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by Pope Pius IX to succeed Bishop
Juncker. The consecration of the new
Bishop took place in the church built
by him, St. Peter's in Belleville,
January 23, 1870. As nearly all the
Bishops were in Rome attending the
Vactican Council, the difficulty was
to secure Bishops for the occasion.
Rt. Rev. Bishop Luers of Fort Wayne,
one of the few who had remained at
home, was the consecrator, assisted
by Bishop Toebbe, of Covington
just consecrated himself and by the
Very Rev. P. J. Ryan, Vicar General
and Administra or of St. Louis.

Father Baltes had been great as
pastor, he became even greater as
Bishop. This he proved by submit-
ting the whole diocese in all its varied
activities to a thorough reorganiza-
tion. He established regulations, laws
and discipline and demanded indis-
criminately obedience and respect for
Episcopal authority. He waged an
unrelenting war on some of the fore-
most and ablest Catholic newspapers
of the land, which had again and
again assailed his authority in matters
of discipline. Ambitious in his work,
he aimed at finding himself placed at
the head of the finest body of clergy-
men in the country and a time came
when it was deemied an honor to be-
long to the Diocese of Alton.

After a life of great activity Bishop
Baltes died February 15, 1886. His
funeral took place February 19, and
was attended by Archbishops Feehan
of Chicago, Kenrick of St. Louis,
Heiss of Milwaukee, by Bishop
Hogan of Kansas City, by one hun-
dred and sixty priests and vast crowds
of the laity. The remains were de-
posited in the vault under the sanc-
tuary of the Cathedral beside those
of his predecessor. Bishop Juncker.
R. I. P.

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"I thank Thee, Lord, that Thou has kept.
The best in store, not known before".

The people of Carlinville, more par-
ticularly those of St. Joseph's congre-
gation, were deeply moved when it
became known that Rev. Henry Ader,
for about ten years pastor of the
parish, had died at St. John's Hospital
of Springfield. This sad and distress-
ing news cast a pall of genuine grief
and gloom over many hearts and
homes and March 5th, 1909, will long
continue to be remembered by them
as the day on which they sustained a

great loss, because on this day death
summoned their friend and pastor. It
was a shock to all, the announcement
of his death, that was somewhat les-
sened by the fact that Father Ader
had been known to be in a serious
condition for several days; his death
therefore, was not entirely unexpect-
ed. It was hoped, however, till the
last that he might rally again and
once more be able to take up his
duties in their midst.

Rev. Ader had been operated upon
several times in the past for relief
from an affliction which he had long
borne with Christian, heroic patience,
He was very anxious and intent of re-
turning to his charge and became
envious of the days that his confine-
ment under surgical care kept him at

the hospital and away from accus-
tomed daily work. After the last oper-
ation had been performed, the good
man slowly sank to his death.

Father Ader was born at Borken in
Westphalia, on February 18, 1853, and
ordained to the priesthood at Alalines
in Belgium on June 7, 1879. Shortly
after his ordination the neo-presbyter
set out for America, arriving at dio-
cesan headquarters some two weeks
later. He reported ready for duty and
was assigned as an assistant to the
Cathedral priest, a position which
temporarily so many young priests
had to fill the writer not excepted
in order to first thoroughly acquaint
themselves with the contents of the
Bishop's "blue book," namely with the
laws, rules, regulations and require-
ments which governed the diocese,
after a rigorous examination as to
the knowledge of them, the successful
post-graduate would receive his di-
ploma in the shape of an appointment

Today we live under a somewhat
milder form of government which has
supplanted the more rigorous ancient
regime. The young men of this gen-
eration do not know what it meant to
us older ones to be summoned into
the presence of the Chief, whose repu-
tation for severity and minuteness was
too well known to all.

In the instance of our subject who
emerged from the inquisitorial rooms
"magna cum laude," he received the
appointment as assistant to St. Peter
and Paul's parish of Springfield. Later,
the incumbency of Assumption having
become vacant, Father Ader became
its pastor for a number of years,
1888-95, but was finally assigned to St.
Alexis' of Beardstown, 1895-99, as
successor to Rev. Wm. Weigand.
From Beardstown our good friend
was transferred to Carlinville, suc-
ceeding Rev. Clement Sommers,
whose impaired health had enforced a
resignation of the charge of St. Jo-
seph's. A stately parochial residence
which was here constructed under his

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management, evidences the active and
zealous life of our decedent.

