Bickle, Louis Albert, Sr.

Bickle, Louis Albert, Sr

Rev. Louis A. Bickle, Sr.

President of North Carolina College and Mount Pleasant Female Seminary, 1866-1867

Birth: November 6, 1834; Mechanicsville, Md.

Parents: Christian Emmanuel Bikle and Barbara (Fichte) Bikle. An older brother of the Reverend Philip M. Bikle.

Spouse: Sara Ann (Chritzman) Bikle; December 27, 1859 in Gettysburg, Pa.; died February 8, 1900.

Children: George, Lulu Kate, Louis Albert, Jr.

Education: Gettysburg College, A.B. 1857; Gettysburg Seminary, 1859; Franklin and Marshall College, D.D. 1874.

License/Ordination: Licensed 1859 and ordained 1862 by North Carolina Synod.

Calls: Ebenezer, Rowan County, 1870-75; St. James, Concord, 1875-80; supplied Cold Water, Cabarrus County, 1877; St. Matthew, Kings Mountain, 1884-1904; organized St. Luke, Cleveland County, 1895-1904; with the Reverend M. L. Little supplied Holy Communion, Dallas, 1886-91; supplied Emmanuel, Lincolnton, 1890.

Other: Pastoral work done chiefly along with school work. Professor of Latin and Greek, North Carolina College, 1859-61, the College closing in 1861 because of war; President of same, 1866-67, 1868-74, 1878-81. Elected to the first Board of Trustees for Mont Amoena, 1868. Elected to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of Mt. Pleasant Female Seminary, 1869. Served as Secretary of the Ministerium and a member of the Synod’s Examining Committee, 1869. Elected as one of the North Carolina Synod’s four pastoral delegates to the next convention of the General Synod South which was scheduled to meet at Newberry, S.C., 1868. Elected corresponding delegate to the Tennessee Synod, 1868. Elected a delegate to the Winchester convention of the General Synod South, 1869. Professor, Gaston Female College, Dallas, six years; Principal, Kings Mountain High school, five years. Secretary, North Carolina Synod, four terms; President, four terms. Chaplain, N.C. 20th Infantry Regiment, 1863-65. Retired 1904 at Concord. After retirement taught school at various times for ten years.

Death: June 29, 1931

Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Concord, N.C.

Source: Life Sketches of Lutheran Ministers: North Carolina and Tennessee Synods, 1773-1965, North Carolina Synod of the Lutheran Church of America, 1966, 22,