“…I think I can say without exaggeration that there are not many other churches in our Synod that could be compared with Frankenmuth in this respect. I remember that President Schwan and others who, when I was pastor there, came to Frankenmuth from Saginaw on synodical Sunday were deeply impressed by the service, especially the powerful singing of the Lutheran chorales. Everybody joined in singing, men and women, old and young, and the congregation was really a ‘singende Kirche.’”
-Ludwig Ernest Fuerbringer, Pastor of St. Lorenz Lutheran Church (Frankenmuth, Michigan) from 1885-1893
 Ludwig Ernest Fuerbringer, 80 Eventful Years: Reminiscences of Ludwig Ernest Fuerbringer (St Louis, Missouri: Concordia Publishing House, 1944), 156; digital images, Hathi Trust (https://www.hathitrust.org : accessed 8 October 2015).
This week’s post remembers Reverend Ottomar Fuerbringer (30 June 1810-12 July 1892), a man likely responsible for marrying and baptizing some of your Frankenmuth ancestors. He was the third pastor at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church serving from 1858 until his death. During his career he married over 250 couples, baptized more than 1,600 children, confirmed over 1,000, and performed the burial rites at over 470 funerals. He married Agnes Ernestine Buenger (23 July 1819-15 January 1895) on 18 October 1842 in St. Louis, Missouri. Her first husband, Otto Hermann Walther, was brother to C. F. W. Walther who served as the first president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
“On the 12th of July 1892, the Lord called His faithful servant, Ottomar
Fuerbringer, to his reward in heaven. At 4:00 o’clock in the morning the church
bells were tolled to proclaim the sad news of his death to the congregation. On
the 14th of July his mortal remains were taken to the old cemetery to the place
[where] the altar of the second church had been, where they were laid to rest…”
 “Rev. Otto Fuerbringer,” obituary, Saginaw (Michigan) Evening News, 13 July 1892, p. 3, col. 3; digital images, GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 31 January 2014), Historic Newspapers.
 St. Louis, Missouri, Marriage Records, Ottomar Furbringer [sic]-Agnes Ernestine Walther, 18 October 1842; digital images, Ancestry.com, Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002 (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 01 February 2014). The officiant performing the marriage was Rev. C. F. W. Walther, brother-in-law to Agnes.
 “C.F.W. (Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm) Walther (1811-1887) Papers, c.1828-1887,” finding aid, Concordia Historical Institute, St. Louis, Missouri, (http://www.lutheranhistory.org : accessed 30 January 2014), Archives & Manuscripts Collections.
“Ottomar Fuerbringer (1810-1892) Collection, 1810-1992;” finding aid, Concordia Historical Institute, St. Louis, Missouri, (http://www.lutheranhistory.org : accessed 30 January 2014), Archives & Manuscripts Collections.
 Robert E. Erickson, History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Following Counties of Michigan: Wayne, Oakland, Bay, Midland, Monroe, Macomb, St. Clair, Saginaw, Gladwin, Clare, Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Lapeer, Ingham, Jackson, Shiawasee, Genesee, Calhoun, Lenawee, Hillsdale, Branch, And Presque Isle (Detroit: Robert E. Erickson, 1924), 162.