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St. John's Evangelical

Lutheran Church

Through the Ages
A Look at the Past from the 21st Century
by Kenneth L. Vogt


Ref: Rome Sentinel; August 12, 1667---

The forerunner of St. John's Church was the United German Evangelical Church at the corner of South James and Eidge Streets. 1848-1967

The view appeared on a postal card in the 1880's.

Note: This is the oldes photo I found of the origianl building for foundling members of St. John's 1848-1867 The accompanying article was titled "Nine Pastors served in Centruy" KL Vogt




June 18, 1867: 

The (Oneida) court house was rented and services were held. Soon plans for a church building were formulated and money collected. In the summer of 1867 misfortune struck again. The Rome Sentinel on Tuesday, 3 o'clock, June 18, 1867, records the events as follows:

" The most furious storm --- or hurricane, perhaps, we should say --- that was ever witnessed in this section swept through Rome on Saturday afternoon (and lasted until) about 3 o'clock. The severest loss is that sustained by Norman Kling, builder, who was erecting the new German Lutheran Church on Madison Street. The edifice had been well under way, being nearly enclosed. It is now a mass of ruins, having been completely demolished by the storm."

A brewer in the neighborhood boasted he would buy the place and build a brewery. Because of their faith in God, four men mortgaged their homes and real estate to borrow money from the bank and thus provided the congregation with the means to carry out ht building project. These four men were: Hartman Martin Thron, Valentin Brueckner, Phillip Scheidlemann and Louis Hoffman.



St. John's Lutheran Church located at Madison and Park Streets (1867 to 1910) 

During the 1867 construction the structure was destroyed by fire.

  • The Rev. Zeumer St. John's 1st pastor served here Septembert 1867 to 1871
  • The Rev. Carl August Wiegel St. John's 2nd pastor served 1870 until 1910










Ref: Undated from about 1950, from St. John's archives. St. John's Evangelical Lutheran at corner of N. Madison and Park St. 

The congregation worshiped here from 1911 to 1965. 











End of the Rainbow at St. John's Lutheran Church Rome, New York

This photo was taken about 7:45 PM on Thursday, August 7, 2008. At this time, St. John's was sponsoring the annual "Ice Cream Social" for the "Honor America Days" of Rome, New York. (1965 to present time) Photo by KL Vogt






Tour the cradle of the Lutheran Reformation part 1  

Tour the cradle of the Lutheran Reformation part 2



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