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July 2003, Vol. 2, Issue 7


And my father makes the newspaper yet again.

Posted June 04, 2003
Oshkosh Northwestern

Oshkosh man among first wave on D-Day

By Doug Zellmer
of The Northwestern

The coastal beaches of France were an inhospitable host.

Oshkosh resident George Kinderman was among thousands of soldiers who encountered waist high water and deafening noise as they went ashore to fight in D-Day and the ensuing Battle of Normandy, which is commemorating it’s 59th anniversary this week.

“I think you’re scared, but you realize it won’t be any good so you go forward and hope for the best,” Kinderman, 84, who was in the first wave on Utah Beach, said about the decisive battle that would repel advancements in Europe by Nazi Germany.

The Utah landing area was about three miles wide. Compared to German fortifications at Omaha Beach, the defenses at Utah, based on fixed infantry positions were sparse because the low-lying areas immediately behind the landing area were flooded, according to the online version of Britannica Encyclopedia.

Nonetheless, Kinderman, who was wounded by shrapnel, said the battle was hectic.

“You realized that you had to keep moving. A moving target was always harder to get,” he said. “I was hit in the chest and the lung, but I was lucky. I survived. I had good medical treatment.”

The D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 was one of the most critical battles of World War II and the history of warfare in western civilization, said Clarence “Inky” Jungwirth, an Oshkosh historian and an infantryman in the 32nd Red Arrow Division during World War II.

“The Germans wanted to stop them on the beaches,” he said. “If they stopped them on the beaches and keep them from going inland they (Germans) would defeat them. That didn’t happen.”

Military accounts revealed the Utah Beach landings ended as a spectacular success beyond the most optimistic expectations.

There was a 2,000-yard error, which had placed the landing force away from the heavily German defended area of Les-Dunes-de-Varaville and into a less defended section of beach, according to Britannica online.

Twenty thousand troops and 1,700 motorized vehicles had landed at Utah with surprisingly few casualties — fewer than 300 men.

Kinderman, however, said he felt terrible that some of his comrades were killed in the battle.

“You train with them and all of a sudden they were gone,” he said. “They were like your brother.”

Kinderman said the troops that landed on the beaches pressed on toward an eventual victory over the Nazis.

“There was no half solution. We knew that we had to win the war to get it over with,” he said.

On occasion, Kinderman said, he thinks about the D-Day invasion, but the years have made it difficult to remember a lot of details.

“I hope we don’t have any more wars. Wars are terrible,” he said.

Doug Zellmer: (920) 426-6667 or dzellmer@thenorthwestern.com.


This will keep you occupied all summer. I have already printed out copies of the 1891-1893 directory for myself. Since the 1890 census is not available at least we will be able to get a listing of heads of household at that time. This is a wonderful contribution to the internet. Thank you Oshkosh public Library.




Be sure to check out the History Books page and the online Obituary Index.

More translations of the 1902 fest book

Thanks to Fred Schroeder.

The Story of the St. Joseph’s Club.

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A short survey over the origination and establishment of the St. Joseph Club # 2 of the St.Vincent parish in Oshkosh.

The first step to establish a new Club was made by Mr. Franz Kollross, Herman Jungwirth, then joined by Leonhard Reiter which made further inquires with the Reverent J.B. Reindl, which favored this plan and supported and cheered them up in the St.Vincent Parish a new Club to establish.

The first meeting was held in July 1890, where the following men joined: Leonhard Reiter, Franz Kollross, Herman Jungwirth, Joseph Egner, John Beck, John Friedl, Heinich Schomer, Bernhard Montag, Franz Sippl, Joseph Kindermann, Jakob Baumgartner, Simon Binder, Matthias Fuchs, Bernhard E. Montag. There after started the origination and Baptism of the club, Mr. Heinrich Schomer suggested that the club name should be named St. Joseph # 2, which found applause, with the exception to receive the OK from the Reverent J.B. Reindl, which he gladly did with joy. As Godfather functioned Mr. Anton Bickel from Milwaukee with joyful words he spoke over the function and working of a club, which earned great applause. There after a Committee was appointed to set up a good Constitution and to present it to the club. Total cash on hand on 20 July 1890 was $28 membership was 14 men.

