The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Germantown from local author Mary Jansen Parrent. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
Germantown is a unique community located 40 miles southeast of St. Louis, Missouri. It has a single Catholic church as its center and a rich German heritage. This is a pictorial history of the settlement that grew out of a desire for worship. The first German settlers came to Shoal Creek in 1833 and worshipped in a small house that contained neither benches nor chairs and had a split oak bench supported by four props that served as the communion rail.
In 1837, the German homesteaders bought several tracts of land and reserved the ground in the center as church property. Preparations for the present stone building took two years, and it was completed in 1854. At that time, St. Boniface Catholic Church was the largest church in the state of Illinois. It is still referred to as the mother church of Clinton County.
Highlights of Germantown:
• All profits from the sale of the book will go to the Village of Germantown and St. Boniface Catholic Church.
• The majority of the images have been donated from private collections of local residents as well as many who have moved away but still cherish the town.
• The foreword to the book is by former St. Louis Cardinal Baseball player, manager and Hall of Famer, Red Schoendienst.
• Many of the captions include the names of past and present residents of Germantown.
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