Age: 83 years, 7 months

“Frederich Heinrich Theodore Bohl”

DOB: April 18, 1838
Rosenhagen, Germany

DOD: November 18, 1921
Beecher, Will County, IL, USA

Son of Herman Helmuth and Maria (nee Berthling) Bohl

Brother to: Anna R. (Wilhelm Stadt), Wilhelmina and Louise Bohl

Husband to Wilhelmina “Minna” Schultz Bohl, married 1866-1867 in Lombard, IL

Father to: Johann William Bohl, Friedericka “Reka” (Henry Kurth Sr.), Henry F. (Sophie M. Blievernicht), William Bohl and John C.(Louise M. Blievernitcht) Bohl


Sept. 21, 1861 enlisted 9th Illinois Cavalry, Company F, Private, Serviced 1861-1865, age at entry 23 years. Served 3 years



Heinrich Bohl ObitThe death of Frederich Heinrich Theodore Bohl occurred last Friday, Nov. 18, of dropsy, aged 83 years and 7 months.

Deceased was born April 18, 1838, at Rosenhagen, Mechlenburg, Schwerin, Germany. In August 1857, he came with his parents and two other children to America and settled at Lombard, near Chicago.

Later the family moved to the homestead in Washington Township, on which he has resided for a number of years and where he died. 1909 County Land Ownership Map, Hy Bohl


He was the last of four children of Herman and Maria Bohl. His wife, Wilhelmina “Minna” Schultz Bohl died August 26, 1883, age 37 years, and he has been a widower ever since – 38 years. Eight children were born to this union, five of whom are dead. Deceased has been in ill health for a number of years and had been confined to bed with dropsy the past five weeks.

Two sons, Henry and John, one daughter, Mrs. Reka Kurth, one son-in-law, two daughters-in-law, and fifteen grandchildren survive him.

The funeral was held Tuesday, at 12 o’clock p.m. from the home, with services at St. John’s Evangelical Church, Rev. C. Seidenberg officiating. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Heinrich “Hy’s” family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Son & Daughter-in-law: Henry H. Bohl & Sophie M. Blievernicht Bohl

Heinrich “Hy” also has more distant relatives in the mausoleum; the connections are:
Heinrich “Hy’s” sister: Anna R. Bohl married Wilhelm Stadt
Wilhelm Stadt’s sister was: Friederike Lisette (Stadt) who married Ernest Heldt
Ernest Heldt & Friederike Lisette (Stadt) Heldt son and daughter-in-law also in the mausoleum are: Fred E. Heldt & Ida (Peters) Heldt

The Peters family in the mausoleum are also part of Ida Peters’ family, but the connections get a little confusing. If you’re interested in more details, please contact Sandra.



Age: 52 years, 8 months, 11 days

Emma Maria Ristenpart Fiene

DOB: December 12, 1866
Near Beecher, IL, USA

DOD: August 23, 1919
Chicago Heights, IL, USA

Daughter of Friedrich and Louise (nee Ortung) Ristenpart

Sister to: William (Hermine Danne), Fred (Caroline Paulson), Bertha, Minna (George Kappe) and Louise Ristenpart

Wife of Henry Fiene, married April 14, 1895, at St. John’s Evangelical Church, Eagle Lake, IL

Mother to: Malinda (Herman F. Hunte), Reinhard T. (Anna M. Meyer) and Rose Hermine Fiene.


Beecher Herald – August 28, 1919


Emma Fiene ObitThe death of Mrs. Henry Fiene occurred Saturday, August 23, 1919, at 8:15 p.m., at the Chicago Heights Hospital, following a surgical operation, aged 52 years, 8 months and 11 days.

The remains were brought to her home, south of Beecher, and the funeral was held at the Evangelical St. Lucas (Luke’s) Church, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. G. Horst officiating. Interment was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Emma Maria Ristenpart was born Dec. 12, 1866, near Beecher, Ill. She was confirmed March 21, 1880, at St. John’s Evangelical Church, Washington Township, by Rev. E. Keuchen. On April 14, 1895, she was married to Henry Fiene in the same church by Rev. Gustav Koch. Three children were born to this union – Malinda, Reinhard and Rose – who, besides the grief stricken husband, mother, Mrs. Louise Ristenpart, one sister and two brothers, are left to mourn the untimely demise.

The Beecher Herald joins the many friends in extending condolences to the sorrowing relatives.

Emma’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Husband: Henry Fiene
Brother & Sister-in-law: William Ristenpart & Hermine (Danne) Ristenpart
Sister & Brother-in-law: Fredricke (Ristenpart) Kappe & George Kappe
Father-in-law & Mother-in-law of daughter (Malinda) Henry Hunte & Minnie (Rust) Hunte
Brother-in-law of daughter (Malinda) Albert L. Hunte
Brother-in-law of daughter (Malinda) Carl F. Hunte
Aunt & Uncle of daughter (Malinda) Henry F. Rust & Emma (Meyer) Rust



Age: 30 years, 4 months, 14 days



DOB: September 28, 1884
Chicago, IL USA

DOD: February 11, 1915
at home, Monee, IL USA


Daughter of William and Maria S. (nee Seegers or Siegert) Wehmhoefer

Sister to: Minnie S.  (Herman F. Claus), Henry C. (Augusta J. Wehling), William, Edward J.(Charlotte D. Thiesfeld), Lydia (Leonard S. Cole) and Clara (Martin W. Peters) Wehmhoefer.

