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Genealogy of Fredrich and Lucy Werth Co-Founders of Schoenchen, Kansas By Rev. Alvin V. Werth, O.F. M. Cap., M.A. Saint Joseph Catholic Center 215 West 13th Street Hays, Kansas 67601 Three days after ALVIN WERTH's death, his guardian EARL MEYER began his funeral homily saying, "It would be difficult for anyone on such short notice and. with such limited time to offer an adequate reflection "on Alvin's long and full life. Three months later it is still difficult." "Anyone who knew Fr. Alvin will recall," Fr. Earl continued, "that he was meticious and extra cautious in planning. all the details of his life." Perhaps it is not so well known that he was also very careful in documenting most of it. Alvin understood the value of documentation for any history, and left 15 cartons of it to be digested at some future date. One of the most precious of these records is a 56-year-old motion picture of his first mass at Schoenchen. He also left reams of notes on local and family history, thousands of sermons, and a box after box of photographs. There are also about 500 cassette tapes which will need to be carefully sifted before deciding what to keep. Many were taped off Mother Angelia's Eternal Word Television Network, which he loved to watch in his last years, but many others are recordings of interviews he conducted over the years of family members and other people from earlier eras. Prompted by the 80-year-old four-seasons candle which, at the urging of Alvin's mother, had burned at Alvins' baptism, his first Mass, his 25th and 50th jubilies, and now his funeral, Earl summed up his life by referring to and commenting on four over lapping seasons of Alvin's life: his family, his priesthood, his mature study, and his retirement. Alvin, the 3rd oldest of the 12 children of Nikolaus and Magdalena (Hertel) Werth, was born 29 Aug. 1907 and baptized under the name Vincent the following day by Fr, Charles Mining. During high school at Hays Catholic College, he played the violin in the school orchestra and sang in the Messiah chorus at the normal school (now Ft Hays State University. At the age of 18, he graduated first in his class from junior college at Hays Catholic College, and soon after left for the noviate at Herman. Earl added that "In one sense he never left home. He spoke of his parents often and as though they were still alive. He followed every detail, almost daily events of his extended family and the activities of his hometown. More than once, when he was too sick or too weak to make a trip to Victoria, when news came that a grandniece or grandnephew was being married in Kansas City or Chicago; he instantly recovered and enjoyed the trip." Alvin's sudden death cut short the completion of a family-related project he had been working on for some time, a genealogical study of the Werth family he was nearly ready to take to printers. Alvin received minor orders from. Bp. John M. McNamara in Cumberland on 4 Oct. 1930, and the three major orders from Bishop Francis Tief in May of 1932: subdiaconate May 1 at Concordia, diaconate May 5 at Victoria, and priesthood May 8 at Hays. "He was rightly proud of being the first priest from his home parish at Schoenchen." Fr. Earl commented. "He enjoyed his work as a priest and found personal fulfillment in his priestly duties which were many and varied. He was a pastor, a chaplain, an administrator, a religious superior, and an author in Maryland, Missouri and his native Kansas. Even late in the hospital to visit the sick; and everyone got a personal prayer and Fr. Alvin's special blessing." Alvin was happy in all of the pastoral assignments he held between 1933 and 1977 and corresponded with many people in all of these places. Shortly before attending the Cresaptown MD centenary in 1985, he wrote some old friends that he doubted whether his health would permit his traveling there, but that he would be there in spirit. "If I don't get to see you again in this life." he wrote, "I'll see you. in heaven, where there is no more pain and suffering, nothing but supreme happiness." In his final bulletin at Antonio, Alvin said that he left with a heavy heart because "I like it here," but added quoted Mac. 6, 22, that he had submitted to his provincial's will".. . . in a noble manner, worthy of his years, the dignity of his advanced age, and the merited distinction of his gray hair." During the course of his 80 years, Alvin seemed to have left the U.S. four times: at least there are references to that many foreign trips in the many boxes of documentation he left behind: a tour of 15 Italian cities, with the Fratellanza Society of St. Louis in August of 1968; a pilgrimage retreat at Our Lady of the Cape in Three Rivers, Quebec, in May 1969; a trip to Puerto Rico in 1980; and his golden jubilee tree in Munich, Heidelberg, Frankfort and various places in Switzerland and Austria in August of 1983. Winter for Alvin, Earl said, was a retirement, which