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Ken Steinhoff, Cape Girardeau Central High School Class of 1965, was a photographer for The Tiger and The Girardot, and was on the staff of The Capaha Arrow and The Sagamore at Southeast Missouri State University. He worked as a photographer / reporter (among other things) at The Jackson Pioneer and The Southeast Missourian.

Come here to see photos and read stories (mostly true) about coming of age in Southeast Missouri in the 1960s.

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New Hamburg’s Catholic Church

St. Lawrence Catholic Church 02-03-2013The first thing you see when you come into New Hamburg from the east, west or south (and, maybe the north, too) is the St. Lawrence Catholic Church.

It, like the Guardian Angel Catholic Church in Oran, is an impressive structure, both inside and out.

Ornate inside, with a story

St. Lawrence Catholic Church 02-03-2013Shy Reader, who says she visited there practically every other weekend when she was growing up, shared an interesting tidbit: “The story I heard was that at the time the Catholic church was stripping its churches of statues, altars, etc., the folks at Hamburg took down the statues and hid them in barns, etc. Then, when the parish decided to restore the church, these idolic “geegaws” made their way back. Nice story, but not sure it’s true.”

Sign outlines history

St. Lawrence Catholic Church 02-03-2013I like the part where it says the congregants were required to donate $5, or deliver eight wagonloads of stone, or take off every tenth day to work on building the church.

How it got its name

St. Lawrence Catholic Church 02-03-2013Edison Shrum, who wrote The History of Scott County, describes how the church was named:

In 1847, church activities were transferred from Benton to the present site of New Hamburg. Here, services were held in a renovated poultry house on the Wendolin Bucher farm until a new log church was built in 1848 on 3 acres donated by Mr. Bucher. In 1849, more land was obtained adjacent to the new church property and soon a school was functioning as part of the yet unnamed church.

As more new immigrants arrived, the church became too small and in 1857, plans were drawn for a larger and better church which was to be built of stone, 80 feet long ,”excluding the choir” , and 50 feet wide. The new church, modeled after St. Nicolas Church in Schirrhein was completed in September, 1858, and it was time to name the church. The parishioners had many different ideas for a name which resulted in violent arguments.

Finally, Mr. Bucher settled the arguing by stating “…enough of this quarreling! Are you not ashamed of yourselves? Now I will put a stop to this. I gave the land, and I shall name the church in honor of the patron saint of my son, St. Lawrence.” So, the church was named St. Lawrence.

Graveyard

St. Lawrence Catholic Church 02-03-2013

The graveyard behind the church contains many old and impressive stones. I’ve always had a weakness for ones that contain photographs of the deceased.

The FindAGrave website lists 675 interments in the cemetery.

Photo gallery of St. Lawrence Catholic Church

Click on any photo to make it larger, then click on the left or right side of the image to mover through the gallery.

2 comments to New Hamburg’s Catholic Church

  • I made a picture of a Christmas display in 2007 inside the original St. Lawrence log church that was built in 1847.

    http://www.semissourian.com/story/1300586/photo/1118057.html

  • Ken,
    Thanks for the inside photos of that magnificent Catholic Church. How can one not be inspired sitting in one of its’ pews . . . . I love Catholic Churches and old Victorian Homes!
    Just wanted to quickly tell you about a little grocery store, gas station, restaurant combination that’s only about 1/2 block north of the church on the opposite side of the street- or just across the street from Schindler’s Tavern in New Hamburg.
    I THINK THE NAME IS KERN’S GAS & GROCERIES OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT’S REALLY OLD AS IS EVERYTHING INSIDE, BUT THEY’VE GOT THE BEST FOOD AT LUNCH THAT YOU’LL FIND ANYWERE!!!! IT’S BUFFET STYLE AND YOU CAN’T HELP BUT TO STUFF YOURSELF BECAUSE IT ALL TASTES SOOOOO GOOD.
    SO, TREAT YOURSELF THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE IN NEW HAMBURG AND TAKE PICTURES OF HIS PLACE. IT’LL REALLY MAKE FOR AN INTERESTING STORY!!!!

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