St. John’s Church and Cemetery

St. John’s Catholic Church and Cemetery in Hanover witnessed the life events of our grandparents from the 1870s through the 1950s.

St. John’s Catholic Church

In October, 1869, Rev. Father Joseph Remmele, a Catholic Missionary stationed at St. Mary’s, Kansas, came to Hanover and offered the First Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in Hanover. Eight Catholic families were all the missionary could find in the Hanover territory at that time.

From this humble start 150 years ago, St. John’s Catholic Church is the oldest Catholic Church in the Diocese of Salina.

In 1869, Father Sweitberg de Martean of the order of St. Benedict began coming here from Seneca, and by 1870, the congregation numbered over 20 families.

On May 2, 1878, the first load of stone was delivered for the construction of the present limestone church, with the cornerstone laid by Father Pichler in August, 1878. On October 4, 1880, the church was dedicated.

St. John’s Catholic School

Rev. Father John H. Pichler took charge in July, 1876. He believed that the biggest asset to any Catholic congregation was a Catholic School, and he established a Catholic school.

St. John’s Cemetery

During Father Pichler’s pastorate here in 1884, he acquired a five acre tract of land northeast of Hanover to establish the present St. John’s cemetery.

There are nine Teply grandparents in St. John’s Cemetery.

Ben Teply (1G)

Frank and Anna Teply (2G)

Jacob and Agnes Welter (3G)

Ignatz and Anna Kloppenberg (2G)

John and Elizabeth Ross (3G)

Rev. William Shellberg

Rt. Rev. Monsignor William Shellberg was assigned to St. John’s on May 1, 1890. For 45 years Monsignor Shellberg served St. John’s. He was the officiant at most of the Teply / Kloppenberg / Ross / Welter life events.

For example, he was the officiant at the marriage of Frank Teply and Anna Welter in 1892, and 27 years later at the marriage of Ben Teply and Anna Kloppenberg.

Marriage License – Frank Teply and Annie Welter – 1892
Marriage License – Ben Teply and Anna Kloppenberg – 1919

Rev. Shellberg must have performed dozens of marriages, baptisms, and funerals for our grandparents.


Nibbles Extra Credit

Hanover Cemetery Notes – October 2015

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
114 S. Church St.
Hanover, KS 66945
Office Phone: 785-337-2289
Rectory Phone: 785-337-2342
Fr. David’s Cell Phone: 785-650-1999

Saint Johns Cemetery
Caretaker and burial map
Jim and Vivian Martin
215 S East St.
2 blocks south of Main on East Street, white deck in front
785.337.2737

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Grandparents ( ** not buried in Hanover area):

Benjamin Teply
**    Anna Kloppenberg Teply

    Frank Teply
    Anna Welter Teply

       **  Joseph Teply    
        Josephine Petraski Teply Swoboda

        Jacob Welter
        Agnes Tuhey

        Ignatz Kloppenberg
        Anna Ross Kloppenberg

       **  Johannes Kloppenborger    
       **  Bernadine Laubrock Ibeler Kloppenborger  

            Johann "John" Ross
            Elizabeth Freuning Ross

==================== St. Johns Cemetery ==================

Frank F Mengers
Birth: Nov. 27, 1882
Death: Jun. 21, 1951
Spouse:
Minnie Mengers (1888 – 1939)
Children:
Franklin Mengers (1918 – 1918)

Kloppenberg, Anna Ross **** 2G Grandparent ****
b. Aug. 26, 1864 d. Mar. 23, 1942

Kloppenberg, Florence R.
b. Feb. 19, 1898 d. Jan. 20, 1988

Kloppenberg, Frank
b. 1887 d. 1959

Kloppenberg, Henry
b. 1886 d. 1976

Kloppenberg, Ignatz **** 2G Grandparent ****
b. Jan. 21, 1864 d. Nov. 11, 1946

Kloppenberg, John
b. Feb. 4, 1885 d. Aug. 18, 1910

Kloppenberg, Joseph
b. 1898 d. 1899

Kloppenberg, Margaret
b. 1888 d. 1966

Kloppenberg, Mary C.
b. 1891 d. 1975

Kloppenberg, William G.
b. Apr. 13, 1894 d. Aug. 31, 1976

Mika, Mary Josephine Kloppenberg
b. Sep. 22, 1891 d. Aug. 3, 1987

Ross, Elizabeth Frauning **** 3G Grandparent ****
b. Feb. 16, 1828 d. Jan. 26, 1912

