|Louise Hoefs||Finance Secretary|
|Sophia Battenfeld||Treasurer of the|
Meets monthly, every second Wednesday.
The Ladies' Aid Society was organized in 1873 and had for its first faithful workers.
It had a large membership from the beginning and raised considerable money for the general support of the church.
The Ladies' Aid Society has in many ways assisted the congregation in its finances. It contributed for all objects during its history a marvelous sum, the largest undertaking at any time was in 1888 and in 1918, where the pews were varnished, remodeled, stained.
If any entertaining is to be done at the church, there is no society that can do it so well and satisfactory as the Ladies' Aid Society.
The society meets the second Wednesday of each month and has a membership of 102. It should easily have doubled this number, but it depends on you ladies who are not members to make it possible. Will you do it?
Church Pews (Remodeled)
Presented by the Ladies' Aid Society of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Members of the Ladies' Aid Society, Anno Domini, 1918
|Minnie Blase||Louise Miller|
|Ernestine Brueser||Anna Miller|
|Auguste Burmaster||Anna Machals|
|Sophie Belfanz||Caroline Minch|
|Selma Benker||Rose Mabler|
|Sophia Battenfeld||Maria Meyer|
|Wilhemine Benker||Martha Niles|
|Louise Blase||Auguste Nietsch|
|Fredericke Bush||Bertha Nadler|
|Bertha Brinkman||Auguste Newman|
|Frieda Batenfeld||Minnie Oestreich|
|Maria Castor||Ida Orth|
|Caroline Dahne||Caroline Pankonin|
|Emilie Ehrke||Louise Richey|
|Elisabeth Foedish||Minna Ruback|
|Christine Friday||Katharina Reichert|
|Katharine Frenz||Reka Ruback|
|Maria Feldman||Maria Ruback|
|Maria Folster||Katharina Ross|
|Katharine Gerling||Delia Rust|
|Johanna Glamm||Sophia Rothmeyer|
|Anna Gabler||Emma Roepke|
|Auguste Grunewald||Louise Rothmeyer|
|Minnie Heinz||Minna Schotte|
|Bertha Hovemeycr||Katbarina Schoeffler|
|Louise Hoefs||Elisabeth Strobel|
|Anna Hendricks||Maria Schneider|
|Ada Herath||Magdalene Siegenthaler|
|Maria von Hahmann||Selma Schubert|
|Elisabeth Hungerschafer||Friedericke Sturm|
|Fredericke Jager||Auguste Spannbauer|
|Minnie Janetsky||Johanne Sturm|
|Louise Kurlbaum||Emma Stephens|
|Helene Kruger||Rose Streun|
|Anna Krah||Barbara Schwartz|
|Anna Kreisel||Johanna Tesnow|
|Barbara Kreisel||Friedericke Tietz|
|Maria Klappmeyer||Linna Teetz|
|Emilie LaBahn||Louise Wiese|
|Margarethe List||Linna Wirth|
|Anna Lenz||Anna Watermann|
|Wanda Lembke||Emilie Weingartuer|
|Bertha Luneburg||Ida Walter|
The Sunday School
Trinity Lutheran Sunday School was organized in the summer of 1867 by Pastor Peterson or Peters.
The Sunday School since the time of its organization had always efficient and successful superintendents. It had a very rapid growth and soon was one of the strongest German Lutheran Sunday Schools in the city of Amsterdam. It was always well manned with a good corps of officers and teachers, who gave of their best--mentally, spiritually and physically.
The school has always been very liberal in its contributions. It was never satisfied with doing things half way, especially in the time of the great world war. The school planned large things, worked for great things and accomplished, under God's guidance, great things in the religious education of her members.
The benevolent offerings of the school have been steadily increasing from year to year, until the last three years it struck high water mark.
The school is in a flourishing condition, though not as large an enrollment as thirty and twenty-five years ago, because of the changing condition, yet of a very active and faithful membership.