was neither bleak no cold, but rather thoroughly enjoyed. "He dabbled into family history and church history. He renewed old acquaintances and made new ones. He relished the opportunity to observe and comment on the busy life around him... He spent many hours in the chapel. He seldom missed a service or a devotion in church. For all practical purposes the only television he watched were programs on religion...His interests even in retirement were apostolic." ALVIN WERTH had many periods of illness during his life, but her was able to keep active till the day of his death June 27, 1988. After a normal day's activities, he asked to be taken to the hospital and, to the surprise of even the doctor in attendance, died shortly thereafter. The origin and history of the name WERTH The surname WERTH, sometimes spelled Woerth, comes from the Gothic surname Worth. Werth, according to THE CLASSIC GERMAN DICTIONARY. (Follet Publishing Company, Chicago, IL.,) means value, worth. In 1968, this writer was in London, England, I found numerous entries of the surname Werth in the London telephone directory. I consulted a professor in a London Museum about the name Werth and he replied that a youngster he had studied about warlord general from Sussex, England by the name Werth. The Werth Coat-of-Arms (by John W. Ward and Co., 171 Meeting St. Charleston, SC) shows that people of northwest Europe having the surname Werth belonged to the Saxton tribe. In 1983 I took a tour through Germany and Switzerland. I visited my friends, Rita and Wolfgand Shafers, in Warburg, Westphalia, Germany. In a Warburg cemetery I found a well-kept lot in which the family members of Henry Werth were interred. I also spoke with two gentlemen by telephone in Warburg who were named Werth; one was a printer and the other was a dealer in lumber. The surname Werth also appears in Hesse, Bavaria, Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany. It appears in the cantons of Bern and Graubunden, Switzerland (B. Nussbaumer, Altmanwweg 1, CH-9012, St. Gallen, Switzerland). The WERTH FAMILY HEREITAGE BOOK (published by Beatrice Bayley, Inc., Sterling, PA, 1981) lists 223 Werth families in the USA. The Hays telephone directory of. 1980, in addition to Werth families that I know who live in other states, number 108 Werth families not listed in the WERTH FAMILY HERITAGE BOOK. To the best of my knowledge, there are at least 331 Werth families in the United States in 1987. The birth place of Fredrich and Lucy (Ebel) Werth is Schoenchen, Russia, located on the east side of the Volga River in the District of Samara, Russia. Schoenchen was founded there in 1770, approximately 40 miles northeast of Katharinenstadt. Schoenchen, a catholic village, was located between two Catholic villages, Solothurn (Wittman) to the north and Zug (Gattung) to the south. By 1773 Schoenchen had 54 families. In 1860 it had a population of 1200, and in 1918 it had 3194 parishioners. Capuchin priests were the first to minister to the people of Schoenchen, followed by George Leibham, a native from German colony near Odessa, Russia, was a pastor at the time when many colonists left for America. He built a beautiful stone church in 1903-04. He died in Schoenchen, Russia in 1910. The S.S> Suevia departed from Hamburg, Germany on July 19, 1876. It landed in New York August 3, 1876. On the ship were a number of Volga German people who come from Schoenchen, Russia on the Volga. Among them were: WERTH-Fredrich and his wife Lucia and 4 children. They settled in Ellis Co. Kansas in the town of Schoenchen. The grandparents of Fredrich Werth were Carl and Catherine (Kern) Werth. THe death certificate of John Peter Werth (State of Kansas Division of Vital Statistics, 26-641) sates that Carl Werth and Catherine Kern are the parents of John Peter Werth, who was born on July 21, 18366 in Schoenchen, Russia. John Peter Werth was the youngest brother of John Werth. Therefore (concluded that the parents of John Werth were Carl and Catherine (Kern) Werth. They lived and died in Russia. John Werth (1827-1875) married Anna Mertz in Schoenchen, Russia. They lived and died in Russia. John Werth farmed on a small scale and hauled the daily water supply for the village of Schoenchen from the Volga River. John and Anna (Mertz) Werth were the parents of Frederich Werth, who was born on August 15, 1846. PARENTS OF LUCY EBEL JOHN HENRY AND CLEMENTIME (LEIKAM) EBEL The father of Lucy Ebel was John Henry Ebel (the surname Ebel appears in Alsace-Lorraine, France), and her mother was Clementina Leikam. John Henry Ebel was born 1820 at Schoenchen, district of Samara, Russia. He was an attorney and a district judge. Fredrick Werth Sr., the son-in-law of John Henry Ebel, called him "Der gross Richter" (district Judge). For a number of years John Henry Ebel kept records at Schoenchen of all marriages, births, deaths, funerals, and handled other legal documents. At the end of each year he sent all records to the city of Saratov, Russia, where