St. Peter and Paul Cemetery

Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery History
Our Web Site was started in December of 2016.
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 acres. Dates were confirmed by viewing the Warranty Deeds on file at the Courthouse. (Special Thanks to employees at the Recorder's Office and the Engineer's Office for their assistance.)
Click photo to view larger.
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 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, known as Lot 2, 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. The first burials were made in 1876. The exact burial dates are not known, only the year. The graphic below shows the south end of Area 3 (old Area 1) where the first burials were made.
Click photo to view larger.
DUMONT Jacob - 1817-1876 (Area 3, Row 5, Lot 16 Grave 1) FUERST Othilia - 1832-1876 (Area 3, Row 9, Lot 29 Grave 1) OBERLE Johanne Guste - 1876-1876 (Area 3, Row 1, Lot 6 Grave 4) SCHIERLOH Henry F. - 1876-1876 (Area 3, Row 4, Lot 7 Grave 8) KOBER Monument (Area 1, Row 7/8, Lot 19) KOBER Anthony - 1805-1876 (Area 3, Row 7, Lot 19, Grave 4) KOBER Sarah Viola - 1875-1875 (Area 3, Row 8, Lot 19, Grave 6) KOBER Sarah Jane (Moffit) - 1839-1875 (Area 3, Row 7, Lot 19, Grave 2) All KOBER names are listed on the momument, no individual grave stones) Two burials show 1875 as the death date on the Kober Monument. It is not known where they are buried. St. John's Cemetery in Glandorf, Ohio shows Anthony, Sarah Viola and Sarah Jane, Kober as burials in that cemetery. No records are availabe to tell if they were moved to Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery when it started in 1876 or just listed on the Kober Monument when it was placed in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery. 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
Click photo to view larger.
1930 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.
Click photo to view larger.
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.

You are here: Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery History Click to return to the Return to
Saint Peter & Paul Cemetery Home Page
Questions or Comments? click below to email us St. Peter & Paul Cemetery E-Mail Website is Hosted by Web Hosting
Click here to visit:

Page design by K C. All graphics and sounds are: Public Domain(Freebies), or granted by permission with site links. If anyone finds this to be incorrect, please advise me by e-mail: