Friday, June 30, 2006

Photo-Philip J & Elizabeth Gould Ohlegschlager

Philip Jacob Ohlegschlager (1820 - 1908)

Elizabeth Gould Ohlegschlager (1833 - 1909)

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

John F. Ohlegschlager-WW1 Draft Registration

This is the youngest child of Jacob and Elizabeth. John and Adam are listed with their parents on the 1895 Oregon state census at Portland, John is recorded as over 10 and under 18.

Roy Ohlegschlager-WW1 Draft Registration

Roy Ohlegschlager was the son of Phillip Ohlegschlager and Hattie Doman. This document dated June 5 1917 states his mother is dependent on him but he does not claim an exemption, interesting because his father didn’t die until 1931. Perhaps it was about this time that Phillip was badly injured in a mill accident.

This registration gives Roy’s birth as 13 Jan 1895 at San Francisco which gives us a time frame for when Phillip and Hattie were in the Bay area.

Walter Mathwig Ohlegschlager-WW1 Draft Registration

Walter Edward Ohlegschlager was the son of Emil Theodore Mathwig and Hatwig Doman. Emil and Hatwig divorced when Walter was very young. Hatwig married second Phillip Ohlegschlager. Phillip raised Walter.

1895 Oregon Census-Multnomah Co-Jacob & Eliz

1895 Oregon Census-Multnomah Co-Jacob Ohlegschlager

This census is in alpha order so we can’t identify the neighbors.

The spelling is Ohlegschlager.

Jacob is a legal voter, a male of 50 years and upward, and foreign born. I believe that a man must be a citizen to be a legal voter. Further searching in Multnomah Co might uncover citizenship application and documents.

Elizabeth is a female of 18 years and upward and foreign born and being female would not be a legal voter at that time period.

Adam is a legal voter, a male under 45 and over 21, and of foreign birth.

Also listed is John, a male under 18 and over 12, born US of A. I believe that this John is a grandson of Jacob and Elizabeth. There is some evidence the Jacob and Elizabeth’s oldest son John had a son by the name of John.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Ella Erline Ohlegschlager 1919-2001

Ella Erline Ohlegschlager (Huston)(Prince)(Cooper), 82, a resident of The Dalles, OR. died at her home Friday, Mar 2001.

She was born May 10, 1919, in The Dalles, the older of two children, to Roy Harold James and Mary Emma (Shearer) Ohlegschlager. She grew up in Shaniko and Heppner, until moving to her uncle Walts homestead(one of Great grandma Keenans properties) on Upper Mill Creek near The Dalles in 1933. During the great depression many families had to double up and make do.

Ella's father, Roy, was my dad's half brother, Ella's mother was my mothers sister,Mary Emma (Shearer). This threw four young females together. we became, like sisters, Ella being the oldest, me, then my sister, Edwina, then Joyce the youngest. She and her sister Joyce went to the Mill Creek school and on to The Dalles High school with Edwina and I.

Ella married "Bud" Houston first and had a daughter Joyce Marie White) Joyce proceeded Ella in death in 1981,(Joyce Marie was murdered in her bed by an ex husband or boyfriend.)

Ella married 2nd Sam Prince and they had a son, Samuel Prince. She later married her 3rd husband, Whitey Cooper, had n/i, lived in Idaho. When Ella and Whitey were coming from Idaho to attend my parents 50th wedding anniversary at their home on Upper Mill Creek ... an accident happened that changed Ella's life completely ... a deer jumped out in front of the car ... throwing Ella out onto the pavement where she slid on her head doing much damage to her head .... she was never the same, she retired back to her mothers and her Aunt Bertha's home at 905 Case St. The Dalles, She and Whitey were divorced in 1967. She worked as a bartender at the Liberty Club and the Legion Club for many years. She enjoyed storytelling, hunting, fishing, bingo and shuffleboard.

Survivors include her son, Samuel Prince, her aunt Bertha Spletzer, her sister Joyce, all of The Dalles along with 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and several neices and nephews.

(see the photo taken on the back porch of great grandma's Hotel in Biggs, OR abt. 1921 or 1922 showing our great grandfather, Bernard Keenan, holding his three great grand daughters, Ella, standing, Berniece on the left and Me - Winiford, on the right knee.)

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Letter from Germany to Hattie

I received some old letters from Harriet, my cousin some
years ago, letters our grandma Hattie received from her
sister in Germany (In German, except for one)

Schneideville (sp in question) Jan 13, 1920

[Note: I, Winnie, her great grand daughter was born Jan
6th 1919, grandma Hedwig Domann Mathwig Ohlegachlager,
was also born in Jan.]

Dear Hedwig
We received your card Jan 8th and I don't want to let you wait
long for an answer. I am sorry to have to tell you the sad news,
that our dear mother is no longer alive. She died on the 20th
of May last year. She had to endure so much pain, these last two
years, she spent in bed. It was difficult for mother as well as
for me, even tho I would still be happy to take care of her. I
don't complain about her death and am happy she has the rest she
so wished for. She waited so long for news from you, but it was
seldom that a letter from The Dalles came. All though she was
never in need, she always was happy when a letter came, especially
with a doller or tw was in it , because she by a little something
for someone or a birthday gift.
You must know that mother was ill for 20 years and that all her
savings went long ago, for doctors and other costs. It gave her
great happyness when someone thought of her.

(( There is more to this letter ... "all in poor heatlh, because
of the war" ... WW I, do you suppose, which Germany more or
less caused as I recall, or was it France ?

A great granddaughter, thankful grandma Hedwig came to America.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Who is this J. F. Ohlegschlager?

I did a Google search this morning for Ohlegschlager and found this.

This would be a mail-list at for Sherman County OR.
Extractions by Earline Wasser

Polk’s Sherman County Tax List 1910
Ohlegschlager J F, $1195, Kent.

Kent is along highway 97 a bit north of Shaniko. By 1910 Jacob was deceased, Jacob J was in The Dalles. Could this be John, the oldest of the Ohlegschlager children? I checked the census indexes for 1910 but have not yet found this person.

P.S. The Ohlegschlager BLOG also came up in the search (which is why I was Googling)

Hattie Ohlegschlager - Marshal, Royal Neighbors Lodge

FROM: The Dalles Chronicle
Looking Back: A Glimpse Through The Chronicle's Files December 5, 2004

80 Years Ago, December 5, 1924

Officers of the Royal Neighbors lodge for the year 1925 have been elected as follows: Oracle, Mrs. W. Walden; V.O., Mrs. L. Underwood; recorder, Mrs. F. Oakman; treasurer, Mrs. G. Johnson; marshal, Mrs. H. Ohlegschlager; chancellor, Mrs. LeForge; P.O., Mrs. H. Watson; I.S., Mrs. C. Wilds; G.S., Mrs. W. Nichols; managers, Mrs. Webb; Mrs. Charles Swinford; Mrs. C.M. Zell; musician, Miss Grace Torington.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Chris A. Wetle Obituary

NOTE: Chris was the son of Jacob Wetle and Appolenia "Lena" Ohlegschlager Wetle.

From: The Albany Democratic-Harold, April 7, 1975, Page 9

Chris Wetle

LEBANON – Requium Mass for Chris A. Wetle, 79, 46 W. Vine St., who died Saturday at Lebanon Community Hospital, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Edward’s Catholic Church with the Rev William M. Hugh officiating. Burial follows at Lebanon IOOF Cemetery. Jost Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Friends who wish may contribute in his memory to the American Cancer Society.

He was born Nopv 25, 1895 in The Dalles where he was reared and received his education. He entered the U. S. Army in 1917, serving until 1919. He returned to The Dalles and was a buyer at the A.M. Williams Department Store. He moved to Walla Walla , Wash. In 1931, where he was employed in a department store. He moved to Lebanon in 1961.

He married Mable Rae Green, June 20, 1927 in Portland. She survives.

He was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, American Legion Post No. 51, BPOE Lodge No 1663 and Pineway Golf Club. He was a charter member of The Dalles Lions Club.

In addition to his widow survivors include a brother, John, of Bend, two nieces and two nephews.

Maud Agnes "Daisy" Wetle Obituary

From: The Bend Bulletin, February 9, 1971


Maud Agnes (“Daisy”) Wetle, 88, wife of John L. Wetle Sr, died early Sunday morning at the family home at 530 Trenton Ave.

She had been a Bend resident since she and her husband came here 47 years ago from The Dalles to establish Wetle’s Department Store.

She had been a school teacher prior to her marriage Sept 2, 1912, in Oregon City. A graduate of Oregon College of Education (Monmouth). She was born Dec 21, 1882, at Crookston, Minn.

She was a member of the Delphinian Society, Neighbors of Woodcraft, St. Francis Catholic Church and the church alter society.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two sons and a daughter, all of Bend, John L. (Jack) Wetle, Jr., Robert J. Wetle and Mrs. Wayne (Helen) Faddis.

She leaves two sisters, Mrs. Eva Mayer and Mrs. Viola Paulson, both of Portland. There are grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Requium mass will be said Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, with the Rev. Aloysius McKenna as celebrant. Recisitation of the rosary will be Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Tabor Funeral Home chapel.

Concluding services and vault interment will be at Deschutes Memorial Gardens.

John L. Wetle, Sr. Obituary

NOTE: John was the son of Jacob Wetle and Appolenia "Lena" Ohlegschlager Wetle.

From: The Bend Bulletin, May 14, 1976


John L. Wetle, 86, who 53 years ago founded the Bend department store that bears his name, died early this morning at his home at 530 NW Trenton Ave.

Mass of Christian burial will be said Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church with the Rev. William Coughlin as celebrant.

Mr. Wetle was well known as a sportsman, particularly as an expert dry-fly fisherman. He came to Central Oregon in the early 1920s and camped on the Metolious near the present Camp Sherman area for two years before moving to Bend. He bought an existing dry goods store from Charles Warner, and established the John L. Wetle Co. in April 1923.

Mr. Wetle was a member of the Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the Deschutes County Sportsman’s Association and the Isack Walton League. He was a past president of the Bend Lions Club, and in past years was active in the Chamber of Commerce, the Elks Lodge and the St. Charles Memorial Hospital board.

He was born Aug. 15, 1889, at The Dalles. He had four brothers who preceded him in death.

His survivors include two sons, John L. “Jack” Jr. and Robert J., and a daughter, Mrs. Wayne (Helen) Faddis, all of Bend. There are 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the rosary will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Niswonger-Reynolds Chapel. After the funeral Mass Saturday, burial will be at Deschutes Memorial Gardens beside the grave of his wife, Maud A., who died Feb. 7, 1971.

Lena Ohlegschlager Wetle Obituary

From: The Bend Bulletin, April 24, 1944

Mrs. Lena Wetle Dies at Age of 87
Mrs. Lena Wetle, 87 years old, died here Saturday evening at 8 o’clock in the St. Charles hospital where she had been taken a few days previously, after many years of failing health. Mrs. Wetle, a native of Germany, had been bedfast the past six years after coming here 15 years ago from The Dalles to make her home with her son, John Wetle, 530 Trenton. Special rosary services were held last evening at the Niswonger and Winslow funeral chapel, attended by many friends who will be unable to attend the services Tuesday morning in The Dalles.

Mr. and Mrs. John Wetle and daughter, Helen, accompanies by Mrs. Leo Herbring, left Bend this morning for The Dalles to complete arrangements for the funeral, which will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday from St. Peter’s Catholic church, with Rev. R. Nooy officiating.

Besides her son and granddaughter in Bend, Mrs. Wetle is survived by the following other sons: Clem and George Wetle of Portland; Chris Wetle of Walla Walla, Wash; and Fred Wetle of The Dalles; and the following other grandchildren, Robert and John Wetle, Jr., both of Bend and now in the armed forces; Mrs. George Ritchie of Portland.

Mrs. Wetle was a member of a pioneer family in The Dalles.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Edward "Willie" Wetle Obituary

Son of Jacob Wetle and Appolonia "Lena" Ohlegschlager Wetle. He is buried next to his parents in the Catholic Cemetery at The Dalles. The tombstone gives the name "Willie".

From: The Dalles Times Mountainer, Jan 27, 1894.
WETTLE--Died in this city, Jan 24th, Edward, son of Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Wettle, aged 8.

From: The Dalles Chronicle, Jan 24, 1894
Edward Wettle, the 8-year-old son of Jacob Wettle, died at 2 o'clock today from peritonitis, very suddenly.

The little fellow had been ill for only two days, his abdomen swelling, probably from the result of some internal injury, of which his parents did not know. They are almost distracted over the continued troubles which have followed their children for the past two years, but which heretofore have not resulted fatally. It is hoped that now they will have a cessation of these accidents, as they have already had more than their share.

Friday, February 03, 2006

St Peter's Catholic Cemetery - The Dalles

On January 27th I stopped at The Dalles to search the Catholic cemetery for the graves of Philip J Ohlegschlager, Elizabeth Ohlegschlager, Jacob Wetle, Lena Ohlegschlager Wetle and any other family members I could locate.

I first went to the library to check the indexes. I found the following in the listings of burials in St Peters Cemetery.

Ohlegschlager, Elizabeth - Section 3, row 24, lot 28
Ohlegschlager, Phillip – Section 3, row 24, lot 29
Wetle, Jacob – Section 3, row 25, lot 16
Wetle, Lena – Section 3, row 25, lot 17
Wetle, Willie – Section 3, row 25, lot 18

The index seems to record the information from the tombstones. A short interview with the cemetery caretaker revealed that early records were destroyed in a fire so it is unknown if other family members are buried here.

The cemetery is accessed from Cherry Street just south of Tenth. This area was part of an old patent issued to the Catholic mission. The first two catholic churches were located here. There is a flag pole near the center of the cemetery and section 3 is south west of this point. The Ohlegschlagers are 24 rows down the dirt road and about two lots to the south. The Wetle burials are in the next row and further south.

I noticed that the Ohlegschager monument had a fastening on the top that looked like something had broken off. Similar monuments that were nearby had stone crosses on the top.


Philip J Ohlegschlager
Born 1820
Died 1908
Aged 88 y’s

BORN 1833
DIED 1909
76 Y’s
Rest in peace


Engraved on Tombstone:
Son of
Born Dec 1, 1886;
Died Jan 24, 1894

Gone to a fairer land
Of pleasure and love
To join the bright band
Of angels above

Placed on the base of the monument for Willie was a small stone painted as a flower. What is the significance of the stone and who might have placed in there?

Hattie Dohman Ohlegschlager Obituary

Hattie was the wife of Phillip A/H Ohlegschlager

From:The Dalles Chronicle, May 1, 1947, Died: April 26, 1947

Mrs. Ohlegschlager Dies -- Mrs. Hattie Elizabeth Ohlegschlager, well-known Dalles resident, died in The Dalles this morning at the age of 78. Born in Berlin, Germany, Mrs. Ohlegschlager had lived in the United States for 65 years, and in this community for 50 years. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Joan Long of Ogden, U.; Mrs. Hazel Wattles of Greshan, and Mrs. R. M. (Edna) Henderson and Mrs. Webster (Myrtle) Turner, both of The Dalles. She also leaves six sons, Harry E. Mathwig of Olympia, Wash.; Walter E., Roy and Phillip, of The Dalles, and Edwin and Sam, of Portland. She also leaves 15 grandchildren and ?? grandchildren. She was a member of the Lutheran church, the Eagles auxiliary and the auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign wars. Funeral services will be held at Callaway's chapel at 2 o'clock on Monday, April 28, with Rev. J. C. Suter officiating. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery.

Philip A/H Ohlegschlager Obituary

From: The Dalles Chronicle, Dec 10, 1931, Died Dec 2, 1931

(Daily of December 3)

Phillip A. Ohlegschlager died last evening at a local hospital at the age of 64 years. Mr. Ohlegschlager was married 41 years ago in Portland to Miss Hattie Dohman, and they later made their home in San Francisco for five years. They came to The Dalles in 1895 and for the last 11 years, Mr. Ohlegschlager was employed by the railroad.

Funeral services wlii be held from Zell's chapel Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. I. Eck officiating. Mrs. Eck will be in charge of the music. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery. The deceased was a member of the Woodmen of the World of America and of the Mutual Benefit Accident society.

Mr. Ohlegschlager leaves his wife, Hattie; five sons, Waldimer, Roy, Phillip Jr, Samuel, all of The Dalles,. and Edwin of Portland; three daughters, Mrs. H. F. Wattles, Mrs. R. M. Henderson, and Mrs. Myrtle Turner, all of The Dalles; three brothers, John of Salem, Christ of Portland and J. J., of The Dalles; two sisters, Mrs. Jake Whittle of Bend and Mrs. Kate Swanson of Portland, and 17 grandchildren.

Fred Wetle Obituary 1884 - 1973

From: The Dalles Chronicle, Nov 1, 1973

Fred Wetle Rites Friday - Fred Wetle, a longtime resident of The Dalles, died in a nursing home here on Wednesday.

He was born in Wasco County July 9, 1884.

Mr. Wetle was a farmer in the Chenowith district for many years and was a charter member of the Chenowith Grange. He received his 50 year membership pin in 1971.

His wife, Nettie, died in 1967. Survivors are two brothers, John in Bend and Chris in Lebanon; two nieces and three nephews including Ernest Kuck, The Dalles, a nephew of Nettie Wetle.

Funeral services will be at Spencer & Libby Funeral Home on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Entombment will be at the IOOF Memorial Mausoleum.

Jacob J Ohlegschlager Obituaries

From: The Dalles Chronicle, Jan 27, 1944 - Died Jan 20, 1944; Buried IOOF Cemetery

DIES AT HOME HERE -- Jacob J. Ohlegschlager, 73, died this morning at his home at 606 E. 4th street. He had been a resident of this community for a number of years, and is survived by a sister, Mrs. Jake Wetle of Bend. The body is at the C. R. Callaway and Son chaple, pending funeral arrangements.


From: The Dalles Optimist, Jan 21, 1944

J. J. Ohlegschlager Passes
Jacob J. Ohlegschlager of 606 E. Fourth street passed away at his home early Thursday morning at the age of 73. He was born Novemder 17, 1870, and had resided in this community for the past fifty years. Surviving him is a sister, Mrs. Fred Wetle of Bend. Funeral arrangements are being made by C. R. Callaway and son and will be announced later.

Jacob J Ohlegschlager - Census and other things

1910 Federal Census-Oregon, Wasco Co, West The Dalles-County poor farm-Road Dist 8
▪ Ohlegschlager, J. J. , head, male, white, age 50, married, born New York, father born Germany, mother born Germany, farmer-General farm
▪ Ohlegschlager, Mary, wife, female, age 19, married, born Iowa, father born Pennsylvania, mother born Illinois
▪ Marsh, William, step-son, male, age 26, single, born Oregon, father born Iowa, mother born Iowa, farmer-general farm
▪ Marsh, Harold, step-son, male, age 23, single, born Oregon, father born Iowa, mother born Iowa

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Fred Wetle - Census and other things

Social Security Death Index

Fred WETLE Birth Date: 9 Jul 1884 Death Date: Oct 1973 Social Security Number: 543-42-7431 State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Oregon Death Residence Localities ZIP Code: 97058 Localities: Celilo, Wasco, Oregon Rowena, Wasco, Oregon The Dalles, Wasco, Oregon

Census Reports

1920 Federal Census, Oregon, Wasco Co, West Dalles
▪ Wetle, Fred, head, owns residence free, male, white, age 36, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany, general farming-Owner
▪ Wetle, Nettie A, wife, female, white, age 46, born Oregon, father born New York, mother born Illinois

John L. Wetle, Sr. - Census and other things

John L. Wetle was the son of Jacob Wetle and Appolonia (Lena) Ohlegschlager Wetle

Social Security Death Index

John WETLE Birth Date: 15 Aug 1889 Death Date: May 1976 Social Security Number: 542-34-6322 State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Oregon Death Residence Localities ZIP Code: 97701 Localities: Bend, Deschutes, Oregon

Census Reports

1920 Federal Census, Oregon, Wasco Co, The Dalles
▪ Wetle, John, head, owns residence free, male, white, age 30, married, born Oregon, father born Oberweier, mother born Ba----rth?, salesman-drygoods
▪ Wetle, ? Maud A., wife, female, white, age 37, married, born Minnesota, father born Pennsylvania, mother born Minnesota
▪ Wetle, John L., son, male, white, age 4 10/12, single, born Oregon, father born Oregon, mother born Minnesota
▪ Wetle, Robert J, son, male, white, age 2 4/12, single, born Oregon, father born Oregon, mother born Minnesota
▪ Wetle, Helen L, dau, female, white, age 1/12, single, born Oregon, father born Oregon, moher born Minnesota

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Clem Wetle

Clem Wetle was the son of Jacob Wetle and Appolonia (Lena) Ohlegschlager Wetle.

From: Oregon Journal 14 Feb 1952, sec 1, page 10 (Lockley, Fred “Mousetraps & Things”)

Clem Wetle has a harness and saddle shop at 412 ½ Morrison Street.
In his display window you will see saddles, bridles, crops, whips, curry combs and brushes and other required equipment.

“I learned my trade at The Dalles” said Mr. Wetle. “When I was a boy we handled heavy stock saddles, not light English riding saddles used today. We sold quirts and whips, not crops. We sold chaps, not riding boots.”

“Vic Mardon for 20 years ran a saddle shop at the Dalles. He shipped his hand-made heavy ornamented saddles all over the West. The largest saddle shop in the United States today is Hamley’s at Pendleton. He manufactures the finest and most expensive saddles being made today and ships them all over the United States.

“I was born in Portland October 17, 1879. In 1883 we moved to The Dalles. When I was 21 I came back to Portland. I worked for George Lawrence and later for R. W. Price at 331 Ankeny Street. I also worked for F. J. Keller at 61 North 6th Street.”

“There will always be people who love horses so we old time saddlers will stay with our trade but not many chaps are learning the trade”


From: The Oregon Journal, 31 Jan 1955, page 9 – (age 75)

A 75-year-old man who fell into a tub of hot water at his home Saturday died Sunday at Emanual hospital. He suffered severe back and neck burns when he plunged beneath the tap which was turned on full hot.

The body of Clem Wetle, 4741 N.E. 18th Avenue was transferred to the Little Chapel of the Chimes for services . The accident occurred about 9 a.m. Saturday and he was admitted to Emanuel at 10:10. Death was placed about 9:40 a.m. Sunday.

He is survived by the widow, Lillie, at home.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

George J Wetle Dies

George Wetle was the son of Jacob Wetle and Appolonia (Lena) Ohlegschlager Wetle.

From: The Oregon Journal, 19 Sept 1958, page 31, c5 (age 76)
Requiem mass for George J. Wettle, 76, of 2740 SE 26th will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Saturday at St. Philip Neri Church. He died Wednesday.

Recitation of the Rosary has been set for 8:30 p.m., Friday at Edward Holman & Son.

Born in The Dalles, Wetle came to Portland in 1905. He was in the confectionary business from 1909 until 1919 and operated a grocery from 1919 until 1927 after which he occupied himself with property management.

He is survived by his wife, Emma; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Ritchie of Portland; three brothers, Fred, of The Dalles; John of Bend, and Chris of Walla Walla, Wash., and two grandchildren.

From: The Portland Oregonian, 19 Sep 1958, pg 31, col 5 (age 77 years)
George J. Wetle, 76, of 2740 SE 26th Ave., died Wednesday at Portland Sanitarium. Services wil be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Philip Neri Church. Recitation of the Rosary will be at Edward Holman & Son Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Wetle was in the property management business at the time of his death. He had been in the confectionary business fron 1909 to 1919, and in the grocery business until 1927 when he began managing property.

Survivors include his widow Emma; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Ritchie, Portland; two grandchildren; and three brothers, Fred, The Dalles; John, Bend; and Chris, Walla Walla., Wash.

