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Blue Mounds in Dane County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

German Valley

Evangelical Lutheran Parochial Schule

 
 
German Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 24, 2014
1. German Valley Marker
Inscription. German immigrant families from Hesse began settling in this area of Blue Mounds Township in the 1840s. As early as 1856, Lutheran missionaries conducted home services for the rural community. In 1867, on acreage purchased from Justus Heuser, a frame church was built on this site.

Shortly thereafter, a parochial school erected in the valley below, taught Christian values in the native language. It remained active into the early 1900s. The school building was sold in 1923 and moved to a nearby farm.

In 1997, Dale Arneson and Verlyn Edseth acquired the deteriorating building, moved it to these grounds and with the help of several members of the congregation restored the interior and exterior to its previous appearance.

The schoolhouse serves as a reminder of the heritage of German Valley.

Eph 6.4: “Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up with the training and instruction of the Lord.”
 
Erected 2002 by Dane County Historical Society. (Marker Number 38.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin, Dane County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 58.833′ N, 89° 47.377′ W. Marker is in
German Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 24, 2014
2. German Valley Marker
Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, in Dane County. Marker is on South Erbe Road 2 miles south of U.S. 18-151, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of German Valley Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2294 South Erbe Road, Blue Mounds WI 53517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Blue Mounds Fort (approx. 2.7 miles away); Blue Mounds Fort (approx. 3 miles away); Brigham Park (approx. 3.5 miles away); a different marker also named Brigham Park (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old Town (approx. 3.7 miles away); Hauge Log Church - 1852 (approx. 3.8 miles away); Army Cargo Plane Crash (approx. 4.5 miles away); Springdale Lutheran Church (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blue Mounds.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.EducationSettlements & Settlers
 
German Valley Cemetery entrance image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 24, 2014
3. German Valley Cemetery entrance
Another German Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 24, 2014
4. Another German Valley Marker
to the South of subject with what appears to be a church corner stone.
Close up of additional marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 24, 2014
5. Close up of additional marker
These grounds were the site of three Immanuel Lutheran Churches of German Valley. The congregation was organized in 1856 and met at eh homes of members until the first church was built in 1867. A larger church was built in 1894 which was struck and burned by lightning in 1906. A third church was built in 1907 and was razed in 1953. The present Immanuel Lutheran Church is located in Mt. Horeb at 310 West Main Street. This marker was erected by Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Wirth in memory of their grandson Roderick W. Wirth 1979
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 1, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 1, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page.
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