ETHEL HACK (640x423)

Age: 80 years, 17 days

(nee Wehmhoefer)

DOB: March 23, 1898
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: April 9, 1978, at the
Peotone-Bensenville Home

Daughter of Henry Conrad Wehmhoefer and Augusta Johanna (Wehling) Wehmhoefer

Sister to: Lawrence (Magnetta L. Kurth) , Harold G, and Howard (Marion L. Hinze) Wehmhoefer.

Wife of Arthur Hack, married January 1, 1920.

Mother of Geraldine A. Hack (Philip G. Imholz).

Grandmother of Thomas & Pamela Imholz.

Beecher Public School

Eighth grade graduating class,1913

Back row: Milford Ruge, Frank Hinze, Morris VanVoorhis,

Front Row: Amanda Rump, Ethel Wehmhoefer, Prof. Henry Liberty, Clara Wilke, Loraine Ehrhardt, Vera Stites.


Arthur & Ethal MatrimonialArthur Hack and Ethel Wehmhoefer were married Jan. 1, 1920 at St. Luke’s parsonage, Rev. G. Horst officiating.  Mr. and Mrs. George Heiden were sponsors. Following the wedding the couple boarded a train for Chicago.
The wedding was a surprise to all, even the parents of the bride, who were not informed of the event until the newlyweds arrived in Chicago, when they wired back the glad news.
Both bride and groom are well known in Beecher, where they were born and reared. They are popular and Arthur Hack and Ethel Wehmhoeferesteemed young people and their many friends wish them the best there is in their wedded life.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Ed. Ohlendorf of near Goodenow, and the bride the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wehmhoefer of Beecher.
We understand the young couple will make their home in Chicago Heights, where Mr. Hack has employment as city mail carrier.
The Beecher Herald extends congratulations.

(Editor’s note: Arthur’s mother is listed in error; she was Emma (Katz) Hack Heller, not Mrs. Ed Ohlendorf)



[1925]   Arthur Hack took over the general merchandise store of Herman Hack at 734 Indiana Avenue.

Mrs. Arthur Hack introduced her line of millinery. Her 1925 fall selection was “exceptionally modish, stylish, and with pleasing combinations, sure to suit the individual tastes of the Beecher Ladies.”




Ethel Hack Welfare PresidentThe Women’s Welfare Club named Mrs. Ethel Hack to head the new staff of officers for the ensuing year at the regular meeting of the club in the home of Mrs. Arnold Knuth, Tuesday evening. Those elected are as follows:

President – Mrs. Ethel Hack
Vice Pres. – Mrs. Dorothy Saller
Secretary – Mrs. Martha Knuth
Treasurer – Mrs. Rose Hunte
Publicity – Mrs. S.R. Stites and Mrs. C.H. Letterer
Flower Committee – Mrs. Arthur Boysen and Mrs. Walter Boysen.

Following the business session, a delicious luncheon was served, after which cards were enjoyed.


Ethel Hack ObitFuneral services were conducted by the Rev. Dean Plassmann Tuesday, April 11, for Ethel E. Hack, who died Sunday, April 9, 1978, at Peotone-Bensenville Home. Burial was in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Ethel Hack, nee Wehmhoefer, was born March 23, 1898, in Beecher, and has lived in the area her entire lifetime.

She was a member of St. Luke Mary-Martha Circle, St. Luke Women’s Guild, Post 67 Amvets Auxiliary, and Women’s Welfare Club.

She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Philip (Geraldine) Imholz, Beecher; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, and two brothers.

Pallbearers were Landis Wehling, Kenneth Wehling, Oliver Claus, Wayne Reichers, Harold Scheiwe, and Roger Stoeven.

