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Rietbrock centennial
(1880-1980)

Veterans,   pp. 82-84


Page 82

Among the early German settlers were the names of
Berres, Fischer; Meyer, Krell, Rauen, Braun and
others. Their first church, a log one, was built in 1899.
Later, it was replaced by a brick-veneer building in
1905. In the early days, the German speaking settlers
were attended by priests who spoke German from
neighboring parishes. Rev. Anthony E. Muehlenkamp,
Athens, Wisconsin, was the very first priest to have
said the first Mass. Later, Holy Trinity, as the German
Parish was called became a Mission of Holy Family,
the Polish church. The problem of language was of
great importance to the Polish and German immigrants
in those days. With time and intermarriages between
the German and Polish people, that problem was
solved.
With the appointment of Father Florian Kupka as
Pastor of Holy Family, he was also appointed to
serve Trinity Mission Church, by Bishop fames
Schwebach. Services were held every Sunday at 9
A.M. while the Holy Family had the later Mass
at 10 A.M.
The first candle holders and liturgy book stand
that were used in the church were made by Thomas
Berres.
At first the nuns furnished the organ music for the
Trinity Mission Church; the following organist was
Nora Berres. Next Lolly Krell, who later married
Joseph Meyer, played for the services; and when she
moved to Milwaukee, Miss Angeline Rauen, daughter
of the Charles Rauens took over, at the age of 15. This
was in 1925. She was the organist until the closing of
the church in March of 1943. The first wedding she
played 'for was that of Lydia Rauen and Lawrence
Bradfish.
Father Kupka served the Trinity Mission Church
until he retired in 1941, because of ill health. He was
replaced by Rev. Max. Kluczkowski, and it was
during his pastorate that the Holy Trinity Church was
merged with Holy Family, in 1945.
A permanent marker was placed at the site of the
altar of the church, by the Rev. Edward Roskos,
then pastor of Holy Family Church. It was in memory
of the many masses said in the church during the
past years.
The pews of the church were donated to the con-
Holy Trinity Church Razed -Part of the changing, 25-man volunteer crew engaged in
razing the former "German" Catholic Church at Poniatowski. The inset shows Herman
Fischer, who helped erect the church building and who assisted in the razing
operations.
gregation of the Holy Name Catholic Church in
Wausau, and the material was used in the con-
struction of an addition at the Holy Family Catholic
School.
The brick veneer church structure was never moder-
nized and was lighted with oil lamps, while stoves
provided the heat. The church was then razed in
1954. All that remains of the German Mission today
is the cemetery, which is cared for by the Holy
Family parishioners.
Veterans
World War I began in 1914, and in the year of
1917, the United States became involved in a war
against Germany. During this time rationing of flour
and sugar took place and the "flu" claimed many
lives of soldiers abroad and civilians at home. This
war ended in November, 1918.
After this was, the World War II outbreak
began in 1939 and lasted until 1945. Food rationing,
war bonds, scrap metal drives, gasoline and fuel
oil rations stamps and shortages were common at
home. A few years after this war ended we again ex-
perienced the Korean and Vietnamese conflicts. Men
and women from the Town of Rietbrock that were
in Military Service during World War I, World War


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