Descendants of Hermann’s Bayer family donates to cemetery project
During the last week of The Brush & Palette Club’s drive to raise $30,000 for city cemetery restoration to match an anonymous gift, a direct descendant of George and Catherine Bayer contributed $1,000 to the project.
Bill Haag, Sr. of Moore Gear & Manufacturing Co., Inc. of Hermann, is a great-great-grandson of the Bayers and was responsible for the gift.
Bayer served as agent for the German Settlement Society of Philadelphia and had the task of purchasing 11,000-plus acres in what is now the Hermann area for the purpose of establishing a colony where the German language and culture would be preserved. Both Bayer and his wife are buried in the Hermann City Cemetery. After Bayer’s untimely death in 1839, his widow married Joseph Doyon. The Doyon family plot has been restored through The Brush & Palette Club’s restoration project.
Present for the presentation of the gift were three generations of the Bayer family, Bill Haag, Sr., Bill Haag, Jr. (great-great-great-grandson) and Ben Kang (great-great-great-great-grandson), all of the Washington area.
George and Catherine Bayer’s children, William and Adelheid, moved to Minnesota after their childhood in Hermann. The Haag family is descended from Adelheid Varner, nee Bayer, who lived in Jordan, Minn., at the time of Catherine’s death.
September 1 marked the close of the window for The Brush & Palette Club to raise the $30,000 match. At press time, all indications are that the goal was achieved and exceeded. A final report will appear in next week’s Advertiser-Courier. In addition, the thermometers posted at Hermann Save-A-Lot, American Family Insurance and the Advertiser-Courier newspaper office provide a visual report of the drive results.
Descendants of the Bayer family, Hermann’s founding family, donates to the Brush & Palette Club’s cemetery project.