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Elmer & Elsie Wessel
As some of you may know Elmer and Elsie Wessel were brother and sister who lived and farmed in Howard County, Maryland at the present site of the new homes being built in Maple Lawn between the Fulton water tower and Murphy Road that borders the church on the east side. Since the farm house on the property is gone now and St. Paul’s is hoping new members will come from the homes at the suggestion of Jack Frost I believe I now have enough information donated by Charles Iager and Patrick Thompson to share some of their story with the congregation. Both made many contributions to St. Paul’s and have many connections to the church. Elmer was the head of Cemetery Committee at St Paul’s for many years and passed that duty onto Charles and Judy. The present youth room in the basement of the church was known as the Wessel Room in honor of them both. Many of the present members of the congregation have ties to the Wessel family which originated with Hines family (an original St. Paul’s Family that started with Jacob Hines who emigrated from Germany in 1854)
Elmer Wessel and Elsie Wessel parents were George Wessel born 1866 and Emma Dinkelman They farmed the same tract where the water tower is now that later Elmer & Elsie would take over and farm. The tract at that time was about 100 acres. On this farm chickens, pigs and cows were raised among other things such as hay an orchard and garden. Elmer & Elsie had a sibling Hester Wessel who married John Bassler. Hester and John had 4 children (Marie, Herman, Robert and Norman). Their son Herman went on to become a Lutheran Pastor. A son of our congregation.
Elsie and Elmer Wessel never married. Elmer was born June 15, 1895 and Elsie was born August 7, 1898. We know that Elsie had an interest in drawing and painting as “Elsie’s Fulton 1961” on display in the Parish Hall was donated to the Archive by Charles and Judy. This shows Fulton as it was in simpler times. Mr. Brady’s (Water’s store) can be seen in the background as some of you may remember was a great place to get to get a soda for 5 cents and other treats after confirmation class. It also shows the original church stone sign and the bell tower in its present location (moved from the corner in 1958. There is a time capsule in the base.) Families used to gather outside the church original, red front door among the giant shrubs for long periods after the service for fellowship.
In the 1950’s Charles Iager met Elmer and helped him out on the farm and can remember raking hay with him. In the early 60’s it was Charles job to check on Elmer as Elsie had passed away Feb 8, 1963. It was Elmer that got Charles started with the cemetery and set up the protocol for the Cemetery Committee.
It was the chairman’s job to mark the grave, see that it was dug by hand (up to 10 years ago), reserve a spot for the hearse (east side of the church), lead the Pastor to the grave for the funeral, walking between rows 4 and 5 so as not to step on any graves and make sure the vault was properly sealed after the funeral. At that time the original section of the cemetery was surrounded by a tall iron gate and some of the teenagers used to see if they could climb over during the Turkey Suppers at church in the fall.
New Paraments Dedicated
Sunday, May 7, 2017 11am in memoriam of:
Harold Yaskovich (June 10, 1929— December 19. 2014)
Donated by Peggy Yaskovich, Friends and Family