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Schützenfest History

 

The annals of the Cincinnati Historical Society reveal some interesting facts regarding the observance of the Schützenfest in this city. Surprisingly, documents dating back to the year 1866 give evidence that the first Schützenfest in Cincinnati was held in July, 1866 in Fairmount. The place was called Schuetzenpark. In later years it was named Schuetzen-Buckel Hill (pronounced Schitzen-Boockle Hill), and today it is known as St. Clair's Park. It is situated at the top of Fairmount Avenue. There was a rather large building on the grounds which covered more than 30 acres. This building which had been erected in 1851 had been used as a Baptist Seminary. During the Civil War it was converted into a military academy. At one time it had also been the home of a medical college. The Schützenfest Verein (Riflemen's Society) also called the "American Sharpshooter's Society" held all their picnics and festivals in Schützen Park.

 

The Schuetzenbuch (Schitzenbook) a book with the names of all the members of the society lists its first dues-paying member on July 1, 1866. A membership of over 250 is registered in a document of 1868. Most of the members were also shareholders of the Verein. Henry Groten is mentioned as the president.

 

In 1868 the American Sharpshooter's Society (Schützen Verein) sold all its assets to the Schuetzenpark Company. The most prominent members of the company were John Hauck and A. Dieterle, founders of the Hauck Brewing Company. These two men and eight others formed the entire company. They remodeled the structure and the grounds a t a cost of $155,000.00, a whopping amount of money at that time. The Schuetzenpark Company rented out the building all year for beer halls and beer gardens. Since the Schuetzenpark Company trustees were all members of this Schützen Verein; the Schützenfest must have been the main attraction there.

 

In 1885 the Schuetzenpark Company sold the park. A certain Mr. Dexter who owned and operated a hotel on Main Street used it as a "SommerAusflugsort" for his customers. This German word is hard to translate into English. The park was basically used for summer outings and picnics. Unfortunately in 1888, the building burned down to the ground. The documents recovered from the cornerstone of the Schuetzenpark house were donated to the Historical Society of Cincinnati by the C.J. Hauck family of Cincinnati. These are the documents which revealed the interesting facts regarding the history of the Schützenfest in Cincinnati.

 

The Schützenfest seems to have diminished for some years until it had its second beginning in Cincinnati with the founding of the Catholic Kolping Society, known at that time as the "Katholischer Gesellenverein" (Catholic Journeymen's Society) in 1925. The Gesellenverein owned and operated a boardinghouse, called "Kolping House" at 1523 Republic Street in downtown Cincinnati. At that time, Republic Street was known as Bremn Street. After World War II (in the 1950's), many young Germans immigrated to Cincinnati. These young men revived the Schützenfest and for the last 62 years have never missed a celebration of this unique and interesting tradition.

 

The first Schützen King was Benedict Wenker of Oakley who also was the first president of the Catholic Kolping Society of Cincinnati. The Schützen King is a special title of honor conferred upon the lucky man who succeeded in shooting down the last piece of the wooden eagle at the annual Schützenfest. Every member in good standing is eligible to shoot at the eagle and try his skill with the rifle. The winner is officially crowned king and then as the Schützenfest King of the year. Quite a bit of work and time is put into the preparation for this gala affair. Several weeks before, meetings are held and the details are gone over, committees are appointed and various duties are assigned to them. Enthusiasm seems to grow as the date for the Schützenfest approaches. However, very few members are more enthusiastic and interested in this gala event than our faithful member Edward Lamping of Deer Park. Since 1925, Ed very skillfully and artistically has carved the wooden eagle which is the symbol of the Schützenfest. Legend tells us that many centuries ago in a small village of Germany; an eagle viciously attacked a small child. An alert "Schuetze" (archer or marksman) killed the eagle and saved the life of the child. The grateful townspeople praised him for his skill as a sharpshooter and looked upon him as a special hero and treated him almost like a king. Each year the event was commemorated and so the Schützenfest was born, some 500 years ago.

 

The local Schuetzenverein now known as the "Kolping Schuetzenclub" (Shooting Club) is aiming at continuing the Schützenfest another 100 years in Cincinnati. Kolping Center at 10235 Mill Road is now the home of the Schützenfest. The past years have brought more and more people to the Center to witness the Schützenfest.

 

The Schuetzenclub meets every third Friday of the month, from August to May, in the Kolping Center for their monthly shooting contest. The teams of five men each take part in this contest, using 22-caliber rifles at a distance of 50 feet. Prizes and trophies for high scores are awarded each month. This local club is responsible for keeping alive the Schützenfest tradition in Cincinnati and we are looking forward to another 100 years of its existence.

