First Birth - First Death

Church records indicate that the first baptism conducted by a pastor of Trinity was Augusta Reoffertshofer, daughter of Leonard and Margarettia.  She was born February 14, 1886 and was baptized on February 18 at the age of four days.  Augusta died the same day she was baptized and became the first recorded death in our congregation.  She was buried on February 20, 1886 by the pastor who baptized her, Rev. F. Engelbert.

Augusta’s death at four day of age was not unusual.  Trinity’s records show that twenty-two death occurred from 1885 to 1900 - fourteen of which were babies under two years of age.  Three of Augusta’s sisters lived to adulthood.  When they married the name Reoffertshofer disappeared.