Freelandville - Indiana
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Class of 1969
Freelandville Grade School 1958 Grade 1.
Freelandville Grade School 1959 Grade 2.
Freelandville Grade School 1960 Grade 3.
Freelandville Grade School 1961 Grade 4.
Freelandville Grade School 1962 Grade 5.
Freelandville Grade School 1963 Grade 6.
Freelandville Grade School 1964 Grade 7.
Freelandville Grade School 1965 Grade 8.
Class of 1972
Freelandville Grade School 1963 Grade 3.
Freelandville Grade School 1964 Grade 4.
Freelandville Grade School 1965 Grade 5.
Freelandville Grade School 1966 Grade 6.
Freelandville Grade School 1968 Grade 8.
Class of 1977
Freelandville Grade School 1966 Grade 1.
Freelandville Grade School 1967 Grade 2.
Freelandville Grade School 1968 Grade 3.
Freelandville Community Home
Elmer's saw mill.
Row 3 ⇒ Doug Walker, Tim Kirchoff, Blinda Trinkle, Steve Neal, Rebecca Hagemeier, UNK, Bruce Hatton, Joe Bubenzer, Vic Linneweber, Miss Ruth Cummings.
Row 2 ⇒ Johnny Brocksmith, Tom Kirchoff, Randy Barrett, Roger Johanningsmeier, Earl Horst, Scott Curry, Bob Horst, Steve Schuckman, Phillip Rinsch, Gloria Kirchoff.
Row 1 ⇒ ? Richards, Diedre Sullenger, Sally Crowe, Pam Dunkerly, Helen Adams, Becky Doan, Johnny Thompson.
Row 3 ⇒ Scott Curry, Roger Johanningsmeier, Vic Linneweber, Doug Walker, Steve Neal, Phillip Rinsch, Johnny Brocksmith, ? Richards, Johnny Thompson.
Row 2 ⇒ Steve Schuckman, Sam Singleton, Bob Horst, Joe Bubenzer, Bruce Hatton, Randy Barrett, Earl Horst, Tom Kirchoff, Tim Kirchoff, Mrs. Leona Green.
Row 1 ⇒ Helen Adams, Rebecca Hagemeier, Gloria Kirchoff, Becky Doan, Pam Dunkerly, Diedre Sullenger, Blinda Trinkle, UNK.
Row 3 ⇒ Dana Snyder, Scott Curry, Vic Linneweber, Earl Horst, Tom Kirchoff, Bob Horst, Tim Kirchoff, Sam Singleton, Roger Johanningsmeier, Johnny Brocksmith.
Row 2 ⇒ Joe Bubenzer, Phillip Rinsch, Steve Neal, Gloria Kirchoff, Rebecca Hagemeier, Doug Walker, Randy Barrett, Bruce Hatton, Steve Schuckman.
Row 1 ⇒ Becky Doan, Diedre Sullenger, Pam Dunkerly, Blinda Trinkle, Debra Fahey, Sonja Davis, Helen Adams, Johnny Thompson.
Row 3 ⇒ Randy Barrett, Earl Horst, Bruce Hatton, Steve Neal, Phillip Rinsch, Doug Walker, Bob Horst, Tom Kirchoff, Vic Linneweber, Tim Kirchoff, Joe Bubenzer, Mrs. Deem.
Row 2 ⇒ Steve Schuckman, Scott Curry, Rebecca Hagemeier, Debra Fahey, Toby Trotter, Gloria Kirchoff, Blenda Trinkle, Eddy Owens, Bill Posey.
Row 1 ⇒ Roger Johanningsmeier, Johnny Brocksmith, Becky Doan, Sonja Davis, Diedre Sullenger, Pam Dunkerly, Sam Singleton, Johnny Thompson.
Row 4 ⇒ Phillip Rinsch, Vic Linneweber, Bruce Hatton, Tom Kirchoff, Steve Schuckman, Joe Bubenzer.
Row 3 ⇒ Steve Neal, Debra Fahey, Tim Kirchoff, Diedre Sullenger, Bob Horst, Toby Trotter, Earl Horst.
Row 2 ⇒ Becky Doan, Johnny Brocksmith, Scott Curry, Bill Posey, Sam Singleton, Roger Johanningsmeier, Pam Dunkerly.
