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Koestering Family Papers, 1867-1951.

  • Collection Number: M-0018
  • Collection Size: 0.3 linear feet

Biographical Sketch

J. F. Koestering

Johann Friedrich Koestering

Johann Friedrich Koestering

Johann Friedrich Koestering was born in Dahlinghausen, Hanover, Germany on 20 February 1830. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1853 and served from November 1853 to May 1858 at Martini in Adams Township, Allen Country, Indiana. His second call took him to Frankenthal, Spencer County, Indiana, were he served from 1858 to 1861. From April 1861 to 1864 he served in Arcadia, Hamilton County, Indiana, and from 1864 to 1887 in Altenburg, Perry County , Missouri. In 1887 he accepted a call to St. Paul Congregation in St. Louis.


J. F. Koestering wrote Die Auswanderung der sächsichen Lutheraner im Jahre 1838, which was published in 1867. It is an account of the Saxon Emigration. J. F. Koestering died on 21 January 1908 in St. Louis, Missouri.

E. F. Koestering

Emmanuel Friedrich Koestering was born in Altenburg, Missouri, on 16 December 1867 to Rev. J. Friedrich Koestering and his wife Wilhelmina Louise Boese. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in 1891 and was ordained in TrinityChurch, Muskegon, Michigan, in August 1891.

On 14 July 1892 he married the former Katie Tuegel of St. Louis, Missouri. This union produced five children: Martha (b: 12 April 1893), Lydia (b: 11 September 1895), Walther (b: 16 September 1897), Ernst (b: 24 May 1903) and Anita (b: 1 December 1916).

Emmanuel Friedrich Koestering

Emmanuel Friedrich Koestering

E. F. Koestering served in Muskegon until 1899, at which time he accepted a call to St. John Lutheran Church, New Minden, Illinois. He served this church until his retirement due to advanced age in 1938. During his ministry he served on the Board of Support for the Southern Illinois District from 1908 to 1939 and as chairman of the Southern Illinois District Board for Student Aid. E. F. Koestering was editor of the History of St. John’s Congregation-New Minden, which was published in 1921 for the 75th anniversary of the congregation. He died in February 1951 at the age of 83 after 48 years of service in the ministry.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the papers of Johann Friedrich Koestering (1830-1908) and Emmanuel Friedrich Koestering 1867-1951), Johann’s son. There are fragments of handwritten documents (f.27), but since they are not dated and/or signed, it cannot be determined whether they were generated by J. F. or E. F. Koestering. The folders appear in alphabetical order.

The largest part of this collection comprises a description of various congregations. These documents are filed in alphabetical order by the town and country where the congregation was located. These descriptions may have been copied from articles published in early editions of Der Lutheraner. Again it could not be determined if they were written by J. F. or by E. F. Koestering.

A translated copy of J. F. Koestering’s book, Die Auswanderung der sächsischen Lutheraner im Jahre 1838, was completed by Walter J. Plischke in 1978. This translation is filed in the last folder of the collection (f.28)

Folder List

f.1: Biographical Material
f.2: Call Document (5 May 1861)
f.3-22: Congregational Descriptions
f.23: Congratulation (10 April 1881)
f.24: Photographs
f.25: Printed Material
f.26: Sermon
f.27: Various Writings
f.28: Translated Manuscript of Die Auswanderung der sächsichen Lutheraner im Jahre 1838

Donor Information

The material for this collection was given by various donors.

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