 

Harry Talkers

November 1987

(Revised 8/94)

(Revised 1/12)

King Sepp & Queen Rose Abt

Past Kolping Schützenfest  Kings and Queens

  • 1925 Benedict Wenker and Magdalena Teufer
    (by proclamation)
  • 1925 Rudolf Promberger and Magdalena Teufer
  • 1926 Bernhard Lunnemann and Maria Wesselmann
  • 1927 William Setter and Maria Fellerhoff
  • 1928 Herman Lamping and Anna Tegenkamp
  • 1929 Edward Lamping and Anna Luecking
  • 1930 William Kramer and Frieda Wanner
  • 1931 Henry Rauen and Mathilda Hochholzer
  • 1932 Alvin Roetepohl and Emmy Roetepohl
  • 1933 George Witte and  Clara Schumacher
  • 1934 Joe Niemann and Johanna Franz
  • 1935 Henry Rauen and Christina Thieves
  • 1936 Herman Kreimer and Florentine Geis
  • 1937 Ben Jansen and Johanna Jansen
  • 1938 August Elsen and Clara Luecking
  • 1939 Joe Welage and Millie Welage
  • 1940 August Elsen and Marie Elsen
  • 1941 August Luenne and Sophie Luenne
  • 1942 Konrad Tholen and Mary Tholen
  • 1943 Gus Kaiser and Mary Kaiser
  • 1944 Frank Rohe and Helen Rohe
  • 1945 Tony Brueggemann and Elizabeth Schumacher
  • 1946 Joe Kempe and Elizabeth Kempe
  • 1947 Gus Schnieders and Sefa Schnieders
  • 1948 George Birn and Mary Birn
  • 1949 Theodore Garmann, Jr. and Grace Garmann
  • 1950 Pete Dinnesen, Sr. and Johanna Dinnesen
  • 1951 Harry Schwabe and Marie Jean Schumacher
  • 1952 Bernie Lunnemann and Elsie Overmann
  • 1953 Frank Borchers and Margaret Kalkhoff
  • 1954 Gary Gerdes and Betty Bley
  • 1955 Henry Gerbus and Marie Gerbus
  • 1956 Henry Sieverding and Thelma Macke
  •  1957 David Strecker and Kathy Strecker
  • 1958 Bernard Loesing and Bernice Kurlemann
  • 1959 Tony Ahrnsen and Clementine Ahrnsen
  • 1960 August Bruewer and Betty Lindner
  • 1961 Heinz Kalkhoff and Carol Ruether
  • 1962 Bill Langefeld and Maria Langefeld
  • 1963 Steve Wessels and Anni Wessels
  • 1964 Frank Rosenacker and Vera Rosenacker
  • 1965 George Ostendorf and Clara Ostendorf
  • 1966 Heinz Meyerrose and Margie Meyerrose
  • 1967 George Kreutzjans and Gerry Kreutzjans
  • 1968 Tony Hoffmann and Hermine Hoffmann
  • 1969 Theo Diewald and Catherine Diewald
  • 1970 Gus Schroeder and Gertrude Schroeder
  • 1971 Willy Gerdes and Kristine Gerdes
  • 1972 Berthold Schwegmann and Helene Schwegmann
  • 1973 Theo Leuker and Christel Leuker
  • 1974 Ben Albers and Regina Albers
  • 1975 Bill Lunnemann and Phyllis Lunnemann
  • 1976 Karl Von Den Benken and Maria Von Den Benken
  • 1977 Joe Wilke and Gunda Wilke
  • 1978 Gus Rehling and Joan Rehling
  • 1979 George Kalkhoff and Dorothy Kalkhoff
  • 1980 Ben Geers and Magdalena Geers
  • 1981 Ralph Glindmeyer and Dolores Glindmeyer
  • 1982 Sam Pasqualetti and Christina Pasqualetti
  • 1983 Louis Schmidt and Bobbi Schmidt
  • 1984 Bill Janszen and Chris Janszen
  • 1985 Dick Deitsch and Martha Deitsch
  • 1986 Robert Berter and Jennie Berter
  • 1987 Louis Schmidt and Bobbi Schmidt
  •  1988 Herman Tegenkamp and Mary Helen Tegenkamp
  • 1989 Erich Meyer and Ursula Meyer
  • 1990 Sam Pasqualetti and Christina Pasqualetti
  • 1991 Wally Gerbus and Ann Gerbus
  • 1992 Kevin Sims and Rosemarie Sims
  • 1993 Charlie Zix and Helen Zix
  • 1994 Jim Slouffman and Carolann Slouffman
  • 1995 Bill Garrett and Rita Garrett
  • 1996 Vince Meyer and Beverly Meyer
  • 1997 Erwin Dobler and Sylvia Dobler Nadler
  • 1998 C. Michael Brakers and Cathy Brakers
  • 1999 John Olding and Christa Olding
  • 2000 Robert Geoppinger and Annamarie Geoppinger
  • 2001 Charles Klosterman and Traci Klosterman
  • 2002 Richard Ellensohn and Nancy Ellensohn
  • 2003 Jim Gieringer and Sally Gieringer
  • 2004 Pat Whalen and Irene Whalen
  • 2005 Jim Brown and Joyce Brown
  • 2006 George "Trey" Seibel and Cindy Seibel
  • 2007 Allen Cliffe and Carol Cliffe
  • 2008 Brad Baldwin and Jenn Baldwin
  • 2009 Paul Boehm and Donna Boehm
  • 2010 Kevin Luther and Teri Luther
  • 2011 John Olding and Christa Olding
  • 2012 Erwin Dobler and Joann Dobler
  •  2013 John Weissmann and Cathy Weissmann
  •  2014 Joe Hammons and Cherise Hammons
  •  2015 Mickey Moore and Lisa Moore
  •  2016 Jacob and Carolyn Stupprich
  •  2017 Sepp and Rose Abt

