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Biography of Rev. Christopher Mennicke

One of Rock Island’s most revered and honored ministers of the gospel, a man who has grown old in the service of his God and his church, is Rev. C. A. Mennicke, pastor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Immanuels Congregation. He was born September 17, 1834, at Friedrichsschwerz, a small place near Halle, in Prussia, his parents being Andreas and Carolina (Winter) Mennicke. He received his early education in the institutions of Halle, Germany. An uncle, Professor F. Winter, whose home was in America, wrote to the young student and urged him to come to this country. He left Germany in 1854 and came to America, locating at St. Louis. The main purpose of his coming was to prepare for the ministry of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a hope and aspiration that he had cherished from early boy-hood. Soon after reaching St. Louis our subject entered Concordia Seminary in that city, and here he pursued a four years’ classical course, upon the completion of which he entered upon and finished a theological course of three years at the same institution, graduating in May, 1861. Shortly after his graduation he received and accepted a call as pas-tor of the German Evangelical Lutheran Immanuels Church at Rock Island, a pastor-ate that he has held ever since. The first parsonage in which Rev. Mennicke dwelt was located on what is now Thirteenth Street and Sixth Avenue, but which was then known as Beaver and Pleasant Streets. Here he made his home until 1869, since which time he has resided at the present parsonage located at 1923 Fifth Avenue. On...

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