Rev. Simon C. Kuhlenhoelter

Rev. C. Simon Kuhlenhoelter   
    Simon Kuhlenhoelter was born in Oberwuesten, Amt Schoetmar, Lippe-Detmold, Germany on 9 April 1820. He came to America in 1852. His first wife was Minnie Miller and his second wife was Laura Meyers. By his first wife, one child survived infancy, Mrs. John (Minnie) Nolan. There were three children from the second marriage: Laura, Clara and Ada.
Pastor Kuhlenhoelter was one of the first graduates of the Theological Seminary of the Evangelical Church in Marthasville, MO.
   On June 6, 1860, the Rev. Simon Kuhlenhoelter of Cumberland, Indiana was unanimously elected to be Pastor of the Salem Evangelical and Reformed Church in Quincy. At that time, the church had only 47 voting members. (Only the male heads of families could vote). He assumed his pastorate in Quincy in August of 1860.
   Rev. Kuhlenhoelter was instrumental in the growth of the congregation. In 1862, a parsonage was erected; in 1863 a 20-foot addition was built to the church; in 1864 the church was furnished with a pipe organ. In 1868 the church property was enlarged by the purchase of the adjoining lot on State Street.
   On June 8, 1875, under the leadership of Rev. Kuhlenhoelter, the Salem congregation decided to buy a tract of land on South 12th Street, just outside the city limits, for the purpose of providing a burial ground for its members. This was the beginning of what was to become the Greenmount Cemetery.
   An increasing number of immigrants came after the Civil War, especially from Westphalia and Lippe-Detmold in Germany. Rev. Kuhlenhoelter did not neglect this opportunity to enlarge the congregation. The church membership grew to such an extent that there was a need for a larger church building.

   On June 25, 1876, the corner stone for the new church was laid. The new church was dedicated on September 23, 1877. This church building is still one of the most beautiful houses of worship in Quincy. It can seat l,500 people. The steeple, which has three bells, is 228 1/2 feet in height and is a masterpiece of architecture. This structure was the work of Mr. C. D. Behrensmeyer, contractor, whose watchful eyes insured excellency of material and workmanship.
   Pastor Kuhlenhoelter suffered a paralytic stroke during the early church service on Christmas Day, 1881. He passed away on January 1, 1882 and was laid to rest in the Ministers' Circle at Greenmount Cemetery on January 5, 1882.
   Simon Kuhlenhoelter was the first minister to be buried in the circle area. Other members of the Kuhlenhoelter family are also buried in this area.

The following information was taken from the family stone:

KUHLENHOELTER, Pastor Simon C. 9 April 1820 - 1 Jan 1882
KUHLENHOELTER, S. Wilhelmina 10 Feb 1822 - 16 Nov 1865
KUHLENHOELTER, F. P. Simon 21-Sep 1863 - 1 Jul 1864
KUHLENHOELTER, M. Ada H. 16 April 1878 - 30 July 1880
KUHLENHOELTER, Maria A. 6 Feb 1861 - 16 Nov 1865

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