Area Churches, St. Michaels's Lutheran Church, Belknap

The founders of St. Michael's Lutheran church of Belknap arrived in the county as early as 1869. Among the first settlers were August Elowski, Frederick Elowski, Michael Elowski, Theodore Noffze, William Hardies, Gottlieb Hasenbur, Frederick Pieper, Carl Neinas and Albert Rehbein. Other families, among whom were Carl Klee, John Schlager and the Bredows, arrived later. In 1872, Pastor Lemke of Detroit made the journey here to conduct divine services, baptize and give the Lord's Supper. In 1873, the people of the two sections extended a call to Pastor Joseph A. Bohn of St. Louis, Missouri and he responded. He organized four congregations in the year. Rogers City, Belknap, Crawford's Quarry and Moltke. The Belknap congregation was founded August 6, 1873, with the following officers: Carl Klee and Frederick Nagel, Elders: Albert Rehbein, William Brandt and Theodore Noffze; Trustees, with Theodore Noffze also serving as Secretary. It is indicated that some fifteen families made up the congregation.