East Los Angeles Church of the Brethren


3231 N. Broadway and Gates St.

Photos and text below
courtesy of Jeanie L. Woo
Virginia, USA

In 1906, my grandmother, Caroline Dierdorff (Deardorff), moved with her family from Illinois to Los Angeles.  They lived on Manitou Ave.  I am sure you know there were many members of the Church of the Brethren of German descent who lived in Lincoln Heights at the turn of the century.  They built the East Los Angeles Church of the Brethren on Hancock St. (234 S. Hancock St. now renumbered as 2218 N. Hancock St.) in 1896.  I believe that church is now the First American Indian church.  The Brethren also built the Berean Bible School, a three-story brick structure, at 3231 N. Broadway and Gates St. in 1911.  That building no longer stands which surprises me since there are so many other vintage structures in the community.  No one seems to know when, why, or how the building was removed from the site.

Here are photos of the students, teachers, and leaders of the Berean Bible School ca. 1912.
 


Berean Bible School, Chinese Sunday School, 1908-1951
A ministry of the East Los Angeles Church of the Brethren in Los Angeles, California
Back row: L. to R., (third) Tom Yee Woo (student); (sixth) Clarence Lehmer (Superintendent); unidentified leader and students.
Front row: far right, Elder Solomon G. Lehmer (Trustee); unidentified students and little girl.
 
 
 


Berean Bible School, Minister and Missionary Training Branch, 1908-1916
A ministry of the East Los Angeles Church of the Brethren in Los Angeles, California
Back row: L. to R.,  (fourth) Bessie Deardorff Lehmer (teacher); (sixth) (Caroline) Carrie Deardorff (teacher); unidentified teachers.
Front row: L. to R., (fifth) Clarence Lehmer (Superintendent) with unidentified students.
 
 
 


Berean Bible School, Minister and Missionary Training Branch, 1908-1916
A ministry of the East Los Angeles Church of the Brethren in Los Angeles, California
Back row: L. to R., (second) Bessie Deardorff Lehmer (teacher); (third) Clarence Lehmer (Superintendent);
(eleventh) (Evangeline) Rhea Deardorff (teacher); (thirteenth) (Caroline) Carrie Deardorff (teacher); unidentified teachers and leaders.
Center row: unidentified students
Front row: unidentified students
 

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