On a much warmer day in September, Anthony Arens joined us to tell his story (and share his moonshine).
As we prepare for the upcoming military exhibit at the historical society, we'd like to revisit the 2015 Cemetery Walk veteran Anthony Arens, who fought in the Civil War as one of the 137 Westphalians to participate.
His father and mother were some of the first settlers to Westphalia, so kick back and learn a little about their journey, as well.
Click on the button above to read our look back at Anthony Arens.
If you've been to St. Mary Catholic Church, you've certainly seen two larger than life paintings. The Founding Fathers painting graces one side, while the Fourteen Holy Helpers (seen at right) hangs opposite. There's quite a story behind how that painting made it here from Germany. At last year's Cemetery Walk, Barbara Heinlein told us her story.
You've maybe heard stories of hardship and perseverance of early settlers. John and Elisabeth were not exempt; they had their fair share, from a cold first home to neighborhood bears. If you read their story, you may look at Dexter Trail differently or a leaky window. But their story goes to show what hard work can accomplish and how our first settlers laid the groundwork for our village. Thank you, John, Elisabeth, and all their fellow settlers! Read their story from the 2014 Cemetery Walk by clicking on the button below.