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.
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