St. Peter Lutheran Church and Prairie Valley Cemetery - West Point, Fayette County, Texas
Address: 640 Prairie Valley Road
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Marker #: 5149011880
Year Dedicated: 1999
Size, type: 18" x 28"
Last reported condition: No report
St. Peter Lutheran Church and Prairie Valley Cemetery - Sixteen families led by the Rev. R. Osthoff organized this church in 1896. The congregation met at the schoolhouse and Knights of Honor Lodge. Dietrich Hermann Wessels donated two acres for a church and cemetery across the road from the lodge hall in 1900. The first burial was that of Heinrich Georg Wessels in 1900. The St. Petri congregation was recognized by the Missouri Synod in January 1901; the church building was completed in February. Most of the grave inscriptions before the 1930s are in German. Church services were held in German until 1935. Burials in the cemetery are almost all those of church members, including the charter families. With about seventy members and more than 121 graves, both church and cemetery remain active. (1999)
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