In August 1890, the Constitution was presented to the club and without rejection approved, if also the Reverent J.B.Reindl will give the ok, which he gladly did. It was decided that a few men should start a theater with good shows to earn money for a club flag. Through donation from a few men and the money earned from a few theater shows in short time the money was available for a new club flag. On 19 April 1891 the flag was blessed, which had cost the sum of $160.00. There after followed the first passing away of a member, Mr. Ernst Lemberger, who was not yet entitled to receive death benefits, but through a vote of the membership the widow was paid a sum of $104.00.

(The widow was my great grandaunt Louisa Kindermann Lemberger Poeschl)

The meeting from 24 July 1891 the following Officers were elected. President Leonhard Reiter, Vice President Heinrich Schomer; Treasurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary Eugene Schunk; Protocol Secretary Ferdinand Putzer; Marshal Alois Stoegbauer. Cash on hand 24 July 1891 was $45.89.

Since there was nothing important, we will go a year further. At the meeting 17 July 1892 the following officers were elected, President Lorenz Spanbauer; Vice President John Miller; Treasurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary Joseph Kindermann; Protocol Secretary George Hopher; Marshall John Schiesl. Cash on hand $69.23. Through the successful effort of the officers the club grew and was also very fortunate. In the yearly meeting of 16 July 1893 the following officers were elected,

President Heinrich Schomer; Vice President Franz Vogl; Treasurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary John Friedl; Protocol Secretary Edwin Fischer; Marshall Jakob Embs, in this meeting a few points of the constitution were changed or made better. Cash on hand 16 July 1893 was $565.98.

The officer’s election 15 July 1894 had the following results, President Heinrich Schomer; Vice president Franz Vogl; Treasurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary John Friedl; Protocol Secretary Joseph Kindermann; Marshall Franz Griedl. In this meeting the Club joined the State Unit Formation. Cash on hand was $746.15.

The officers election from 18 July 1895 gave the following results, President John Friedl; Vice President John Schiesl; Treasurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary Joseph Kindermann; Protocol Secretary Alois Koelbl; Marshall Rudolf Paulik. In this meeting the death benefits were raised, from $10 to $25 for women passing away, and for men passing away from $50 to $75. Cash on hand $1,016.24.

In the officers election from 20 July 1896 the following men were elected: President John Friedl; Vice President John Schiesl; Treasurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary Alois Koelbl; Protocol Secretary Karl Sammer; Marshall Leonhard Reiter. In this year we have to list the first woman passing away. Paid to Mr. Jakob Baumgartner the sum of $88.00. Cash on hand was $1,244.

In the officers election from 17 July 1897 the following were elected: President Johann Friedl; Vice President Joseph Kindermann; Tresurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary Alois Koelbl; Protocol Secretary Karl Sammer; Marshall Leonhard Reiter. Cash on hand $1,470. 77

In the officers election from 17 July 1898 the following were elected: President Louis Koelbl; Vice President Franz Sippl; Treasurer Jakob Baumgartner; Finance Secretary Joseph Kindermann; Protocol Secretary Rudolf Paulik; Marshall Matthias Fuchs. We have to list 2 women passing away: paid to Franz Bruehmueller $95.50, to Ignatz Stutz $95.50; to 48 members who were participating in the woodworkers strike were given each $1, because the club made big headway. Cash on hand was $1,767. 78.

In July 20 1899 the following Officers were elected: President Louis Koelbl; Vice president Franz Sippl; Treasurer Andreas Regnery; Financial Secretary Joseph Kindermann; Protocol Secretary Ferdinand Reichenberger; Marshall John Bayer. In this year many members were taken into the club. Also again we had 2 women passing away. To J.J. Nigl paid $113.00, and to Ferdinand Reichenberger also paid $113.00. Cash on hand $2,060. 03.

At the official election meeting 19 July 1900 the following Officicals were elected: President Louis Koelbl; Vice President Franz Sippl; Treasury Andreas Regnery; Finance Secretary Rudolf Paulik; Protocol Secretary Joseph Matschi; Marshall John Bayer. We have to list 4 women passing away, paid to Heinrich Schiesl, $119.50, Paid to Anton Raab, $119.50, paid to Franz Jungwirth $123.00, paid to Alois Graf $123.00. Cash on hand was $2.301.43.

