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Zion United Church of Christ (Talmage, Neb.)


RG3066.AM:  Zion United Church of Christ (Talmage, Neb.)

Records:  1884-1994
Talmage, Otoe County, Neb.:  United Church of Christ
Size:  2 reels of microfilm

HISTORICAL NOTE

The Zion United Church of Christ, Evangelical and Reformed, of Talmage, Nebraska, was incorporated on June 27, 1884. Services had been held since March 1, 1883, first in a room over the store of John Henry Damme, early settler in Otoe County and a charter member of the congregation. The membership was composed of a number of primarily Prussian Germans who had come to Nebraska from Missouri and Iowa. The first church was a building purchased in 1884 from the Methodists. This building was used until the present structure was purchased in 1899. The pastorate was served by traveling ministers until the arrival of A.D. Woth, who became the first resident pastor in 1894. The decision to obtain permanent service was made because the members wanted to join in the Evangelical Synod of North America, while maintaining the distinctive character of their preferred form of worship.

In 1895 the congregation voted that German would remain the language of their church as long as there were four members who wished it. The language question again arose in 1917, when Rev. Theo Hoefer began to conduct services in English. There was a basic conflict between the older, primarily German-speaking members, and the younger, English-speaking members. The problem was accentuated by the resolution of the county Civil Defense that all public meetings were to be conducted in English. The church conducted services in German until 1919, when it began to hold separate German and English services. This situation continued until 1922, after which time services have been held in English.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of two reels of microfilm containing the records of the Zion United Church of Christ of Talmage, Nebraska. Five bound volumes and several loose items relate to the history of the church, dating between 1884-1994. The records include registers of marriages, births, baptisms, deaths, confirmations, finances, constitution and rules of the church, and minutes of meetings.

DESCRIPTION

Reel 1
Volume
  1. Church register, 1884-1922 including:

    Baptisms, 1884-1922, pp. 2-35 and pp. 276-277
    Confirmations, 1889-1922, pp. 100-107 [no confirmations were recorded for the years 1890-1893, 1900, 1902, 1911, 1916]
    Collections taken on Holy Days, 1884-1922, pp. 150-153 and p. 275
    Burials, 1888-1922, pp. 160-172
    Weddings, 1884-1921, pp. 200-208
    Accounts, receipts and expenditures, 1885-1920, pp. 250-274
    "Church papers paid," n.d., pp. 287

  2. Secretary's book [Protokolbuch], 1884-1922 including:

    Constitution and by-laws, pp. 1-7
    Minutes of meetings, 1884-1890, pp. 9-18
    Minutes of meetings, annual and special, 1891-1922, pp. 25-115
    Chronicle of the parish, with a brief history of Talmage, pp. 207-215, 218
    List of names of the heads of the church, p. 220

  3. Secretary's book [Protokolbuch], 1924-1956 including:

    Minutes of meetings, 1924, p. 5
    Minutes of meetings, 1925, n.d., pp. 10-12
    Minutes of meetings, 1926, Jan., p. 13
    Minutes of meetings, annual and special, 1926-1956, pp. 15-262 [includes treasurer's reports and letters]
    Records of Members for roll call purposes, 1946-1951, pp. 263-268
    Constitution and By-laws, rev. 1932, pp. 275-284
    Communicant members, pp. 284-290

Reel 1 (cont.)
Item
  1. Secretary's notebook bearing entries dated 1932-1935, all of meetings of the church board. Apparently these notes were taken in the meetings and later transcribed elsewhere. 25 pp.
  2. History of the church, printed as part of the program of services of the 75th Anniversary service held August 16, 1959
  3. Constitution and by-laws, 1963 revision
  4. History of the church compiled by the church historian including:

    History of the church, 1883-1963, pp. 1-8
    List of marriages, 1923-1963, pp. 9-11
    List of baptisms, 1922-1963, pp. 12-17
    List of confirmation classes, 1923-1963, pp. 18-20
    List of deaths and burials, 1923-1963, pp. 22-25
    List of memorial gifts, mostly undated, pp. 26-27

  5. Comprehensive list of church officers, 1884-1922
Reel 2
Volume
  1. Church records, 1922-1994 including:

    List of baptisms, 1922-1994, pp. 1-26
    List of confirmation classes, 1923-1994, pp. 133-143
    List of marriages, 1923-1994, pp. 157-163
    List of deaths and burials, 1923-1994, pp. 193-209 and 240
    No. of services, in German and in English per year, 1922-1950, pp. 241-242
    List of special collections, 1922-1943, pp. 301-305
    List of members, 1923-1994, pp. 341-355

  2. Minutes, May 27, 1956 - Jan. 19, 1992

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

Evangelical Church in Nebraska
Evangelical and Reformed Churches in Nebraska
Germans in Nebraska
Otoe County (Neb.) -- Churches
Talmage (Neb.) -- Churches
United Church of Christ in Nebraska
Zion United Church of Christ (Talmage, Neb.)

 

Revised 06-12-2009   TMM

 

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