St. Peter and Paul Cemetery


Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery History
NOTE: April 2017 The Putnam County Auditor's Office shows that the Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery is comprised of 6 parcels of land totaling 15.31. Dates were confirmed by viewing the Warranty Deeds on file at the Courthouse. (Special Thanks an employee at the Recorder's Office and the Engineer's Office.)
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Some of the facts were taken from the “Chronicle of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish” written in 1936 by the Rev. Vigilius H. Krull, C.PP.S. (1922-1942). 1876 Our first pastor, Rev. Frederick Schalk, C.PP.S. (1873-1876), informed the people a provision should be made for a parish cemetery. A deed was signed for the purchase of 2 acres of land, known as Lot 1 on February 1st, 1876, costing $397.50. It was recorded on 14th day of February, 1876. In March of 1876 he bought 2.5 acres of land southwest of the Blanchard River. A deed was signed for the purchase, as an addition to Lot 1, on March 6th, 1876, costing $360.25. It was recorded on 7th day of March, 1876. 1882 Our third pastor, Rev. Rudolph Abbrederis (1878-1883), Oversaw the placement of a beautiful monument, designed and built by the Kistner - Ouebbemann Co. in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was erected in the cemetery at a cost of $650.00. Very Rev. Felix Boff consecrated the cemetery in 1882
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1930-1931 Our ninth pastor, Rev. V. H. Krull, C.PP.S. (1922-1942), administered many improvements to the cemetery. Extensive improvements were made in 1930. A beautiful crucifix was erected. Donations to the crucifixion monument were given by: J.H. Unterbrink - $100.00, Coletta Rothman - $50.00 Rev. V. H. Krull, C.PP.S - $25.00, Elizabeth Morsches - $25.00, Blessed Virgin Sodality - $25.00, Christian Mothers - $25.00, B.A. Unverferth - $15.00, C.L. of C. - $10.00, B. H. Heringhaus - $10.00, W. A. Buetler - $10.00, Weaver Family - $10.00, Ladies Auxiliary - $5.00, Ideal Club - $5.00, Charles F. Huber - $5.00.
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1931 Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery received extra attention. A well 103 feet deep was dug and a pump installed to furnish water for the flowers and shrubbery on the cemetery and a wholesome drink for the thirsty. 1955 Rev. Joseph Reitz, our 11th pastor, purchased additional acres. A deed was signed for the purchase of 11.2 acres of land. Lots 2 & 3 on October 3rd, 1955, costing $20,000, recorded October 5th, 1955. This brings the cemetery total to 15.31 acres. 1979 The first Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery Association was formed in April of 1979.

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