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Feb 05

The Ministers of Zion Chatt, Rev. Jacob Albrecht (#16)

This is another short biography of one of Zion Chatt’s ministers. The information is from the ELCA Archives at Trinity Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, and from my personal research.

Rev. Jacob Albrecht

Rev. Jacob Albrecht

Jacob Emanuel Albrecht, Zion Chatt’s 16th minister, was born 26 August 1875, near Canton, Ohio. He was the ninth child born to Henry and Philipena (Schneider) Albrecht. He graduated from Capital University in 1900 and from the ELT Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, in 1903.

He married Clara Althoff on 25 April 1905 and they had three sons and four daughters. Of them, one son and one daughter died young. Their children that lived to adulthood were Carl H., C. John, Mary Magdalena, Martha, and Mildred.

Rev. Albrecht served at the following parishes: Akron Mission in 1903; three parishes in Weisberg, Indiana, from 1904-1907, where he also taught the parish school; St. Paul, Jenera, Ohio, from 1907-1914; Zion, Obetz, Ohio, from 1914-1919; Zion, Chattanooga, 1919-1931; and at Trinity, Galion, Ohio, from 1931-1940.

He retired from the ministry in 1940 due to illness and died of a hemorrhage in Galion, Ohio, on 23 February 1941, at the age of 65. He is buried in Fairview Cemetery Galion.

Obituary:
Rev. Jacob E. Albrecht, 65, died at his home, 322 North Market Street, Sunday at 12:45 p.m. He had been bed-fast 13 months. Death was caused by cerebral hemorrhage.

During his illness, the Rev. Albrecht’s place as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, has been taken by his brother, Rev. E.H. Albrecht, of Columbus. Rev. Albrecht and his family came to Galion from Chattanooga, Ohio 10 years ago. He had been pastor of the local church since June, 1931, and had been active in the ministry for the past 38 years.

He was graduated from Capital University in Columbus in 1900, from the seminary in 1903, and was ordained in the ministry from Martin Luther Church in Canton, on May 31, 1903.

Deceased was born in Canton on Aug. 26, 1875, the son of Henry and Philipine (Schneider) Albrecht. He had reached the age of 65 years, 5 months, and 7 days. On April 25, 1905, he was united in marriage with Clara M. Althoff, who survives. There are two sons and three daughters: Carl H. Albrecht, Norwood; C. John Albrecht, Canal Fulton; Mrs. Fred [Mary Magdalena] Stirm, northwest of Galion; Martha and Mildred Albrecht, at home. Alice Ann Albrecht, of Norwood, is a granddaughter. One son, one daughter, four brothers, and one sister preceded him in death. [1]

In addition, he was survived by several siblings: Alpheus Albrecht, Massillon, Ohio; Mrs. Newton Butler, Edith Vogelgesong, Norman Albrecht, and Mrs. Thurman Bachtel, all of Massilon, Ohio; Rev. E.H. Albrecht, Columbus, Ohio; and Harry O. Albrecht, Canton. [2]

His wife Clara died in 1967 and is buried beside her husband.

Rev. Albrecht served at Zion Chatt for about 12 years and while there he confirmed several groups of young adults as well as a group of adults. Those confirmation photos that survived:

1921 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1921 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1921, Seated: Hugo Kuhn, Marcella Strabel, Rev. J. Albrecht, Martha Becher, Herman Kuhn. Row 2: Bertha Becher, Vic Andres, Margarette Laderman, Carl Albrecht, Oma Berger, Carl Brandt, Grace Huffman. Row 3: Luther Schott, Harold Huffman, Lea Schott, Leo Wesley Kallenberger, Luther Heffner.

1923 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1923 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1923, Seated: Opal Strabel, Lucille Diener, Rev. J. Albrecht, Mary Berger, Ruth Schott. Standing: Edward Alt, Clela Diener, Fred Albrecht, Ardella Kallenberger, William Hoehammer, Edith Kuhn.

1925 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1925 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1925, Seated: ?, Rev. J. Albrecht, ? Row 2: ?, Esther Lavina Grauberger, John Andreas Kallenberger. Others in the class: Ralph August Schott, Orval Paul Alt, Clifford Cornelius Becher, Paul Eugene Brandt, Reatta Carol. Marg Strable, Edna Ruth Heffner, Mildred Lucile Regedenz, Anna Louise Berger, Mary Magdalene Albrecht.

1927 Zion Chatt Adult Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1927 Zion Chatt Adult Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1927, Seated: Chloe Douglas Bollenbacher, Mrs. Bader, Rev. J. Albrecht, Margarette May Lehman Bender, Edna Daily Schaadt. Standing: Elmer Davison, Wavel Jennings Reef, Mary Rebeca Mariner Becher, John Eugene Reichard, Lewis Gale Davison.

1929 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1929 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1929, Seated: Morris Huffman, Bernice Becher, Rev. J. Albrecht, Pauline McGough, Waldo Brandt. Row 2: John Albrecht, Herbert Brandt, Vernon Caffee, Elihu Davison, Werner Becher. Row 3: Reginald Fisher, Paul McGough, Charles Strabel, Luther Bollenbacher.

1931 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

1931 Zion Chatt Confirmation Class with Rev. Jacob Albrecht.

In the above photo, 1931, Seated: Laura Margarette Wilhelmina Kuhn, Rev. J. Albrecht, Martha Liberty Albrecht. Standing: Louise Brandt, Paul Eugene Caffee, Edith Lorina Schaadt, Louis Frederick Becher, Clara Fern Caffee.

 

[1] ”Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004,” Galion Inquirer, 24 Feb 1941; FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 4 Feb 2016).

[2] ”Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004,” Bucyrus Telegraph Forum, 24 Feb 1941; FamilySearch.org (https://familysearch.org : accessed 4 Feb 2016).

 

2 comments

  1. Karen Pairan

    I loved this. I had never seen any of the pictures before. Jacob was my maternal grandfather, but he died before I was born. I am Mildred’s oldest child, a daughter. Mildred was not in any of the pictures because she was born in Chatt and confirmed in Galion. I think the confirmation pictures were saved because they had Jacob’s children in them. I forwarded this to two of my siblings and one of our first cousins. Arloa agrees with me about the identity of our Aunt Magdalene, who was Mary Magdalene. Her twin daughters looked like her when they were younger (they are a year older than I am.) She is in the 1925 picture to the left of Jacob. All of Jacob’s children are deceased and the in-laws, except for my father, Luther Knauff, who is 94.
    I remember Aunt Martha going to an anniversary celebration at Zion in the late 90’s or early 2000’s. She lived in Canal Winchester and then at Lutheran Village in Columbus and got a ride to the anniversary with a later pastor’s son. My mom lived much of her life out of the state of Ohio so I don’t think she got back to Chatt.
    Where is Zion in Schuum?

    1. Karen

      Thank you for writing and sharing your information. I am happy to share some family photos that you have not seen before. The other Zion Lutheran Church is about 10 miles from Chatt, in Schumm. Schumm is a couple miles east of Willshire, Ohio, in Van Wert County. It was great to hear from you!

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