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St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery

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Marker TitleSt. John Lutheran Church Cemetery
Location3 miles north of Thorndale on CR 437
Citynear Thorndale
Year Marker Erected1992
Text on MarkerThe small agricultural community of Detmold was settled near the turn of the century by German immigrants. In 1900, local residents Carl Fick, August Boening, and Ernst Richter deeded land at this site for the establishment of a Lutheran church and cemetery. The oldest recorded grave, that of Gottfried Eschberger, dates to 1903. Over 175 graves are located here, many with tombstones bearing German surnames and inscriptions. In 1963, the church congregation relocated to Thorndale, but the cemetery remains as a tangible reminder of the small community.
SourceTexas Historical Commission's Texas Historic Sites Atlas Database - July 2003


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