Information on Churches

In the book “Illustrated History of Nebraska” Vol. 2 copyrighted in 1906 is a large section on various church denominations.  The ones that were found will be shown below. The order of the listing will be denomination, contributor name and position and the city shown for them.

Baptist Church, Rev. Austin W. Clark, Baptist Church Historian  for Nebraska and Corresponding Secretary, National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Omaha, Nebraska

Catholic Church — Omaha Diocese, Rev. Patrick F. McCarthy, Omaha, Nebraska

Catholic Church — Lincoln Diocese, Rev. Michael A. Shine, Rector of St. Theresa’s Pro-Cathedral, Lincoln, Nebraska

Christian Church, Willis A. Baldwin, Corresponding Secretary, Nebraska Christian Missionary Society, Lincoln, Nebraska

Congregational Church, Rev. Harmon Bross, D.D., Superintendent of Congregational Home Missions for Nebraska, and Department Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic

Episcopal Church, Hon. James M. Woolworth, Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska

Lutheran Church, Luther M. Kuhn, D.D., Secretary Luther League of America, Omaha, Nebraska

Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. David Marquette, D.D., Corresponding Secretary State Methodist Historical Society, Omaha, Nebraska



Church write ups / information

The following write ups / information on various churches and locations are listed by month and year as found in the newspaper “The Norfolk Daily News”.  Others will be added as time permits and are found in the newspaper.


May 25, 1962     First Christian Church   O’Neill
Sep. 28, 1962    Cleveland Presbyterian Church   near Stuart;                                                                    Paddock Union Church, Dorsey Presbyterian Church,                                                      Center Union Church all in the O’Neill area
Oct. 02, 1962    St. John’s Lutheran Church   Norfolk
Oct. 10, 1962    First Congregational Church   Leigh
Oct. 12, 1962    Immanual Lutheran Church  Tilden
Oct. 26, 1962    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church   Naper
Nov. 10, 1962   Grace Lutheran Church   Wayne
Nov. 20, 1962   Grace Lutheran Church   Wayne
Dec. 21, 1962   First Congregational Church   Hartington
Mar. 08, 1963     Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church    Hoskins / Norfolk
May 31, 1963     New Zion Prebsyterian Church   Clarkson
Jun. 05, 1963     Page Methodist Church    Page
Jun. 07, 1963     St. Michael’s Catholic Church  Coleridge
Jul.  08, 1963     Trinity  Evanelical Lutheran Church   Foster
Jul.  26, 1963     First Congregation Church    Hartington
Jan. 03, 1964     Bethany Presbyterian Church    near Carroll
Feb. 20, 1964     Our Savior Lutheran Church   Norfolk
Mar. 07, 1964     Pleasant Valley General Baptist    Atkinson
Mar. 11, 1964     St. Mary’s Catholic Church    Spencer
Mar. 20, 1964     North Branch Immanuel Lutheran Church northwest of Newman Grove
Apr. 03, 1964     South Branch Immanuel Lutheran Church    west of Newman Grove
Apr. 10, 1964     Battle Creek Heights Church    south of Battle Creek
Apr. 30, 1964     Park Avenue Christian Church    Norfolk
May 07, 1964     Zion Evangelical Lutheran    Newman Grove
May 22, 1964     Methodist Church    Meadow Grove
Dec. 03, 1964    First Baptist Church   Norfolk
Sep. 10, 1965    St. John’s Lutheran Church   Pilger
Nov. 12, 1965    Methodist Church   Atkinson
Feb. 17, 1967    First Methodist Church   O’Neill
Mar. 23, 1968    Logan Center EUB Church    8 miles northeast of Laurel
Mar. 29, 1968    Randolph Presbyterian Church    Randolph
Apr. 12, 1968    New Zion Presbyterian Church    Clarkson

Churches 1983

The following list of names was found in the 1983 Insight Edition of The Norfolk Daily News, Saturday, Feb. 26, 1983 in Section A.  Most have some write-up about them and also pictures of the church back then or before.

This list is alphabetized for you.

Christ Lutheran Church {Creighton} near Bazile Mills

Christ Lutheran southeast of Leigh

Crawford Valley United Methodist  south of Plainview

First Trinity Lutheran Church {Altona}

Golgatha Lutheran Church {Wausa 6 miles southwest}

Immanuel Lutheran Church {Beemer 4 miles southwest}

Immanuel Zion Lutheran Church {Newman Grove 12 miles northwest}

Looking Glass United Methodist Church {south of Newman Grove}

Peace United Church of Christ [ between Norfolk and Hoskins}

Rosehill Evangelical Free Church {Newman Grove 10 miles north}

Sacred Heart Church of Olean

St. Bonaventure Catholic Church {Raeville}

St. Boniface {Monterey community, West Point}

St. John’s Lutheran Church {Lyons 4 miles southwest}

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church {rural Leigh}

Stark Valley Methodist Church {near Plainview}

Trinity Lutheran Church {Hoskins}

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church {rural Hoskins}














St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Charles township, rural West Point will be celebrating its150th year.  The article on it can be found in the newspaper “Norfolk Daily News”, Friday, June 2, 2017 on page 9.

The early settlers were Anton Fischer, Frank Grewe, Frederick Grovijohn, Fred Kaup, Joseph Kaup, Matthias Schmuecker, Charles Schueth, Henry Harstick. Later the surnames of Drueke, Gerken, Goeken and Kappius were added.

Church Denomination Websites

The following is a list of some major church denominations                 and the websites for them

Seventh-day Adventist Church

Assemblies of God

Southern Baptist Convention

Catholic Church

United Church of Christ

Churches of Christ

Episcopal Church USA (Anglican)

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod

United Methodist Church

Presbyterian Church–U.S.A.

Other websites for the major traditions



Eastern Orthodox






Peace United Church of Christ

Today the Peace United Church of Christ is located five miles northeast of Norfolk enroute to Hoskins. The story of the beginning of this church can be found in the newspaper “Norfolk Daily News”, Friday, June 2, 2000 on page 20.  It tells how the various mergers with other churches and denominations have taken it to where it is today.

This article was the final installment of a 36-week series of stories on Norfolk church architecture and congregational information that was written by Mel Hintz, a Norfolk free-lance writer.


Zion Congregational Church

German Evangelical  Zion Congregational Church of Norfolk practices were basically Lutheran. The early members came to the United States from Russia and were known as German Russians. “They came over as Lutherans, but after their arrival here, they were warmly welcomed by the Rev. Paul Burkhardt, a Congregational minister who helped them form a church.”  The church was formed in 1906, a loan applied for in 1907 and the church was built in 1908 mostly by the members themselves. “During the early decades the name of the church changed a number of times. At one point, it was named the ‘German Lutheran Congregational Church Zion of Norfolk’.”  It has held a number of other names as some new beginnings of churches met here. As they outgrew this location they moved to other locations or built a new building for their use.

In the article it was sharing the story about the location and the new church started here called ‘Iglesia del cuerpo di Cristo,’ which means Church of the Body of Christ.

The full article on this can be found in “Norfolk Daily News”, Friday, May 26, 2000 on page 8.