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Lutheran Churches of Southwest Louisiana Records

Collection 71

Lutheran Churches, Southwest Louisiana. Records, 1901-1987

3 ft, 87 fiche

This collection contains records mainly from First Lutheran Church of Crowley, LA. This church at times had a joint ministerial appointment with St. John Lutheran Church of Iota, LA and occasionally with Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings, LA. The collection includes correspondence, reports, minutes of related organizations, record books, etc. Some material from other area Lutheran churches is included also.

Much of the material was donated by Carl R. Froitzheim. See also: Collection 77, Carl R. Froitzheim Collection, for material on First Lutheran Church, Cowley live oaks [1-63 and 1-64] and some Lutheran church correspondence [1-04].

Series:

A. Records
1. Constitutions 1-01
2. Histories 1-02 through 1-04
3. Correspondence, 1944-1986 1-05 through 1-10
4. Reports and minutes 1-11 through 2-20; Box 5
B. Bulletins 3-01 through 4-09
C. Publications 4-10 through 4-17; 6-01 through 6-09
D. Other 6-10 through 6-15

Inventory:

A. Records
1. Constitutions
1-01 The Original Constitution of First Lutheran Church, Crowley, LA, 1894, ink - handwritten (in German and English), bound; also photocopy and typescript
Constitution: 1943 (signatures 1950-1967); 1967, typed and photocopy
1967 amendments (3)
A. Records
2. Histories
1-02 History, Lutheran Church in Crowley
"German Lutheran Church," Crowley Signal, 30 Jan. 1904, 1 p. typescript
list of pastors, 1893-1937
History, Lutheran Church in Jennings
“Historical Sketch,” n .d. 13 pp typed
notes about Ladies Aid; Young Peoples’ Society; church history 1 p. each
notes for 85th anniversary service [1981]
History, Lutheran Church in Louisiana
Nau, John F., “The Lutheran Church in Louisiana,” reprint, Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly, v. 25, # 1 (April, 1952), 63 pp.
1-03 50th and 75th anniversary material
Crowley 50th anniversary, 1944: brief history; letters, etc. mimeographed booklet
Crowley 75th anniversary, 1969: booklet; letters of congratulations; clippings (photocopies)
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings 50th anniversary, 1946: booklet
St. John Lutheran Church, Iota 75th anniversary, 1976: booklet including service for Reformation Sunday, 31 Oct. 1976, brief history, list of pastors
1-04 Biographical materials on Rev. Emil T. Schulz: clippings; program; certificates; sermon text, 4 June 1961
A. Records
3. Correspondence, 1944-1986
1-05 Correspondence, 1938, 1942-1954
personal and mass mailing letters from pastor or church officials; much material and legal documents from denomination agencies
1-06 correspondence, 1955-1959
1-07 correspondence, 1960-1969
1-08 correspondence, 1970-1986
most letters sent to Carl R. Froitzheim from local church and denomination agencies
1-09 Letters from Pastor Walter H. Schmid, to congregational members critical of church attendance and financial support, 1949-1955
1-10 Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, The Southern District: Church Extension Fund (CEF) material, 1976-1977, 1982-1986
correspondence (mainly with Froitzheim); mailings to CEF representatives; reports; financial statements; flyers
[See also: Collection 77 Froitzheim, Carl R., folder 1-17: Stamps for Missions]
A. Reports
4. Reports and Minutes