At the official election on 18 July 1901, the following officials were elected: President Joseph Kindermann; Vice president Eduard Kessl; Tresurer Andreas Regnery; Finance Secretary Rudolf Paulik; Protocol Secretary Joseph Matschi; Marshall John Bayer,

We list 1 woman passing away. Paid to Michael Kulinske $122.50. Cash on Hand was $2 382.56.

Through more than 11 years existence the St. Josephs Club # 2 is joyful in the St.Vincent de Paul Parish, through his lucky past and hope for a prosperous future.

The membership today is 198 men and cash on hand is $2,550.

Dated on 20 January 1902.

Respectfully Rudolf Paulik

Correspondence and Financial Secretary.


The Story of the St. Vincent de Paul Club, Mr. Michael Bork, first President.

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The St. Vincent de Paul Club was established on 27 July of the year 1873. 18 men under the direction of Reverent JB.Reindl gathered together under the protection of the holy Vincent de Paul to pledge mutual support and assistance to each other in sickness and in case of death. The first Officials -Board members (probably elected) were:

Michael Bork President; Secretary Joseph Putzer, Financial Secretary Matthias Mottl, Treasurer J. Miller.

In the first 2 years the meeting was held in the Emperor stage of the church. After completion of the schoolhouse, which was started in the year 1874, the meetings were hold in one of the nice spacious schoolrooms. Already in the first year of the establishment of the club a member died.

For the next 3 to 4 years the club blossomed. The membership growth was steady. Then came the storm and rush period of the club. From the 40 members only 20 stayed loyal to the club. Some means and ways must be found to help the club to stay on its feet. A decision was made to take the un-loyal back with grace as members but without having to paying admission fees. This way the club was able to bring back many members to the club. After this survival the club made headway year to year. In the year 1878 the club joined the Central Club.

The first club flag was purchased in the year 1882 at a cost of $175.

Until to the year 1883 the club paid $3 a week sick benefits. The club decided to pay in the future $4 and it stands till today by this decision.

Not alone the Club's well being also for the beautification ornament of the Church was the club interested. The club has proved through a purchase of a Processional Cross and through the parish donated Mass clothing for a Levitten Mass ? By chance of the silver Priest Jubilee of Reverend Reindl in the year 1885.

The year 1885 found the club 100 men strong. During this year the club lost 6 members.

In this year the parish built a big school hall for club and entertainment purposes. From now on all meetings were held in this hall. The monthly meetings were held every last Sunday in the month. The yearly quarter meetings are July, October, January and the yearly meeting in April.

His Patron feast celebrated the club in July, which all members go to the Holy Communion. In the year 1892 the club joined the State Unit Formation from Wisconsin. His care for the church the club showed again as by chance of the beautification of the church in the year 1897, the club donated a beautiful window at a cost of $30. His silver Jubilee had the club in 1898 in a shining way. By this chance also was a new club flag blessed.

In the year 1899 the club obtained a beautiful Processions Cross. For the beautification of the school hall in the year 1901 the club donated the sum of $125. The club can with pride look back on this blessed operation. It must give the club a report card that he has noble fulfilled his true duties and purpose in the past. Since the time of the club establishment the Club has paid the sum of $5,178.00 sickness benefits, $2,464.00 widow and orphan benefits, $4,190.00 death benefits. How much distress and suffering has the club prevented through those payments.

But our God Father has in a seemingly way blessed our club. The club stands now in full bloom. The membership is now 207, for sure a stately sum and owned a capital of $3,222.17.  Since the establishment of the club 22 members have passed away. From the members who established the club 7 are still alive and active in the club.

The present Officers of the Club are:

President, Albert Jungwirth 2 years, before he was 4 years Finance Secretary.

Vice President, Franz Kloiber,

First Secretary, J.Friedl, 2 years,

Finance Secretary, Jos. Herde, 4 years,

Treasurer, August Prellwitz, he is already 15 years in this position,

Administration Official: Simon Binder, 3 years;

Max. Weisshaupl, 2 years,

Josef Wiener, 2 years,

Marshall, Franz Esslinger,

Flag carrier, Johann Nigl,

Finance Committee, Franz Jungwirth # 2

Franz Jungwirth, # 3

Ferdinand Blechl,

U.S. Flag carrier, J Mettko,

Cross Carrier, Franz Heinzl.

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Contact: Peter Kinderman
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