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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