1-11 Crowley and Iota: Parish statistical reports to denomination, 1947-1956
1-12 Financial reports, Crowley, First: 1938-1971, 1980-1986
Iota, St. John: 1949-1954, n.d.
Box 5 vol. 1 Treasurer's Record: Crowley – accounts, 1944
Box 5 vol. 2 S. E. Ledger: Crowley – income, 1945-1948
Box 5 vol. 3 Cash Journal: Crowley, 1946-1948
Box 5 vol. 4 Double Entry Ledger: Crowley - accounts, 1946-1948; pledges, 1955-1960
Box 5 vol. 5 Treasurer's Record Book: Crowley – accounts, 1949-1954, 1956-1962; income by months, 1960-1964
Box 5 vol. 6 Improvement Fund Account Book: Crowley, 1957
2-01 Crowley: financial records, 1964-1967
spread sheets of weekly contributions [Carl Froitzheim, treasurer]
2-02 Crowley: Voters' Assembly meetings minutes, 1962-1966, 1968
2-03 Crowley, some joint: voters’ assembly materials, 1970s-1981
includes 1981 annual congregational/ministry evaluation questionnaire
2-04 Crowley: Minutes of Congregational and Quarterly meetings, 1927-1945
some financial records especially quarterly treasurer reports
2-05 Crowley: church records, 1946-1959
includes quarterly treasurer reports; voters’ assembly meeting minutes; quarterly officers' meeting minutes
2-06 Crowley: Board of Elders minutes, 1965-1969; proposed program, 1967-1968
includes: pastor reports
2-07 Crowley: Ladies Aid Society records, 1941-1944 [handwritten]
2-08 Crowley: Ladies Aid Society records, 1945-1951 [handwritten]
2-09 Crowley: Ladies Aid Society records 1952-1954, 1955, 1956-1957 [typed and handwritten]
2-10 Crowley and Iota: Pastor’s report, 1980-1986
Box 5 vol. 7 Church guest book: Crowley, 1945-1958
2-11 Membership lists: First Crowley: 1969-1970, 1982, 1984
St. John, Iota: 1970
2-12 Crowley and Iota calendars and event announcements: 1971-1972
2-13 Book 1: St. John Lutheran Church, Iota, Louisiana, fiche [membership rolls]
Fiche 1 pages 24-26
Fiche 2 pages 27-34
Fiche 3 pages 35-42
Fiche 4 pages 43-44; [pages 45-116 blank]; pages 117-119
Fiche 5 pages 120-126
Fiche 6 pages 127-128; [pages 129-148 blank]; pages 149-152
Fiche 7 [pages 152-168 blank]; pages 169-174
Fiche 8 pages 175-182
Fiche 9 pages 183-186; [pages 187-196 blank]; page 197
Fiche 10 pages 198-201; [pages 202-240 blank]
Fiche 11 List of Pastors
2-14 Book 2: St. John Lutheran Church, Iota, Louisiana, fiche
Fiche 12 Record of Our Members
Fiche 13 Record of Our Members
Fiche 14 Record of Our Members
Fiche 15 Record of Our Members
Fiche 16 Record of Our Members; Record of the Baptism of Infants
Fiche 17 Record of Baptism of Infants; Record of Baptism of Adults
Fiche 18 Record of Baptism of Adults; Record of Confirmation
Fiche 19 Record of Confirmation; Members Admitted
Fiche 20 Members Admitted
2-15 Book 2: St. John Lutheran Church, Iota, LA fiche
Fiche 21 Losses; Marriages
Fiche 22 Marriages
Fiche 23 Those Who Passed On
Fiche 24 Those Who Passed On
Fiche 25 Those Who Passed On; Chronological Record
Fiche 26 Chronological Record; Constitution
Fiche 27 Constitution
Fiche 28 Constitution; Charter
Fiche 29 Charter; History in Outline
Fiche 30 History in Outline; Detailed History of the Congregation
Fiche 31 Detailed History of the Congregation; Our Pastors
Fiche 32 Our Officers – Elders; Deacons; Trustees
Fiche 33 Organizations
Fiche 34 Communion Record
2-16 Book 1: First Lutheran Church, Crowley, Louisiana, fiche [membership rolls: many blank pages filmed]
Fiche 1 target
Fiche 2 page 1
Fiche 3 pages 2-13
Fiche 4 pages 14-25
Fiche 5 pages 26-37
Fiche 6 pages 38-47
Fiche 7 pages 48-57
Fiche 8 pages 58-69
Fiche 9 pages 70-81
Fiche 10 pages 82-93
Fiche 11 pages 94-105
Fiche 12 pages 106-117
Fiche 13 pages 118-129
Fiche 14 pages 130-141
Fiche 15 pages 142-153
Fiche 16 pages 154-165
Fiche 17 pages 166-177
Fiche 18 pages 178-189
Fiche 19 pages 190-201
Fiche 20 pages 202-213
Fiche 21 pages 214-225
Fiche 22 pages 226-237
Fiche 23 pages 238-240
Fiche 24 target
2-17 Book 2: First Lutheran Church, Crowley, Louisiana, fiche
Fiche 25 Record of Our Members
Fiche 26 Record of Our Members
Fiche 27 Record of Our Members
Fiche 28 Record of Our Members
Fiche 29 Members Admitted
Fiche 30 Members Admitted; Record of Confirmation
Fiche 31 Record of Confirmation
Fiche 32 Record of Confirmation
Fiche 33 Record of Baptism of Infants
Fiche 34 Record of Baptism of Infants; Record of Baptism of Adults; Marriages
Fiche 35 Marriages
Fiche 36 Marriages; Those Who Passed On
Fiche 37 Those Who Passed On
Fiche 38 Those Who Passed On; Our Pastors
Fiche 39 Our Pastors; Communion Record
Fiche 40 Communion Record
Fiche 41 Communion Record; Our Officers - Elders
Fiche 42 Our Officers – Elders, Deacons, Trustees
Fiche 43 Our Officers – Trustees; Losses
Fiche 44 Organizations
Fiche 45 Organizations
Fiche 46 Organizations
Fiche 47 Organizations; Constitutions
Fiche 48 Constitutions
Fiche 49 Constitutions
Fiche 50 Constitutions; Charter
Fiche 51 Charter; History in Outline
Fiche 52 History in Outline; Detailed History of the Congregation
Fiche 53 Detailed History of the Congregation
2-18 Dual Parish Agreement [First, Crowley and St. John, Iota], 11 Feb. 1979
2-19 Financial reports: Louisiana Churches in Southern District, 1950s, 1963
Southern District, 1985
2-20 Southern District agency materials
Missouri Synod materials
B. Bulletins
3-01 Bulletins: Crowley, 1944 (1); 1946 (1), 1948: 4 Jan.-16 May; 22 Dec. 1957; 23 Feb. 1958
Crowley and Iota: 1958: 28 Sept – 1959: 4 Jan,. (4)
3-02 Bulletins: both churches, 1961 (1); 1963 (2); 1966 (7); 1967 (54)
3-03 Bulletins: both churches, 1968-1969 [very occasionally bulletin just for Crowley]
3-04 Bulletins: both churches, 1970-7/1971
3-05 Bulletins: Crowley, 1974, 1976-1980 [very scattered]
3-06 Bulletins: Crowley and Iota, Dec., 1979-1980
3-07 Bulletins: Crowley and Iota, 1981
3-08 Bulletins: Crowley and Iota, 1982
3-09 Bulletins: Crowley and Iota, 1983
3-10 Bulletins: Crowley and Iota, 1984
3-11 Bulletins: Crowley and Iota, 1985-1987
3-12 Bulletins: Crowley and Iota, n.d.
3-13 Bulletins: Crowley, Iota, and Jennings, 1971: August - December
4-01 Bulletins: Crowley, Iota, and Jennings, 1972-1973
4-02 Bulletin: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings, 27 Oct. 1946 [Golden Jubilee Services]
4-03 Bulletins: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings: 1976; 1980-1981
4-04 Bulletins: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings: 1982-1983
4-05 Bulletins: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings: 1984-1985 [very scattered]
4-06 Bulletins: Opelousas Lutheran Mission: 1963: 3-11; Our Savior Lutheran Church, Opelousas: Dec. 1963 to 3 Jan. 1965
includes handwritten note from Froitzheim, 15 Nov. 1979
4-07 Bulletins: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings: 1965: 5 Sept. 1965; Immanuel Lutheran Church and Our Savior Lutheran Church: 1965: Sept. 12 to 1966 June 12
4-08 Bulletins: others: 1951, 1971, 1984
4-09 Bulletins for Ordination and Installation services, 1958-1984
Frederick Weisenborn, 6 July 1958 [Crowley and Iota]
