St. Pauls 175 Blog

The church phone number in 1940 was Diversey 3829.

The famous World War I American ace pilot, Eddie Rickenbacker, (on the left) donated the first Rickenbacker Sedan off the assembly line to St. Pauls and his old friend Pastor Jacob Pister in spring of 1922.  The Rickenbacker autos were...

For the Centennial of St. Pauls in 1943, a book was produced by the congregation about our 100 year history. They ended it with these words:

St. Pauls Church has a unique history. it has faced some tremendous difficulties. It...

Until the mid 1920’s a major source of church income was the purchase of your pew.  The “new” pledging system with weekly donation envelopes was introduced in January 1927. 

There were printed notices in every Sunday worship...

Our Pipe Organ Powered By Water?

Until 1924 the pipe organ at St. Pauls was indeed powered by water. The water drove a turbine which produced the air necessary to play the organ. Our pipe organ was “completely electrified” in 1924,...

St. Pauls used to produce cook books using member recipes. This "recipe for a day" was published in the 1909 cookbook published by the St. Pauls Church League, the young adult group of the day.

 

A Recipe for a Day

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St. Pauls Own Hymnal – St. Pauls Blaubuch was published by our church in 1905 and was used into the 1930’s.  There were 396 hymns.  Roughly half were German and the other half English. Pastor Rudolph John often composed a German text...

A "St. Pauls Story" By Colleen Henry

Shortly after the Trosts and Henrys attended a really fun fund-raiser at another church, Pastor Trost asked me if I would chair an Oktoberfest to benefit St. Pauls outreach ministries. I...