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Immanuel Lutheran Church
THE FORMATION OF EMMANUEL – The first 25 years – The history of the city of Immanuel started in 1867 when German Lutherans began in Boone County to collect and maintain religious services attended by several ministers who visit the Chicago area. On November 21 1869 it was organized as the German evangelische lutherisch Immanuel Germeinde UAC under the leadership of its first resident pastor the Rev. Philip Estel. Services were first held in Boone County Courthouse and later at the home of John Suhr. Pastor Estel less than one year before accepting a call in the young city of Belvidere wins a pastoral which took almost 3 years. The Rev. Louis Steinrauf of Huntley Illinois was installed at a second home in July; Pastor Emmanuel 1873rd was there more than two years. Lutheran Belvidere bought the property and construction of the church of the Congregation is located on Main Street. After several renovations a tower was placed on the building as a Protestant church; it was consecrated in July 1875. More than two years as a pastor Steinrauf Belvidere went to Missouri. Carl was Eissfeldt candidate at a recent graduate seminar success of St. Louis. He stayed two years after a call in 1879 in the south of Chicago. Over the next seven years the Rev. John Baumgartner of Huntley was predicated alternate Sundays until 1886 when the pastor Theodor Kohn of Dallas Texas was installed as pastor. Editor Kohn Emmanuel was the first school built. Twenty years later the school room was sold for $150 and moved to Boone Street to its present location where it is now it is part of a barn on Highway 20 west of the City Cohoon S – curve. In 1892 Pastor Kohn has been called to Chicago with Emmanuel for six years. The first 25 years can be described as the young struggling church in the midst of short and long pastoral positions. Under these conditions it has not been put in place more easily but the seed has been sown in good hope.