Eitzen family crypt is undergoing major restoration in Hermann City Cemetery
By Don Kruse, Editor
Hermann’s city cemetery is a source of history, with its collection of many burial sites of its founding fathers and their families.
Fortunately, the Hermann Brush & Palette Club started a restoration project a couple years ago to repair headstones that were literally falling over. Unfortunately, the cemetery was losing some of its history when there was a of lack of funds to fix some of the more unique ones.
One of the focal points of the cemetery is the Eitzen family crypt. Charles D. Eitzen is often referred to as Hermann’s benefactor, who also willed Gasconade County $50,000 in 1896 to build a courthouse, and in 1898 it was dedicated. His life was said to be one of generous deeds, of his time and money.
Mr. Eitzen had a crypt built in the city cemetery in 1877. Like many of the older gravesites, it was in need of repair.
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