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Pluenneke Family Reunion Held March 9th in Hilda
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 • Posted March 28, 2013

Sixty-five descendants of Johann Julius Conrad Pluenneke held a family reunion at the ranch home of Terry and Judy Pluenneke and at the Hilda Community Clubhouse on Saturday, March 9th. The reunion was held in honor of our German “cousin”, Friedrich Pluenneke, who made his first visit to Texas.

Another cousin, Robert Feuge, of Sedona, AZ also attended the reunion. He is completing a book about J.J. Conrad Pluenneke’s life from the time he was raised in Klein Lafferde to his death in 1897 in Mason County.

Conrad met his wife, Sophie Leifeste (who had arrived in Texas in 1845 also) while they were both in Fredericksburg. They were married in 1847 in Fredericksburg. (Before his marriage, Conrad was mustered into the U.S. Army in May of 1846 when the U.S. declared war on Mexico). He and Sophie changed from the Lutheran faith to Methodism, through Rev. C.A. Grote. Conrad went on to become a lay preacher in the Methodist Episcopal, South Church. When they moved to their new home in the Llano River settlements, he began holding church services in homes, under trees or wherever else he could gather a group of people. He was ordained as a Methodist minister in 1850. He became the minister of the Llano River Valley Circuit in 1858. Both he and Sophie are buried in the Lower Willow Creek Cemetery located on a hill overlooking the Llano River in southern Mason County.

The plaque that we received from the town of Klein-Lafferde will be hung in the foyer of the Hilda United Methodist Church since Rev. Pluenneke was the first pastor of the church.

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