Benefit will help local non-profit restore old gravesites in Hermann cemetery
By staff writer
Restoring deteriorating burial sites in Hermann’s City Cemetery has become a major undertaking by The Hermann Brush & Palette Club in the past several years.
The organization has identified many more gravesites to be repaired.
Maria Becht died in Hermann in 1849 of cholera, her gravestone lying face down in the dirt. Anna and Theresa Straub, Becht’s granddaughters, buried within one day of each other in 1849, also of cholera, their joint gravestone a few feet away from their grandmother’s also lying face down in the dirt.
Jacob Eisenhut died in 1881, his stone in several pieces under the surface of the earth. Catherine Bayer-Doyon, widow of George Bayer, gravesite marked by a white bronze marker on a concrete block, severely broken and askew. Hugo Dorsch, died in Europe in the service of his country during World War I, his gravestone and marble railing tilting seriously. August Begemann, prominent businessman, died 1912, railings broken, markers listing at a variety of angles.
These are but a very few examples of gravesites of Hermann area citizens that have been restored through The Brush & Palette Club’s Hermann City Cemetery Restoration Project. Approximately 300 gravesites have been restored during the last three years, but many more still need attention.
The forces of gravity, time and weather are exacerbated by the cemetery’s hillside location. York Cemetery Service personnel have indicated that the Hermann Cemetery is the steepest one in which they have worked in a multi-state area.
The Brush & Palette Club, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to further restoration in the cemetery and has scheduled a dinner and silent auction fundraiser for Friday, February 28, at Valentine Hall at Starkenburg, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30.
Reservations are $50 per person with sponsorship opportunities also available. Call 486-2633 or 486-5544 with questions.
Preview and pre-bidding on auction items is scheduled for February 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room on Schiller Street.
For reservations or to make a contribution, send payment to The Brush & Palette Club, P.O. Box 145, Hermann, MO 65041. All contributions are tax-deductible.