Zumbahlen, Josephine Marie Ross
b. Jan. 26, 1873 d. Mar. 16, 1951

Ross, Johann John Ross **** 3G Grandparent ****
Birth: May 11, 1830, Germany
Death: Sep. 24, 1906
Spouse:
Elizabeth Frauning Ross (1828 – 1912)*
Children:
Anna Ross Kloppenberg (1864 – 1942)*
Josephine Marie Ross Zumbahlen (1873 – 1951)*

Teply, Benjamin J. **** 1G Grandparent ****
b. 1893 d. 1925
Birth: 1893
Death: 1925
Plot: South Side of cemetery – 3rd section from east

Frank J Teply **** 2G Grandparent ****
Birth: Jun. 20, 1865
Death: Sep. 5, 1952
Spouse:
Anna M. Teply (1872 – 1936)
Note: Anna, Barbara, Frank, William in this plot
Plot: South side of cemetery – 3rd section from west

Albert C Teply,
Birth: Mar. 20, 1897
Death: Jul. 18, 1941
Spouse:
Elizabeth Teply (1901 – 1979)
Note: Albert C., Elizabeth, Carl Teply and Lorraine Demars in this plot
Plot: South side of cemetery – 4th section from west

Teply, Anna M. **** 2G Grandparent ****
b. Dec. 22, 1872 d. Oct. 15, 1936

Teply, Barbara C.
b. 1898 d. 1962

Teply, Carl L.
b. Apr. 13, 1929 d. Aug. 7, 1994

Teply, Elizabeth
b. May 30, 1901 d. Feb. 2, 1979

Teply, Ella E.
b. 1900 d. 1973 Saint Johns Cemetery

Teply, John F.
b. 1895 d. 1976

Teply, Robert E
b. Nov. 3, 1919 d. Mar. 23, 1942

Teply, Willard B.
b. Oct. 19, 1923 d. Jul. 23, 1974

Teply, William H.
b. 1898 d. 1945

Welter, Agnes **** 3G Grandparent ****
b. Aug. 15, 1856 d. Apr. 8, 1940

Welter, Henry
b. Apr. 12, 1897 d. Apr. 12, 1897

Jacob Welter **** 3G Grandparent ****
Birth: Sep. 24, 1847
Death: Oct. 16, 1909, USA
Spouse:
Agnes Welter (1856 – 1940)
Children:
William Welter (1877 – 1938)*
Henry Welter (1897 – 1897)*

Welter, William
b. 1877 d. 1938


Sources

  • Excerpts from “The One Hundred Year History of Hanover, Kansas” From “Hanover Centennial — 1869-1969”, by The Hanover News
  • Funeral card – Rev William Shellberg – Teply family memoribilia
  • Marriage License – Frank Teply and Annie Welter – 1892 – Marriage Affadavit and License Record, K – p. 186 – Washington County Kansas Courthouse
  • Marriage License – Ben Teply and Anna Kloppenberg – 1919 – Marriage License Record, D – p. 226 – Washington County Kansas Courthouse
  • Photos – Mark Jarvis – October 2015

2 thoughts on “St. John’s Church and Cemetery

  1. Benjamin Karr March 7, 2020 / 2:04 pm

    Interesting how Kloppenborgor transitioned to Kloppenborg and then to Kloppenborg.

    Note Ignatz’ headstone when compared to Grandma Anna’s marriage certificateadds to the “confusion”.

    I suspect that mid-spelling might have been the “culprit” rather that acts of “intention”.

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • Mark Jarvis March 7, 2020 / 2:37 pm

      Agreed about spelling instead of intention. But it’s good to know it’s unambiguous about Kloppenborger in Germany. Around, here at least, it was always in question.

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