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WENDEL, Rev. Jacob Hugo Rudolf, pastor of Zion's (German) Lutheran church, Harrisburg, Pa., was born in the city of Wildberg, Wurtemberg, Germany, April 13, 1857. He is a son of the late Christian and Emilie (Martz) Wendel. His father was born in Eltingen, Wortemberg, July 30, 1820, and was a teacher; he was principal of a private institute for girls in Stuttgart. Later, he was appointed state teacher in various towns. His last position was that of head teacher of the town school at Dettingen, Wurtemberg, where he died September 8, 1885, after a useful life. He married, July 16, 1848, at Waiblingen, to Emilie, born Martz, a native of Murrhardt, Wurtemberg, born February 24, 1825, daughter of Carl Ludwig Martz, a master of forests, and Marie Sybilla (Sulzen) Martz. They had thirteen children, of whom six are living: Herman Ludwig, professor in Real Gymnasium (College), Stuttgart, Germany; Gustav Theodor, wholesale wine and liquor dealer, Hamburg; Rev. Jacob Hugo Rudolf; Albert Ludwig, an Umgeld-Commissarius in Freudenstadt, Germany; Christian Friedrich. sheriff of Urach county, Germany; Amelie Marie, a teacher in Stuttgart. The mother is still living, and resides at Urach.

Rev. J. H. R. Wendel received his elementary education in the Latin school of his native city. His academic course was taken at the Lyceum of Nagold, from which institution he received his literary degrees. He then read law in Stuttgart, for two terms, in the department of State Law Instruction; he passed the state examination in law in 1881. He had previously filled some court offices in Freudenstadt, Nurtingen and Reutlingen. In 1880 he began the practice of law in Munsingen, and continued it until 1882.

In February, 1882, in response to a call from the Evangelical Lutheran General Council, he came to America to study theology, and to serve in the ministry of that church in America. He was ordained in Norristown, Pa. in May, 1883, by the Synod of Pennsylvania. His first pastorate was St. Thomasí church, Germantown, Philadelphia, where he faithfully and acceptably ministered to the spiritual wants of the congregation until March 30, 1886. His next charge was at Port Jervis. N. Y., where he served two years as pastor of St. Peterís German Lutheran church. Since March, 1888, he has been the faithful, devoted and beloved pastor of Zion Lutheran Church (German) of Harrisburg.

He was married in Reading, Pa., May 29, 1883, to Miss Louisa, duaghter of Martin and Anna Maria (Etzel) Freudenberger, of Schillingstadt, Baden Germany. They have five children: Christian Hugo Martin, Emilie Louisa Amalie, Paulus Herman Albert, Gustav Adolphus John Frederick, Esther Barbara Ruth. Mr. Wendel is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania and adjacent States, and of the General Council of the Evangelical Lutehran Church of North America.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

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Date of Transcription: 18 July 2001

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