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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.

Please comment on the articles when you see I have left out a bit of history, forgotten a name or when your memory of a circumstance conflicts with mine. (My mother says her stories have improved now that more and more of the folks who could contradict her have died off.) Your information helps to make this a wonderful archive and may end up in book form.


Scott City’s Eisleben Lutheran Church

Who knows how these conversations start? At one point during Mother’s Birthday Season celebration, Brother Mark insisted that Friend Robin Hirsch had been to the Eisleben Lutheran Church in Scott City. I have no idea, nor did Robin, why this would have occurred, but we were soon loaded in the van and headed to Scott City. Mother heard the jingling of the car keys, so she, of course, was on board.

Robin wasn’t ready to concede that she had ever been there before, but she unfolded the extra joint in her arm to document that she and Mark had been there this time. I thought only teenage girls had that extra joint, but it must be a universal female characteristic. Click on any photo to make it larger.

Church has interesting steeple

The church had an unusual steeple and bell tower. I couldn’t tell from the ground if it was steel or some other material.

Church built in 1913

Above the front door is a stone that reads

Ev. Luth. Eisleben

Kirche

Gebaut – 1913

That translates to Evangelical Lutheran Church Built 1913.

There’s not much information on the web about the church. Wikipedia says that the church dates back to 1851.

Past Buried May 1, 2011

There is a curious marker at the foot of a newly-planted tree alongside the main sidewalk. The Past Buried May 1, 2011,” it reads. It would be interesting to know what that means.

Other Scott City stories

Scott City was never my stomping grounds. Here are some stories I’ve done.

Scott City I-55 intersection under construction

A Santa Claus who must have been in a witness protection program

While we were stumbling around, we headed out a road that took us to the SEMO Port where we shot what looked like monster Pick-Up Sticks.

14 comments to Scott City’s Eisleben Lutheran Church

  • Nancy Johns

    If this is the place I’m remembering, they have an old, old, cemetery behind the church. Some of the Froemsdorf family have ties with this church–found this church when I was researching the family tree several years ago.

  • Ken,

    My friend Shirley Young is writing the History of this church at this time. If you would like to find out more, write me off line and I will give her you e-mail address.

    I do know this is the home church of some of my Sanders cousins.

    Catherine

    • Carol

      Catherine, , Just came upon your post and would like very much if you could put me in touch with your friend, Shirley. It has been said that my great, great…Grandfather,Jacob Johannes Rubel moved to Illmo in 1948 and that his son, Daniel, laid down his alter there, that the first few services were held in their homes until the church was built and that Daniel donated a part of his land for the church to be built on. I would like to verify this information and I am particularly interested in the names of all of Daniels brothers and sisters, especially, one named Louis born about 1938. Any help that you or your mother could give would be greatly appreciated. Carol Ruebel McEnroe

  • Sue Roussel

    I asked Dorothy. my ninety year-old neighbor who is a member of this church, about the marker. She believes they buried another time capsule after opening one that had been buried years ago.

  • Terry Hopkins

    …another place I have never been, the church that is…Scott City was way out of the range of any self respecting Cape Girardeauan. Than being said, the area is very nice with hills and the river is right there. The road to Commerce and the winery is a great ride too…you should take your mom for drink of Missouri’s best and maybe a little lunch at the winery. a very nice way to spend a afternoon. Let us know a littl emore of the history of this place if you can.

  • Leslie Kriete

    My mother, Gladys Smith, has been of that church her whole life. She is the former secretary. She is also the official historian of Eisleben. The church takes it name from the German town of Eisleben, which is the city in which Martin Luther was born and died. Contact me by email and I will put you in contact with her if you like.

    • Carol

      Leslie, Just came upon your post and would like very much if you could put me in touch with your mother. It seems said that my great, great…Grandfather,Jacob Johannes Rubel moved to Illmo in 1948 and that his son, Daniel, laid down his alter there, that the first few services were held in their homes until the church was built and that Daniel donated a part of his land for the church to be built on. I would like to verify this information and I am particularly interested in the names of all of Daniels brothers and sisters, especially, one named Louis born about 1938. Any help that you or your mother could give would be greatly appreciated. Carol Ruebel McEnroe

  • I’m pretty sure we met the day that you visited and took that pic at the top and asked me about the steeple. That’s fun that I run across your article these few months later. God’s blessings to you.

    • My memory fades in and out, but I don’t think we talked with anyone that day. You may have met another photographer. That means you might stumble across his pictures some day just like you did mine.

      If we’d have met you, we would more likely have quizzed you about the curious stone marker.

  • Elizabeth Spencer

    I grew up on that hill. I lived there from age 6 to 22. My Dad was pastor of Eisleben Lutheran from 1940n to 1962, This is a wonderful church that shows God’s forgiveness is of all.

  • Walter hamil

    Attended church there in late 40s early 50s. Town know as Illmo then my dad was city mayor. No I 55 or winery’s in area. Farm and railroad town. Lots of good memories.

  • Craig Hillemann

    re: “It has been said that my great, great…Grandfather,Jacob Johannes Rubel moved to Illmo in 1948 and that his son, Daniel, laid down his alter there, that the first few services were held in their homes until the church was built and that Daniel donated a part of his land for the church to be built on.”

    Presume 1848, not 1948 was meant. The Jacob Johannes Rubel known to me lived near Cape Girardeau at least through the 1880 census, but died in Scott County in 1889 and is buried in the Eisleben Lutheran Church Cemetery. His son Daniel moved to the Kelso area of Scott County quite possibly as early as 1848. After his first wife died, and the husband (my 2x great grandfather) of my 2x great grandmother Elisabeth (Schatte) Hillemann died of cholera in 1852, she married Daniel Rubel.

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