Kubler Monument, St. Michael’s Cemetery

Kubler monument

The Kubler monument is one of the most extravagant in this cemetery, and an interesting example of what must have been the most up-to-date modern design when it was installed in 1884.

Frank J. Kubler and Cathrene Kubler

Note the place of birth: “Lorraine, France.” This is doubtless a political statement, but Father Pitt does not know exactly what it states. In 1884 and 1891, the dates when these inscriptions were added, part of Lorraine belonged to Germany: it had been conquered in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, and would remain German territory until 1918. We don’t know whether the Kublers came from that part or from the part that remained in France. They bear a German name, and they belonged to a German Catholic congregation where German was often spoken (St. Michael’s, in whose parish cemetery they ae buried), but they were eager to be identified as French.

Mamie C. Kubler

A young wife of Louis Kubler, presumably a son of Frank J. and Cathrene.

Catherine E. Kubler

A three-year-old granddaughter; her parents are not memorialized on this monument.

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