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Civil War soldiers remembered in Columbia

By on September 26, 2012 at 10:55 am

Pictured are Monroe County Genealogical Society members who helped set up the Civil War exhibit now on display in Columbia, from left, Jan Wenk, Judi Horrell, Jean Jung, Mary Ellen Huetsch and Pat Vaseska. (submitted photo)

Ninety-two brave souls who fought in the Civil War are being remembered and introduced to new generations through a Monroe County Genealogical Society exhibit currently on display at the Monroe County Welcome Center, also known as the Shoemaker School House off Route 3 in Columbia.

“This was our president Jan Wenk’s idea. She had already completed a similar project for the Civil War soldiers in her church on a poster and suggested our society do a similar project to mark (last year’s 150th) anniversary,” said genealogical society member Jean Jung.

Along with fellow dedicated society members Judi Horrell, Pat Vaseska, Vernon Ritter and Adam Eggemeyer, Jung worked for months to gather all the information.

Each veteran is recorded on its own information sheet, grouped by the local cemeteries in which they are buried, along with information including obituaries, service records and even some photos. The extensive display covers more than half the wall space inside the one-room schoolhouse.

The information came from a variety of sources that include, Fold3, church records, microfilmed newspapers such as the Waterloo Republican, and searchable databases with the Illinois State Archives. Sometimes, family members were even contacted, Jung said.

“You would be surprised at how common some of the names are when searching databases that it requires additional work to ensure you have the right person,” she said.

Earlier this year, the genealogical society created a similar display for Morrison-Talbott Library in Waterloo that included Civil War veterans buried in cemeteries in Waterloo, Wartburg, Renault, Valmeyer, New Hanover and Maeystown, Jung said.

After the Welcome Center closes for the season in October, the exhibit will be kept in the possession of the Monroe County Genealogical Society.

The Monroe County Welcome Center will be open this and next Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., and also Saturday, Sept. 29, and Saturday, Oct. 6, from noon to 4 p.m.

Here is a list of the 92 Columbia Civil War veterans included in this project, by cemetery.

Warderman Cemetery: Burnett, Robert R.; Chandler, Bolivar B.; Fischer, Carl; Glassmaker, Warner; Hoffman, Peter; Smith, Saml., Sgt.; Steiger, Wendle; Wall, Columbus C.; Zweig, Frederick

St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery: Fiege, Edward, Sr.; Henfling, Frederick

St. Paul UCC Cemetery: Beck, Henry; Becker, Martin; Bornemann, Harman; Dahmer, John; Dahmer, William; Dankenbrink, Wm. T.; Dietrich, Henry; Ferkel, Nicholas; Glaenzer, Charles; Habermehl, Joseph; Heisel, Henry; Hoffman, August; Hoffmann, Christian; Heisel Hoffmann, Mary; Hoffmann, William; Hupe, Joseph; Illgner, Henry; Jahr, Julius J.; Karger, Joseph; Keitel, Charles; Keitel, Troncott; Kolb, John; Kreps, Frederick; Landgraf, Ernst; Lieser, Louis; Mueller, John; Mund, August; Mund, Frederick; Ockenfuss, Andreas; Pralle, Wilhelm; Rauch, Joseph; Rehg, John; Reichenbach, Henry; Riebeling, Christian; Riebeling, Henry; Schack, Henry; Schellhardt, Wilhelm; Scheuermann, Heinrich; Schmidt, Christian; Schuhkraft, Jacob; Schumacker, John; Steffenauer, Conrad; Sukopp, Wilhelm; Urmey, Newell J.; Wagner, Maximilian; Weissling, Andrew; Wilde, Frederick; Williams, Edward M.; Wolf, Conrad; Zahn, John

Miles Cemetery: Axley, Martin; Green, James M.; Iman, Elias; Iman, Seth; Johnson, Thomas; Lacy, Joseph V.; Lakin, Wm. W.; Stanton, Ira Sr.

Immaculate Conception Cemetery: Brandt, Joseph; Dietz, Anton; Harmacek, Jacob; Hermann, Frank; Kimmich, John; Miller, Andrew W.; Mundinger, Joseph, Sr.; Reis, Carl; Schmidt, John B.; Schmidt, Peter; Tinges, Peter; Weinland, Henry

Palmier Cemetery: Carr, Milton; Conrad, Mike; Davis, James M.; Green, Martin; Griffin, John; Lutton, Henry, Sgt.; Lutton, Hiram; Lutton, James; Morgan, Thomas W.; Ulrich, August.

Dr. Madison Nixon, who was from Columbia and was originally stated to be buried in Columbia, is also part of this project.


Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: