Charles D. Eitzen - City Cemetery - Hermann, MO
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N 38° 41.957 W 091° 26.067
15S E 636139 N 4284569
Quick Description: Charles Eitzen not only was a founder of the city of Hermann, he was a representative of the German Society who brought all the Germans to Missouri in the 1800s...
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 8/31/2020 5:02:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM132A5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:

County of mausoleum: Gasconade County
Location of mausoleum: Shiller St., E. 9th St., & Gutenburg St., city cemetery, Hermann
Built: 1877; restored in 2012
Contains Family of Charles D. Eitzen

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Text of plaque:

Hermann City Cemetery

Interred herein along the east wall are the mortal remains of Charles D. Eitzen,
his wife, Jane Kehr, along with a number of their children and extended family.
Charles D. Eitzen was notable among the true founding fathers of Hermann.
His leadership and contributions in those early years enabled Hermann
to become the unique and beautiful community it is today.

The tombs are laid out as you see in the diagram below

[location of each grave laid out in floor plan]

This crypt was lovingly reconstructed in 2012 by friends
and descendants of Charles D. Eitzen

"Eitzen was born in Germany and immigrated to America during the early stages of settling Hermann. He proved himself to be extraordinarily dedicated and industrious as he climbed up the ranks within the town. A self-made man, Charles Eitzen was truly a pillar of strength in the early days of Hermann.

"The story of Eitzen’s life begins as a standard shop clerk until he buys out the business from his employer. Eitzen is credited with making early land deals along the Missouri River from Hermann to Washington. He was heavily involved in the lumber and shipping business, which was a lucrative place to invest in at the time. Upon his death in the late 1890s, Eitzen was the largest stockholder in Laclede Gas Light Company and was a distinguished investor in the Boatman’s Bank in St. Louis.

"Politically, Charles Eitzen was a leader in both the military and his community. During the Civil War, Eitzen served as a Union militia captain and spent time on active duty. He held a Hermann town Board seat for 25 years, and during much of that time, he served as mayor. Eitzen was also responsible for the management of the public school system at that time. He was a delegate to the State Convention and a member of the 29th General Assembly. His political affiliation began with the Whig party, and his leanings evolved to Republican as that party emerged within our government. " ~ Visit Hermann

Charles Eitzen’s influence spans from Missouri Rhineland to St. Louis. That is an incredible amount of clout for an early settler, but once you explore his history, you’ll find Eitzen to be a competent and astute decision-maker. By investing his interests in education, the primary industries (in existence and up-and-coming), and in local government, it is easy to recognize that Eitzen deserves a place in Hermann history.

Date of birth: 8/20/1819

Date of death: 1/1/1896

Area of notoriety: Politics

Marker Type: Plaque

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: sunrise to sunset

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

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