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Near La Crosse in La Crosse County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

German Methodist Episcopal Churches

of Chipmunk Coulee

 
 
German Methodist Episcopal Churches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 23, 2008
1. German Methodist Episcopal Churches Marker
Inscription. In the mid 1800's immigrants from Bohemia and Germany began to settle the Chipmunk Coulee area. Some of the early settlers were the Belling, Bendel, Hiekel, Herold, Kunerth, Lorenz, Meyer, Neumann, Paudler, Preidel, Ringel, Ritschel, Starch, Tietze and Werner families.

In 1862 a log cabin "mission church" was built and the cemetery was established. In 1875 a second church was built within the cemetery. In 1903 a third church was built on this site and services were held until about 1940. The church was razed shortly thereafter.

The bell from this church now rings at Asbury United Methodist Church in La Crosse.
 
Erected 2003 by the Lorenz families.
 
Location. 43° 43.674′ N, 91° 9.085′ W. Marker is near La Crosse, Wisconsin, in La Crosse County. Marker is on North Chipmunk Road 1.3 miles east of County Highway K, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the south side of the road; the cemetery is on the north side of the road. Marker is in this post office area: La Crosse WI 54601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Coulee Region (approx. 4.7 miles away); Nation's First Watershed Project
German Methodist Episcopal Churches Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 23, 2008
2. German Methodist Episcopal Churches Marker
(approx. 6.1 miles away); Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel (approx. 6.3 miles away); First Complete Service of Christian Divine Worship (approx. 6.6 miles away); History of Flagpole (approx. 6.6 miles away); Original Home Built By Gottlieb and Johanna Heileman (approx. 7.3 miles away); Losey Memorial (approx. 7.5 miles away); Spence Park (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Crosse.
 
Also see . . .  Chipmunk Coulee Pioneers. "The Chipmunk Coulee region is very similar to the countryside the early settlers left. Most settlers came from small villages near the town of Tetchen, now known as Decin in the Czech Republic. The area surrounding Tetchen, with the river Elbe and the hills and valleys, is very much like the Chipmunk Coulee region with its hills and ravines and the Mississippi River." (Submitted on July 11, 2008.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. cornerstone of Chipmunk Coulee German Methodist Church
When the church was being torn down Elmer G. W. Thiel of La Crosse drove out to the church site.
View of Marker from Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 23, 2008
3. View of Marker from Cemetery
Marker is at the center of the photo in the distance.
The church’s cornerstone was unclaimed, and workers didn't know what to do with it. Elmer took it to his home in La Crosse, and put it in his garage. Elmer’s younger son Howard Thiel took the cornerstone to Chipmunk Coulee when the church marker was dedicated and gave it to one of those present.
    — Submitted August 19, 2012, by Rose Marie Thiel of La Crosse, Wisconsin.

 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,190 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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