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.
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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).
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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.
Arens General Store
Battle Of Chickamauga
Belen's Meat Market
Civilian Conservation Corps
Fourteen Holy Helpers
Gross Cabinet Shop
Holy Name Society
Infant Of Prague
K Of C
Men's Glee Club
Mother Pauline Von Mallinkcrodt
Otto Von Bismark
Peace Of Westphalia
Riley Busy Bees
Sisters Of Christian Charity
St. Joseph Society
St. Mary Church
St. Mary High School
St. Mary Play
St. Mary Rectory
St. Mary School
Trierweiler Insurance Agency
Westphalia Milling Company
Westphalia Telephone Co.
World War I
World War II