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Calmoutier in Holmes County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Calmoutier

 
 
Calmoutier Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
1. Calmoutier Marker (Side A)
Inscription.
Side A:
This area, known as Calmoutier, was an early French Catholic farming community founded in 1832 by Claude Druhot, who came from Calmoutier, Hte-Saône, France. Its first native, the four-month-old Claude Joseph Druhot, was baptized on 9 June 1833 by Fr. John Henni, who resided at St. John's in Canton (and in 1854 became Milwaukee's first bishop). In 1836 Fr. John Alleman, O.P., established St. Genevieve's Mission (when it began to keep its own records) on land donated by the Pierson and Roussel families. The log chapel that was built (the first of four churches here) predated any Catholic church building in Cleveland, Akron, and Toledo.

Side B:
Fr. Stephen Badin, the first Catholic priest ordained in America (by Bishop John Carroll in 1793), frequented St. Genevieve's from 1835-1837. He was Missionary Apostolic and Pastor of the Potawatomi Indians, Vicar-General of Bardstown and Apostle of Kentucky, and Vicar-General of Cincinnati. In 1841 he deeded the site of Notre Dame University, where he is buried, to its founder Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C. But the most celebrated missionary, Fr. Jean Baptiste Lamy, came from Danville in nearby Knox County between 1839-1841. In 1853 he was made the first Bishop of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Portrayed as Bishop Latour in Willa Cather's fictionalized novel, Death
Calmoutier Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
2. Calmoutier Marker (Side B)
Comes for the Archbishop
, he is also the hero in Paul Horgan's historical work, Lamy of Santa Fe. The famous Kit Carson, a convert, esteemed him highly and scouted for him.
 
Erected 2003 by Calmoutier Memorial Association and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-38.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 39.958′ N, 81° 46.729′ W. Marker is in Calmoutier, Ohio, in Holmes County. Marker is on County Road 229, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4527 County Road 229, Fredericksburg OH 44627, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jonas Stutzman (approx. 9.8 miles away); Holmes County Veterans Memorial (approx. 10.6 miles away); Barnhart Rice Homestead / Frederick Rice (approx. 11 miles away); To the Heroes (approx. 11.8 miles away); History of Shanesville (approx. 12.6 miles away); Flame of Freedom (approx. 12.6 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1.
My great grandfather Joseph Semonin came to Calmoutier Ohio in 1875 from
Calmoutier Marker and St. Genevieve Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
3. Calmoutier Marker and St. Genevieve Church
Calmoutier France He lived with the Cholley family with whom he became very close. He was Paul Cholley’s best man at his wedding to Mary Guenther. He married Marie Jeanmougin in 1882. He owned and operated the general store in Maysville where 9 of his 12 children were born including my grandfather Lester P Semonin. He eventually settled in Akron Ohio And worked at Firestone Rubber Co. He died in 1928 and his wife died in 1933 My mother is Maryanne Semonin dauther of Lester and Elizabeth. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted August 2, 2015, by William Beck of Cuyahogafalls, Ohio.

 
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Calmoutier Marker and St. Genevieve Church image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
4. Calmoutier Marker and St. Genevieve Church
St. Genevieve Church 1836-1981 Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
5. St. Genevieve Church 1836-1981 Marker
Cemetery Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
6. Cemetery Sign
St. Genevieve Church Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
7. St. Genevieve Church Cemetery
Eugenie Boigegrain Grave Marker in French image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
8. Eugenie Boigegrain Grave Marker in French
Clarice Girard Grave Marker in French image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
9. Clarice Girard Grave Marker in French
Marguerite Martin Grave Marker in French image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 25, 2009
10. Marguerite Martin Grave Marker in French
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 14, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,593 times since then and 109 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on November 14, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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