Half Sister to: Carrie Hoffmann, whose parents were Maria Wehmhoefer Hoffmann and  Frank Hoffman

Step-Sister to: John, Lena (August Schoenwald) and Mary D. Hoffmann, whose parents were Sophia (Mueller) Hoffman and Frank Hoffmann.

July 2, 1909 – Beecher Herald



Matrimonal Westphal-WehmhoeferA quiet home wedding took place, Sunday, at the home of Mrs. M. Hoffman, when at 4:30 o’clock p.m. Rev. D. Bierbaum of the Evangelical St. Lucas Church pronounced the words which united her daughter, Miss Tillie Wehmhoefer, and Mr. Wm. Westphal in the bonds of holy matrimony. The ring service was used. The wedding was a quiet one, only near relatives being present.

The bride was becomingly attired in a costume of white embroidery, princess style, and carried a bouquet of white roses. The attendants were Miss Clara and Wm. Wehmhoefer, sister and brother of the bride.

Beecher's Brass Band l to r- Fred Kegelbine, William Wehmhoefer, H.H. Wegert, William Paul, Charles Adolph, Frank Hack, Ernie Selk, Rube Wegert and Herman Matson

Beecher’s Brass Band, l to r:  Fred Kegelbine, William Wehmhoefer, H.H. Wegert, William Paul, Charles Adolph, Frank Hack, Ernie Selk, Rube Wegert and Herman Matson

After the ceremony, those present extended hearty congratulations and partook of a bounteous wedding dinner. In the evening the Beecher Cornet band serenaded the couple with a few choice selections.

The bride is an esteemed and popular Beecher young lady, who has a host of friends. The groom is a business man of Crete, being one of the proprietors of the Exchange Hotel. Like his bride, he is very popular among his large circle of friends and is a good business man.

The young couple will make their home at Crete, where they will be “at home” to friends after July 5.

The Beecher Herald joins with friends in extending congratulations.

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Does anyone have a photo of William & Tillie Wesphal or of the Exchange Hotel in Crete?



February 12, 1915 – Beecher Herald


The End Came Last Night at Her Home In Monee

Funeral Will Be Held, Sunday, at 2 o’clock, in St. Lucas Church

Mathilda Westphal obit 1Friends were shocked, this morning to learn of the death of Mrs. William Westphal, nee Tillie Wehmhoefer, which occurred at about 10:30 o’clock, last evening, at her home in Monee.

It was generally known that Mrs. Westphal had been in failing health for the past two years, but it was not known that she was critically ill even by her closest relatives here. Yesterday, her mother, Mrs. Mary Hoffmann, was called to Monee on the information that her daughter was growing weaker, but it was not thought at that time the end was near.

The remains will be brought to Beecher and the funeral will be held at 2 o’clock, Sunday afternoon, at the St. Lucas Evangelical Church. The remains will be laid at rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.


Mathilda Westphal obit 2The funeral of Mrs. William Westphal was held on Sunday. Services were held at the home in Monee at 9 a.m., Rev. Ed Pinchert officiating, after which the funeral cortege proceeded overland to Beecher, where services were held at 2 o’clock at the St. Luke’s Evangelical Church, Rev. Horst officiating. The pall bearers were Henry, Ed and William Wehmhoefer, H. F. Claus of Beecher, and Leonard Cole of Steger, and Martin Peters of Monee. The church was filled to the limit with friends of the deceased who came to pay the last tribute to the dead. Many beautiful floral offerings bedecked the casket, Rev. Horst paid a glowing tribute to the deceased and the choir rendered a number of appropriate selections. The remains were laid to rest in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Matilda Wehmhoefer was born in Chicago, Sept. 28, 1884, later moving with her parents to Beecher. She was confirmed in St. John’s Church in 1898, by Rev. Koch. On June 22, 1909, she was married to William Westphal by Rev. Daniel Bierbaum. She had been in poor health for about a year, and passed away Feb. 11, 1915, at the age of 30 years, 4 months and 13 days. Besides her grief stricken husband, she leaves to mourn her demise a mother, Mrs. Mary Hoffman, three brothers, Henry, Ed. and William, four sisters, Mrs. Minnie (H.F.) Claus, Mrs. Lydia (Leonard) Cole, Misses Clara and Carrie, eight brothers-in-law, eight sisters-in-law, father-in-law, and a number of other relatives.

Deceased was a young lady of excellent traits, possessing a kind and cheerful disposition at all times, and one who numbered her friends by her acquaintances. She was a devout Christian in the Evangelical Lutheran faith, and was a regular attendant of devotional services in her church. She was a devoted and loving wife, and a good neighbor. Her early demise is a sort of great grief to her husband and relatives and only time will assuage.

The Beecher Herald joins with the many friends in extending condolence to the sorrowing relatives.

(Editor’s note: Matilda’s burial was the second in the Mausoleum after its completion)

 Matilda’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Mother: Maria (Seegers or Siegert) Wehmhoefer Hoffman
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry C. Wehmhoefer & Augusta J. (Wehling) Wehmhoefer
Brother & Sister-in-law: Edward J. Wehmhoefer & Charlotte M. (Thiesfeld) Wehmhoefer
Nephew: Edwin D. Wehmhoefer

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wiechen, Wilkening.