A New Church Begins

Ogden and Newberry

Nine German immigrants (V.A. Boyer, William Frank, Jacob Letz, Arnold Kroeger, John Pfund, Herman H. Rantze, George Schairer, Karl Stein, and Karl Teschner), meeting in a grocery store run by one of the men, found "Deutsch Evangelish Lutherische Saint Paulus Gemeinde" (German Evangelical Lutheran St. Pauls Congregation) when they elect themselves as a council and select a committee to find a site where their growing German American community in Chicago can worship.

Mayor William Ogden and Walter L. Newberry give land on the Southwest corner of LaSalle and Ohio Streets in Chicago to the new German American congregation.