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tired to St. Louis where on December
21, 1907 he died a peaceful death,
caused by his chronic malady, bron-
chitis. Solemn obsequies were held in
the Church of St. Mary of Perpetual
Help. Right Rev. Bishop Ryan pre-
siding over them.

Father Winterhalter attained the
biblical age. His remains were de-
posited in Calvary cemetery.


"Serve bone et fldelis,
Intra in gaudium Domini tui".

Rev. John Francis Eberhard With-
out, who at the time of Tils ueath was
the Nestor of the Diocesan clergy
(1864-1910), passed away at St. Mary's
hospital, Quincy, 111., on August 6,
1910, being then in his eightieth year
of life. He had lived with the good
Sisters in quiet, peaceful retirement
for upwards of eight years, relin-
quishing parochial work only when
necessitated by physical infirmities
superinduced by old age. Months prior
to his death he signally failed .from
day to day, his condition became such
that no hope for ultimate recovery
was any longer entertained. A para-
lytic stroke hastened the end.

For almost half a century Father
Without served his Master and the
Church, and thirty-eight years of
blessed ministrations were spent by
him as spiritual guide of St. Joseph's
congregation of Meppen, in Calhoun
county. Through all these years he

proved himself faithful and zealous in
the discharge of the duties of his
sacred calling. His long and useful
life was a beautiful exemplification of
priestly virtues, of holy zest and zeal
for God and the souls of men. Every
one liked him, by his humble, unob-
trusive manner he gained the esteem
and respect of all who came in con-
tact with him. Father Without was
a man of uncompromising principle;
he forgave all wrongs but demanded
and insisted on his rights from priest
or layman. Through his unrelaxed
efforts, aided by many personal sacri-
fices, the members of St. Joseph's
pride themselves of having one of the
best appointed country parishes of the
diocese, a substantial rock church
(1854) commodious rectory (1866)
and a flourishing parochial school
(1874), which was taught in former
years, 1865-74 by himself, then by lay
teachers, but more recently is in
charge of the Sisters of the Precious
Blood. Having been for so many

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years practically isolated in peninsu-
lar Calhoun, and rarely come in
closer contact with the outer world
and its pulsating energies, good Father
Without looked upon modern insti-

Brussels, as deacon, and Rev. Joseph
Kopp, of Hardin, as sub-deacon, whilst
Rev. J. B. Wardein of Michaels who
later on succeeded J. B. Wand as pas-
tor of Meppen acted as master of

tutions, modern ideas and progress-
iveness rather askance and with sus-
picion, clinging to Msgr. Ollier's
maxim: "Nil innovetur nisi quod tra-
ditum," hence his whole line of
thought dwelt mainly upon his parish,
his dear Meppen. There he lies buried.
The solemn obsequies were had in his
beloved St. Joseph's church. Rev. J.
B. Wand, at that time pastor of the
parish, was celebrant of the Mass, as-
sisted by Rev. Dr. Hy. Becker of
ceremonies. TheG.erman sermon was
delivered by Rev. A. Zurbonsen, of
Quincy who had accompanied the
body and the English sermon by
Very Rev. Edw. Spalding of the Alton
Cathedral. Besides these there were in
attendance Revs. A. Schockaert, Graf-

ton; F. A. Marks, Jerseyville, and E.
D. Hickey, Kampsville.

Rev. Father Without was born at
Miste, a small town near raderborn
in Westphalia on July 24, 1831, and
was therefore aged 79 years, 6 months
and 12 days at the time of his death.
He was educated and prepared for
his holy calling in his native country,
landing here in October, 1863. Dur-
ing the following winter he completed
his studies and on April 17, 1864, was
ordained to the priesthood at St.
Mary's church, Springfield, III, by Rt.
Rev. H. D. Junker, D. D., first
Bishop of Alton. His first appoint-
ment was that of an assistant to Very
Rev. Herman Schaefermeyer, pastor
of St. Boniface church, Quincy, 111.

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Within less than a year our subject
was assigned as pastor of the young,
newly-founded parish of Meppen in
Calhoun county, where he labored so
persistently and successfully until

bodily infirmities and old age com-
pelled him to seek the quiet and peace-
ful asylum of St. Mary's hospital of
Quincy, 111.


"Pains and pleasures try the pilgrim
On his long and weary way".

