Daily Buffalo Democrat and World Citizen

1855 Edition
Upper Left-Hand Corner, page 1.


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Volume 18

Wednesday, June 20, 1855 - Page 3, middle; column 3

The St. John's Festival!

The German Young Men's Association

invites the distinguished public to this year's St. John's Festival on

Monday, June 25th

The festive locale of Mr. J. Westphal has once again been chosen with its most beautiful

St. John's Grove

(Westphal's Garden)

The Turn Verein [Gymnastics Club] has provided its most valuable cooperation in bringing about this festival - and they will be there in full number to participate in the events.


   1. At 12 o'clock the Turn Verein opens with a musical chorus and march along Genesee, Michigan, Batavia [Broadway] and Main Streets to the festival location, gathering up a large number of the guests as they go. They'll be followed by the large and the small, the young and the old, taking part in this happy spring festival.
   2. At 2 PM the festival begins with songs performed by the chorus of the Turn Verein. The welcoming address has been composed by F.J. Egenter, who will deliver it.
   3. At 2:30 a gymnastics demonstration by the members of the Turn Verein.
   4. Folk-games for boys and girls: sack races, stick bird tossing, rope tugs of war, races, spin the plank, etc., etc.
   5. At 4 PM the members of the Turn Verein will perform "Bajazzo" on a stage created just for the occasion. Songs before and after.
   6.Continuation of the games.
   7. At 5 PM (back by popular demand) - The Festively Grotesque/Comic Parade of the King of Humbug through the entire festival grounds.
   8. At 6 PM a gymnastics tournament by the students of the Turn Verein and the awarding of prizes to the victors.
   9. At 7 PM continuation of the gymnastics demonstations and the games.
   10. "Bajazzo and the Thousand Embarassments", Part 2 of "Bajazzo among the Robbers". Singing before and after the performances.
   11. At 9 PM - Fireworks.
   12. Dancing in the brightly lit open-air dancehall.
Messrs. Westphal, Spann and Derr, who have taken over the management of the inn on the grounds, wish to announce to all that they will do all they can to satisfy the modest needs of the public.
The festival closes at 10PM.
The Association will try to make the St. John's Festival, which is an enjoyable experience for all participants, a folk festival in the truest sense of the word.

Admission is 50 cents for men; women and children are free. Tickets will be available from June 18th on and can be purchased from the committee members. The program will come later.
                                    Carl de Haas, President
Geo. Getthöfer, Secretary

Tranlator's Note - Go to June 30th for coverage of the event.

Saturday, June 23, 1855 - Page 3, middle to bottom; column 1

To the St. Louis Congregation

With gratitude to God, whose grace has been so richly granted to the St. Louis congregation as they turn to Him with all their hearts on the days of jubilation and with longing for the salvation of their souls, the Bishop once again feels certain that the congregation wishes to be given a priest to serve as pastor so the congregation may fulfill its holy obligations as proscribed by the rules of the church authority and submitted to by their Trustees.

The Rules of the Church Authority

   1. The Trustees will be elected from the membership of the congregation, who have established their place in the church. Whosoever belongs to a secret society or doesn't make his Easter confession cannot be elected.
   2. Every six months the Trustees will give an accounting of the income and expenditures to the congregation; they will submit a report yearly to the Bishop.
-The Bishop retains the right to see the accounts of the governing body as he may deem it necessary. Expenditures in excess of $300 are to be submitted to the Bishop for approval.
   3. The pastor presides over all meetings of the Trustees concerning church matters in an official capacity. If he vetos a decision and will not rescind the veto, the matter will be brought before the Bishop and be mediated through him.
   4. The pastor will appoint persons for services rendered to the church and for instruction of the school children. These persons include the organist, the keeper of the sacristy and the teacher. He will meet with the Trustees prior to the appointment. If the Trustees are not happy with his decision, they shall bring the matter to the Bishop for his mediation.
The church will remain incorporated under these rules. Not one cent of the contributions of the St. Louis congregation will be taken without its consent for things other than the upkeep of the church and its congregation.
Thus it is ordained to you all in the loving leadership of Christ.
                                          †John Timon, Bishop.

An Added Remark. Since the Rules of Church Authority publicly have nothing other as a goal than the assurance of the church's solvency and the contentment of the congregation with itself and its spiritual caregiver, each member of the St. Louis congregation will gladly welcome and support the same for the honor of Christ. However, anyone who raises himself up against the congregation or who publicly makes it known that he is not Catholic in his heart but rather puts his own interests before those of the congregation, shall have dispute. I hope to God that it is not so among us. Thus all attest with joy: Yes, and thank God, and the worthy Bishop for the resolution of these difficulties.
The St. Louis congregation wishes assurance of church solvency; - thus will it be assured.
The St. Louis congregation wishes peace; - and so it will have it.
The St. Louis congregation will have its own pastor; - thus it will get him.