Kenneth O. Timm, 31 July 1966 [Crowley and Iota]
Nicholas B. Christoff, 7 June 1970 [Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings and Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Lake Charles]
Terry G. Germann, 28 June 1970 [Trinity Lutheran Church and Student Center, Lafayette]
Richard Manus, 16 Aug. 1970 [Crowley and Iota]
John K. Warnken, 25 Aug. 1974 [Ordination at Grace Lutheran Church, Houma]; Installation, 8 Sept. 1974 [Crowley]
Scott Blazek, 20 July 1980 [Crowley and Iota]
Jan Curtis Case, 17 June 1984 [Ordination and Commissioning, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lafayette]
C. Publications
4-10 The Lutheran Church Quarterly [First, Crowley], v. 1, # 1 ([Aug., 1944])
4-11 First Lutheran Church of Crowley and St. John of Iota Informer, 24 Oct. 1948 – 11 Dec. 1949
4-12 First Lutheran Church of Crowley and St. John of Iota Informer, 1950-1952 [incomplete]
4-13 First Lutheran Church of Crowley and St. John of Iota Informer, 1956-1957 [incomplete]
4-14 First Lutheran Church of Crowley and St. John of Iota Informer; no title, 1966 [incomplete]
4-15 no title: information letter First, Crowley: 1954 (1); 1964-1966 (3)
4-16 The Lutheran Beacon, Crowley-Iota, LA, 1967 (incomplete)
4-17 Lutheran Witness for Acadia Parish, [Crowley, Iota churches] 1980-1981
6-01 Lutheran Witness for Acadia Parish, 1982-1983
6-02 Lutheran Witness for Acadia Parish, 1984-1985
6-03 Lutheran Witness for Acadia Parish, 1986-1987: March
6-04 Newsletter [monthly mailing to congregation, not always titled] Immanuel Lutheran Church, Jennings, LA: 1984: July – 1987: March
6-05 The Circuit, Circuit Breaker [Southwest Zone of the Lutheran Laymen's League], 1969 (3 issues)
6-06 Gulf District News, [Gulf District Lutheran Laymen's League], 1969-1971 (6 issues)
6-07 The Lutheran Witness, Southern Edition, 1957, 1970-1971 (3 issues)
6-08 God’s Bank Progress Report: v. 14, # 4 (1 April 1971); v. 16, # 7 (Aug., 1973)
6-09 The Spirit of Southern, [The Southern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (New Orleans]: v. 1, # 2 (June, 1977); v. 1, # 3 (Aug., 1977); v. 4, # 2 (June 1980), v. 5, # 2 (June, 1981); v. 5, # 3 (Aug. 1981), v. 5, # 5 (Dec., 1981)
draft of letter from Froitzheim to editors, 8 April 1977
D. Other
6-10 Newspaper articles, 1955-1980
6-11 Lutheran Cemetery [Crowley] materials
donation act, 1900 (copy); plats; Froitzheim notes, 1976
also plat of Lutheran church in Crowley
6-12 Christian education materials, n.d.
6-13 Certificate of Confirmation for Mrs. Eula E. Muller, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 21 May 1939
6-14 photographs
Students of Evangelical Lutheran Parochial School, c. 1901 original and copy; some identified
Wilhelm Dommert and Rev. P. J. Schmidt at parsonage with church in background, n.d.
note of explanation from Froitzheim
Roy Richard Armstrong, President of First Lutheran Church, Crowley, n.d. [Froitzheim photo]
Award given at Biloxi Conference, 1971 to Armstrong family
6-15 Miscellaneous
"Who Was Martin Luther?" brochure, 1 leaf
Martin Luther commerative coin, 500th anniverary of birth
includes: questionnaire; blank evaluation form
Map Case 16-06
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, Southern District. Centennial poster and leaflet, 1982
Plan of Remodeling and Enlarging of the First Lutheran Church at Crowley, 8 May 1940, by P. J. Letz
Blueprint for Lutheran Educational Building, Jennings, LA. Nov., 1949