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St. James Cemetery, Sauk Village
St James Cemetery, Sauk Village:old church

This is the old St. James Church, a simple wooden structure. On my first visit in 1998 the church was already abandoned, with weeds growing from the base, and no sign or markings of any kind to indicate it was in use.

This was the second church of a parish originally called St. Jakob. It was built between 1871 and 1873, replacing an earlier church that had been struck by lightning. The name was changed to St. James in 1917 due to anti-German sentiment. Some time later, no longer used as a church, it became known as the Old Community Center.1

Before my second visit to St. James Cemetery, in 2003, the church had been completely demolished, without even the foundation remaining.

  1. Nancy L. McConathy Public Library: About our Community

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