Ethel’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Husband: Arthur Hack
Father & Mother: Henry C. Wehmhoefer & Augusta J (Wehling) Wehmhoefer
Uncle & Aunt: Edward J. Wehmhoefer & Charlotte (Thiesfeld) Wehmhoefer
Cousin: Edwin D. Wehmhoefer
(Husband’s) Uncle & Aunt: Charles J. Hack & Anna (Schroeder, Schmaedeke) Hack
(Husband’s) Uncle & Aunt: Herman Hack & Eva F. (Ruge) Hack
(Husband’s) Uncle & Aunt: Henry Hack & Mary W. (Bielfeldt) Hack
(Husband’s) Cousins: Dr. Edmund Hack & Margaretha B (Schwarz) Hack



Age: 80 years, 8 months, 27 days


DOB: April 12, 1867
3 miles west of Beecher, IL USA

DOD: January 8, 1948
at home, west of Beecher, IL USA


Daughter of Henry and Rosina (nee Bonhem) Huenerberg
Sister to: Minnie (William T. Langton) and Charles W. (Albertine M. Peterson) Huenerberg

Wife of William Matthies, married November 14, 1885 at St. Paul’s Church, Beecher, IL.
Mother to seven children: Alvina (Carl Clausing), Ida (Ernest Hannover), Sophia (William Buhr Jr.), Tillie (Otto Jaeger), Melinda (Martin Oldenburg), Edward (Ester Pralle) and William Jr. ( Hattie Armstrong) Matthies

January 15, 1948 – Beecher Herald


Emma Matthies obit 1Mrs. Emma Matthias, 80, well known citizen of this community, passed away at her home on the Peotone Road, west of Beecher, last Thursday night.

Funeral services were conducted at the late residence and following at St. Lucas Ev. and Reformed Church, Monday afternoon. Burial was in the Mausoleum. Rev. G. Horst officiated.


Eddie Matthias obit 2The departed, Mrs. William (Emma) Matthies, nee Huenerberg, the daughter of Henry and Rosina Huenerberg, both deceased, was born, 3 miles west of Beecher, April 12, 1867. The child of Christian parents, she was soon after birth, baptized and later, following a course of thorough religious instruction, confirmed with others in St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, northwest of Beecher.

On Nov. 14, 1885, she was united in holy wedlock with Mr. William Matthies, the ceremony taking place in the aforementioned church, the late Rev. A.H. Brauer officiating. This happy union was blessed with the following children: Alvina (Mrs. Carl Clausing), Beecher; William, Beecher; Ida (Mrs. Ernest Hannover) Beecher; Sophie (Mrs. William Buhr), Beecher; Tillie (Mrs. Otto Jaeger), Detroit; Melinda (Mrs. Martin Oldenburg); Edward, who passed away, Dec. 19, 1941. Immediately after their marriage, the young couple engaged in farming – first four years, 3 miles west of Beecher, then four years near Goodenow and since then on the present homestead. Both being deeply interested in farming and faithfully applying themselves to their work their labors were signally blessed by God. Deeply enjoying their life it was granted them to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1935 in the midst of their children and many friends. Two years later, however, Jan 11, 1937, the loving husband and father was peacefully called to his eternal rest. Deeply feeling the loss of a devoted husband, the departed continued on the farm which her son, William, had taken over. Always active, there came a marked let-up due to slowly dwindling strength during the last four months. About two weeks ago, her condition became such that she needed the constant care and attention of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. William Matthies, who together with the other daughters of the departed as well as the husbands, lovingly watched over her until she took her last breath, Thursday Jan. 8, at 6:45 p.m., at the age of 80 years, 8 months and 26 days.

She leaves to mourn her passing the children already mentioned, 12 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild, 2 daughters-in-law, 4 sons-in-law, a sister, Mrs. Minnie Langton, Chicago; a brother, Charles, Hannover, Kansas and a host of other relatives and friends.

Emma Matthies obit 3Funeral services were conducted, Monday, Jan. 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the late residence and continued at St. Luke’s Church where her pastor, Rev. G. Horst, spoke to a large gathering of relatives and friends. Three appropriate songs were rendered by the following: Mrs. Hilda Boysen, Mrs. Vernon Henerberg, Mrs. Mildred Selk and Mrs. Esther Braun. Beautiful floral pieces attested to the esteem in which the departed was held by all who knew her intimately. She was laid to rest in the Mausoleum.