Burial will be private at Portland Memorial.

Death of Katherine Ohlegschlager Swanson

Katherine Ohlegschlager Swanson was the youngest known daughter of Phillip Jacob Ohlegschlager and Elizabeth Gould Ohlegschlager. She was born in Multnomah Co, Oregon May 1876.

From The Oregon Journal, May 23, 1941
SWANSON – May 22, Katherine Teresa Swanson of 4114 N. Kerby Ave, wife of Charles D. Swanson, mother of Harold and Ralph Swanson, Mrs. Irma Plum Mrs. Estelle Benz, Portland; Mrs Grace Daelberg, Eugene; Mrs. Alta Taber, Longview, Wash.; sister of Mrs. Jacob Wetle, Bend, Or; Jack Ohlegschlager, The Dalles. Also survived by six grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held Saturday at the Chapel of J. P. Winley & Son, SW Montgomery at 4th.

Jacob Wetle - Census and other things

1870 Federal Census Oregon, Columbia Co, Rainer Pct
Wetle, Jacob, age 22, male, white, works in mill, born Prussia

1880 Federal Census from Fulton Pct, Multnomah Co Oregon
Household #190 is Jacob Wittle (1900 census say Wetle) and his wife Appolonia (note:she would be "Aunt Hoppa/Oppa".)

Household #191 is Appolonia's parents Jacob and Elizabeth Ohlegschlager and their family.

(NOTE: Spelling on census preserved)
JACOB WETTLE, self, married , male, age 32, born Prussia, Farmer, Father born Prussia, Mother born Prussia
APPELONIA WETTLE, wife, female, white, age 22, born Bavaria, keeps house, father born Bavaria, mother born Bavaria
CLEMENS WETTLE, son, male, white, 8 mo, born OR, at home, father born Prussia, mother born Bavaria

1900 Federal Census Oregon, Wasco Co, The Dalles
▪ Wetle, Jacob, head, white, male, born Jan 1848, age 52, married, 22 years, born Germany, father born Germany, mother born Germany, immigrated 1865, 35 yrs, naturalized, Farmer
▪ Wetle, Appolonia, wife, white, female, born Aug 1858, age 41, married, 22 years, born Germany, father born Germany, mother born Germany, immigrated 1873, 26 years
▪ Wetle, Clemens, son, white, male, born Oct 1879, age 20, single, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany, Sadler
▪ Wetle, George, son, white, male, born Nov 1881, age 18, single, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany, Day laborer
▪ Wetle, Fred, son, white, male, born Jul 1884, age 15, single, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany, at school
▪ Wetle, John C, son, white, male, born Dec 1889, age 10, single, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany, at school
▪ Wetle, Christ., son, white, male, born Nov 1895, age 4, single, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany

1910 Federal Census Oregon, Wasco Co, The Dalles
▪ Wetle, Jacob, head, male, white, age 62, married 32 yrs, immirgated 1865, naturalized, born Germany, father born Germany, mother born Germany, occupation wagon driver-odd jobs, owns home free
▪ Wetle, Lena O, wife, female, white, age 54, married 32 yrs, 6 children 5 living, immigrated 187?, born Germany, father born Germany, mother born Germany
▪ Wetle, John, son, male, white, age 20, single, born Oregon, father born germany, mother born Germany, salesman-dry goods store.
▪ Wetle, Christopher, son, male, white, age 14, single, born Oregon, father born Germany, mother born Germany

1920 Federal Census, Oregon, Wasco Co, The Dalles City
▪ Wetle, Jacob, head, owns residence/free, male, white, age 71, married, immigrated 1865, naturalized 1897, born Oberweir, father born Betten----, mother born Oberweir
▪ Wetle, Lena, wife, female, white, age 62, married, immigrated 1865, naturalized 1897, born Bavaria, father born Bavaria, mother born Bavaria
▪ Wetle, Chris, son, male, white, age24, single, born Oregon, father born Oberweir, mother born Bavaria, salesman-retail dry goods
NOTE: John Wetle and family are listed two households below.


Wetles in the City Directories

note: Jacob and Eliz Ohlegschlager’s daughter Appolonia married Jacob Wetle in 1878. They removed to The Dalles about 1883 so these Wetles are possibly close relatives

1893 Portland City Directory – page 916
Wetle, Jacob, lab, Bissinger & Co, res 1332 Macadam

1897 Portland City Directory – page 637
Wetle, Jacob, res near Carson Heights
Note: other Wetles – James, John G, Mary (widow of Clement), and Matthew are also listed.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Jacob Wetle Obituary

Jacob Wetle was the husband of Appolonia "Lena" Ohlegschlager, oldest daughter of Phillip Jacob Ohlegschlager and Elizabeth Gould Ohlegschlager.

From: The Dalles Chronicle, Thursday July 18, 1929



(Daily of July 16)
Jacob Wetle, resident of The Dalles district for practically a half-century, died at The Dalles hospital late Thursday afternoon after a short illness. He had made his home at 919 West Sixth street for many years after retiring from farming in the Chenowith district.

Funeral services will be conducted from St. Peter's Catholic church at 9:30 Thursday morning, Father Costello officiating. Interment will be in the local Catholic cemetery.

Jacob Wetle was born in Germany, January 26, 1848, coming to the United States at the age of 18 years and settling at St. Cloud, Minn. He came to San Francisco on the first emigrant train run over the newly constructed railroad.

He lived in San Francisco a few years and then came to Portland, residing in that city until 1880 when he moved to The Dalles and took up farming in the Chenowith district. He remained there until about 20 years ago when he retired and moved to The Dalles.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lena Wetle and five sons, Clemence and George of Portland, Fred and Chris of The Dalles and John of Bend.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Frank Ohlegschlager Dies

From: The Oregonian, 27 Feb 1894, page 2, col 3


Frank Ohlegschlager Expires, With
Less Than a Year to His Credit,
at the Penitentary

SALEM, Feb 26. – Frank Ohlegschlager, aged 21, life-timer, died at the penitentiary today at 2:30 a.m. from inflammation of the bowels. He was committed from Portland February 28 last, for murder in the second degree. His relatives at Fulton Park have been notified by Superintendent Downing, but no answer has yet been received as to the disposition of the remains.

