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Do you know what it means when someone calls Lena? No, they're not looking for someone. As Elizabeth (Miller) Hengesbach put it in her story, "Every time someone plays their cards alone and makes it, they get Lena."
Elizabeth told us many stories about her card playing group, TOB; we think that most everyone wanted to join that group after hearing her stories! She doesn't stop there, of course. She has great stories about her life, her family, baking and much more.
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From the Cemetery Walk 2018 brochure: Elizabeth was born April 11, 1901 on Price Road, 3/4 mile east of Westphalia. Her parents were John Miller and Mary Weiland. She had two brothers: Ted and Isidor (Pro), and a sister, Julina who died when she was a year old. She married Julius Hengebach in 1924. Their children are Ruth, Sister of Christian Charity, Louis Jr. (married Evelyn Platte), Robert (married Harriet Thelen) and Ted (married Rose Marie Seitz).
Her granddaughter, Heidi (Hengesbach) Killion, presented her story.
We are looking for more wedding pictures from the 1800s up to and INCLUDING 1970 (Yes, we added 20 years). We will have another scanning workshop Saturday, March 9th from 10 AM - noon at the WHS building. Remember that you will take your picture home after we scan it and we will keep a copy. We also ask that if it's in a frame that you remove it from the frame if possible. On the other hand, if you have a large wedding picture in a beautiful frame, we could display it as is.
We are still looking for wedding dresses from the 1800s to 1970.
If you have a wedding dress you would be willing to lend to display, please call Margie Wirth at 587-6984 or (989) 640-4437. We would love a paragraph or a page with the name of the bride and groom, their parents, the children that resulted from this union, the date they were married and what church they were married in. You can also include an interesting story of the wedding couple or something unique that happened on their wedding day.
**If you are lending an item, you will have to fill out a short form.
Questions? Or interested in lending a wedding dress or wedding attire?
CALL: 989.640.4437 or 587.6984
We are excited about this new exhibit. It's an idea that we've tossed around the last few years and it's finally coming this spring! We look forward to displaying wedding attire and "wedding goods" from 1950 back to the beginning of Westphalia.
We've all enjoyed the Christian Mother & Women's Guild wedding displays in St. Mary's Parish Hall and who doesn't enjoy looking at their mom and dad or grandparent's wedding pictures? As times change, styles change, economic opportunity changes and much more.
How can you get involved? To start...we need stuff...just to borrow...and we have rules :)
Interested in lending a wedding photo?
Interested in lending a wedding dress or wedding attire?
CALL: 989.640.4437 or 587.6984
**In all instances (photos, wedding "goods", attire, etc.)
Questions? Please contact the phone number above.
This is our last recap of past Cemetery Walks (if we've been accurate in our records). While many of us current citizens think first of the Bohr house that sat by the old junk yard and has been since torn down, there is more history to their story. It took three of them to really tell their story right: Joseph, William (Tinner) and Katherine. The Bohrs arrived in the US in September 1842; they too were encouraged by the letters of Johann Fuchs, Nick Pohl and Johann Lehmann. From a millinery store to building the old church, the Bohrs have a rich history in our town.
You'll find more of their story by clicking on the button below (we apologize for the poor quality of the text).
WHEN: September 16 @ 2 PM
WHERE: St. Mary Cemetery, Price Road (west of Westphalia, east of Jones Road)
A cemetery walk runs like a circuit route or a clock. Each grave site is a stop on the circuit. At the site, a person (often a relative) will be dressed in period clothing and tell the story of the deceased. Typically props are also included in each presentation.
To begin, everyone splits into groups at one of the selected grave sites. After the stories are over at each grave, a docent leads each group to the next grave. The presenters tell their story repeatedly as the groups rotate on the circuit. This way everyone has an opportunity to hear each story and everyone is "done" at the same time.
With five speakers speaking for approximately 10 minutes each (along with socializing and brief instructions), this event typically lasts around 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
We are featuring:
- Ron Spitzley
- Leo Bauer
- Bob Trierweiler
- Elizabeth Hengesbach
- Maria Catherine and Adam (Vidua) Fedewa
May was a busy month for the historical society. Our June Newsletter highlights the many things going on in and around our building. We've included a few pictures below from the following locations:
While we hope you enjoy these pictures, we hope they motivate you to stop in to any or all of these places around town to see them for yourselves.