We're familiar with German tempers, right? We grew up with the German sense of propriety and order, righteousness and stubbornness. We even find those dubious qualities in (gasp) ourselves sometimes, and then we deny em. But no, those 'qualities' came to us legally. It's only accidental that Larry found accounts of the hotheads below; whew, a Hesch wasn't involved.Were there widespread incidents in 1900 that pissed off the priest? Did women come to mass hatless? Were people genuflecting without a thump of the knee? In any event, I can't believe that many people came to mass directly from the field, as Theo Stumpf did here. Besides, working on Sunday was a worse sin. Luckily, there was a defender of the faith there in St Josephs, ready and willing to toss him out on his ear. I've never heard of a Church Policeman before. It must have been a thankless job, and pretty unpopular too. No wonder it didn't last. Besides, Joe Bollig was only 31 in 1900--who'd listened to a youngster like that?
Here's a little tiff between neighbors Mary Kuder and Frank Otremba
from July 27, 1900.
Was 1900 a particularly BAD year?