The name "Keuterville" was a
corruption of the name of Mr. Keuther, for whom the town was named. When
the postal service originally came through the town, they asked what the name
of the town was. People told them "Keutherville". Unfortunately, when the postal service listed the town on their maps, it was
listed as "Keuterville". The local cemetery was a gift to the
town from Barney Luchtefeld. It was a small portion of homestead.
**Notes from Tina
DuBois, Great granddaughter of Barney Luchtefeld, one of the original founders
The following has been
collected from various histories of the area.
The first settlers of the
community were Catholics. The first mass recorded is said to have taken
place in 1883, although they did not have a church built at that time.
The services were given by Father Diomedi. First taking place at the
Hendricks cabin. The following year they were held in the Gobel
The community finally
gathered enough money to build a church about 1884. It was built with
lumber from the Schissler Mill and Forsmann's Mill. The first church
burnt about 1886 and many of the local records, including birth, death,
marriage and baptisms were destroyed in the fire.
The church was rebuilt
in 1887 and the German community sent away to Germany for the alter. The
church once again burned in 1911. In the early years the mission at
Keuterville was called "St. Peter's". Later it was called
Sacred Heart and then became Holy Cross Church.
are conflicting records on the dates of the churches being built. If
anyone has information that is documented, please let me know, so this can be
Mr. Kuther built the first store in 1888, followed by John
Maugg building a Blacksmith Shop. Henry Greving owned a General
Store. The hotel and saloon owned by Henry STricker, livery
stable,Uhling's butcher shop, Waldmann's saloon and Krieger's dance hall.
The first Post Office was established there in 1888. A patent was secured for the townsite