St. Paul's Lutheran Church held its first service on September 6, 1925 in a disbanded Episcopal Church with vicar W. W. Koenig delivering the messages. The church was organized on January 16, 1926 by the Southern Nebraska District and was named St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ogallala. There were twelve chester members who signed the orginal constitiution.
September of 1927 brought about the purchase of a half a block at West 2nd & C Street (the current church location) from R. K. & Amelia Lewis. This was enough property to build a church & parsonage. Construction did not begin until October of 1941. Dedication of the church was held on May 10,1942. Reverand W. W. Koenig was the pastor at the time.
In 1943 the church started serving a dual purpase. A room was added on to the church (the room under the choir loft) and was used for Sunday School & Saturday School. There was a lot of interest by members to start a school. Hence this room was then converted to a classroom in spring of 1943 with school starting in 1944. Enrollement was at 18 the first year. By 1946, it was filled to capacity with 40 students. At that time the church basement was turned into a classroom with 54 students in all and a second teacher, Lois Schlichting was hired to teach the lower grades.
In January of 1947 more land was purchased for $10,000.00 to be used to build a school and teacherage. A two-room school house was planned for at that time. It was completed in February of 1949 at the cost of $52,000.00 and dedicated on February 27, 1949. A Kindergarten class was added in 1949 necessitating thru teachers.
Enrollemnt continued to grow over the years and the number of teachers increased to five. In 1980, after purchasing the rest of the property on the block, a new building was built. This is now the present school & fellowship hall which has four teachers. The first school was used for the Head Start Program & Kids Karral Day Care until it was torn down and the ground converted to what is now the playground area.
St. Paul's Lutheran
Church & School
312 W 3rd Street
Ogallala, NE 69153
Phone: +1 308- 284-2944
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