The school has two departments, a German and an English one. The superintendent of the German department, Mr. Ernst Hovemeyer, has done very good work with the school since he is a member of the congregation, and that means many years.
The superintendent of the English department, Mrs. Martha Niles, a very efficient superintendent, a faithful worker in the school, who did much for the organizing of an English department. She was ever giving time and thought on improving the standard and efficiency of the department.
Mr. John Kreisel, the treasurer, and Mr. August Sturm, the secretary, have also been strong factors in the successful history of the Trinity Sunday School and have aided very materially and substantially in the finances of the school.
Officers and Teachers
|Richard Huebner||Second Librarian|
|Mrs. Martha Niles||Superintendent|
|Miss Florence Rothmeyer||Second Secretary|
Cradle Roll Department
|Miss Frieda Belfanz||Superintendent|
Treasury of the School's Birthday Offering
The secretary of the English department, Mr. Louis Rothmeyer, assisted this department by his very excellent service as a faithful worker for the best of the school.
|Herman Hoefs||Lillian Wirth|
|Herman Klamm||Lillian Machals|
|Matie Rothmeyer||Lillian Ruback|
|Emil Jager||Bertha Washak|
|Lillian Droege||Elsie Kreisel|
|Minnie Franz||Anna Hojohn|
|Elisabeth Rohtmeyer||Margarete List|
|Helene Kruger||Carrie Schoeffler|
|Clara Watermann||Frieda Belfanz|
|Ernst Hovemeyer||Ernst von Hahmann|
|Mamie Glamm||Dora Klappmeyer|
|Frederick Wielke, Jr.||Hedwig von Hahmann|
|Selma Benker||Fredericka Sturm|
|Charles J. Ruback||Maria Hendricks|
|Maria von Hahmann||Elisabeth Rothmeyer|
|Lillian Knack||Mathilde Michals|
|Elisabeth Chapman||Anna Waterman|
|Gretchen Machold||Mildred Machold|
|Martha Niles||Agnes Miller|
|Charles Ross||Edward Waver|
|Anna Watermaun||Grace Giese|
The Luther League
The early records of the society was lost and hence we cannot give exact date of organization.
Tradition gives as the time for its organization, 1875. It was organized under the name of Young People's Society, in later years the name was changed to "Luther League of the Trinity Church." Mrs. G. W. Fritsch was the active and interested factor. The Luther League, since its organization has had a most auspicious and successful career.
Of course, it had its high tide and low tide, like any other church organization, but on the whole has been a lively and active society.
The society has done much to develop the spiritual life among the younger members of the congregation.
The church that neglects its young people is neglecting its real source of future supply.
The young people's work by whatever name it may be known has been a wonderful help to the Christian churches during the past forty years.
Our society has always been deeply interested in all the benevolent objects that have been presented to it, and has liberally contributed to the support of the work of the congregation.
Officers of the Luther League
The former president of the league, Richard Huebner, was very active and did a good work for the development of the league.
The Luther League meets the first and second Tuesdays of each month.
