In 1896, the German Lutheran churches of Chicago published Geschichte der Gründung und Ausbreitung der zur Synode von Missouri, Ohio und Andern Staaten gehörenden Evangelisch-Lutherischen Gemeinden U. A. C. zu Chicago, Illinois, a history of their growth in the city beginning with First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, now located on LaSalle and Goethe streets in Chicago. As far as I know, there is no English translation of this document, so I offer this translation to share this history with you. Follow me to get updates about the rest of this work.

The Hegewisch neighborhood of Chicago began as company town, planned by Adolph Hegewisch after the model of Pullman. He wanted to build a community with thriving businesses and housing to support the factory for his company, United States Rolling Stock Company, whose headquarters was in Blue Island, IL at the time. He bought 100 acres and other investors an additional 1,500. The Hegewisch plan didn’t come together, so both the community and the church struggled for decades. …


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