Father Ader was a man of fine
scholarly attainments, distinguishing
himself especially in biblical re-
searches and Hebrew language. His
voluminous, valuable library was
second to none in the diocese. It is
regrettable that it was permitted to be
sold to outsiders.

The Rev. C. G. Monro, a Protestant
minister of Carlinville, one who was
an intimate friend of the deceased
priest and associated with him to a
great extent in researches and studies
paid the following well-merited tri-
bute to the talented priest's memory:

"As well as being a faithful parish
priest, the late Father Ader was very
well educated and learned, especially
was he familiar with the little traveled
ground of Hebraistic literature. His
studies were not confined to the text
only of the Old Testament, but he
was conversant with the Talmud, both
in the Mishna and Gemmara, both of
Jerusalem and Babylon. To him the
Halachoth, the Midrashin, the Kab-

balet and the Yalkut Shimoni were
open books, and his knowledge of
Jewish traditions and customs was
very deep and clear. The late Father
was a master of several languages and
left behind him a valuable and ex-
tensive library, which while contain-
ing all the standard works on Jewish
literature, is rich also in a number of
early publications concerning the civ-
ilization of America, long before the
days of Columbus. These volumes
contain a number of the early exe-
cuted maps of this continent and are
therefore very valuable and rare.

"He was a man difficult to know, of
a sensitive and retiring disposition,
yet when one did become acquainted
with him, he became acquainted with
a sweet, gentle and charitable nature."

Having done his duty, he was one
of those for whom the past was un-
sighed for and the future sure.

His earthly remains were deposited
by the side of one of his illustrious
predecessors, the Rev. Francis Os-
trop, in the Catholic cemetery of
Carlinville. R. I. P.


"Misericordias tuas Domine
In aeternum cantabo".

The third resident priest of St.
Peter and Paul's parish of Collins-
ville, was Father Alleman, a Domini-
can Friar from the Monastery of
Somerset, Ohio. He presided over
the destinies of that young congrega-
tion from 18S9-'60. Prior to his com-
ing to Collinsville he had been for
years an indefatigable missioner in
Lee County, Iowa, especially in and
around Fort Madison, contemporan-
eous with Father Brickwedde of
Quincy. He is justly styled the
"Apostle of Lee County."

Rev. John George Alleman, says
Rev. G. J. Zaiser, (in his Diamond
Jubilee edition of St. Joseph's church.
Fort Madison, 1915,) was born near
Strassburg, in Alsace, probably in
1806. He spoke both German and
French with equal fluency, hence he
was sometimes regarded as a German,

sometimes a Frenchman. When twen-
ty-six years old he entered the Order
of St. Dominic at the Convent of St.
Rose, Springfield, Kentucky, where
he was clothed with the white and
black mantle of the Friar Preachers,
and began his novitiate in the fall of
1832. On March 7, 1834, the young
religious made solemn profession of
vows. As his course of divinities had
mostly been made previous to his
religious profession, the young aspi^
rant to the priesthood was ordained
by Bishop John B. P u r c e 1 1 in St.
John's church, Zanesville, Ohio, June
1, 1834. He began at once his mis-
sionary labors in the churches of
Ohio, traveling through its northern
part as an itinerant priest until his
departure for the farther west in the
summer of 1840. He came to Fort
Madison, Sugar Creek and West
Point, in Lee county, Iowa, where
from 1834-37, Father Lefevre had al-

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ready performed missionary duties,
likewise Father B r i c k w e d d e, of
Quincy, from '37-'39. However, Father
Alleman located in 1840 at Fort Madi-
son and thus became the first resi-
dent priest in that section of the
state. He spoke four modern lan-
guages fluently (including his own
vernacular, German and French), was
missionary to the Winnebago Indians,
an intimate friend of Chief Keokuk
and other Indian chiefs. He intro-
duced the first cultivated grapevines
into Lee County, many of the present
orchards in that vicinity had their
origin in the pioneer nursery conduc-
ted by him near his little church. In
1841-'42 he organized the first total
abstinance society in Lee County. He
was saintly, generous, kind-hearted
and charitable to a fault always
sharing his last farthing with any one
in need, enduring and zealous, dis-

playing a remarkable devotion to his

Father Alleman left Fort Madison
in 1851 for Rock Island (and Moline,
at both of which places he built the
first churches) where he was pastor
until 1859. Leaving Rock Island our
pioneer missioner became pastor of
Collinsville in our diocese in 1859-60.
On account of premature age and in-
firmities, both physical and mental,
brought on by overwork and depriva-
tions in his difficult missionary labors,
he entered St. Vincent's Hospital at
St. Louis, November 26, 1863. He
suffered from melancholia. His death
occured July 14, 1865, and was buried
from St. Vincent's chapel in Calvary
cemetery, St. Louis. There beneath
the shadow of a great granite cross,
beside archbishops and priests, await-
ing the resurrection morn, slumbers
the dust of this good and noble priest.


