Centennial Moments

Researched & Written by David Goeke


NORTH ZULCH???

You’re probably thinking, "I didn't know there was a "Zulch", much less a "North Zulch". But, there really is such a place. No, it's not a fictional place in a Dr. Zeuss book. It's really in Texas...and, to top that, there’s a Missouri Synod Lutheran Church there. Let's clear this up some. North Zulch was also known as Willowhole. That ought to help, right? No? Okay, about the closest recognizable town to North Zulch is Bryan, Texas.

Starting as a "preaching station" in about 1888, the little congregation has had its ups and downs over the years. Among the interesting stories coming out of this congregation is that of Pastor A.J. Meyer, who in 1920, accepted a call to serve the little flock. Fresh out of the seminary, he arrived with a new bride. He was welcomed by the Ku Klux Klan who attempted to stop him and horsewhip him at river crossing called De Moort Crossing...all this in an attempt to frighten him away.. But, Pastor Meyer whipped his horse and passed through the water safely. Later, he received a written warning from the KKK not to teach parochial school or preach in German. Pastor Meyer would not be dissuaded, though. He stayed for four years, when the Mission Board placed the congregation under the leadership of Pastor A.J. Niemann.

North Zulch has had several pastors since those early days, but, the little congregation survives to this day.