    Past Junior Kings and Queens

  • 1962 Henry Mollmann - Rita Hermes
  • 1963 Joe Schlake – Irma Kramer
  • 1964 Jerry Rosenacker – Marilu Field
  • 1965 Garry Niemeier – Marilyn Simon
  • 1966 Gregory Hermes – Paula Brians
  • 1967 Jeff Cooke – Anita Wilke
  • 1968 Helmut Kellner – Rita Hollmann
  • 1969 Paul Borchers – Sylvia Fleischer
  • 1970 Ron Von Den Benken – Janet Kappen
  • 1971 Edgar Buelsing – Rita Gerdes
  • 1972 Richard Loesing – Theresia Borchers
  • 1973 Al Kroenker – Ellen Schwegmann
  • 1974 Mike Schwegmann – Diane Mohs
  • 1975 Gary Bruewer – Irene Rosen
  • 1976 Greg Uhlhorn – Karen Tegenkamp
  • 1977 David Schroeder – Sylvia Ostendorf
  • 1978 Tom Tegenkamp – Nancy Mohs
  • 1979 Chris Schrand – Barbara Moeller
  • 1980 Greg Kreutzjans – Heidi Gerdes
  • 1981 Tony Glindmeyer – Shelly Arnult
  • 1982 Paul Redder – Christine Leuker
  • 1983 Tim Janszen – Kim Arnult
  • 1984 Don Lunnemann – Jenny Schnetzer
  • 1985 Ryan Preston – Maureen Schrand
  • 1986 Eric Rehling – Doris Schnetzer
  • 1987 Scott Koch – Jill Kaiser
  • 1988 Ron Gerdes – Jeanine Listermann
  • 1989 Andy Hall – Cheryl Brunsman
  • 1990 Rick Ellensohn – Brandy Gardner
  • 1991 Eric Strecker – Jeannie Listermann
  • 1992 Eric Strecker – Annette Grote
  • 1993 Mark McQueary – Alexandria Talkers
  • 1994 Mark McQueary – Joanna Wurzelbacher
  • 1995 Craig Sprowls – Kelly Gerbus
  • 1996 David Von Den Benken – Rachel Neumann
  • 1997 Jamie Sims – Katie Brunsman
  • 1998 Eric Uhlhorn – Maria Kossenjans
  • 1999 William Kossenjans – Danielle Tombragel
  • 2000 Russell Roeder – Katie Rademacher
  • 2001 Matt Brunsman – Erin Rademacher
  • 2002 Nicholas McDonald – Kristine Uhlhorn
  • 2003 Michael Uhlhorn – Emily Brunsman
  • 2004 Luke Kuechly – MacKenzie Seibel
  • 2005 Grant Klosterman – Maria McDonald
  • 2006 Tony Koehling – Isabelle Vosseberg
  • 2007 Ryan Geiser – Elizabeth Beiter
  • 2008 Tyler Seibel – Hayley Seibel
  • 2009 Mitch Klosterman – Kierstin Nadler
  • 2010 Ben Vosseberg – Libby Moore
  • 2011 Matthew Courter – Mary Vosseberg
  • 2012 Mason Seibel – Josie Salemme
  • 2013 Dan Brunsman – Kacie Seibel
  • 2014 Nick Brunsman – Rachel Hoffman
  • 2015 Charlie Salemme – Kelly Spraul
  • 2016 Sam Couter – Abby Brunsman
  • 2017 Jacob Vosseberg –- Lisa Wurzelbacher
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