[Frank Ohlegschlager was convicted of murdering William Henry Woolridge at the “double bridge,” six miles west of Portland, Friday night, January 27, 1893. Woolridge was an old soldier, and had lived 25 years in the Northwest – 17 in Portland. Ohlegschlager was a son of John Ohlegschlager, a farmer living near Fulton. The two men were walking home together and both had been drinking. While crossing the bridge the young man killed the other with a club, rifled his pockets and threw the body into the gulch. He then went to the cabin of the murdered man and told his son his father had been murdered by a stranger and he himself had escaped. At the coroner’s inquest he broke down and confessed, but said the murder was the result of a quarrel. This was not believed because of the robbery, but the jury gave him the benefit of the doubt and gave a verdict of murder in the second degree.]

Frank Ohlegschlager Convicted

Frank Ohlegschlager was the youngest known son of Philip Jacob and Elizabeth Ohlegschlager. He was born about 1872 in Bavaria.

In Multnomah County Oregon, on the 2nd of February 1893, he was indited by a Grand Jury for the crime of murder committed on January 27, 1893.

He was tried and convicted of 2nd drgree murder and sentenced February 28th to life in prison. He died after a year in prison on 26 Feb 1894.

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Convict Record Oregon State Penitentiary
NO: 2952
County: Multnomah
Crime: Murder 2nd Degree
Sentence: Life
Receipt: Feb 28, 1893
Dismissal: Died Feb 26, 94
Nativity: Germany
Age: 20
Height: 5’ 5 ½”
Weight: 150
Hair: Light
Eyes: Blue
Complexion: Fair
Shoes: 4
Remarks: Single, Catholic, cannot read or write, Laborer, Drinks to excess

Sentencing Documents
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A Murder

From: The Sunday Oregonian, 29 Jan 1893, page 1


W. H. Woolridge Brutally Murdered
by Frank Ohlegschlager


Murderer Arrested After Testifying
at the Inquest and the Crime

Frank Ohlegschlager is the confessed murderer of William Henry Woolridge. The crime was committed between 9 and 10 o’clock Friday night while the men were crossing what is known as the double bridge about six miles west of this city. --?-- hours later the murderer’s confession was wrung from him by the officers. It was a cold and cruel tragedy. The murderer was accompanying his victim to the later’s home when the dreadful act was committed.

The first news of the murder was brought to Coroner Holman yesterday morning by William Wallace Woolridge, son of the deceased. All he knew of the crime was what he had been told by Ohlegschlager. The men were going home so the story ran, and crossing the first part of the double bridge, when they observed a stranger approaching. It was snowing heavily at the time, and both men had their hats pulled down over their foreheads to keep the snow out of their eyes. Neither saw the man until he was within a few feet of them. Woolridge was walking near the guardrail, and Ohlegschlager was on his left hand. The latter drew out and the stranger passed between them. He walked past a few steps, and then turned suddenly and struck at Ohlegschlager with a heavy club he carried. Ohlegschlager dodged and the club struck a basket which hung on his right arm, and broke the handle. He looked around and saw the stranger strike Woolridge over the head. Ohlegschlager then ran away and did not look to see what the assailant did or where he went. He ran until he reached the cabin of the Woolridge boys and Ebbie Spencer, 1 ½ miles distant.

When he arrived there, W. W. Woolridge and Spencer were lying in bed reading. He rapped on the door and called, “Get up, Bill, get up; your father is dead.” Woolridge and Spencer jumped up and dressed and the three men started for the scene of the murder, which they reached in about 20 minutes. Woolridge ran to the center of the bridge, but could not find his father’s body. He found fresh blood on the snow and signs of a scuffle, and, looking over the railing on the south side, saw the body of his father in the gulch, --?- below. He went down, and with the assistance of his companions, got the man on his back and carried it up to the --?-. Laying it there he listened to Ohlegschlager’s story. When he heard that a man going toward Portland had committed the murder, he looked for footprints, but could find none except those of the two men. The three then carried the body to the home of the elder Woolridge and laid it on a lounge in the setting room.

Coroner Holeman was by no means satisfied with the explanation offered by Ohlegschlager and immediately sent for Captain Charles Gritsmacher, of the detective force. Constable Al Thomas, Deputy Sheriff H. C. Wood and Deputy District Attorney Lafferty. All the officers were inclined to believe the story very “flashy.” Coroner Holeman decided to visit the place at once, two witnesses whom he met on the way he set out for West Portland at 1:30 o’clock. The party took a West Portland motor, and in the face of a driving snowstorm, rode to Brown’s station, about five miles from the city. There they got off the motor and walked to the double bridge, three-quarters of a mile distant, through six inches of snow.

The double bridge is a lonesome place and one where a crime might be committed at night without any fear of detection. During the day the place is alive with woodchoppers, and it occasionally --?---- by sportsmen. Tall timber is there in abundance, and nearly all the residents of the section earn their living by wood-chopping. It is over half a mile to the nearest house.

The first part of the double bridge is straight. It begins at the county road on the east and is about 150 feet long. The ---?-- part is slightly curved about the --?-- length. It joins the county road which leads to West Portland. The road --?- of the first part is now being repaired. When James Ryan, one of the employees began work yesterday morning he found the same bloodstains and signs of the struggle that Woolridge had seen, and also some hair at the end of the bridge.

The coroner and his party viewed the bridge and surroundings, and then resumed their journey through the snow to Woolridge’s home, nearly a mile distant. The house is a simple affair, constructed of boards, with wide interatices, through which the wind blew incessantly. Several neighbors and friends were seated about stoves in two rooms, while the one in which the dead body laid was deserted. About 25 residents of the section, many of whom had never before seen a coroner, followed the party into the house and watched Mr. Holman’s movements with considerable interest.

