150th Anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church, Riverside, Ontario
Description
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Photographs
Description
Black and white photograph of a crowd of men, women, and children at the unveiling of the Memorial Cairn at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church in Riverside Heights, Ontario. The cairn is in the centre of the photograph.
Notes
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Riverside Heights, Ontario is a member of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. It began in the late 1700s as a congregation of settlers in Williamsburg Township, Upper Canada. In 1789 a church building was erected on the Center Commons Lot in the first Concession of Williamsburg Township. The church was originally named Zion Lutheran Church, but the name was quickly changed to St. George’s Church. The first pastor was Reverend Samuel Schwerdtfeger.

In 1814, St. George’s Church was taken over by the Church of England under the direction of Rev. John Gunther Weagant, a previous pastor of the Lutheran Church. The Lutherans were barred from St. George’s Church and were forced to hold services in the homes of congregation members. In 1826, Rev. Herman Hayunga accepted the call as pastor to the Lutherans in Williamsburg Township. He quickly formed two congregations in the area – St. John’s Church in Riverside, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg.

For several years Hayunga petitioned the government to deed St. George’s Church to the Lutheran congregation. When the government denied his request Hayunga demanded that the congregation receive financial compensation for the loss of property. In 1846 the government granted the Lutheran church the sum of 500 Canadian pounds.

In 1833 the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John was consecrated by Rev. Hayunga. The new wooden frame building stood on a lot donated by church member Conrad Frymire. In 1863 a larger, brick church was built on the same lot. In 1956 the St. Lawrence Seaway Project forced the relocation of the Church. On December 7, 1958, the new St. John’s Lutheran Church was completed at Riverside Heights.
Inscriptions
Handwritten, reverse: Cairn at Riverside / 1934.
Date of Original
June 10, 1934
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 10.5cm
Image Height: 6cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
LSPH46-5
Collection
St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Riverside Heights ON fonds
Geographic Coverage
Copyright Statement
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
Recommended Citation
Wilfrid Laurier University Archives & Special Collections
Reproduction Notes
S100 Disc2
Contact
Wilfrid Laurier University Library
Email:libarch@wlu.ca
Website:
Agency street/mail address:

75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON Canada N2L 3C5

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150th Anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church, Riverside, Ontario


Black and white photograph of a crowd of men, women, and children at the unveiling of the Memorial Cairn at the celebration of the 150th anniversary of St. John's Lutheran Church in Riverside Heights, Ontario. The cairn is in the centre of the photograph.