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Dutch Reformed Church
Hoboken, Hudson County

The church, now named the Hoboken Community Church, houses a union congregation (apparently Methodist and Reformed), but no one I spoke to in the church seemed to know anything about the original congregation.
        In 1910, the Hoboken telephone directory listed a Deutsche Evangelical (Lutheran) church at the 6th and Garden Street address where this church sits, but it was started as a German-speaking church in 1856 and was reorganized as a Dutch Reformed church in that year. This building was erected in 1860. Sometime between that date and 1910, it must have reverted to a Lutheran church, which was not uncommon in that era. Note the similarity to the Lafayette Society's Reformed church in Jersey City, built a couple years later.
     I received the following communciation from a Ms E. Zingg:

The church now known as the Community Church of Hoboken on 606 Garden St in Hoboken, NJ, was originally a Dutch Reformed Church serving the immigrant German population in the Hoboken area. The church was founded by Leopold Mohn, my greatgrandfather, who was sent as a missionary from Germany. Apparently, he and the other Germans were not well liked at first, as a family story tells of his being hanged in effigy. However, he was very well liked by the time he passed away as a newspaper account of his funeral in Hoboken tells of 5,000 people showing up and having to stand outside the church, with women wailing and fainting. His medium sized obelisk grave marker is in the cemetery near by.




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