Members of the Luther League, Anno Domoni, 1918
|Elmer Buckman||Louise Meyers|
|Selma Benker||Anna Manz|
|Clarence Brinkman||Edward Otto|
|Frieda Balfanz||Minnie Otto|
|Emma Balfanz||Lorena Otto|
|Viola Breezer||Arthur Otto|
|Elizabeth Chapman||Lena Pohlman|
|Lillian Droege||Lillian Plaster|
|Marion Doesburg||Florence Rothmeyer|
|Amelia Franz||Lillian Ruback|
|Minnie Franz||Harry Ruback|
|Marie Franz||Henry Ruback|
|Carrie Frenz||Hertha Rossow|
|Hattie Frank||Margaret Ross|
|Walter Frank||Edna Richey|
|Grace Giese||John Ruback|
|Mamie Glamm||Earl Rossman|
|Mary Gray||Carrie Schoeffler|
|Harold Godey||Carl Siebe|
|Richard Huebner||Elsie Scheck|
|Harold Huebner||Ernest Struen|
|Henry Hovemeyer||George Schultz|
|Edwin Blase||Katherine Strobel|
|Marie Hendricks||Mrs. von Hahmann|
|Ernest Herath||Hedwig von Hahman|
|Rev. von Hahmann|
|Elsie Juedes||Emma von Hahmann|
|Lillian Knack||Esther Waterman|
|Dora Klappmeyer||Otto Miller|
|Elizabeth Kreisel||Frances Walters|
|Elsie Kreisel||Lillian Wirth|
|Carl Klappmeyer||Hilda Wirth|
|Raymond Klingbeil||Emma Werner|
|Helen Klingbeil||Bertha Waschak|
|Ethel Kelly||Sophia Waschak|
|Nellie Luke||Edward Waver|
|Erich Miller||Mabel Yager|
|Mildred Machold||Clara Yager|
|Gretchen Machold||George Yager|
|Lillian Machals||Clarence Grunewald|
The Woman's Missionary Society
The society was organized under the pastorate of Rev. G. W. Fritsch. Mrs. Fritsch was principally active in the development of the society.
The society exists principally in the interest of Missions, and has been working along the line of Home and Foreign Missions and in later years has included in her program the interest for "Inner Missions."
It contributed during its history marvelous sums to the benevolent operations of the church at large.
Who knows, but God alone, the good the offerings of this society have done for the spiritual welfare of perishing souls.
The society has not a large membership, only about thirty, but should have the assistance and co-operation of many of our ladies.
It meets the first Thursday of each month and studies Missions and all its relations.
Officers of the Society
|Anna L. Watermann||President|
|Barbara Kreisel||Financial Secretary|
Mrs. Sophia Battenfeld was a long efficient and successful secretary, but retired on account of sickness.
The Lutheran Brotherhood
The Brotherhood was organized in 1917, with a membership of about forty-five men, who responded to the call for organized work among the men of the congregation.
The principle object of the Brotherhood is to create a closer fellowship among the men of the congregation and to co-operate in all the interests of the congregation.
Since the day of its organization, the Brotherhood has aided the finances of the congregation and has paid for the wainscoting and the four doors, a beautiful ornament to the sanctuary of our church.
Officers of the Brotherhood
|William F. Blase||President|
|Charles P. Waterstreet||Vice-President|
|Herman F. Hoefs||Secretary|
|Max Otto||Financial Secretary|
The Brotherhood meets the second Wednesday of each month.
Men of the congregation here is an example what less than seventy men of the congregation can do when they are thoroughly organized for work. The men who are yet out of the Brotherhood should take note and at once identify themselves with this organization. We could easily triple our forces and our work if you would help us.
Members of the Lutheran Brotherhood, Anno Domini, 1918
|William F. Blase||William Lohmeyer|
|Charles Belfanz||Fred H. Miller|
|Fred Bush||Fred W. Miller|
|Adam Benker||Charles Mabler|
|Fred W. Bohney||George Moeller|
|Andrew Bux||Edward Meyer|
|Henry Battenfeld||William Nadler|
|Max R. Otto|
|Gustav Dahne||Herman Otto, Jr.|
|Herman Otto, Sr.|
|Gottlieb Frenz||Emil Pankonin|
|William T. Ruback|
|Henry Gabler||Charles J. Ruback|
|Robert Grunewald||Louis Rothmeyer|
|Frederick C. Gentz||Charles Ross|
|Henry W. Grieme||Herman Rossman|
|Frank J. Ruback|
|Otto Heinz||William R. Ruback|
|Paul Huebner||Ferdinand Roepke|
|Ernst H. Hovemeyer||William Rossow|
|Herman F. Hoefs|
|Louis Hendricks||Kuno B. Schotte|
|Charles Hidde||Albert Schneider|
|August C. Sturm|
|Emil Jager||Felix Stephens|
|William H. Kaufman||Fred Trentleman|
|Edward E. Klappmeyer||John Tietz|
|Frederick Kreisel||Henry Tesnow|
|John Klappmeyer||Fred C. Tieman|
|Ernest Klappmeyer||Ernst von Hahman|
|Henry Krutz||Fred Welke|
|Gustave Kruger||Charles P. Waterstreet|
|Christ List||August Wirth|
|Charles Liekfeld||Ludwig Waschak|
|William Lembke||August Waverzinski|
Trinity Choral Society (Volunteer Choir)
The present choir was organized ????. It is a volunteer organization and is composed of 20 of the young people of the church.
