Cemetery Photos

St. Johns Eagle Lake, Beecher, IL

St. Johns Eagle Lake, Beecher, IL


Tree Grove
Tree grove where early
Eagle Lake congregation met and
picniced before the church was
built in 1854.
St. Johns Eagle Lake North Cemetery
St. John's Eagle Lake
North Cemetery
St. Johns Eagle Lake North Cemetery
St. John's Eagle Lake
North Cemetery

Conrad Riechers Gravestone
Conrad Riechers (1851-1931)
Matilde (Fiene) (1860-1924)
Friedrich Riechers Gravestone
Friedrich Riechers (1894-1929)
Minnie (Wehrmann) 1895-1985
St. John Eagle Lake Cemetery, Beecher, IL
Fred A. Sennholz 1893-1951
Clara M. (Bernhard) 1887-1961
Ralph F. Sennholz 1919-1941

St. John's Eagle Lake Cemetery, Beecher, Will Co., IL
Johann Tegtmeier
19 JUL 1829 - 29 SEP 1911


St. John's Eagle Lake Cemetery, Beecher, Will Co., IL
Charlotte Luecke Tegtmeier
22 SEP 1834 - 03 OCT 1911
St. John Eagle Lake Cemetery, Beecher, IL
Heinrich Lohmann 1861-1938
Wilhelmine Sennholtz 1863-1928


St. John's Eagle Lake Cemetery, Beecher, Will Co., IL
Fred Tegtmeyer 1877 - 1957
Emma Lohmann 1884 - 1942
St. John Eagle Lake Cemetery, Beecher, IL
John Lohmann 1865-1941
Sophia Ohlendorf 1872-1946


St. John's Eagle Lake Cemetery, Beecher, Will Co., IL
Louise and Emilie Tegtmeyer
children of
Johann and Charlotte Luecke Tegtmeyer

Karen S. Rowe, March 2005

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