Bob told us he only had 10 minutes to share his life's story, and wow, did he pick some good stories to share!
Bob was the first son of Herman and Caroline (Platte) Trierweiler; he was born in 1923. He graduated from Westphalia High School in 1941 and then went to work at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. And then the war started...
Bob served in the European War Zone with the 3816 Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company. You'll have to read his story below to find out more about his time at war.
So, look back at our 2018 Cemetery Walk with Bob's talk. He went from Ford Motor Company to WWII to Postmaster of Westphalia.
Read his story by clicking the button below.
Leo Aldalbert Bauer. Born and raised in German community in Wisconsin, but prompted to Michigan to help with his brother, Alfred's, creamery business.
By 1914, with business waning, Alfred and Leo began Bauer Brothers, Contractors and Builders of Circular Cement Silos. This is probably how you know (or have heard of) Leo Bauer.
The first silo built by the Bauer brothers was for Ferdinand Martin on Hanses Road in 1914 and the last was built for Leon Spitzley in 1975.
Read his FULL story by clicking the button below.
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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.
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