The room where the body lay was devoid of furniture, with the exception of a lounge, table and a bed. Here Coroner Holman impaneled a jury, composed of Al Thomas, H. C. Wood, Charles Gristmacher, E. S. Wood, James Wood and J. Reed. Frank Ohlegschlager, who lives about a mile from the Woolridges was sent for, and arrived shortly after the jury was selected.

In making an examination of the body Coroner Holman found that the skull was fractured, and there was a triangular gash on the right side of the forehead. The gash was not made by a revolver or a club, but evidently by falling upon a “dead” --?-- under the timbers of the bridge and near where the body was found.

Andrew Neff, proprietor of the South Portland saloon, on the northwest corner of Corbett street and Bancroft avenue, was the first witness. He stated that when he went on duty about 6 o’clock Friday night as --?- Woolridge, Ohlegschlager and another man playing cards for drinks. Woolridge drank one glass of beer and took several cigars; Ohlegschlager drank two glasses of beer and took some cigars. About --?- o’clock both men left, intending to catch the West Portland motor and go home. They missed the car, and returned to the saloon, where they played cards until ? o’clock, but neither one drank anything. Then Woolridge arose and started to go. His companion evidently pressed him to stay, for Woolridge said: “No, I won’t; I promised the old lady to be home early and I’m going.” He drew a sack of money from his pocket and walked to the counter to pay for some drinks. So far as Neff could see the money was all silver. He thought than Woolridge had about $30 in all. Neff saw two holes in the sack and told Woolridge to be careful or he would lose his money. Woolridge did not reply and Neff gave him a cloth tobacco bag, and threw the old sack away. He returned the money to his pocket, and Neff thought Ohlegschlager watched him curiously. Both men then left the place.

Frank Ohlegschlager was then called upon for an explanation. He said he worked on his father’s farm, beyond Fulton, and was 23 years of age. His story conflicted somewhat with the one he told young Woolridge. He said that himself and the murdered man were walking home together and conversing about a tree which had recently fallen, when they reached the bridge. The old man remarked, “That’s more wood for the country.” Ohlegschlager was about to reply when he observed a stranger within a few feet of him. Here the witness contradicted himself. The man, he said, passed between Woolridge and the railing and then turned and struck him. After striking Woolridge, he tried to his the witness, but only broke his basket. The Ohlegschlager ran away. The rest of his testimony did not vary an iota from the story he told young Woolridge.

Ohlegschlager held his head erect and maintained a rather firm front when Coroner Holman examined him regarding the facts of the case. But when the officers interrogated him, and the jurors plied him with questions about various points, he grew nervous. His eyes roved about the room in the evident hope of finding something upon which to fix his attention. He clenched his hands almost involuntarily, then looked like a schoolboy who is about to be punished for an offense which he had committed, and then doubled his fists and assumed a defensive attitude. All of which did not escape the observation of the officers.

When Ohlegschlager finished the coroner asked him to sign his statement. He replied, “I cannot write.” The statement was signed b y the clerks and Ohlegschlager made his mark, which was witnessed by Mr. Lafferty.

Captain Gritsmacher, Constable Thomas and Deputy Sheriff Wood then held a conference in which Deputy District Attorney Lafferty became enraged. The result was a sort of a cross-questioning by the officers, apparently without any concert of action. Another consultation was held, and then Mr. Lafferty asked Ohlegschlager whether he received any pay from his father for working on his farm.

“I do not,” he replied; “father gives me a half dollar or a dollar when I want it, and that is all.”

Another consultation followed and then Ohlegschlager was told to step aside. He started out of the room, apparently much relieved, but was called back by Mr. Thomas and told to stand in one corner of the room. There was some excitement among the 30 or 40 spectators who had crowded into the house. All wanted to know if he was the murderer. There was a whispered conversation between two big, determined-looking fellows, and then both tried to push their way into the room. Fearing trouble, the officers stated that Ohlegschlager was only an important witness and would be taken to Portland to testify. This explanation was satisfactory, and there was no further disorder.

William Wallace Woolridge and Elfe Spencer, woodchoppers by occupation, testified, but their statements were only in regard to the first story told by Ohlegschlager, which was all they knew of the matter. Young Woolridge said that both men had been drinking, as he could smell liquor. Woolridge, two of his brothers and Spencer have a cabin about a mile from the Woolridge home. W. W. Woolridge is about 25 years old and Spencer 19.

Francis Marion Reed, of West Portland, a farmer and mechanic by occupation, was the last witness. He said he was in the grocery store and postoffice station on the night of the murder until 9:30 o’clock. There were lights in the store until that time and it was not closed until he left. If Ohlegschlager passed the place at 9:30, as he said, he certainly would have seen a light. The witness said that the distance from the cabin of the Woolridge boys to the double bridge is about 1 ¼ miles, and could be covered by a runner in about 20 minutes.

It was late when Reed finished, and the jury had to adjourn in order to catch the last train to town. It was decided to hold a meeting at 2 p.m. today, in the coroner’s office, to agree upon a verdict. Then the party left the house and started over the hills through a driving snowstorm for West Portland, a mile distant, followed by a crowd of men, all anxious to know what was to be done with Ohlegschlager. The prisoner took maters very coolly, as did his brother Adam, who accompanied him. While waiting for the train, the party enjoyed the luxuries of a West Portland dinner at the expense of Coroner Holman.

Ohlegschlager was allowed to run about so that his arrest would not be suspected and trouble caused. However, the officers kept a constant watch on him, and he had no chance to escape. At the grocery store the two men who had tried to get into the room where Ohlegschlager was arrested had another meeting.

“We cannot let this pass, or we will have a murder every night,” said one.

“Yes; we should certainly make an example of this fellow,” replied the other.

“Do you mean the murderer of Woolridge?” asked a reporter, who overheard the conversation. “Do you suspect anybody of the crime?”

“No,” he said, winking at his companion as a signal for silence.

“Has such a man as Ohlegschlager been seen about here?”

“No; and there has been no such man out here, for I have made diligent inquiries.”