"Into a joyland above us,
Where there's a Father to love us,
Into our Home Sweet Home''.

Fath. Ab. Ryan.

In 1902 a newly ordained young
priest was assigned as assistant to

St. Mary's of Alton. He had only
shortly before received Holy Orders

at the Jesuit Seminary of Insbruck.
It was Rev. Paul Asmuth, a native of
Eppe, in Westphalia. He was an ex-
emplary young priest, meriting his
pastor's entire confidence because of
his conscientious and punctual per-
formance of duties. Pleasant and con-
genial, he soon grew into favor with
the parishioners. Of a frail constitu-
tion however, his health became un-
dermined, consumption set in. Yearn-
ing for his home and dear ones in the
Fatherland, Father Asmuth rallied his
waning strength and returned to the
scenes of his boyhood days in the
fall of 1906. For five years he tried to
ward off the fatal hour which was to
terminate his young priest life. Not-
withstanding all the loving care and
medical aid that was so generously
bestowed on him, Rev. Paul Asmuth
sank into death's embrace on October
10, 1911, at the parental home in his
native land. R. I. P.

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''The bells tolled slowly, sadly,

For a noble spirit fled;
Slowly in pomp and honor,
They bore the quiet dead".

A knotty, blunt and rugged charac-
ter was old Father Bartels. Fearless
and aggressive he hewed his way
through life. Like all other priests of
early pioneer days he learned many a
trite lesson in the school of adversity,
disappointment and failure. But he

brooded not over ineffectual attempts
and futile efforts, but tried again and
stubbornly forged ahead clearing his
way of obstacles and impediments.
Neither did he cater to the favors of a
fickle world, no, once knowing his
duty he fearlessly went ahead to ex-
ecute it. He was a man of great con-
servative habits, tenaciously clinging
to old traditions and customs. He
was especially known for his financial
ability. Being a man of saving habits
Father Bartels accumulated in the
course of years a competency which
with prudent management and by safe
investment he succeeded in multiply-
ing. Did he use the money thus made
for himself? Go to Bartelso, a place
founded by him and called after him,
and ask the people for an answer to
that question, and they will point with
pride to the beautiful church, the
school, cemetery, etc., and tell you
that the big and generous heart of
sturdy, stubborn Father Bartels had
provided for all that mainly from his
own resources. Nay, more. Among
all newspapers one of the foremost
champions of the church and her in-

terests is without doubt the "Amer-
ika" of St. Louis. That paper today
rests on safe and sound business prin-
ciples which guarantee its life and
future continuance. It was, however,
not always thus, for there was a time
when the "Amerika's" financial affairs
were rather shaky and in doubtful
condition. When creditors demanding
their money and no one in sight will-
ing and ready to unloosen the purse-
strings in aid of this valued paper,
Father Bartels proved himself the
man of the hour by planking down his
hard cash and standing good for all
obligations contracted by the paper.
He saved the "Amerika" from dis-
grace and ruin. For this act alone, if
for nothing else, every German Cath-
olic in these parts of the country owes
him a debt of gratitude. Ripe in years,
living more than three score and ten,
he passed away at Bartelso, where in
the shadow of the cross he found his
last resting place by the side of his
faithful friend and assistant, Rev. Cor-
nelius Hoffman.

Rev. Bartholomew Bartels was born
March 10, 1823, at Cleve on the Rhine.
His studies were made partly in his
home city and partly at Cologne,
Bonn and Muenster. He was ordained
in the latter place by Bishop Arnold
Melchers, May 29, 1847. For eleven
years, from the time of his ordination
till the year 1858, the young priest
worked in his own native diocese. He
came to America at the instance of
Bishop Junker, of Alton, who as-
signed him as pastor to Teutopolis.
From there he came for a few months
to St. Boniface of Quincy, then to St.
Marie in Jasper county, Freeburg,
1860, Millstadt, 1862-65, and two and
one-half years to Highland, after
which he spent sixteen years as pastor
of Germantown, at the end of which he
retired to Quincy, purchasing a home
near St. John's church and lived the
retired life for six years. Bartelso,
however, where his main interests
were located, lured him away from
Quincy, he became pastor of that
place, and after three years, May 4,
1894, peacefully slept away. R. I. P.