Although about the youngest organization in the church, its career has been uniformly successful. One of the principle reasons for this is that nearly all of its members are active in other departments of the church.
Regular rehearsals are held every Friday, but many extra rehearsals are held to prepare for Lenten, Easter, Christmas and other special services, which are always cheerfully attended. The outlook for the future is bright, and with the co-operation of the congregation, greater results are looked for than have yet been attained.
Mr. William Nadler as organist and choir leader has proven himself a very efficient leader.
Members of the Choir
William Nadler, Organist and Director
|Lillian Droege||Florence Rothmeyer|
|Elisabeth Rothmeyer||Adolph Castor|
|Frances Walter||Otto Dahne|
|Margaret Watermann||Charles Waterstreet|
|Lillian Wirth||Frank Wuellner|
|Carrie Schoeffier||Richard Huebner|
|Nellie Kaufman||Mrs. Louis LaBahn|
|Klara Watermann||Henry Hovemeyer|
|Elisabeth Chapman||Irene Horstman|
of the sons of our congregation who have gone to serve our Flag and our Country by Land, Sea and Air.
|Ernst Klappmeyer||Edward Musoif|
|Frederick Siegenthaler||August F. Otto|
|Harold Schotte||Edward Klappmeyer|
|Otto Moeller||Harry Ruback|
|Emil Kruger||Fred H. Miller|
|Clarence Juedes||William G. Orth|
|Edwin Blase||Walter Hidde|
|William Frenz||David Siegenthaler|
|Frederick Watermann||Jacob Siegenthaler|
|Edward Starke||Ferdinand Bush|
|Charles Vollmer||John Toellner|
|Charles Mett||Walter Pohlman|
|Henry Hovemeyer||Fred Chr. Pohlman|
|Frank Mett||Louis Schneider|
|James Kelley||Clarence Grunewald|
|Henry W. Miller||Frank Chapman|
|John Fischer||Frederick Kreisel|
|Frederick Blase||Walter Frisch|
|David Betz||William Starke|
|Harry Getzloff||Ernst Klingbeil|
|Walter D. Abraham||Frederick Fischer|
|Otto Rust||Charles Getzloff|
|John Busch||William Burckhardt|
|Ewald Ruckstinat||Earl Smith|
|William Siegerer||William Kaufman|
|Leo Kaufman||Arthur Rossow|
|Frank Zitske||Frank Klingbeil|
|J. E. Hovemeyer|
The organizations are: The Ladies' Aid Society, the Luther League, the Lutheran Brotherhood, organized under the present pastor, the Woman's Missionary Society and a church choir under the leadership of Mr. W. Nadler.
This commemorates the generous liberality and recognizes the bountiful gifts which has made the renovation of this church possible in the time of the fiftieth anniversary of the Trinity congregationÄand in the time of the great World War, Anno Domini, 1918.
The Cathedral Chimes
Presented by: William F. and Minnie Blase and sons Henry and Clarence; the Luther League of the Trinity Lutheran Church.
The Gothic Altar
Presented by: Henry and Wilhelmine Dufel, Frederick W. and Fredericka Bohney, John and Bertha Kreisel family, George and Barbara Kreisel family, Frederick and Anna Kreisel family.
The Gothic Pulpit
Presented by: The Confirmanden from the year of our Lord, 1868 to 1918.
