Luther Institute of Allen County, Indiana

In 1916 the Luther Institute opened with a two-year, basically business school program. The courses offered included typing, shorthand, bookkeeping, domestic science, office machines, office procedures, literature, grammar, spelling, penmanship, composition, correspondence, history, civics, business law and Bible study. Evening classes were held three evenings per week for those who worked during the day. The Lutheran School Society operated the Luther Institute with membership primarily from the Lutheran congregations of Fort Wayne. Nominal membership dues, tuition and gifts supported the school. The initial annual tuition was $114.00. The Luther Institute was located next to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Barr Street in Fort Wayne. The Luther Institute was the predecessor of Concordia Lutheran High School. The Luther Institute closed in approximately 1935.

Brenda Blackburn has a picture of the teachers and students in 1926 and is willing to scan the picture for anyone interested in a certain person. Below is a list of the students and teachers in the picture. You can email her at

2009 addendum:

Martin H. Bertram was born September 21, 1887 in Upper Montere, New Zealand (d. 5 May 1983). He graduated from Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) in 1911 and served as a pastor at Didsbury and Bismarck, Alberta, Canada. He was an assistant professor at Concordia College (Saint Paul, Minnesota) from 1914 to 1916, principal of Luther Institute (Fort Wayne, Indiana) from 1916 to 1921 and professor at Concordia College (Fort Wayne) beginning in 1921.

Indiana University moved classes from evening classes at Central High School to the building in 1937, and purchased the building in 1940.

Affolder, Louise
Arney, Donald
Berning, Dorathea
Bertram, Irene
Bobay, Raymond
Boester, Alfred
Bullerman, Ruth
Carlson, Theodore
DeHefsen, Paula
Dickmeyer, Ruth
Doehla, Herbert
Doehrman, Ruth
Dole, Gordon
Floering, K.H. (teacher)
Foester, Margaret
Foelber, H.J. (teacher)
Fogwell, Florence
Fogwell, Mable
Foltz, Norma
Fratz, George
Franke, Enno
Fuchshuber, Alvin
Fuhrmann, Pauline
Gerke, Norma
Gernand, W.J. (teacher)
Girrad, Raymond
Hanefeld, Amanda
Hartman, Edward
Heemsoth, Mildred
Heilman, Emma
Hertwig, Oswald
Hockemeyer, Alvina
Hoffman, Esther
Hoffman, Frieda
Hoffman, Selma
Huge, Edna
Katt, Miriam
Kayser, Dorothy
Kestner, Paul
Koch, Herbert
Koehlinger, Winston
Kohlmeyer, Margaret
Korte, Norma
Kruse, Carlton
Lahrman, Wilbert
Leitz, Helen
Linnemeier, Albert
Linse, Helene
Meyer, Paul
Moore, Mildred
Oelfke, Raymond
Oelschlaeger, Robert
Rodenbeck, Harold
Rodenbeck, Pauline
Roeder, Alma
Roeder, Beata
Rose, Walter
Rossman, Edward
Schaefer, Edna
Schmidt, Margaret
Schroeder, Wayne
Schweizer, Paul
Schweppe, Carl
Seiler, Alma
Stahlhut, Evelyn
Steward, Dorothy
Stoll, Edgar
Trier, Myrtle
Vonderau, Ruth
Wambaganss, Elfrieda
Weber, Margaret
Wehr, Velma
Werling, Arnold
Werling, Helen Ann
Widenhoefer, Elsie
Wiefeldt, Lucile
Witte, G.W. (teacher)
Wonderly, Hazel
Ziegler, Frieda

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