Then the party came to Portland on the West Portland motor, and Ohlegschlager was taken in charge by Constable Al Thomas and Deputy Sheriff Wood. They took him to Mr. Thomas’ office and “worked” him. Ohlegschlager is an extremely ignorant fellow, but could realize the enormity of his crime and the penalty, and refused to talk. The officers questioned him for some time without any result. Then they agreed upon a clever plan of cross-examination and the prisoner became confused. A direct charge of murder broke him down, and he confessed.

“I had a bottle of whisky and Woolridge had a bottle of port wine when we left Neff’s saloon,” he said. “When crossing the bridge we quarreled over the whisky, and the old man hit me with a thin stick, breaking the handle of my basket. I got mad and hit him with a stick I carried. It was as thick as my wrist. He struck me back, and then I got behind him and hit him over the head. He fell, and I went through his pockets and took his money and then pushed the body under the railing and into the gulch.”

W. H. Woolridge lived in Portland about 17 years. He came to the Northwest 25 years ago, and was a soldier at Vancouver barracks for a number of years. He was 46 years old, married and leaves 10 children.

Ohlegschlager is a son of John Ohlegschlager, a farmer living near Fulton. For many years, the family lived on the old McAdam road. There are several children. Frank is of medium height, dark complected, with brown eyes and black hair. He is not a vicious-looking fellow.


Areas referred to in the article

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* Neff's Saloon located on the northwest corner of
Corbett street and Bancroft avenue.

* Macadam Avenue.
Runs in a northernly direction parallel to the river.

* The community of Fulton

Estate of Eliz. Ohlegschlager

Elizabeth Ohlegschlager died 16 October 1909. Her husband, Philip Jacob, had died the previous year. According to court documents she left no estate except a mortgage held by her son and daughter-in-law Philip and Hattie Ohlegschlager. In March of 1910 Philip and Hattie wished to sell the real estate covered by the mortgage and it was necessary to obtain a release of the mortgage. They petitioned the court to appoint Simeon Bolton as administrator of Elizabeth's estate.

The documents are #93A-15 Wasco County, Probate Court #325, Ohlegschlager, Elizabeth, 1910. -- They have been transferred to the Oregon State Archives at Salem Oregon, Box #185, Folder #15.

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C. L. Pepper, Notary Public, petitions the County Court of the State of Oregon for Wasco County in the matter of the Estate of Elizabeth Ohlegschlager, deceased. The petition gives details of the mortgage and of the balance due.

The petition also lists her heirs at the time of her death.

Shortly after the death of Elizabeth, her heirs agreed that her son Philip would pay certain bills related to Elizabeth's death and pay for a tombstone to be set up over the graves of Jacob and Elizabeth. The mortgage would then be declared satisfied and be released.

On April 1st 1910 Judge H. E. Lake orders that Simeon Bolton be appointed administrator of Elizabeth's estate and that Mr. Bolton be required to furninsh a bond of $400.00. The image on the left is the outside of the folded order.

Simeon Bolton swears an oath to faithfully perform the duties of administrator of the estate.

Simeon Bolton and M. Z. Donnell as surety post the $400 bond assuring Mr. Bolton will faithfully perform the duties of his said trust according to law.

Three receipts for expenses Philip and Hattie paid as per agreement to satisfy mortgage. One is to replace a lost receipt for funeral expenses. Another is for $10.00 to Dr. H. Logan and the third is $26.50 paid to Jacob Wettle.

An invoice from Crandall Undertaking Company totaling $67.50 for burial expenses for Elizabeth. Five dollars was credited by cash and the balance was paid March 29, 1910.

An order for a gravestone of Southern Falls Clouded Marble detailing the inscriptions and to be set up in the Catholic Cemetery. Price is $78.00 to be paid by May 30th 1910.

On April 1, 1910 Judge H. E. Lake rules that the agreed to expenses have been paid and the mortgage is to be considered paid in full. He thereby orders that Simeon Bolton, administrator, cancel and release the said mortgage from the records. The image on the left is the outside of the folded order.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Ohlegschlager Tombstones

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Tombstones of Philip Jacob Ohlegschlager
and Elizabeth Gould Ohlegschlager
Buried in the Catholic Cemetery, The Dalles Oregon

Elizabeth Ohlegschlager Death and Funeral Notices

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Elizabeth Gould Ohlegschlager
Born: ca 1831 Baveria
Died: Octobert 16, 1909 The Dalles Oregon

Philip Jacob Ohlegschlager Obituaries

From: The Dalles Optimist, Thursday May 7, 1908, page 1

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Last Thursday, April 30th, at 10 o'clock in the morning at his home on Fourth street, Philip Jacob Oplegschlager passed quietly away to the realms above, leaving behind him his family and many relatives and friends.

Mr. Oplegschlager was in his prime old years and was 88 years old and has spent most of his life in this country, having spent most of his life in this country, having come here in the early days and fifteen years of that time has been a valued resident of this city and county. The intermediate relatives living here are his sons, Philip and Jacob, and daughter Mrs. Jake Wettle. The remains were buried Saturday at 10 o'clock in the morning from the Catholic church and was followed to his last resting place by a large cortage of friends.

The surviving relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.

From: The Dalles Chronicle, May 8, 1908, Died - Apr 30, 1908

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Aged Man Dies in this city -- Was a Native of Germany and Father of Eleven Children
(From Friday's Daily)

Phillip J. Ohlegschlager, who died in this city yesterday at the age of 88 years, was a native of Germany, having been born in the province of Rinephalts. He came to this county landing at New York in 1871, and after remaining there for several months came to Oregon the same year. Arriving in Oregon he lived at Portland until 1889 when he came to Wasco county and settled at The Dalles, where he remained until his death. He was 88 years old April 26.

Mr. Ohlegschlager was the father of a family of eleven children, seven of whom are living in America. The other four having died. At the time of his death he was living with his daughter, Mrs. Jake Whittle, in this city. Besides Mrs. Whittle there are five sons and one daughter -- John, of Walla Walla; Christ, of Aurora, Oregon; Phillip of The Dalles; Adam, whose whereabouts are unknown, and Mrs. Kate Swenson, of Portland. These except Adam were present at the time of death.

The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning after which interment will be made in the Catholic cemetery. The services will be in charge of Father Bronsgeest of St. Peter's.