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The reason why St. Jakob Church (now St. James in Sauk Village, IL) was changed was because of the Nazis. The village didn't want the church to get destroyed by any anti-Nazi people, so they changed it to St. James.
New Strasburg, or New Strassburg, was changed to Sauk Village during the 1950s for no confusion with another town with the same name.
In 2004, the oldest church in Sauk Village was razed because the mayor at the time wanted to build a hotel but didn't. The only things left in Sauk Village are the first three oldest farms, an old graveyard by the highway, a caboose from Chicago Heights as a gift, and the bell from the first church in the village.
~ Native Sauk Village resident