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Trinity Lutheran Church - Chicago, Illinois

Trinity Lutheran Church, currently First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, was organized in 1865 as a member of the Lutheran Church of the Missouri Synod. Originally located at old Hanover and Kossuth, changed to S. Canal and 25th Place around 1884, it later moved to 31st St. & Lowe, at 643 W. 31st St.

The Kruse Family lived on 164th Kossuth, a few doors east from the Pastor Louis Lochner who lived on 162 Kossuth.  Trinity was across the street at 153 Kossuth. My great grandparents, John Kruse and Marie Sommer were married at Trinity on 9 September 1884.  Five of the first twelve children were also baptized here between 1885 and 1892, Sophia, Walter, John, Marie and Nelly.  My Uncle Walter Kruse played pro football for the Cornell Hamburgs of Chicago.  The next seven children, William, Carl, Anna, George, Minnie, Frederick, and Florence were baptized at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.



Kruse Family

Top Row: John and Marie Sommer Kruse. Children: Walter, Sophie, Marie

Second Row:  Nellie, William, Anna Bess, Minnie, and Fred  

Street Map in 1886 showing Trinity Lutheran Church and School at old Hanover and Kossuth.  The Kruses lived at 164 Kossuth (shown with the K) with the Schroeders and Schriebers in an apartment building next to the Pastor's house according to the 1880 Chicago Census.  John Kruse's sister, Maria Kruse Thode, husband Adolph and 5 kids lived at 168 Kossuth (shown with a T). John Kruse's other sister's family, Minnie Kruse Lehmann, husband Fred and kids lived at 202 Kossuth and just east of the railroad tracks on the next block.

To the right is the 2007 map showing the old Kruse house location at 164 W 25th Place or old Kossuth.  It is just north of the Dan Ryan I 90/94 Expressway. Old Trinity would be at the southeast corner of W 25th Place and S Canal or right underneath the Expressway.


Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church current location on 31st Street and Lowe

Trinity North View

Trinity view from northwest

Trinity Closeup

Trinity front close-up view of German Name
Evangelical Lutheran Dreieinigkeits Kirche is Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church

Trinity Corner Stone 1865

Trinity Corner Stone 1865

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