Church: Chili, Wis. - Christ Lutheran (Golden - 1957)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Oswald, Lauterbach, Degener,
Bosselmann, Gotter, Duchow, Reisner, Montag, Steffen, Bandt,
Nelson, Wundrow, Dankemyer, Monger, Bartsch
----Source: Clark County Press
(Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) 1957
Christ Lutheran of Chili, Wis. (Golden -
Christ Lutheran Congregation at Chili
will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its organization
with three special services on Sunday. Guest speaker in the
9:00 and 10:30 services will be the Rev. Arthur H. Oswald, pastor
of St. Martini Lutheran Church in Milwaukee and a member of the
Board of Directors of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He
is the father of the Rev. Arthur A. Oswald, pastor of the Chili
In the afternoon service, which will
begin at 2:30, the guest speaker will be the Rev. Wm. A.
Lauterbach, Mayville. The Rev. Mr. Lauterbach served as
pastor of Christ Church from 1944-1949.
Activities also will include an
anniversary dinner served by the ladies of the Church.
The Chili congregation was organized
April 28, 1907, when the church constitution was signed by Albert
Degener, Emil Bosselmann, Albert Gotter and Edward Duchow.
Mr. Degener, who now lives in Neillsville, is the only charter
voting member still living. He and Mrs. Degener, Mrs. Anna
Duchow, and Mrs. Emma Reisner will be honored guests on
Mr. Degener recalls that before the
congregation had its own church building another church was rented
for 50 cents a week.
"Our beginning was small," he stated,
"but the Lord God was on our side."
The congregation now numbers more than
200 baptized members.
In recent years the church building has
been enlarged and extensively remodeled. As a 50th
anniversary thank-offering new art windows have been
This year also marks the 30th
anniversary of the Ladies Aid Society. It was organized in
1927 at the home of Mrs. Anna Montag, with 11 members.
Present officers of the congregation are:
Elmer Steffen, secretary; Melvin Bandt, treasurer, Gerald Nelson
and Rueben Wundrow, deacons; and Gerald Dankemyer, Marvin Monger
and Oscar Bartsch, Trustees.
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