Angel Reading Desk
Presented by: George C. and Maria Beck, John and Anna Scheck, Ernst and Bertha Hovemeier, Emil and Fredericka Jager, Mabel Jager, Frederick Russbild, Charles J. and Minnie Ruback, The Cradle Roll of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Christ Statue (Thorwaldsen's Model)
Presented by: Frank and Mathilde Ruback and son, Harry.
Abendmahls Relief (Holy Communion)
Presented by: Ernst and Bertha Hovemeyer and sons, William, Henry and Ernst, Jr.
Presented by: The Faithful Daughters, Mrs. Maria von Hahmann's Sunday School Class.
Presented by: First -- Lillian Wirth, in memory of her departed mother, sisters and brothers. Second -- Selma Benker and Ella Benker, in sacred memory of their beloved parents.
Presented by: First -- Carl W. Siebe, in memory of Carl and Caroline Siebe. Second -- Otto Dahne, in memory of Gustave and Hedwig Dahne.
Altar Reading Desk
Presented by: Harold Pankonin, in memory of his grandparents.
Presented by: First -- George Moeller. Second -- Henry and Anna Gabler, Charles and Rose Mabler.
Altar or Communion Railing
Presented by: Mrs. Caroline Heinz Kath, in memory of August Kath; Otto and Minnie Heinz.
The Pews in the Auditorium (Remodeled)
Presented by: The Ladies' Aid Society of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Architectural Wainscoting of Solid Oak and Four Doors to the Sanctuary
Presented by: The Lutheran Brotherhood
The Ornamental Console for the Gothic Altar
Presented by: August and Fredericka Sturm, Gustave and Helene Kruger, Henry H. and Auguste Krutz, Louis Ehrke family; by Elisabeth Stroebel in memory of Leonhard Stroebel; Edward Luneburg and family, Gottfried and Lena and Anna Stucke; by Minnie Becker in memory of Charles Becker; Verkleirer family.
Presented by: Louis and Sophia Rothmyer, Emma, Florence and Elisabeth Rothmeyer, Barbara Bux, Frederick and Caroline Trentleman, Henry Blase and Clarence Blase by William F. and Minnie Blase, Walter Heinz.
Cedar Chest for the Altar Hangings and Antipendias
Presented by: Miss Matie Rothmeyer and her Sunday School Class.
Altar Hangings and Antipendias for the Five Seasons
In memory of Maria Teetz and her children by John and Lena Teetz.
The Trinity Lutheran Sunday School with their birthday offering.
The Faithful Followers Sunday School Class, Klara Waterman, teacher; The Loyal Felicitias Sunday School Class, Anna Waterman, teacher; The Willing Workers Sunday School Class, Dora Klappmeyer, teacher.
Charles E. and Katharine Ross; The Faithful Sons Sunday School Class, Charles E. Ross, reacher; The Busy Martha's Sunday School Class, Marguerite Ross, teacher.
The Ladies' Aid Society of the Trinity Church, with their birthday offering.
The White Linen Cover for Holy Communion
Presented by: Mrs. Caroline Pankonin.
The White, Hemstitched, Linen Communion Veil
Presented by: Mrs. Caroline Pankonin.
The White Linen Altar Runner
Presented by: Mrs. Mathilde Ruback.
The Bookmarks With Ornaments
The Sunday School Class No. 16, Lillian Wirth, teacher.
The Sunday School No. 18, Lillian Ruback, teacher; The Sunday School Class No. 9, Helene Kruger, teacher.
The Sunday School Class No. 22, Frieda Belfanz, teacher; The Sunday School Class No. 24, Fredericka Sturm, teacher.
English Sunday School Class No. 4, Gretchen Machold, teacher; Sunday School Class No. 6, Lillian Droege, teacher.
The Sunday School Class No. 14, Selma Benker, teacher. The Konfirmanden Classe of 1918 and 1919
FOR A WEDDING
The English Sunday School Class No. 10, Elisabeth Rothmeyer, teacher; The English Sunday School Class No. 2, Mrs. Martha Niles, teacher.