The departed, as loving wife and mother, always blessed with the best of health, gave unstintingly of her care, strength and labor to her loved ones. Ever true to her Christian upbringing, she, as a member of St. Luke’s Church, and until recently as a member of its Women’s Guild, seldom missed attending the services and meetings and was always found willing and ready to contribute her share towards the welfare of her church and its larger kingdom work. Thus, following the steady inner light of faith, hope and love, may she now happily realize finding her name written in Heaven in the Book of Life – Luke 10, v 20.

Help PleaseNote: You may notice that Emma’s and William’s names are spelled with an “e” in Matthies, and their son Eddie’s name is spelled with an “a” in Matthias. I have found in my research the spelling changes on different documents. I do not know which is correct, or if there was an error made on their headstones. If you can help confirm the correct spelling, please let us know.

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

Husband: William Matthies
Son: Edward Matthias
In-laws of son (Edward) Louis Pralle & Minnie (Mausehund) Pralle
Grandmother of son’s wife (Esther Pralle Matthies): Wilhelmina (Stradtmenn) Pralle

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



Louise Koch

Age: 82 years, 11 months, 23 days

(nee FICK)

DOB: March 1, 1859
Du Page, IL USA

DOD: February 4, 1942
at home, Beecher, IL USA


Daughter of John & Ann (Sauer) Fick
Sister to: Fred (Agnes Vorkaufer), Minna, Heinrich (Emma Heldt), Emma (Fred Kirchhoff) and William Fick

Wife of Emil Koch Sr., married July 12, 1883 at St. John’s UCC Church.
Mother to: William G (Louisa Bodenvias), Emil Jr. (Louise Hussman) and Henry (Erna Schweer) Koch

July 20, 1933  – Beecher Herald


Koch Anniversery 1933On last Wednesday, July 12, a well-planned successful surprise was tendered Mr. and Mrs. Emil Koch, Sr., highly esteemed couple of this community. The children, gratefully mindful of possessing heaven’s gift in their parents, lovingly planned and arranged to link this memorable day with the unforgotten day of 50 years ago.

Desiring to make it a surprise, about 85 immediate relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kirchhoff at 2:30 p.m., Mrs. Kirchhoff being an only sister of Mrs. Koch – and from there marched over to the home of the unsuspecting and fully unprepared couple.

Following the happy expressions of greetings and congratulations, all motored to the Community Hall, where later, in the basement, beautifully decorated for the occasion, a tasty luncheon was served to the happy celebrants. Rev, G. Horst, serving as toast-master, first read numerous congratulatory cards which during the day had been spirited away from the post office, and then called on various relatives and friends for a word of greeting and felicitation, all responding readily in giving due honor to the worthy groom and bride in their midst. Following an address by the Rev. G. Horst who, basing his words on Isaiah 45, V.4 brought out the loving kindness shown the aged couple throughout the years of their married life, a fine basket containing a beautiful bouquet of yellow tea roses, as a combined gift of the St. Lucas Ladies Aid and Sewing Circle, in both of which organizations Mrs. Koch holds active membership, was presented to the couple by the respective secretaries of said organizations. Rev. J.H. Koenig, father of Mrs. Horst, in well chosen words concluded the happy hour at the festive board.

Since everyone loves a bride and tolerates a groom, an additional surprise was tendered the couple later in the day by the appearance of the so-called “Hungry Five” a misnomer, unless it means musical hunger for more opportunities to display their extraordinary talents, who together with their leader, R. Wegert, rendered pleasing and suitable selections. With the lengthening shadows of evening enfolding the day the invited guests bid farewell to the honored couple in wishing them many happy returns of the day.

March 5, 1942 – Beecher Herald


Louise Koch obit 1 (2)Mrs. Emil Koch Sr., passed away at 6 a.m., Tuesday, at the Koch residence on Gould Street. The deceased a pioneer resident of Beecher, had attained the age of 82 years. Since the death of her husband, some two years ago. Mrs. Koch had been in failing health and more or less an invalid.

