German immigrant families moved into northeast Calhoun County in the 1860's and 1870's.When the Missouri Lutheran Synod, already organized in Fort dodge, realized this they sent someone out to investigate those reported to be of Lutheran faith. The results of the exploratory trip were not encouraging.The church in Fort Dodge was, at this time, served by Reverend Doescher and Assistant Pastor C. There were only a few families, the land was wet, there were weather hazards and insect pests such as grasshoppers, many ponds and swamps, and no roads and no bridges. Mattfeld was set up as a travel-pastor by the Synod for our area.He served the area from Fort Dodge, as often as he could, the few people that lived here, and he became a legend on a white horse, which he rode as far as he could and walked where he could not ride. In 1878, Pastor Mattfeld organized the Pomeroy church and Immanuel of Rockwell City.Doescher's efforts were rewarded by his efforts and one year he served 18 stations.
Soon he had eight stations as well as his growing congregation.There were no highways of any nature, not even the proverbial Iowa mud roads.Traffic was river traffic along navigable streams, and these touched but the border of our state.The main reason for this was that routes of travel in those days passed our state.
No railroads were built until 1856, and then only 67 miles of it.
They poured in from all parts of the country, one county in Ohio sending in 1,000 settlers alone.