September’s story comes to us from
Patrick Thompson and I thought it would be good to share some additional Wessel
Wessel was born in Germany and came to America in 1876. Three of his brothers came to America with
his brothers August and George also settling in Fulton and being members of St.
Paul’s. Herman married Catherine (Katie)
Hines, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine Hines founding members of St.
Paul’s, in 1880 in the parsonage of St. Paul’s by Rev. Ide. Katie was the only one of 6 brothers and
sister to maintain membership at St. Paul’s her entire life. Herman and Katie purchased farmland that
today is much of the Maple Lawn community.
Herman would eventually divide his farm giving half to each of his
sons. The half on what is today John’s
Hopkins Road, with part being the residential part of Maple Lawn and the rest
currently being where APL is, was given to his younger son Edward and the half
being where much of the commercial district of Maple Lawn going to his son
Arthur. Herman died in 1926 after he was
kicked by a horse and several days later had a heart attack. Katie lived with her son Edward and his wife
Margaret until she had a stroke in the early 1930s. At that time she went to live with her
daughter Elizabeth until she died in 1944.
Both are buried in St. Paul’s Cemetery.
Herman and Katie had 5 children.
1)Arthur William Wessel (1881-1951)
married Mary Bassler (1890-1941). Their
children were Frank, John, Stanley, Albert Vernon, Irving, Raymond and Dorothy
(married name Vollmerhausen). All are
buried in St. Paul’s Cemetery
2)Annie Wessel (1883-1929) married Walter Sealing
(1888-1937). Their children were
Spencer, Lester, Catherine, Mildred (married name Wallich), Donald and Allen
3)Edward August Wessel (1885-1953) married Margaret
H. Zeltman (1885-1943). Their children
were Melvin, Howard, Roland and Edna (married name Thompson). All are buried in St. Paul’s Cemetery.
4)Charles R. Wessel.
He was born in 1888 and died in December 1888. He is buried beside his parents in St. Paul’s
Wessel (1890-1974) married Vincent Vernon Wehland (1885-1959). Their children were Mabel (married name
Brown) and Lawrence. All are buried in
St. Paul’s Cemetery.
All of Herman and Katie’s
children and grandchildren were raised attending St. Paul’s. Many of them stayed active as adults and
raised their own families here as well. Their granddaughter Mabel Wehland Brown was a
faithful regular for church events and was the oldest member of the
congregation when she passed away. Many
of their grandchildren served on committees to help benefit St. Paul’s. In the 1950’s and 60’s Edna served as the
superintendent of Sunday Schools. Each
Christmas Edna made a baggie full of little chocolate bars and an orange for
every child that came to Sunday School.
Edna also served as chairmen of the annual turkey dinners. It was not uncommon for the church to serve
over 1000 dinners at each of these meals.
When Edna married she also got her husband Willis involved in the
congregation. He served on the committee
to build the parish hall and also served on the church council as financial
there are still many family members attending with Herman and Katie’s great
granddaughter Linda Skinner (daughter of Mabel Wehland and Leo Brown) and great
grandson Terry Thompson (son of Edna Wessel and Willis Thompson) and his wife
Patty and great, great grandson Patrick Thompson (son of Terry and Patty
Thompson) regularly attending the Thursday night service. When Edna and Willis’ great grandson was
baptized at St. Paul’s they became the 6th generation to be baptized
in our church