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Napoleon in Henry County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Parish School

Saint Paul's Lutheran Church

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1. The Parish School Marker
Inscription.  The congregation laid much emphasis upon the Christian instruction of its children. For that purpose a parish school was maintained for many years.

On August 18, 1887, it was decided to authorize the trustees to purchase one acre of land for a school site. Mr. Herman Westenfeld taught this school from 1887, when the school was built, to 1890. Mr. William Freytag taught the school from 1890 until 1915. When Mr. Freytag resigned because of diminishing strength, his son, William Freytag, Jr., of Detroit was called to teach the school.

In 1918 a change was made in the school system. From that time on the pastor took charge of the school by giving religious instruction during the months of May, June and July. Thus the regular parochial school was a thing of the past, but since the instruction, was now confined to religion very effective work could still be done.

At first the school work was done in the German language only, but in time it was found necessary to begin instruction in English also. In 1939 the first children were confirmed in English. German instruction was offered to those who desired it for a number

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of years but eventually it was discontinued and all the instruction was given in English only.

In 1940 when the Napoleon Public Schools extended their school term from 8 to 9 months it was necessary to make another change. The religious instruction was shortened from 12 weeks to 8 weeks. To atone for this loss of time a Sunday School was organized.

As time went on, we were in need of more Sunday School space and on April 25, 1956, it was voted to adopt the plans of the Parish Hall. The cornerstone of this new building was laid on October 14, 1956. The Parish Hall is 48 by 115 feet. The upper floor seats 480 for programs or 360 for receptions. This floor also has a church office, pastor's study, kitchen and store room. The lower floor has 12 Sunday School classrooms (or 2 large and medium size classrooms for summer school) and the restrooms. The approximate cost of the building was $115,000. The Parish Hall was dedicated on July 28, 1957.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionEducation. A significant historical date for this entry is April 25, 1956.
Location. 41° 24.392′ N, 84° 11.396′ W. Marker is in Napoleon, Ohio, in Henry County. Marker is on County Route 17 east of County Route Q, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Napoleon OH 43545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers

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Photographed By TeamOHE, January 18, 2021
3. The Parish School Marker
are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Building the Church (here, next to this marker); First Bell and New Foundation (here, next to this marker); William F. Baden (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Zion Lutheran Church and Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Kevin Sonnenberg (approx. 2½ miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); American Legion Post 454 Veterans Memorial (approx. 2½ miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Napoleon.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 6, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 40 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 6, 2021, by TeamOHE of Napoleon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 30, 2022