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Rev Johann Ferdinand Kuhr

Rev Johann Ferdinand Kuhr

Eslohe, Hochsauerlandkreis, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death 29 Nov 1870 (aged 64)
Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Kenton Vale, Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Sect. 5, Priests' Lot
Memorial ID 95262228 · View Source
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First Pastor of the Germans of Covington. Father Ferdinand Kühr, missionary of the Sacred Congregation of Propaganda Fide, organized the Mutter Gottes Gemeinde in Covington, Kentucky in 1841. While the church was in the process of being erected, the Kirchenbuch records the generosity of the contractors and laborers, many donating their time and materials. The church was under roof by the beginning of August and was dedicated October 10, 1842. A ferryboat was leased to provide free transportation to Cincinnatians who wished to attend the celebration. In 1849 Father Kühr received his first assistant pastor, Father Gustaph Adolph Busch, who died during the cholera epidemic just months after arriving. By the late 1860s overcrowding became an issue, so the original structure was demolished, and ground was immediately broken for the newly planned Italian Renaissance Revival structure. The cornerstone was set on July 3, 1870, and the building dedicated on Sept. 10, 1871. Unfortunately Father Kühr did not live to see the completion of the impressive edifice of the Mother of God Church, having died after an injury suffered from a shying horse. An obituary in German with much biographical detail was published in Der Deutsche Pionier, vol. 2, p. 319. An obituary in English was published in the Covington Journal, New Series, vol. 3, no. 44, December 3, 1870, p. 3, col. 2, under the caption 'Death of Father Kuhr'.

Father Kühr's funerary monument was designed in 1877 by Paul Gstrein, and was to be eighteen feet in height and to have at its center a statue of the Virgin Mary four feet in height, with the symbols of a chalice, missal, and stole represented. The preliminary design was displayed at the shoe store of Frank Kehler on Pike Street. The monument was unveiled on Sunday, October 29, 1877 at what is now known as the Buena Vista Cemetery near the northwest corner of Madison Avenue and 26th Street. The Societies of St Joseph and St Aloysius came in a procession from Mother of God Church on Sixth Street. Anton Kreidler, the stone cutter who made the monument, lifted the veil. [Sources for details of his monument - The Ticket, New Series, vol. 2, no. 8, February 19, 1877, p. 3, col. 1; and The Ticket, New Series, vol. 4, no. 55, October 29, 1877, p. 3, col. 2].

Gravesite Details His remains were removed from the Old Mother of God Cemetery in Buena Vista and reinterred at their present location in 1902 [Kentucky Times Star, October 23, 1902, p. 3].
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Johann Ferdinand Kuhr (25 Aug 1806–29 Nov 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 95262228, citing Mother Of God Cemetery, Kenton Vale, Kenton County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Todd Whitesides (contributor 47553735) .