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St. Paul Catholic Church, Sharpsburg (Zenz City) & Sharpsburg School

In the “Land of Cross-Tipped Churches”

 
 
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Inscription.
St. Paul Catholic Church
Dedication: March, 1889
Architect: Anton DeCurtins (1830—1895), Carthagena, Ohio
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, 1979

This historic parish began in 1867 on four acres of land purchased by nine German-born families. It was established from the nearby parish of St. Wendelin. By the following year, a 30 x 40 frame church was built with the parish under the direction of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Other families, especially from Lorain County, OH, soon began to purchase land within the boundaries. This increase in parishioners necessitated planning for the present church.

This endeavor, begun in 1886, was a cooperative effort by parishioners. Anton DeCurtins, the architect, presented plans and directed the building construction to their exacting Germanic standards. The church, an imposing Gothic-Revival brick structure, measures 100 feet by 48 feet. The tower rises to a height of 125 feet.

The exterior sides are divided into five bays separated by brick buttresses, each capped with a triangular finial. Triangles, a symbol of God and the Trinity, are used extensively throughout the exterior as the dominant motif for decorative shapes. The ornate tower and steeple can be seen for miles and contain bells that have summoned parishioners

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for generations. The interior of the church contains a profusion of lined ribbing creating multiple arches that spring from Corinthian style bases. The ribbing frames each bay of the nave, creating large vaulted areas that are highlighted by stained glass windows exemplifying the life of St. Paul, the great Apostle, for whom the church was named.

Significant renovations to the church were completed in 1971 and 1979. In 2004 St. Paul became part of the Fort Recovery Cluster. The care of the parish was transferred to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 2006.

Erected for the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul Parish June 24, 2018

Sharpsburg (Zenz City)
The area was known as Sharpsburg or “sheep city” when the church was built in 1868. In 1886 Violet Post Office was established with John P. Wourms, postmaster. George and Barbara Zenz, originally from Lorain County, Ohio, began a country store located at the northeast corner of Meiring and Sharpsburg Roads. By 1872 a larger building was erected. A son, John Zenz, joined the business and by 1898 a two story brick building housed the successful general store and tavern. John and Rosa Zenz built a large home nicknamed “the castle.” In 1908 the village was platted as Zenz City.

Andrew Forthofer purchased the store and tavern in 1914, later operated by Walter and Jean Forthofer. A dance hall

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“Wonderland” became a popular spot, which eventually was converted to a supermarket. Sharpsburg was also known for the ball team, the “Sharpsburg Speeds.” Sharpsburg is a leader in the poultry industry. Today Big K Mills represents the agricultural heritage of the village.

Sharpsburg School (1872-2000)
Located on church property in 1872 the original Sharpsburg School was replaced by a one room brick school in 1906. Designed by the DeCurtins Firm, the school complimented the design of St. Paul Church. Built as a public school it was administered by the Sharpsburg School Board. The students attended Mass before school with the pastor teaching Catechism and Bible History in the school. An addition created three classrooms and an auditorium in 1937. By 1962 there were eight classrooms. Church buses brought St. Paul students in from outside the Fort Recovery School District.

In 1966 Sharpsburg School was separated from the parish due to a lawsuit. For religious instruction, in 1972, a parish hall and additional five classrooms were added to the church. Erected for the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul Parish June 24, 2018
 
Erected 2018 by St. Paul Parish.
 
Location. 40° 22.063′ N, 84° 42.682′ W. Marker is in Fort Recovery

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, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of 517 Meiring Road and Watkins Road, on the right when traveling south on 517 Meiring Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 517 Meiring Road, Ft. Recovery, OH, 45846, Fort Recovery OH 45846, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wabash River (approx. 2.2 miles away); New Weston Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Fort Recovery Civil War Veterans Memorial (approx. 4.6 miles away); Fort Recovery Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Dr. Victor Grasson (approx. 4.6 miles away); St. Clair's Defeat / Fort Recovery (approx. 4.6 miles away); Samuel McDowell (approx. 4.7 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Recovery.
 
Additional keywords. German-Americans
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 26, 2018, by Allen W. Bernard of Cincinnati, Oh 45202-1736. This page has been viewed 142 times since then. Last updated on June 28, 2018, by Allen W. Bernard of Cincinnati, Oh 45202-1736. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 26, 2018, by Allen W. Bernard of Cincinnati, Oh 45202-1736. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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