Saturday, June 23, 1855 - Page 3, top; column 2 (continued from column 1)

The St. Louis congregation wants to be Catholic and wishes to remain so; - thus and in no other way can it be and remain. Let the St. Louis congregation move forward:
                                          In the Name of the Lord!
Your hour has come: Now or Never.
                                 Your True Friend in Christ,
                                          F.X. Weniger, Missionary

Tuesday, June 26, 1855 - Page 3, middle; column 2

The St. Louis Congregation - The affairs of the St. Louis Congregation are currently in order and on next Friday evening there will be the installation of a new pastor. With regard to the administration of church property by the Trustees, everything remains the same as it has been.


Translator's Note: For Bishop Timon's account of the affair see Missions in Western New York, and church history of the Diocese of Buffalo by the bishop of Buffalo, pages 221-240.

Saturday, June 30, 1855 - Page 2, top; column 1

Buffalo Democrat

Editor: Carl de Haas

Saturday, June 30th


The St. John's Festival

As far as we could determine, everyone was happy. It was yet another beautiful slice of German life and a wonderful remembrance of the old beloved fatherland. At 1 o'clock the assembled army of our ever-active Turners [gymnasts] returned with banners held high; at the head of the parade there was a veritable chorus of drummers, also Turners, under the direction of Messrs. Schulz and Schugen, who led the band. The festival location began to fill up and all impatiently awaited the arrival of the Turners, whose music one heard resounding in the distance about 2 o'clock. The Turners' singing chorus began its performance at 2:30 with a pleasant song composed by Mr. Egenter for the occasion. Written copies of the song were distributed to the audience. Mr. Baethig gave the festival address, which was short and to the point and received enthusiastic applause.

From then on gymnastics exercises, games, dances, theatrical presentations and comic parodies alternated in colorful succession; overall, people saw life and joy and the field of accomplishments reflected every segment of the society. Girls amused themselves by tossing the stick bird and carried away various prizes in triumph to their happy parents; a half-dozen boys, submerged in sacks up to their shoulders, competed to see who could reach the finish line first; in another location a number of lads competed to see who, after many vain attempts, could climb up to the top of the greased pole.

The Turners performed extraordinary feats and contributed much to the amusement of the public. The 30-man pyramid built by the Turners aroused enthusiastic applause. The gymnastics students' competition was well received. The following young gymnasts received prizes:
Roth, Kerner, Seib, D. Schultz, Rippel, F. Schulz, Gillig, Haberstroh, Reinecke, Bensino and Wesch.

The pantomine drew in a large audience and put it in the happiest of moods. Mr. Meyer is a master organizing such theatrical performances. The open-air theater was beautifully decorated. The parody was enormously successful and received well-deserved praise; Mr. M. as King Humbug richly deserved his pretzel crown. The fireworks couldn't have been more diverse; the committee in charge of the timing of the firings deserves praise.

The musical chorus under the direction of Mr. Schugen pleased the dancers and the music-lovers alike; the hard work and effort that went into this reflects favorably back on the scheduling committee.

Mr. Westphal tastefully decorated his house on the inside and out and his new carousel garnered high praise from its young riders.

The lighting, executed by Mr. Westphal, was tasteful and bright. Lager beer was consumed in extraordinarily large quantities and we have been assured that the quality of this noble barley brew was nothing to sneeze at. The service rendered by the waiters left no wish unfulfilled and we heard no complaints in this regard. We close our report with the following lines from a long article written in yesterday's Republic, whose local editor, Mr. Faxon, covered the festival with the greatest interest:
"The festival was organized in a wonderful manner by the committee and not a single difficulty got in the way of the day. It was in all respects a wonderful event. The German Young Men's Association can be proud of its festival and from the satisfied faces of young and old we can conclude that it was so for all. The festivals organized by the German people deserve to be imitated. There we find no dry formality, fearful tentativeness or quiet reserve with which other nationalities are characterized - everything is open and friendly, every face wears a smile and every hand extends a warm greeting. The Germans come to the festival locale with the intention of enjoying themselves and they succeed. Yesterday's festival will remain in our thoughts as one of the most welcome diversions ever to take place in this area."

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