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Peru in Hardy County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

Founded in 1888 by Dr. Conrad B. Gohdes

 
 
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
1. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Marker
Inscription.  Last of the Lutheran horseback circuit rides, who was known as a dynamic pastor, theologian, professor of history, philologist and a Christian gentleman.
Died 1952 A.D.

 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionEducation. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Archives and History series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
 
Location. 38° 50.518′ N, 79° 4.357′ W. Marker is in Peru, West Virginia, in Hardy County. Marker is on South Fork Road (County Route 7) 16.7 miles north of U.S. 33, on the right when traveling north. It is 18½ miles south of U.S. 220 in Moorefield, just before Peru proper. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milam WV 26838, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Judy Church (approx. 8 miles away); Fort Bingamon (approx. 8.1 miles away); Lee House Museum
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
2. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Marker
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(approx. 8.8 miles away); Fairfax Line (approx. 10 miles away); War in Grant County (approx. 10.3 miles away); Smoke Hole (approx. 10½ miles away); The Tannery in Petersburg, WV (approx. 10.7 miles away); Fort Mulligan (approx. 10.8 miles away).
 
Additional commentary.
1. Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch 1952 Obituary for Dr. Conrad B. Gohdes
        Service for Dr. Conrad B. Gohdes, 86, a retired professor at Capital University, will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday, in Airberli funeral home, Pittsburgh, Pa.
        Dr. Gohdes, formerly of 1392 E. Mound St, died Saturday in Pittsburgh, where he was visiting. He had moved to Moorefield, W. Va., after his retirement six years ago.
        Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery, Pittsburgh.
        A member of the American Lutheran Church, Dr. Gohdes had been active in the ministry 23 years and was the first editor of The Lutheran Youth, a Sunday School paper. He was known as an author and lecturer, and had done
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
3. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church
numerous translations from German into English.
        Dr. Gohdes came to this country from his native Germany at the age of 17. He was a graduate of the Royal Prussian Gymnasium in Germany. He was graduated from Capital University in 1888 and received his doctor of letters degree from Susquehanna University in 1917.
        Ordained a minister in 1888, he ha served congregations in Petersburg, W. Va., in Powhatan, Mt. Winans and Baltimore, Md., in New Orleans, San Antonio, Texas, and Kansas City, Mo. He had helped establish congregations in West Virginia, New Orleans and at San Antonio.
        He came to Columbus as a professor of history at Capital University in 1912, at that time becoming the first editor of The Lutheran Youth, an editorship he retained until a year ago.
        He is survived by three sons, Otto Gohdes of Columbus, Dr. Clarence L. Gohdes of Durham, N. C., and Francies Gohdes of Pittsburgh; three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Trump, 392 Rhoads Av., Mrs. Dorothy Rupprecht of Hagerstown, Md.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
    — Submitted November 22, 2011.
 
Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, October 22, 2011
4. Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and Cemetery
Perched high on the wooded mountainside overlooking the valley and the hamlet of Peru through the trees.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 16, 2011, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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Aug. 19, 2022