Row 1 ⇒ Laura Volle, Rebecca Hagemeier, Randy Barrett, Blinda Trinkle, Eddy Owens, Sonja Davis, Doug Walker.
Row 3 ⇒ Mildred Hamke, Walter Koenig (teacher), John (Junior) Buckthal, Chester Held, Cecil Hanking, Walter Borgmeier, Betty Wells, Dick Finke, Alvin Schuckman, UNK.
Row 2 ⇒ Ruth Wagner, Hulda Schluessler, Helen Grabbe, Martha Ann Leatherman, Liz Roark, Virginia Brooks, Jeanette Koch, Doris Schaefer, Dorthy Kreuger.
Row 1 ⇒ Donald Johnson, Max Carico, Bob Peilmeier, Burton Brocksmith, Herb Kixmiller.
Row 3 ⇒ Paul Begeman, Herman Koenig Jr., Nelson Harper, Rev. Daniel Bierbaum, Chester Held, Dick Finke.
Row 2 ⇒ Robert Snyder, Paul Schuckman, Wanetta Phillips, Earnest Tilly Jr., Irene Hagemieir, Arthur Sager, Alvin Schuckman.
Row 1 ⇒ Ruth Backs, Dorthy Kreuger, Helen Grabbe, Hulda Schluessler, Martha Ann Leatherman.
A brief history of Bethel Church -- By Mr. Emil Rinsch
The Bethel Congregation consisting of fifteen to twenty members was organized in a primitive log school house that stood near the present electric sub-station, one-half mile east of Freelandville on October 27, 1847, by Rev. A. Toelke.
ln 1848, Herman Wagner gave the congregation permission to build a church on one-half an acre north of the present church. It was a log church 20x 25. In 1851, ten acres were bought for $70.00, from Carl Volle, Sr., who had bought Herman Wagner's farm. The next year a brick church 30 x 50 was built on the site of the present church and the log church converted into a school house.
Rev. Carl Hoffmeister (1857) in cooperation with the members wrote the Constitution that was signed by 163 persons, on August 3, 1857. The brick church burned and it was re-built for a school house. A brick church 40 x 60 was built; it cost $5,000.00, and was dedicated in 1859. ln 1900, a beautiful Gothic church was built and the 1859 church converted into a parochial school and a confirmation room. On June 24,1934, the 1900 church was struck by lightening and burned. Within a year and a week the present church was dedicated. It had a basement and an addition for Sunday School rooms. Later more rooms for Sunday School were built.
The Sunday School, according to some sources, pre-dates the organization of the congregation. Its original purpose was to teach the children to read the German Bible. At present it is a very important part of the congregation. It contributes to benevolent projects, furthers the knowledge of the gospel, is well organized, adequately housed and solidly co-ordinated.
The parochial school (1850 to World War l) indoctrinated the children in moral, religious and practical education. The Confirmation School served as an intensive training period in Christian living. At present, the Bible Summer School and the Saturday Confirmation School is a replacement of the parochial school and the three morning sessions of the Confirmation School. The first confirmation class in 1851 consisted of fourteen children.
ln 1854 the old part of the cemetery was laid out; the new family lot part in about 1900. The five acres across the road were bought for $250.00 in 1869; the neat cottage erected in 1882. The first parsonage was a log building, the second one, brick, the third one (1878) brick and the present one (1934), brick veneer.
The Guild (Ladie's Aid) founded in 1863 has performed an outstanding service to the community, the church, and the world at large. The United Church Youth (Y. P. L.) founded in 1893 provides for wholesome religious meetings. They all contribute to benevolence, aid in Christian service and are excellent training for leadership. The Choir enriches the beauty of the service. Its rendition of anthems does much for the honor and glory of God.
The Bethel Congregation has about 725 members and a $40,300.00 budget for 1972. Thirty young men have dedicated their lives for Christian education and furtherance of the gospel and seven women have become Deaconess. The spiritual heritage of fore-fathers has been carried on and many names of signers of the 1857 constitution are still leaders. It is a stable congregation; it has been visited by disaster, time and again, however, their faith in the Triune God has never faltered and the congregation's contribution to the welfare of humanity has been magnanimous. The member's ideal is not what the church can do for me but what can I do to promote the glory of the Triune God. May the spirit of dedication be carried on in the future as it has in the past.