After the transfer of Rev. Joseph
Kuenster from Teutopolis to Quincy,
in 1850, Bishop Van de Velde, of
Chicago, sent Rev. Joseph Zoegel to
be his successor. This priest had
lately arrived in the diocese from
Strassburg, Elsace. His appointment
to that parish was by no means an
enviable one, as strife, opposition and
dissensions had been of frequent oc-
currence and often embittered the
lives of the various pastors. With the
advent of Father Zoegel, things
seemed to take a different turn. In
his dealings with obstreperous char-
acters he remained firm and assertive
and succeeded in bringing many
around to espouse his viewpoint of
affairs ecclesiastical. Strongly he ad-
vocated the building of a large new
church, to which the people consen-
ted. In the selection of the site, how-
ever, serious contentions arose which
finally were adjusted by Bishop Van
de Velde. The cornerstone to this
(the present) church, was placed July
18, 1851 by the Chicago Bishop. Of
this ceremony, the Bishop's diary
contains the following account.

"The sixth Sunday after Pentecost
was a happy day for the Catholics of
Teutopolis. Early in the morning the
people began to arrive from the coun-
try. Bishop said Mass at 7 o'clock
and the procession was formed about
9; it was headed by the children of
the parish, these were followed t>y the

members of St. Peter's Society wear-
ing their badges, and the latter by
nearly the whole congregation, the
men preceding and the women follow-
ing the Bishop and his attendants.
The procession moved amid the dis-
charges of musktry from the old
church. The Bishop walked under a
canopy, vested in alb and cope, with
mitre, and crozier and was attended
by the Rev. Mr. Fisher, pastor of St.
Marie, in cope, Rev. J. Zoegel in
chasuble, and Rev. Father Busschots
in stole and surplice. The ceremonies
of laying the cornerstone were per-
formed with the usual solemnities,
during which the Bishop addressed the
people in English, after which Rev.
B'usschots delivered an appropriate
discourse in German on the text:
"Thou Art Peter." High Mass was
sung by Rev. Father Zoegel, at which
the Bishop assisted, attended by the
other two clergymen. All was joy and
happiness. At night the good people
of Teutopolis got up a torchlight pro-
cession and came to the priest's resi-
dence to thank the Bishop and his
attendants. Thus terminated the joy-
ful day which will long be remem-
bered by the members of the congre-
gation of Tetitopolis."

From Teutopolis Father Joseph F
Zoegel returned to Chicago in 1854.
In later years he joined the diocese
of Buffalo and became stationed in
1860 as pastor of Langford, N. Y.
R. I. P.

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On the 7th day of November, 1851,
Rev. Charles T. Zucker was ordained
to the priesthood by Bishop Oliver
Van de Velde, at St. Joseph's church,
Chicago. In 1857 he succeeded Rev.
Liermann as pastor of Teutopolis.
Conditions in that parish, however,
were not to his liking, wherefore,
after a few weeks stay he re-packed
his belongings and returned to Chi-
cago. On November 11, 1853 he was

appointed to SS. Peter and Paul's
congregation of Naperville. His stay
here was likewise of but short dura-
tion. Where and when Father Zucker
died, seems to be shrouded in mys-
tery, as years ago the late Father
Wenker, of 'Vaperviiie. about to com-
pile a history of the parish, made re-
peated futile attempts to learn par-
ticulars of his predecessor. R. 1. P


''How many souls dwell lonely and apart
Hiding from all but One above
The fragrance of their heart".

It is with keen sense of grateful
duty that among the biographical
sketches of our deceased priests we.
are permitted to say a few words in
recognition of the character and
merits of good Father Zwiesler. He
was practically the first diocesan
priest whom the writer had the good
fortune and privilege to meet, for
after his ordination, he was sent to
him to be introduced into the mys-
teries of the Bishops' dreaded Blue
Book ere being assigned to parish
work. Those four weeks spent in
Father Zwiesler's company have re-

mained indelibly imprinted on our
mind. He was a noble, beautiful
character, open and frank, affable and
pleasant, indulgent and forebearing.
Whatever tended to advance the cause
of his Cathedral parish, material and
spiritual, that at all hazzards he
sought to obtain. His administration
at Alton proved therefore highly
successful. Bishop Baltes placed im-
plicit confidence in the prudence,
sagacity, discreation and managerial
abilities of his Cathedral pastor, and
as results showed that trust and con-
fidence was well placed. Father
Zwiesler came to the Cathedral as
assistant pastor thereof the following
year, September, 1877. With undimin-
ished enthusiasm he remained its
pastor till April 19, 1888, to assume a
similiar position with the newly con-
secrated Bishop of Belleville. There
in that infant diocese the experienced
Cathedral pastor labored till Oct. 1,
1893, when ill health forced his retire-
ment to the rural parish of Fayette-
ville, which position he held till death,
May 4, 1889.

Father Charles Zwiesler was a
native of Dayton, Ohio, born August
2, 1853. He studied Classics and
Philosophy at St. Francis, Wis., The-
ology at Montreal and was raised to
the priesthood by Bishop Baltes at
the Alton Cathedral, June 29, 1876.
"He wore the white flower ot a spot-
less life." R. I. P.

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