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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Rev. Ernst Von Hahmann

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 525 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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The consecrated labors of Rev. Ernst Von Hahmann as pastor of the Trinity German Evangelical Lutheran church of Amsterdam, to which he was called in 1915, have constituted a potent factor in the moral and spiritual growth of the community. He was born in Laibach, Austria, on the 27th of February, 1878, his parents being Joseph and Catherina (Von Weigersthal) Von Hahmann, both of old Austrian nobility. In his sixth year his father sent him to private schools in his native town to learn the rudiments of Latin. After he had been kept there for two years and gained promotion to the highest honors he was sent to a classical school at Frankfort. Following his graduation in 1890 he was admitted to the University of Halle, where at his father's special request he studied philosophy, political economy and natural science under Professors. Julius Cuehn, Albert, Conrad Ganacher, Lorenz Maerker and Pfuetz. It was the father's wish that the son should be employed in public service, but this was contrary to the desire of a godly and pious mother, who wanted her youngest son to devote himself to the service of the church. His father died in 1892 and in September Mr. Von Hahmann was called to the deathbed of his mother, who once more revealed to him the desire of her heart. In October of that year Mr. Von Hahmann was admitted to the Theological Seminary of the Lutheran church in Hermannstadt and in May, 1897, was graduated with the highest honor. A lifelong friend of the family who had a large pastorate in this country visited Germany and urged Mr. Von Hahmann to come to the United States. The latter landed in New York in June, 1898, and thence made his way to St. Louis, Missouri, where he entered Concordia Theological Seminary for the study of the English language.

In August, 1899, Mr. Von Hahmann was called to a mission field — the Evangelical Lutheran St. Paul's church at Dennison, Ohio, where he was ordained and admitted to the ministry. For some years he served St. John's church at Newport, Kentucky, and subsequently filled the pulpit of Salem church in Baltimore, Maryland. It was in 1915 that the Rev. Mr. Von Hahmann accepted the pastorate of Trinity German Evangelical Lutheran church in Amsterdam, where he has remained. The congregation has grown in numerical as well as spiritual strength under the wise leadership of this zealous servant of the Master, and the various departments of the church work are being carried successfully forward.

On the 7th of November, 1900, Mr. Von Hahmann was united in marriage to Miss Maria Wenger, daughter of Rudolph Wenger of Switzerland. Rev. and Mrs. Von Hahmann have five children, as follows: Hedwig, who was born on the 27th of October, 1902; Emma, whose natal day was September 18, 1904; Frieda, who was born on June 30, 1906; Ernst, born on the 17th of February, 1908; and Luther, born on December 16, 1917.

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