Funeral services, (Thursday), at 1:30 o’clock at the Hack Funeral Home and 1:45 o’clock in St. Luke’s Ev. and Reformed Church, Rev. G. Horst officiating. Interment will be in the Mausoleum.


Louise Koch obit 2Mrs. Emil Koch, Sr., one of the best known and highly esteemed residents of Beecher, was called to eternal rest, Tuesday morning, at 6 a.m., February 24th. She was born March 1, 1859, the child of Mr. and Mrs. John Fick, both deceased, and being baptized in early infancy, she was later, following a course of thorough religious instruction, confirmed with others, March 17, 1872, in St. John’s Church, east of Beecher, by the late Rev. F.G. Reinicke.

On July 12, 1883, she was married to Mr. Emil Koch, the ceremony taking place in St. John’s Ev. and Reformed Church, with the late Rev. G Koch officiating. This happy union was blessed with three sons and of whom, William, preceded the parents in death on September 16, 1933. The surviving sons, who deeply mourn the passing of one of the finest mothers, are Emil, Beecher, and Henry, Chicago Heights. Immediately after their marriage the young couple made Beecher their home.

Here in Beecher and surrounding territory, the young husband soon became known as one of the outstanding carpenters, plying this trade for 22 years. He, in 1905, established and successfully operated the so-called Koch’s Hardware Store.

In 1933 the grateful children secretly so planned in that time was taken out in their busy life for the celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary, an event that filled their hearts with deep lasting happiness. Seven years later, on March 29, 1940, this happy union of two loving kindred souls was dissolved by the death of the husband. Since that time the departed, suffering more or less from amnesia, made and found her home with her children, Emil Koch Jr.  Needing ever watchful attention and constant care which only those know who so faithfully took care of her, which care she gratefully appreciated and often gratefully spoke of, she just gradually, under the burden of years grew weaker and weaker until as mentioned above, she peacefully closed her eyes in death at the ripe age of 82 years, 11 months and 23 days.

She leaves to mourn; her two sons already mentioned; two daughters-in-law; 3 grandchildren, Gilbert Koch, Evelyn Koch (Mrs. Vance Gerringer),  and Dorothy Koch, one sister, Mrs. Fred Kirchhoff, Beecher, and a large host of other relatives and friends.

Louise Koch obit 3Funeral services were held Thursday, February 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m., at the Hack Funeral Home and continued at St. Luke’s Church, where her pastor, Rev. G. Horst, spoke in both the English and German languages to a very fine gathering of relatives and friends. A duet of sisters, Mrs. Erwin Albers and Mrs. Herman Seitz, rendered there appropriate songs. Beautifully arranged floral pieces testified of the high esteem in which mother Koch was held by all whose privilege it was to know her. She found her last earthly resting place in the Beecher Mausoleum.

It can be truly said of the departed that as loving wife, mother, neighbor and friend, she did all she could. As Tabitha or Dorcas, her life was full of good works and also deeds which she did. Blest with a true motherly heart she always felt and followed the urge of mothering all who needed help and care, and thus many whose hearts and homes she gladdened and brightened will always remember her as Mother Koch. Deeply religious, ever true and faithful in the essential abiding things in life, she as a charter member of both the St. Luke’s Women’s Guild, which presidency she held for a number of years and the St. Luke’s Women’s Guild Auxiliary, did willingly and gladly all that could be asked of her. Next to the home which always meant so much to her she loved the church, her Master’s Bride, and would seldom miss a service. Thus, having done all she could with no shadow resting upon her life, striving always to be found worthy in the eyes of God and fellow pilgrims, we may well think of her as fully realizing what the love of God has prepared for her and us. In saying fond farewell, we add a hopeful – ‘Auf wiedersehen’ in the realms above.

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

Husband: Emil Koch Sr.

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, 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, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening,