After a light breakfast, we drove to the Good Shepherd Church in downtown Wilkes Barre. Good Shepherd had once been St. Paul's German Evangelical Lutheran Church, evident by the wording carved in stone still over the front door. Adrienne French, the church historian, was ready for us and took us to a small room filled with filing cabinets and a large table on which she had already stacked old church record books for our perusal. She left us alone but only after presenting each of us with a brick from the original wall of the church now undergoing renovation. We each pulled on a pair of gloves (to protect the paper from body oils, etc.) and selected a book to begin examining. Page after crumbling yellow page, we scanned the faded ink for familiar German names. We had a hand scanning wand, an IPAD and two cameras on which to take photos of whatever records we could find - and WOW - did we find them!
After several hours of record combing, we walked upstairs to see the sanctuary which still boasts stained glass windows from the early 1900's. The original silver
We were in dire need of some food by now and so stopped in at a little outdoor eatery in the middle of downtown Wilkes Barre on the campus of Wilkes College.
Then - on to some cemetery work!
Our next stop was Hollenback Cemetery....the offices here were a lot older and more deteriorated than I expected, but after all, they are over 200 years old! We had been warned about the the grounds keeper here so we did not stop in the office but drove round and round trying to make sense of the map that had been sent to me previously by Joan Cavanaugh. Joan is a wonderful and generous volunteer with Find a Grave and had gotten some headstone photographs for me previously. We finally located the stones we wanted to find and others that we were surprised to find. Unfortunately, we never located the gravesite of Anna Lentz, the first born of Wilhelm and Elizabeth Lentz. Anna died of diptheria in 1885 at the age of nine. Perhaps the family could not afford a marker for the young girl.