|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1831, Germany|
|Death: ||Aug. 6, 1910|
Born in Germany, Father "Francis" was ordained into the priesthood about 1864.
Construction on St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Meppen, Calhoun County began in 1864 and was completed in 1865.
He was the first pastor of St. Joseph's and served there for 40 years.
When Father Witthaut began his time in Meppen, the church was not yet completed. He conducted Mass in the home of Henry Kiel, who lived just west of the church.
Father Witthaut helped establish a parochial school associated with St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 1874.
At the time of his death in Quincy, Illinois, he was 79 years, 7 months and 13 days old. He was the first of 3 priests to be buried at the top of the hill in the church cemetery. Burial took place on 09 Aug 1910.
Following their deaths, 2 other priests were buried next to him. Father Stephen C. Schauwecker in 1940 and Father Patrick J. Muldoon in 1971.
Rev. Fr. Francis Witthart [sic], for forty years a priest at Meppen, in Calhoun county, died at Quincy yesterday and will be buried Tuesday at Meppen.
(Alton Evening Telegraph; 06 Aug 1910; p. 8)
Note: All spelling, capitalization and punctuation marks in obituary are exactly as they appeared in the original text.
GEB.ZU MISTE BEI
AM 24 JAN 1831
GEST. AM 6 AUG 1910
IM 46 JAHRE
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Saint Josephs Cemetery
Created by: Lynn Marie Vint
Record added: Sep 25, 2010
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