Office Contact Information

Office Contact Information
Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 11:30am
unless otherwise notified

Mailing Address:
St. Clairsville Lutheran Parish
P. O. Box 488,
Osterburg, PA 16667
Phone: (814) 276-3070

A History of St. James’ Lutheran Church

Taken from History of the Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Synod”  published in 1918 by Lutheran Publication Society, Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania.

Occasional  services were held here beginning 1846, when the Schellsburg charge was formed. Reverend Kast began regular services in 1852. A church building was agitated but not begun until 1853. The deed for a lot, sixty by one hundred sixty feet,  was granted by John and Catherine  Leighty to Conrad Ickes and Fredrick  Michtley, trustees, on June 25, 1853  for thirty dollars. The church, a frame  building, thirty two by forty feet,  costing eight hundred dollars, was dedicated in November, and a  congregation was organized that same  day. This church was used  until 1886. It belonged to the St. Clairsville charge from  1865 until 1869.
At a congregational meeting held on January 1, 1882, the following committee  was appointed to seek a location for a new church, viz: Adam Ickes,  N. H. Wright. Samuel Wright, D. W. Prosser and George Stufft. An article of agreement  was made April 1, 1882, for the present  lot between Austin Wright, owner  and the following council: Austin Wright, Isaac Wright, Adam Ickes, Samuel Whittaker (deacons) and H.  N. Wright (elder). The sum was two  hundred dollars and the  deed conveyed on May 20. The  cornerstone was bid on July 18, 1886  with J.M. Rice assisting the pastor, Reverend Gruver. At the dedication on February 2, 1887,  Reverend W. W. Criley of Altoona preached, and also Reverend Rice  of St. Clairsville.
The building is brick. thirtysix by sixtyfour feet including the spire and the pulpit recess.  The windows are cathedral, stained glass and memorial. The cost was four thousand dollars, a fourth of which was raised the day  of the dedication.