they kept on file. John Henry Ebel was also a grain merchant; he bought and sold wheat in Russia. John Henry and Clementina Ebel lived and died in Russia. Their daughter Lucy Ebel was born Nov. 1, 1850. She married Fredrich Werth, Sr. on Sept. 27, 1867. VOYAGE TO AMERICA A few years after their marriage, together with other emigrants of Schoenchen, Munjor, and Liebenthal, Frederich and Lucyy Werth, and their children, left the upper Volga region in June, 1876, to tavel to Saratov. After the emigrants arrived at Sartov, they boarded a train to Warsaw, Poland, Berlin, and Hamburg, Germany. They left Hamburg on the ship Suevia on July 19, 1876 and arrived at New York after a voyage of about three weeks. In New York they made arrangements with Mr. Adam Roedelheimer, an agent of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, for transportation to Ellis County, Kansas, for the sum of $11.52 per passenger. They arrived in Hays, Kansas at 10th and Main Street, during the first part of August, 1876. On August 14, they arrived at Big timber Township in Rush County, Kansas and settled a few miles north of Liebenthal, Kansas. On Sept. 6, 1876, Fredrich and Lucy Werth's only daughter, Clementina, was born in a hastily impoverished sod hut. During May of 1877, the Frederich Werth family helped to found Schoenchen, Kansas when they moved to the Southwest Quarter of Section 28, Township 15, Range 18, which is still the site of Schoenchen in 1988. The Wasingers The ancestry of Franz Wasinger and Anna Scheck is shown as far as can be ascertained from church records in St. Fidelsis Monastery, Victoria, Kansas, and from vists with siome of the older people who knew Franz and Anna Wasinger. The parents of Franz Wasinger and Anna Scheck are known and documented. The grandparents of Franz Wasinger are in doubt. In the mid 1930's Frank Windholtz visited with Franz Wasinger about his grandparents. Franz Wasinger said that his grandfather was Christopher Wasinger. He did not know the name of his grandmother. Helen Hall in her These Are Our Religion has a Johannes Wasinger, spouse known, as the grandfather of Franz. In "History from 1760 to 1938 of Joe Wasinger, G. Peter Wasinger, Anton Wasinger, SR., Anton D. Wasinger" translated by Anton D. Wasinger, is an account of a Joe Wasinger, married to a young woaman named Mareda, who migrated with the Germans to Russia 1764. This Joe, about thirty years old, was the father of Johannes, a Christopher, and none other children. This Johannes is supposedly the great great grandfather of this writer. The Christopher is the forebear of another group of Wasingers who came to the United States at the time. This writer does not know who his great great grandfather Wasinger was, but likes to believe that Grandfather Franz Wasinger knew who his grandfather was. Grandfather Franz Wasinger was about sixty-six years old in 1935 to 1936 when Franz Windholz interviewed him. According to Windholz, Grandfather had a clear, sharp mind and a good memory. So this writer likes to believe that his great great grandfather and the great great grandfather of all the third generation descendants of Franz and Anna Wasinger was a Christopher Wasinger. The Wasingers Johannes Wasinger married Catherine Rome. He was born Dec. 10, 1842. She was born May 4, 1844. He died Dec. 13, 1906. SHe died April 2, 1866 The Wasingers are buried in St. Fiedelis Cemetery, Victoria, Kansas. They came from Herzog, Kansas. Children John Wasinger married Catherine Scheck. John Wasinger was born Jan. 9, 1865 and married Oct. 30, 1882. He died July 20, 1903. She was born April 1, 1865 and died June 7, 1939. Stanislaus Wasinger married Anna Barbara Dreiling on Oct. 25, 1885. Stanislaus Wasinger was born March 7, 1868 and died June 20, 1889. Anna Barbara Dreiling was born Dec. 11, 1865. She died Aug. 2, 1946. Franz Wasinger married Anna Scheck on Nov. 29, 1889 Franz Wasinger was born July 14, 1870 and died Nov. 5, 1938. Anna Scheck was born Sept. 19, 1871 and died Sept. 22, 1935 Peter Wasinger married Anna Copp on Nov. 8, 1892. Peter Wasinger was born Aug. 11, 1872 and died Feb. 5, 1949. Anna Copp was born April 14, 1877. She died June 22, 1933. Martin Wasinger married Juliana Toepfer on ? Matin Wasinger was born Sept. 16, 1877 and died AUg. 17, 1948. Julia Toepfer was born in 1876 and died July 8, 1915. Anna Maria Wasinger married Willibald Braun on October 27, 1896. Anna Maria Wasinger was born July 18, 1879 and died Jna. 9, 1919. Willbald Braun was born Nov. 9, 1875 and died Jan. 28, 1953. Michael Wasinger married Margaret Bollig on ? Michael Wasinger was born April 15, 1883 and died Oct. 26, 1957. Margaret Bollig was born July 22, 1884 and died Jan. 30, 1970 Catherine Wasinger married Peter Scheck on ? Catherine Wasinger was born June 25, 1884 and died Jan. 31, 1967. Peter Scheck was born July 17, 1882 and died May 12, 1967. Mary Wasinger was born April 2, 1886 and died June 18, 1887



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