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Wapakoneta in Auglaize County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Sts. Peter and Paul Church

Mother Church of the Petersburg Parishes

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 26, 2018
1. Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker
side A
Inscription. Saints Peter and Paul Church, Petersburg (1835), was the mother church for St. Joseph, Wapakoneta; St. John the Evangelist, Fryburg; St. Lawrence, Rhine; and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Botkins. All were founded by German-Catholic immigrants to west- central Ohio. After the removal of the Wapakoneta Shawnee in 1832, the land became available for purchase. The 1830s and '40s saw a wave of devout German settlers who wished to practice their faith in their new home, a desire served by missionary priests such as Father Wilhelm Horstman. Father Horstman first visited the settlement at Petersburg on May 8, 1835, presiding at Mass, baptizing, and blessing a marriage. In April 1836, immigrants John and Anna Mary Ruppert sold 40 acres of land in Pusheta Township to the trustees of the Catholic Church and a log church was built at the Petersburg site.
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The parish was dedicated to Sts. Peter and Paul. It initially served the region, but often impassable roads prompted settlers to establish churches closer to home, first at Wapakoneta (1839), then Fryburg (1850), Rhine (1856), and Botkins (1865). The members of Sts. Peter and Paul fought for their church, even constructing a new building in 1869, but the parish dissolved by 1897. "Completely

Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 26, 2018
2. Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker
side B
surrounded by her children – Wapakoneta, Fryburg, Rhine, and Botkins – the little log church at Petersburg was needed no longer.... Like the good seed: in giving life to new plants she loses her own. The ground where the mother church died is hallowed ground…It is our duty to keep it and respect it."
Father Lawrence Tebbe, 1950
 
Erected 2018. (Marker Number 8-6.)
 
Location. 40° 29.824′ N, 84° 9.779′ W. Marker is in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in Auglaize County. Marker is at the intersection of Santa Fe-New Knoxville Road (County Route 100) and Cemetery Rd (County Route 161), on the left when traveling east on Santa Fe-New Knoxville Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15001 Santa Fe-New Knoxville Road, Wapakoneta OH 45895, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wapakoneta (Wapaughkonnetta) (approx. 4½ miles away); F5D Skylancer (approx. 4.7 miles away); Apollo Command Module and Gemini Spacecraft Mock-ups (approx. 4.7 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx. 5.2 miles away); Wapakoneta All Wars Memorial
Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 26, 2018
3. Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker
small plaque on old marker
(approx. 5.2 miles away); Dayton and Michigan Railroad (approx. 5.3 miles away); Dudley Nichols (approx. 5.3 miles away); Wapakoneta Heritage Parkway (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wapakoneta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sts. Peter and Paul Church memorialized with historic marker (Wapakoneta Daily News, 5/9/2018). (Submitted on June 27, 2018.)
2. State Marker Commemorates Original Petersburg Church (The Catholic Telegraph, 6/27/18). (Submitted on June 27, 2018.)
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers
 
Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 26, 2018
4. Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker
marker as seen from a distance
Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 26, 2018
5. Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker
the old marker
Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, June 26, 2018
6. Sts. Peter and Paul Church Marker
the cemetery, way back a long lane
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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