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''Memento Mori'".

"In manus tuas, Doniine, commendo spiritum
meum' '.

"Memento Mori" was seldom in all
its terrible and awsome significance
more strikingly exemplified than on
Tuesday, September 11, 1917, when

the Angel of Death summoned Rev.
Henry Becker, D. D., from our midst.
Apparently in good health and spirits
had he assisted less than two weeks
previous thereto the bi-annual clergy
retreat at the St. Francis College,
Quincy, Illinois. During recreation
hours the genial and good-natured
doctor became as usual the centre
around which so many grouped to
listen to his inoffensive stories and
harmless aecedotes, little thinking
that for this universally beloved priest
the grave was already yawning, and
that he was to be the first to descend
into the tomb. Alas! such was the

cruel fate that awaited him shortly
after arriving home aain. But death
found him not unprepared. His thir-
ty-eight years of priestly life, culmin-
ated by a good retreat where the
Memento Mori subject is uppermost
in the minds of all retreatants, had
paved the way for the final call and
blissful eternity of the pastor of Pier-
ron, Illinois.

Father Becker was a learned man,
a sound theologian, a fine logician
and analyst, who commanded over ;i
wide range of knowledge and informa-
tion. As a mathematician he perfected
and published but a few years ago a
perpetual almanac, which was well
received and by competent men highly
endorsed; moreover did he possess
more than ordinary astronomical
knowledge. Withal, however, he was
modest and humble to a fault; he
eschewed notoriety and but seldom
caused his opinions to prevail. Being
a lover of physical exercises our de-
parted was passionately addicted to
swimming. In whatever part of the
world he visited, there he gave him-
self over to swimming, and he was a
master in this acquarian sport.

Rev. Henry Becker, D. D., was
born July 1, 1856, at Salzkotten, West-
falia, came to America September 25,
1875, and entered the Grand Semin-
ary of Montreal. Here the talented
young theologian passed a splendid
examination, being awarded with the
degree of Doctor of Divinity the first
in the history of that institution. On
December 20, 1879, he was . elevated
to the priesthood. Since then he
worked at Mound City, Kaskaskia,
Saline, Hillsboro, Vandalia, Brighton,
Brussels, Meppen and Pierron. R. I.

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"Weary not through Springtime rain
But wait till the Autumn conies
For the sheaves of golden grain".

Delbrueck, near Poderborn in West-
falia, is the birthplace of Rev. Hy.
Beerhorst. There he was born Janu-
ary 19, 1838, was admitted to Holy
Orders March 12, 1864, and appointed
the following December to St. Mary's
church of Grand Rapids, (then
still in the Detroit diocese). In 1869
Father Beerhorst was replaced by
another priest, discontinued his ser-
vices in the Detroit diocese and gradu-
ally landed at Alton where he applied
to the bishop for an appointment. He
was received and sent to Quincy,
there to become an assistant to Rev.
Schafermeyer of St. Boniface parish,
for the new arrival was a near relative
of the pastor. From March 5, 1870,
to April 25, 1871, Father Beerhorst
performed good services at St. Boni-
face. The people had become greatly
attached to him and he proved a val-
uable asset to pastor and parish. On
the latter date, however, the young
priest strove to realize a long cher-
ished a m b i t i o n he determined to
embrace monastic life, packed his few
belongings and set out for the Car-
melite Monastery of Scipio, Kansas,
where soon after he was invested with
the habit of that order. A few years
later, Father Schafermeyer likewise
donned the Carmelite habit at that
place, to exchange it later, however,
for that of the Fransciscans. R. I. P.

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'My soul would lay her heavy burden down
And take with joyfulness the promised
crown.' '

.When on February 14, 1896, the

late Rev. P. M. Bourke went to his
eternal reward, a learned and elo-
quent man passed from sight. He
was a well-known, familiar person
throughout the diocese, beloved by
clergy and laity alike, whole-souled
and generous to a fault. During the
early years of priestly life, he taught
at the College of Ruma where his
solid learning was combined with the
gift of thoroughly imparting knowl-
edge to the student body. Unstinted
praise was given his ability by all who
studied under him.

Father Bourke was a native of Tip-
perary, Ireland, where he was born,
St. Patrick's Day March 17, 1839.
When still a child, both parents died.
The orphaned boy was adopted by an
aunt living in Limerick, where young
Patrick was educated. From the pri-
mary school he was admitted to the
Jesuit College and later attended the
Monk's school (Trappists) of Mt.
M e 1 a r y. At All Hallows and the
Grand Seminary of Montreal he stu-
died philosophy and theology and
became ordained to the priesthood by
Bishop Baltes. When the Ruma Col-
lege had closed its doors Father Bour-
ke worked in the capacity of both as-
sistant as well as pastor at Grafton,
Springfield, Decatur, Vandalia, 1888-
1894 and Shipman, every where win-
ning hosts of friends and well-wishers.
Pursuant to his wishes his remains
were interred at Springfield. R. I. P.


"I desire to be dissolved and to be with
Christ, being by much the better".
Phil. 1, 2-3.

County Cavan, Ireland, had given
the diocese a prominent priest in the
person of Rev. Patrick Brady. His
pastoral wisdom, prudence and cau-
tion were productive of good results.
He ranked high in the esteem of his
fellow priests because of his compan-
ionable disposition and his kindly
benevolent ways. Born in 1833, our
future candidate for Holy Orders
made his studies at All Hallows;

there he became ordained to the
priesthood April 17, 1865. After act-
ing as an assistant for a while at the
Cathedral, the young priest was sent
in similar capacity to Rev. L. A. Lam-
bert (author of "Notes on Ingersoll")
then pastor of St. Patrick's church of
Cairo. Four years Father Brady
spent there, three as assistant and the
last as pastor, 1868-'69. At this time
the Bishop recalled him from the
Egyptian Metropolis and made him
pastor of the Immaculate Conception

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church of Springfield. During Father
Brady's administration the church
was remodeled and besides received
an addition to it so as to extend its
length; moreover he built a large
brick school house, an eloquent monu-
ment to his pastoral zeal and energy.

In 1889 Father Brady exchanged
places with Father Timothy Hickey,
of Jacksonville, who in the meantime

had been made a Vicar General by
the new Bishop. With undiminished
vim and vigor he continued his work
at Jacksonville until May 14, 1892,
when death called him away from the
scenes of usefulness. His age was
59 years.

Father Patrick Brady's body was
bedded in the Jacksonville cemetery.
R. I. P.


"How gallantly, how nobly

He struggles through the foam;
And see in the far distance
Shine out the lights of Home ! ' '

Another Cavan County man, a
splendid young priest who was called
from hence in the prime of manhood,
was Rev. Hugh Brady, pastor of St.
Ubaldus church of New Douglas. His
soul soared upward to God's holy
throne on May 17, 1916. The young
priest had contracted pneumonia
which culminated in death. He died
well prepared at the St. Francis hos-
pital of Litchfield.

Father Hugh Brady was born June
18, 1883, in Cavan, Ireland, and at
the time of his death was but 32 years
and 11 months old.

He attended St. Patrick's College
of Carlow, and was ordained in June,
1908, for the diocese of Alton. Im-
mediately after his ordination he
sailed for America and was assigned
as an assistant to St. Joseph's parish
of Springfield. He remained there for
five years, winning the confidence and

love of the parishioners in an uncom-
mon degree. After the lapse of this
period the young priest was made a
pastor and ordered to New Douglas,
where soon he endeared himself to
all. But alas! his usefulness was to be
of but short duration.

With eyes fixed on eternity, and
recalling to mind his work at St.
Joseph's parish, Springfield, his dying
request was that he be buried at

The test of a priest's worth is made
apparent, by his standing with his
brother priests, hence the fact that
77 confreres attended Father Brady's
funeral, is eloquent testimony as to
his sterling character. Rev. P. J.
O'Reilly, of St. Joseph's celebrated
the Requiem, assisted by Rev. P. J.
McGiiinness as deacon, and Rev. F.
Shiels as sub-deacon. Rev. A. Smith
preached the sermon which was an
eloquent tribute to the priestly virtues
of our defunct. R. I. P.


"Arise! This day shall shine f prevermore !
To thee a star divine on Time's dark
shore' '.

In 1858 the coal mine in the neigh-
borhood of Bethalto, in Madison
county, had gathered there a large
number of people, many of whom
were Catholics. To minister to these
people became the duty, in 1858, of
Rev. J. J. Brennan, at the time an
assistant at the Alton Cathedral. He
had a frame church built, which con-
tinued to be attended from the Cathe-
dral till 1865. During the years from
1859-'61, Father Brennan was given

charge of the parishes of Carlinville
and Jacksonville, after which he was
appointed pastor of Shawneetown.
One year he stayed in this latter

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