“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Highland in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Schiller Chapel

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Schiller Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 24, 2020
1. Schiller Chapel Marker
Inscription.  From its settlement in 1831 and onward, Highland attracted citizens from Switzerland and southern Germany. The more well-to-do of these early Highland families would travel to visit their homelands. In the summer of 1875, a group of Highlanders decided to make a return visit. The group was led by John Suppiger, one of the original Highland settlers.

Accompanying John on the trip was his wife Catherine, their 20-year-old daughter Adaline, and their 7-year-old son John. Other Highlanders on the trip included John's nephew Louis G. Suppiger and Christian Himi, a retired farmer and native of Switzerland.

The Highland group traveled by train to New York City and boarded the steamship Schiller. The ship encountered bad weather just southwest of England. Approximately 20 miles from the southern tip of England, the Schiller struck a rock. Of the 400 people aboard the ship, only 44 survived. None of the Highland group were among the survivors.

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This chapel was built in 1883-1884 as a memorial to John Suppiger. It eventually fell into disrepair until 1974 when the Highland
Schiller Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, September 24, 2020
2. Schiller Chapel Marker
Marker is in front of the chapel.
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Historical Society urged the Highland City Council to pass a resolution which designated the chapel a historical monument. (Marker Number 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesDisastersSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 45.48′ N, 89° 41.649′ W. Marker is in Highland, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Cemetary. Marker is located in front of the chapel, which is part of Highland City Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2731 Cemetary, Highland IL 62249, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Schiller Chapel (here, next to this marker); Louis Latzer Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Spindler Monuments (within shouting distance of this marker); Founders' Monuments (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 1.9 miles away); Illinois Remembers (approx. 1.9 miles away); Highland (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Mar. 30, 2023