1779 - 1839 (60 years)
||John Galt |
||Irvine, , Ayr, Scotland
|Eby ID Number
||Greenock, , Renfrew, Scotland
||16 Jul 2019 |
- Shantz Station Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
As the congregation was not organized until 1860, Lutherans from the area worshipped at the Lutheran Church in Preston from c.1855. Rev. Immanuel Wurster of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Preston, conducted the first service in Shantz Station on February 5, 1860 in a school about one mile west of the community. Formal organization of the congregation was on March 25, 1860 by Rev. Wurster. A church was built two years later in 1862 on a half acre of land (German Company Tract, part lot 85) donated by John Galt of the Canada Company. There were 58 charter members listed as of 1862. Of interest is the fact that the church once had a steeple. It was demolished in an electrical storm in 1904 and was rebuilt only to be destroyed again in 1930 by lightning. It was not rebuilt after that.
In 1885 the congregation split from the Canada Synod and joined the Missouri Synod, only to return to the Canada Synod in the spring of 1891. From 1912-1934 Trinity was served by pastors and students from Waterloo College. Rev. Otto Lincke of the College was pastor from 1912-1919, students preached from 1919-1922, and Rev. Professor Henry L. Henkel also from Waterloo College was pastor from 1922-1934. The congregation was joined in a parish with St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Guelph from 1937-1981, and has been on its own since that association ended in 1981.
Pastors who followed Rev. Wurster (1860-1869) were Revs. C.F.A. Kaessmann (February 1869 to October 1869), Hermann Sagehorn (1869-1872), Immanuel Wurster, for the second time (1872-1885), and Peter Andres (1885-1890).
Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900 By Rosemary Ambrose
John Galt (1779-1839) was a novelist and a founder of the Canada Company.
He was born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, and was educated in Greenock. He moved to London in 1804, and from 1809 to 1811 travelled in the Near East in an unsuccessful attempt to forge a trading route that circumvented the Napoleon blockade. He then returned to England where he married Elizabeth Tilloch (a daughter of Dr. Tilloch, editor of the Philosophical Magazine) and began a writing career. Galt's writing consisted of various forms, including biography, drama, poetry, and fiction.
In 1824 he helped found and promote the Canada Company, whose function was to buy clergy reserve lands and sell them to British emigrants at a profit. As a commissioner of the company, he visited Upper Canada in 1825 and 1826. In 1826, he was appointed superintendent in charge of field operations, and took up residence in Upper Canada for three years. During this time he founded the towns of Guelph and Goderich. He was recalled by the Company in 1829, and upon his return to England was imprisoned for failing to pay his sons' tuition. While in prison, he wrote Lawrie Todd (published in 1830), Bogle Corbet (published in 1831) and his Autobiography (published in 1833). The money raised from these publications allowed his release from prison.
Galt was briefly involved in other business ventures, but ill health soon forced him to retire. He died in Greenoch, Scotland, in 1839.