THE VORST FAMILY
IN
SAINTE GENEVIEVE, MISSOURI

First Edition
Compiled by
Louise Vorst Sheppard Wade
November 1, 2009


Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


The Vorst Family
in Sainte Genevieve, Missouri

Color Key: Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4

Although the Vorst name no longer exists in Sainte Genevieve it was at one time a very prominent family there with many links to other families who are still living in the area.

1. Joseph Johannes VORST

Birth: 3 Apr 1831, Rellinghausen, Germany
Death: 14 Mar 1885, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Burial: 15 Mar 1885, Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve
Father: Johannes Marten VORST (1799-1844)
Mother: Anna Gertrude LEGRAND (1801-1864)

Reprinted in The Fair Play in 1960:
Died---On Saturday morning, March 14, 1885, at his home in Ste. Genevieve after an illness of several weeks, of dropsy, Joseph Vorst at the age of 53 years 11 months and 11 days.  After a life of activity and usefulness, he quietly ceased from his labors and went to rest.  The earthly remains were interred in the Catholic Cemetery of Ste. Genevieve on Saturday afternoon and the ceremonies were witnessed by a large concourse of mourning friends who had come to pay the last honors to their departed brother.
Mr. Vorst was born on the 3rd of April, 1831, near Essen in Rhenish Prussia and left the fatherland when a young man of about 18 years to make his home in the U.S.  After landing in New York, he proceeded toPennsylvania where he was for some time employed in the coalmines.  He afterwards went to New Orleans and thence to St. Louis.  At the breaking out of the Civil Ward he enlisted as a private in the 12th Mo. Volunteer regiment of the infantry and was steadily promoted until he became first lieutenant.  On the 26 of Aug., 1864 he was married in St. Louis, to Miss Anna Scherer, of Ste. Genevieve, and soon after moved to this place where he has resided ever since.  From the union sprang eight children, of whom five survive their father.  Shortly after his removal to Ste. Genevieve he established a saloon on the sight occupied by Naumann's meat shop, and prospered so well in this undertaking that in 1869 he was enabled to build the Jefferson House.  He kept this establishment until 1874, when he sold it to Mr. Naumann and purchased the Southern Hotel, over which he has presided since.
The deceased was a man of strong convictions, a true friend, and a jovial companion.  From his childhood up, he was the favorite of all his acquaintances on account of his pleasant and delightful ways, and his strict integrity made him an honored and respected member of society.  Throughout all his manhood he was distinguished for his industry, attentiveness to business, and quickness of perception. This was the secret of his success, which was reached by continued and progressive effort, rather than by great strokes of good fortune, until he had secured besides the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens, worldly ease and competence.  For the last few years he had been suffering from frequent attacks of asthma, which gave him great annoyance and often pain, especially in the last hours of his life, until at last the angel of death kindly released him.  May he as 'A man faithful and diligent in his business, stand before his King.'

Fair Play
Looking Back, Friday March 11, 1960:
March 1885 
Joseph Vorst was a native of Essen, Germany, emigrated to this country in the year 1855 at the age of 24 years.  After various locations he came to Ste, Genevieve in 1864 and began business in a little frame house located on the site now occupied by Mr. Charles Naumann as a residence and butcher shop, keeping a grocery and liquor store, in a small way.  Afterwards in 1869 he erected the brick building now occupied by Mr. Naumann and added a boarding house to his other business, all of which he conducted successfully until 1874, when seeking to enlarge his business, he purchased the old Matthew Kern property from the late Felix Valle, which he refitted for a hotel calling it the Southern Hotel.  He has managed the business ever since assisted by his industrious wife.  During the great war Mr. Vorst served in the Union Army in the 12th Missouri Volunteers and was honorably discharged at the close of the war with the rank of Lieutenant.

Charlie Naumann's was located near the intersection of Third and Merchant Streets. Jefferson House is the red brick building at 70 South Third Street next to the Old Brick (which is said to be the first brick building west of the Mississippi.) In 1875 Jefferson House was still being used as a hotel. It was the site for many years in the early 1900s of Rutledge's Drugstore.

The Southern Hotel, located at 146 South Third Street, was built in the 1790's. It was constructed of brick in the Federal style. The six dormers were added in the summer of 1884. The cupola on top of the hotel was used to watch for the steamboats approaching Ste. Genevieve. When boats were spotted the kitchen would begin to prepare the food, and the wagons and carriages were sent from the livery stable to carry the guests from the landing. The hotel had a pool hall, the first west of the Mississippi, and there were gambling rooms.


This great photo taken by Bill Naeger on South Third Street
shows a bit of Jefferson House on the left, the Old Brick in the center
and the Southern Hotel on the right as they appear now.

Ste. Genevieve Herald & Fair Play Newspaper
Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
OCTOBER 29, 1874
Joe Vorst bought Kerns Hotel and renamed it Southern Hotel.

Thursday, April 1, 1875
Mr. Vorst, the imitable "Joe" is having the Southern Hotel repainted, the interior whitewashed, papered, etc. No use talking, Joe is one of the go-ahead kind. It is a pity we not have more such in our city than we have.

December 16, 1875
Mr. Joseph Vorst's little girl met with a bad accident last Monday. She was walking near a man who was cutting wood for her father and he, not seeing her, raised his ax, and in doing so struck her in the face with it, cutting her upper lip through to the teeth. A physician was immediately called, and the little girl is now doing very well.

April 10, 1880
Mr. Joe Vorst is having his saloon repainted and repapered and otherwise fixed up.

January 1885
Reprinted in Looking Back 75 Years.
This is the big winter, make no mistake of that. It has been the big winter for sleighing and skating and has been well used by the citizens of Ste. Genevieve and vicinity who transport themselves almost exclusively with sleighs or skates. Nearly all the wheat, produce and wood, for the past thirty days has been brought in on sleighs by our farmers. And, in the evenings, you can hear the tinkle of the sleigh bells and see the pink-cheeked lovelies bundled snugly beside their Knights in those pretty little sleighs drawn by prancing steeds from Mr. Vorst's Livery Stable.

Saturday, June 10, 1882
Mrs. VORST paid a visit to St. Louis this week.  Joe told her not to come back too soon, but we know a thing or two.  We never saw a man more interested in steamboat whistles than Joe, and that means that he was waiting for somebody.

Saturday, August 5, 1882
Joe VORST has been tearing down his old stable to make room for a new one.  Joe is a progressive man bent on improving the city.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1882
Joe VORST plead guilty of selling liquor on Sundays and was fined for 6 indictments at $5 each. (It seems several saloonkeepers were protesting the law and received fines. LVSW)

Saturday, Dec. 16, 1882
The ice harvest was going on quite lively last week. Messrs. VORST, NAUMAN and others gathering with all their might, for fear of being left in the lurch by the mild winter predicted by Gen. HAZEN.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 1883
Surprise parties are quite frequent at present.  The latest we have heard of were given at Mr. SCHULTZ's, and at Mr. VORST's.  All of these entertainments were grand successes in every respect, as the young ladies and gents who took part in them, avow that they had the hugest fun, and one return of the compliment after the other is to be expected.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 1883
Joe. VORST, sent about 100 names, signed to a petition against submission of prohibitory amendment to St. Louis.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 1883
FOR RENT:  4 rooms on the 2d.floor, on 3d. street.  South of Market, cheap. Inquire at Joe. VORST's.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1883
Joe VORST is the champion hog killer of Ste. Genevieve.  He killed 5 - shoats he called them - of less than 10 months old, which pulled an
aggregate weight of 1,452 pounds.  They yielded 78 gallons of lard.

Saturday, Mar. 17, 1883
Joe VORST says he was very full this week; that is, he wasn't full himself but his hotel, on account of the Probate Court.

Saturday, Mar. 3, 1883
The panther that prowls in the neighborhood will only show himself when he is not expected.  Xav. ECKENFELS saw something like him the other day without looking for him, and Joe. VORST was looking his best for him on Wednesday but couldn't see a hair of him.

Saturday, Mar. 31, 1883
The Perryville Circuit Court meets on Monday, April 9th, which will cause quite an exodus of our citizens who are witnesses in the Charley ROY case to be tried there on a change of venue from this county.  The sheriff has summoned Joe. VORST, Dr. André, Dr. BRAHAM, Frk. BABB, Emile LELIE and several colored people  as witnesses in the case.  P.L. LEMPKE will also be summoned as witness, as soon as the sheriff can find him.

Saturday, June 23, 1883
William VORST, brother of Joe VORST the jovial proprietor of the Southern Hotel, died near Essen, Germany, on the first of June, at the age of 55 years.  He leaves a widow and nine children, all in easy circumstances. (This must have been Johann Wilhelm. LVSW)

Saturday, July 28, 1883
It was reported that three hogs belonging to Joseph VORST were sun struck this week, one dying from the effects.

Saturday, Aug. 25, 1883
Edward RIEMER, who has for some time, been engaged in grubbing up stumps on Joe VORST's farm near town, killed a copper head last Tuesday which was about three feet long and as thick as a man's arm. 

Saturday, Nov. 10, 1883
The Southern Hotel has a fine new bus, a railroad bus.  Joe says "we want to go along as we can; first the bus, then the railroad."

Saturday, Nov. 24, 1883
The public will please take note that the omnibus of the "Southern Hotel" will, as heretofore, always be ready to take passengers and baggage from and to all landings near Ste. Genevieve, without fail and in good time.  An approaching boat is always perceived from the cupola of the hotel and people should not feel uneasy when a whistle sounds; there is no danger of their missing a single boat.  If the omnibus of the "Southern Hotel" does not careen around town to catch passengers, it is always on time.
Very Respectfully,
Joseph VORST,
Prop.

Saturday, 1 Mar 1884
Jos. VORST is as proud as may be, because his new old buggy out shines every other in town.

19 April, 1884
The Southern Hotel bar has been visited by the boss painter and paperhanger, Mr. Jos. S. SIMON, and lo! it looks cheerful and smiling.

Saturday, 7 June 1884
Charles BOYER, the artistic plasterer, came down from St. Louis Saturday night.  He is now working at the Southern Hotel with his father.

Chas. CARROLL, first clerk on steamer E.G. Elliott, spent Friday in our town, the guest of Jos. VORST.

The proprietor of the Southern has had Albert BOYER hard at work for the last couple of weeks setting six dormer windows into his newly covered roof. The change not only improves the outward appearance of the hotel, but gives the owner five handsome airy apartments instead of a garret.

Saturday, 2 Aug, 1884
Mr. Joseph VORST took a little trip to St. Louis Monday and returned next day.


The family of J. Vorst in 1878 beginning with Joseph and Anna at the top,
then the children going clockwise, youngest to oldest,
Léon, Marie, Isabel, Joseph Henry and Josephine.

Spouse: Anna M. SCHERER
Birth: 23 Aug 1840, Koblenz, Germany
Death: 19 Feb 1915, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Father: Nicholas SCHERER (1811-1891)
Mother: Anna Maria SCHOOR (~1817-1862)
Marr: 26 Aug 1864, Saint Louis, MO

Source: Fair Play
Mrs. Anna Vorst, a highly respected resident of this city died at her home Friday evening, February 19, 1915, after an extended illness of several weeks, aged 74 years, 5 months and 26 days.
Mrs. Vorst was born in Koblentz, Germany, August 23, 1840, and emigrated to America with her parents at the age of 17 years. She was the daughter of Nicholas and Maria Anna Scherer.
On August 26, 1864 she was united in marriage to Joseph Vorst at St. Louis, who proceeded her to the grave 30 years ago. To this union were born 8 children, 4 of whom are still living, Josephine, Mrs. H. C. Ziegler; Joseph A.; Marie, Mrs. James Moore; and Leon, 14 grand children and 3 great-grand children, one brother, Philip Scherer of California, and one sister, Mrs. Joseph Fitzkam, of this city.
Mrs. Vorst was a kind and affectionate mother, a splendid neighbor and she will be missed by all. She was always ready to extend words of sympathy to the afflicted, and was a truly good Christian woman, and loved by all who knew her.
The funeral occurred on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Catholic Church thence to Valle Spring Cemetery. On Monday morning a Requiem High mass was sung for her repose by her nephew, Rev. Father Joseph Fitzkam of Benton, Mo.

(There are some typos and some misinformation in this obituary but it is typed as it appeared. LVSW)

Children: Josephine Anna (1865-1949)
  Joseph Henry (1866-1921)
  Isabel (1868-1898)
  Elizabeth Augusta (1870-1871)
  Marie Anna (1873-1934)
  Léon Charles (1875-1929)
  Unknown (1879-1879)
  Alice Antoinette (1881-1882)

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.1 Josephine Anna VORST

Birth: 7 Jul 1865, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 25 Oct 1949, Saint Louis, MO
Burial: Valle Spring Cemetery, Sainte Genevieve, MO

The census for 1920 shows that Josephine Ziegler owned her home on North Forth Street. Living with her were Harry Huckins, her son-in-law; her daughter Charlotte Blanche Huckins; and a step-grandson, Herman Huckins, aged twelve, born in Kansas.

In 1930 the census says that Josephine’s granddaughter, Lois Ziegler, was living with her.

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Looking Back, 75 Years Ago - 1929
Theodore A. Meyer recently bought the George E. Beckerman place from Mrs. Josephine A. Ziegler.

Spouse: Henry Clay ZIEGLER
Birth: 3 Feb 1856, Sainte Genevieve , MO
Death: 17 Feb 1926
Father: Lewis ZIEGLER (1828-1886)
Mother: Pelagie Marie Anne JANIS (1834-1894)
Marr: 22 Feb 1887, Sainte Genevieve, MO

 

Children: Alice Leoni (1888-1950)
  Louis Joseph (1891-1973)
  Charlotte Blanche (1893-1968)

1.1.1 Leona Alice ZIEGLER

Birth: 3 Dec 1887, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 9 May 1950, Farmington, MO

The Lead Belt News
Flat River, St. Francois County, Missouri
Friday, May 12, 1950
Mrs. Leona A. Bradley, wife of the late Joe L. Bradley, passed away at her home on Route 2, Farmington, at 9:10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 1950, ending a prolonged illness. She was 62 years of age.
Leona A. Ziegler, daughter of the late Henry C. and Josephine Vorst Ziegler, was born in Ste. Genevieve County, Mo., on December 3, 1887. She was united in marriage to Joe Bradley, who passed away a year ago. A son, John Henry Bradley of Route 2 survives, with two grandchildren. A daughter preceded her in death in infancy. She also leaves a devoted daughter-in-law, Mrs. John Henry (Alberta Pinkston) Bradley, granddaughter-in-law, Millie Marie (Mrs. Paul) Bradley; a brother, Louis Ziegler of Ste. Genevieve and a sister, Mrs. Charlotte Huckins of St. Louis, besides other relatives and friends.
The body lies in state at the residence and funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, at the Fairview Baptist Church, conducted by her pastor, the Rev. E. E. Blaylock, assisted by Rev. J. W. McKinney. Interment will be in Parkview Cemetery, with C. Z. Boyer Son Service.

Leona was delivered by Dr. Maurice André.

Spouse: Joseph L. BRADLEY
Death: 1949

 

Children: John Henry

1.1.2a Louis Joseph ZIEGLER*

Birth: 3 Dec 1887, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 9 May 1950, Farmington, MO

Charlotte Blanche Huckins tells about Louis, as a child, cutting the heads off of all of his younger sister's dolls. From what everyone says he must not have been a very likable man. He served as sheriff for Ste. Genevieve County. I only remember him when he was much older. He still lived on the old Ziegler farm where he had horses and ponies. My mom loved horses so we would go there to ride. Sometimes on a summer evening Louis would bring horses out to The South Forty for us to ride. We would all sit under the big walnut tree in the front yard and visit and we would take turns riding up and down the dirt road. Mom really loved that. Apparently he liked my mother and my grandmother and was always friendly with them.

WWI Registration: Medium height and build, brown hair and eyes.
Self employed farmer. Had a weak eye.

Spouse: Leona C. HOFFMAN
Birth: 1 Feb 1897
Death: 9 Nov 1925
Marr: bef Nov 1919

 

Children: Lois E. (1919-1981)
  Ray Clay (1924-1924)
  Milton (1921-2005)

 

Spouse #2: Betty BAW

1.1.2b Louis Joseph ZIEGLER* (See above)

Spouse: Betty BAW
Birth: 7 Aug 1915, Memphis, TN
Death: 26 Dec 2000, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Father: Luther W. BAW
Mother: Donna Mae GUNN
Marr: 14 Jun 1933, Sainte Genevieve, MO

 

Children: Louise Ann
  Thomas

 

Spouse #1: Leona C. HOFFMAN

1.1.3 Charlotte Blanche ZIEGLER

Birth: 31 Mar 1893, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 17 Jun 1968
Burial: Valle Spring Cemetery
Occ: Ran a boarding house in St. Louis

On March 31, 1893, Josephine Vorst Ziegler gave birth to her third child, Charlotte, at their home on Fourth Street, in Ste. Genevieve. In that house was what was called a "white room", which was a room kept for giving birth. Many of the family babies came into the world in that room.

Charlotte's father, Henry Clay Ziegler, was a wealthy farmer who owned large tracts of land in the Big Field. Even his workers, descendants of some of the old slave families, became prosperous under him. Levi Ribeau did so well that he was able to buy his own land.

Charlotte's grandparents were the owners of the Old Southern Hotel. As a child, one of her chores was to go up into the hotel cupola to watch for the riverboats.

Charlotte married a railroad man, Harry Huckins. They lived in St. Louis, on Marquette near the railroad yards. Later Charlotte took in boarders. Many of the men in the family at some time stayed at Charlotte's. Joseph P. Vorst, the artist, came straight from Germany to Charlotte's. Joseph L. Vorst, the lawyer and French teacher, lived there while he attended St. Louis University Law School. Clarence Karl, who later married Alice Vorst, lived there when he was working on the river. Isabel Vorst's son, Charles Hopkins, worked on the river and lived at Charlotte's. And, there was Marie Moore's husband, Fred Wood, who worked on the river and who would sometimes go out for cigarettes and not return for days.

The weekends were very different. All the men would return home to their families. Charlotte's daughter, Charlotte Blanche, would come home from the boarding school where she was sent "to keep her safe from the boarders". Myrtle Vorst would come up from Ste. Genevieve to visit her fiancé, Fred Albert Sheppard, who was in law school at Washington University. Alice Vorst would stay over night when she came up to the city for her violin lessons.

Some years later Charlotte Blanche would marry one of the boarders, Marion Moebes.

Charlotte Huckins died on June 17, 1968, and was buried in Valle Spring Cemetery in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.

Spouse: Harry Clinton HUCKINS
Birth: 2 Oct 1882, Missouri
Death: 26 Dec 2000, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Marr: 8 Oct 1918, Sainte Genevieve, MO

 

Children: Charlotte Blanche

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.2 Joseph Henry VORST

Birth: 9 Oct 1866, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 14 Jun 1921, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Burial: 16 Jun 1921, Ste. Genevieve City Cemetery
Occ: Liveryman

Joe Vorst ran the livery stable and hired out teams of horses and drivers, some of whom excavated for the foundations of buildings going up in the Sainte Genevieve area. He also had a contract to supply teams to assist in the erection of buildings in St. Louis that were being put up for the 1904 World's Fair.

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri,
Saturday, Dec. 29, 1883
The festival held at Union Hall last week for the benefit of the Catholic
Church was a success, financially and otherwise.  The gross receipts
amounted, as we learn, to $750.  Of those who won the most valuable prizes, we mention: Valeri GISI - a silk quilt; Mary RINGWALD - a sack of flour and a suit of clothes; Octave BOYER - a sewing machine; Jacob YEALEY - a dressing gown; Joseph VORST, Jr. - a doll; Ferdinand BOYER - a tea set.

Saturday, February 2, 1884
Jos. VORST, Jr., was agreeably surprised this week, when he arrived at DeLassus, to find a cousin of his who has just arrived from Essen, Germany. The gentleman, Mr. Jos. LANGHARDT, was engaged in teaching in the "Old Country," but was obliged to give up his position because his hearing failed him, and now intends to purchase a suitable place in the neighborhood to engage in farming.

Saturday, August 16, 1884
Among those who attended the picnic at St. Mary last Wednesday from town we noticed Rev. Father WEISS, Rev. Father HUETTLER, J.P. GUIGNON, J. YEALY, Ed. ROZIER, J. VORST, jr., Chas. BEAUVAIS, Jules JANIS, Chas. SCHNEIDER, Clay ZIEGLER and Miss Josephine VORST.

Saturday, Jan. 3, 1885.
Mr. Joseph Vorst, Jr., and Mr. H. Clay Ziegler went to Farmington
Monday morning, to get a load of beer for the Southern Hotel Saloon.  They returned Tuesday and report that the roads are in a very bad condition.

Jan. 1, 2003
100 Years Ago - 1903
Joe Vorst had a number of men and teams busy this week excavating the cellar under Boverie's new store. As the building will be 40 feet front by 80 feet depth, the cellar has to be extended eastward accordingly. it will be nine feet deep. The new store will be fitted with an elevator and electric lighting.

The photo above shows the first home of Joseph Henry and Jennie Vorst viewed from South Gabouri Street. To the rear on the left is the stable and on the right is the Southern Hotel. The excavation is for their new home, shown as it is now viewed from the front on South Third Street. The house, built in 1914, is occupied by a great granddaughter of Joseph and Jennie.

Spouse: Jennie Ruth BIEL
Birth: 2 Feb 1868, Coffman, MO
Death: 10 Dec 1964, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Father: Charles H. BIEL (1838-1910)
Mother: Caroline FAWLKNER (~1841-1870)
Marr: 18 Sep 1889, Sainte Genevieve, MO

Mrs. Jennie Vorst
Age 96, Dies Here
Mrs. Jennie Ruth Vorst, one of Ste. Genevieve's oldest citizens, passed away at her home here at 6:30 p.m., December 10, 1964, at the age of 96 years, 10 months and 8 days.
Jennie Ruth Biel was born at Coffman, Mo., February 2, 1868, a daughter of the late Charles and Martha Faulkner Biel. On September 18, 1889, she and Joseph Vorst of Ste. Genevieve were married here by Father F. X. Weiss. Her husband has preceded her in death.
Surviving are two children, Viola (Mrs. Fred Oberle) and Anna (Mrs. Raymond Thomure) of Ste. Genevieve, a foster daughter, Mrs. Alma Haberstock of St. Louis County, two grandchildren, two great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. The remains were taken to the Basler Funeral Home and requiem services were held December 13th, at 2:30 p.m., at the Presbyterian Church here, Rev. L. E. Evans officiating. Burial took place in Crestlawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Vorst was a charter member of the Presbyterian Church in Ste. Genevieve.
Sympathy is extended to the bereaved family in the loss of a beloved mother and grandmother.

Jennie’s father Charles Biel was a merchant in Ste. Genevieve. Jennie was one of his three daughters  - all by his first wife. He married twice more. During the Civil War he served in the Confederate Army. His brother, William, was in the Union army. Charles and his family were instrumental in forming the Presbyterian Church in Ste. Genevieve.

Children: Viola Caroline (1890-1978)
  Anna Genevieve (1894-2000)

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.2.1 Viola Caroline VORST

Birth: 30 Jul 1890, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
Death: 26 Jun 1978, Sainte Genevieve, Mo

Viola C. Oberle, age 87 years, 10 months and 26 days, died at her home in Ste. Genevieve on June 26, 1978, at 7:05 p.m.
She was born on July 30, 1890, in Ste. Genevieve, a daughter of Joseph and Jennie Biel Vorst. She was married on September 19, 1910, in Ste. Genevieve by Rev. William Knotte to Fred Oberle who preceded her in death.
The couple celebrated their silver wedding in 1960.
Surviving are one daughter, Anna Ruth Henson of Ste. Genevieve, and two grandchildren, Patricia Ann (Mrs. James Cash) and Captain Larry Henson. Three great grandchildren, and one sister, Anna (Mrs. Raymond Thomure) of Ste. Genevieve, also survive.
The remains rested at the Stanton-Wood Mortuary. Rev. Robert Doom conducted funeral services at First Presbyterian Church in Ste. Genevieve on June 29, 1978, at 2 p.m. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery at Valle Spring.
Mrs. Oberle was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Royal Neighbors.

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Wednesday, March 7, 2001
75 Years Ago – 1926
Mrs. Fred S.  Oberle, daughter Miss Anna Ruth, and Oberle Callier visited relatives in St. Louis last Sunday.

Spouse: Frederick Stephen OBERLE
Birth: 3 Sep 1889, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Death: 25 Apr 1966
Father: Joseph OBERLE (1844-1908)
Mother: Bernardine GEISER (1850-1922)
Marr: 19 Sep 1910, Sainte Genevieve, Mo

 

Children: Anna Ruth (1913-1993)

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.2.2 Anna Genevieve VORST

Birth: 3 Nov 1894, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 1 Jun 2000, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Burial: 5 Jun 2000, Valle Spring Cemetery
Educ: Member of the first 4 yr. graduating class of Ste. Gen. Public High School.

In August of 1998, during her stay at Riverview Manor Nursing Home, Anna Thomure said that she and her sister, Vi, were both delivered by Dr. Maurice André because their mother always said, "Dr. André was the best at bringing babies into the world."

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Wed., June 7, 2000:
Anna G. Thomure, of Ste. Genevieve, died Thursday, June 1, 2000 at Riverview Manor Nursing Home. She was 105 years, 6 months and 29 days of age.
Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 5, 11 a.m. Burial was in Valle Spring Cemetery. Stanton-Wood Mortuary handled the arrangements.
She was born Nov. 3, 1894, in Ste. Genevieve, a daughter of the late Joseph H. and Jennie (Biel) Vorst.
She was married April 4, 1916 to Raymond J. Thomure who preceded her in death Feb. 6, 1961. To this union was born one son, Marion R. Thomure who preceded her in death March 8, 1971. She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Viola and Fred Oberle, and her niece, Anna R. Henson.
She is survived by one great nephew, Larry L. Henson and one great niece, Patricia Parker, three great-great nephews and eight great-great-great nieces and nephews, several cousins and also nieces and nephews by marriage who have faithfully kept in touch with her for many years.
She was the last surviving member of the first four year high school at Ste. Genevieve Public School. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church or memorial of your choice.

Spouse: Raymond J. THOMURE
Birth: 5 Jul 1894
Death: 6 Feb 1961
Father: Theodore THOMURE (1848-1920)
Mother: Josephine KASTNER (1855-1930)
Marr: 4 Apr 1916, Sainte Genevieve, MO

 

Children: Marion Royce (1926-1971)

 

Vi and Fred Oberle on their wedding day.

Anna Vorst and Raymond Thomure on their honeymoon in St. Louis.


Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.3 Isabel VORST

Birth: 20 May 1868, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 9 Jul 1898, Saint Louis, MO
Burial: 12 Jul 1898, Valle Spring Cemetery

Ste. Genevieve Herald
July 16, 1898
At the St. Louis Mo, City Hospital on Saturday, July 9th, Belle Hopkins, nee Vorst, aged about 30 years. Deceased died from the effects of severe burns received on the night of July 2nd, by the explosion of a coal oil lamp. Her brother, Joseph Vorst, of this place, went to St. Louis Saturday night, and Monday night brought back the remains, which were interred in the Valle Spring cemetery Tuesday morning. Deceased leaves one child, a little boy of about ten years.

Articles appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch after this sensational incident. Poor Bel was fatally burned when a drunken Sam Jungling threw a coal oil lamp at her because she would not let him light a firecracker in the apartment they were sharing. He served time for the crime in the State Penitentiary.

Children: Charles Joseph (1888-1934)

1.3.1 Charles Joseph HOPKINS

Birth: 13 Jan 1888, Ste. Genevieve, Mo
Death: 1 May 1934, St. Louis, MO
Burial: 4 May 1934, St. Mathew's Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

Charles enlisted in the Coast Guard in1908 and was given an
honorable discharge in 1914.

His death certificate gives his occupation as “Deckhand, U.S. Engineering Dept., St. Louis.” The place of death was the U.S. Marine Hospital.

Spouse: Lillian Philomena “Libby” MORICE
Birth: 16 Jul 1895, MO
Death: aft 4 May 1934
Father: Henry MORICE (~1856-)
Mother: Honoria LAROSE (-<1900)
Marr: 6 Jul 1916, Ste Genevieve Catholic Church

 

Children: Margaret (~1918-)
  Rose Marie (~1926-)

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.4 Elizabeth Augusta VORST

Birth: 25 Dec 1870, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: Jul 1871, Sainte Genevieve, MO

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.5 Marie Anna VORST

Birth: 7 Apr 1873, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 3 Mar 1934, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Burial: 6 Mar 1934, Valle Spring Cemetery

Both Marie and her daughter Marie Wood were great cooks and cooked at the Southern Hotel.

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
Dec. 10, 2003
75 Years Ago - 1928
A delightful surprise party was given to Mrs. James Moore, Sr., at her home in the Southern Hotel on Monday afternoon in honor of her birthday anniversary. A very pleasant afternoon was had and the amiable hostess entertained her guests with a ‘500’ game at which many pretty tokens were awarded. Luncheon and refreshments were served. We wish Mrs. Moore many happy returns of her natal day.

Saturday, 28 Jun 1884
THE CONVENT SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT
The annual examination and exhibition of the young lady students at St. Francis de Sales' Academy, conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph, was held in the School Hall of that institution on Friday, 20 inst.
There was a fair audience when the exercises commenced, at 9 a.m.  In the afternoon every seat was occupied.  Songs, recitations, instrumental music, calisthenics, dialogues, and class examinations constituted the exercise.
The songs rendered by the vocal class were sweetly and beautifully given, the harmony and gradual swell of the voices being almost perfect.  The solo, with chorus ‘Father will settle the bill,’ by Miss Susie LECOMPTE, was a gem, charmingly done as only Miss Susie can.  Miss Annie ANDRÉ recited ‘The Charcoal Man’ with much skill and good taste.  The tones of her voice were pure and clear, and her demeanor modest and unaffected.  Miss Camilla DUPONT, in her difficult recitation, ‘Curfew shall not ring to-night,’ gave proof of much intelligence, and her performance was quite graceful.
The numerous concert recitations were admirably rendered, even surpassing those of former years.  The instrumental music being in the hands of Misses Lulu NAUMANN, Emma LECOMPTE, Maggie KEMPF, etc., was, of course, excellent. Miss Marie VORST distinguished herself in the junior class examinations. Miss Minnie VIEH, another junior, also attracted much attention for her brightness.  Misses Marie LAGRAVE and Odile JANIS also acquitted themselves creditably.  The guitar playing of Miss L. NAUMANN formed an interesting feature of the entertainment.  Many of the other young ladies distinguished themselves, but we have not space for an extended notice.
Many of the class examinations were up to the usual standard.  Rev. Father HUETTLER subjected his class in Bible History to a searching cross-examination, but the young ladies were on their mettle, and parried all his thrusts.  The song, ‘Mrs. Fozarty's Christmas Cake,’ was well sung by Miss Irma ANDRÉ.
At the close, about 5:30 p.m., Rev. Father WEISS paid the students some well merited compliments and read the ‘Roll of Honor,’ in which were enumerated the merit marks of those young ladies whose percentages amounted to 500 or more, this year.  We regret that we have not obtained the list for publication.  On the whole, the commencement exercises reflected much credit on the Sisters of St. Joseph and their fine Academy.

Spouse: James N. MOORE
Birth: 18 Nov 1867, MO
Death: 29 Dec 1938
Father: William Jefferson MOORE (1840-1895)
Mother: Mary Jane CHANDLER (1842-1887)
Marr: 18 Jul 1891, Sainte Genevieve, MO

 

Children: William Vorst "Knockout" (1892-1957)
  Charlotte Blanche (1895-)
  Jules Leo (1897-1969)
  Marie Anna (1899-1973)
  Charles Edgar "Skinny" (1901-1959)
  James Joseph (1902-1955)

1.5.1a William Vorst "Knockout" MOORE*

Birth: 14 Dec 1892, Jackson, MO
Death: 4 Mar 1957
Burial: Valle Spring Cemetery
Occ: 1920, Cooper at the lime works

"Knockout" was always said to have been a riverboat captain. Census for 1930 says he was a deck hand. According to his WWI draft registration he was of medium build and height; had blue eyes and light hair. He was employed by his uncle, Joseph Vorst, as a laborer. He had a wife and 2 children and had served one year and a half in the artillery.

Spouse: Mary Hattie MORICE
Birth: 20 Feb 1891, Bloomsdale, MO
Death: 29 May 1921 (Died: In childbirth)
Father: Henry MORICE (~1856-)
Mother: Honoria LAROSE (-<1900)
Marr: bef 1914

 

Children: Earl (1914-1973)
  Marie (1916-2003)
  Maurice Vorst "Frinnie" (1919-1986)

 

Spouse #2: Hebe A. OPERLE

1.5.1b William Vorst "Knockout" MOORE* (See above)

Spouse: Hebe A. OPERLE
Birth: 18 Oct 1900, River Aux Vases, MO
Death: 9 Jan 1960
Father: George OPERLE (~1871-<1957)
Mother: Anna Mary STUETZ (1872-1957)
Marr: 1924

 

Children: Russell (1924-)
  Vorst Joseph (1926-2008)
  George (1929-1973)
  Anna (1938->2003)

 

Spouse #1: Mary Hattie MORICE

1.5.2 Charlotte Blanche MOORE

Birth: 28 Sep 1895

1.5.3 Jules Leo MOORE

Birth: 17 Jul 1897 or 17 Aug 1897
Death: 24 Mar 1969

 

Spouse: Elsie NEUBRAND
Father: Charles F. NEUBRAND
Mother: Mary E. SPOUT
Marr: 18 Jul 1920

 

Children: Jules L. (1928-2002)
  Elsie Marie (1924-1998)

1.5.4 Marie Anna MOORE

Birth: 18 Aug 1899, MO
Death: 28 Apr 1973, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Burial: 30 Apr 1973, Valle Spring Cemetery

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Wed., August 8, 2001
84 Years Ago - 1917
Miss Marie Moore entertained a number of her young friends at a lawn party last Monday evening in honor of Miss Adele Kauffmann of St. Louis.

Feb. 19, 2003
50 Years Ago - 1953
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Moore and Mrs. Fred Wood of Ste. Genevieve departed for Washington D.C. last Sunday morning where they will visit Mr. and Mrs. Moore's daughter and Mrs. Wood's son, A/2c Edgar Wood, who is stationed in the Capitol. They expect to be gone about a week or 10 days.

Spouse: Fred WOOD
Birth: 14 Jun 1894, La Salle, IL
Death: 18 Mar 1952, St. Louis, MO
Father: Steven WOOD
Mother: Alice STODDARD
Marr: 25 Apr 1925

 

Children: Fred James (1927-1974)
  Edgar Charles (1933-2004)
  George Francis (1936-2003)

1.5.5 Charles Edgar "Skinny" MOORE

Birth: 10 Jan 1901, Lebanon, IL
Death: 28 May 1959, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
Burial: Valle Spring Cemetery
Occ: 1920, Worked in a garage

Residence 1930 - North Sixth Street

Spouse: Stella O. BOYER
Birth: 14 Dec 1901, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
Death: 7 Nov 1986, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
Father: Ed BOYER
Mother: Sophie GROBE
Marr: 29 Jan 1922, Saint Louis, MO

 

Children: Edgar C. (~1922-~1924)
  Stella Mae (1926-)
  Nelda (1931-)
  Margie Marie (1934-2004)

1.5.6 James Joseph MOORE

Birth: 4 Nov 1902
Death: 18 Oct 1955
Burial: Valle Spring Cemetery
Occ: 1920, worked at a barbershop

Ste. Genevieve Herald
75 Years Ago - 1926
Tuesday morning of this week, while en route to St. Louis, James J. Moore and children, Normajene, Peggy and Joy, experienced an accident on Highway 61, at Imperial, when their car accidentally skidded at a curve on the concrete, turning around twice before leaving the highway and turning over twice in a 12-foot ditch and landing on the car's top. An ambulance was summoned and the entire party taken to St. Anthony's Hospital St. Louis, where it was found that Normajene had sustained a fractured collarbone and cuts while the others escaped with minor cuts and bruises. That same day Edgar Moore and Mrs. James J. Moore went to St. Louis and brought back the victims, who are now under the care of a local physician. The car is considered a complete wreck.

Spouse: Agnes POINDEXTER
Birth: 27 Dec 1905
Death: 30 Apr 1992
Father: Cleave M. POINDEXTER (1876-1914)
Mother: Odile Mary GODIER (1887-1947)
Marr: 8 Jun 1924

 

Children: Norma Jean (1925-2003)
  Peggy Lee (1927-2000)
  Reva Joy (1928-2002)

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.6 Léon Charles VORST

Birth: 20 Jul 1875, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 6 Sep 1929, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Burial: 8 Sep 1929, Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve
Occ: Liveryman and oil agent

Léon and his brother, Joseph, operated the Vorst Brothers Livery Stable Company. Leon later started a service car business and owned the second automobile in Ste. Genevieve. (Dr. Lanning is said to have owned the first.) Léon also had one of the first automotive filling stations where he served as the agent for the Pierce Oil Corporation. It was located at the corner of Fourth and Market Streets. Lalla still owned the property when she died; her heirs sold it shortly thereafter.

Léon and Lalla had the house at 198 South Third Street built in 1909. Thought to be a Sears Roebuck packet house, it was shipped up the river from New Orleans. The beams visible in the basement are cypress. It was the first house built in Ste. Genevieve with electricity, central heating and indoor plumbing. It stands next door to the Southern Hotel, which the Vorst family owned and operated.

On Léon’s WWI draft registration, dated 1918, he declared himself to be short and stout with blue eyes and brown hair.

At the time of his death Léon had just been reelected alderman of the second ward of the City of Sainte Genevieve. On September 25, 1929 a special election was held to fill the unexpired term. Before his funeral, Léon was laid out in the small room at the front of the home that was built to be used for that purpose. Afterwards, Lalla said she would never have anyone laid out in her house again. She remodeled the house, eliminating that room by removing the wall and enlarging the living room.

Large pecan trees grew in the back yard and along South Gabouri Street, stood a three-car garage. These spots were rented out. Sometime after September of 1965 the garage was torn down.

Obituary from the September 14, 1929 issue of the Fair Play newspaper:

A RESPECTED CITIZEN
IS CALLED TO REST
Leon C. Vorst -- Succumbs
Friday Morning After
Lengthy Illness
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - and - - - - - - - - - - - - citizen of Ste. Genevieve, Leon C. Vorst, was called to his Heavenly reward at his home in this city at three o'clock Friday morning September 6, 1929 after an illness of over a year's standing caused by a complication of diseases. Over this period of illness the deceased man bore the tribulations of a pain-wracked body with a determination to "carry on" with such remarkable courage that he gained the admiration of his many friends in this community who, though wishing to help, were powerless to stem the ravages of ill health that was slowly wearing away the cheerful, friendly spirit that dwelt within the body of this fellow townsman.

The life of this man was modeled along the lines of a true Christian gentleman, who not only benefited the community in which he lived by his untiring zeal, but sought each day to brighten by kind words and deeds the drab, every-day existence of those less fortunate than he.

He was born July 20, 1875, in Ste. Genevieve, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Vorst of this place. His parting age was 54 years, 1 month and 16 days.

Finishing his schooling in Ste. Genevieve, Mr. Vorst entered the livery stable business with his brother Joseph and the partnership was carried on for years until the coming of the automobile necessitated a change. Realizing the future of this mode of conveyance, he entered the service car business independently. On November 29, 1906 he was united in marriage to Miss Louise ANDRÉ, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Damien ANDRÉ of Ste. Genevieve and to this union  three children were born. His wife and children, Myrtle, Alice and Joseph Vorst survive. Two sisters, Mrs. James Moore and Mrs. Josephine Ziegler of Ste. Genevieve are also living. Besides his other interests Mr. Vorst was Ste. Genevieve County agent for the Pierce Petroleum Corporation and in this capacity he served faithfully for years and through his energy and salesmanship built up a prosperous business in this territory.

In public life, the popularity of the deceased man was attested to by the fact that he served in the city government as Alderman of the Second Ward for over twelve years. He was also a charter member of Council 1037 Knights of Columbus of Ste. Genevieve and a member of the M. W. A. Lodge.

The funeral services were held Sunday morning at eleven o'clock from the home to the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church and after a Mass and Requiem services conducted by the Reverend C. L. van Tourenhout, the remains were taken to the Valle Spring Cemetery for burial.

The Fair Play offers its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family in the hour of sorrow caused by the loss of so beloved a member of the family.

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Saturday, June 23, 1883
SCHOOLDAYS
Little Leo VORST and Bennie ROZIER had quite a surprise party last Sunday. The donkey, which is a recent acquisition at the Southern and usually a very gentle animal, has been their favorite saddle horse ever since his arrival and many a time have they enjoyed the pleasure of equestrian exercise on his patient back.  Last Sunday, when they took their usual airing on donkey-back, Little Gray got it into his head that they were very small boys indeed and he might as well have a little fun of his own.  The consequence was that "his head went down and his heels flew up," and our two little heroes found themselves undonkeyed, so to speak, and sprawling on the ground.  Outside of a few scratches, they sustained no injury.

Saturday, June 30, 1883
The annual examination of the pupils of Ste. Genevieve Parochial School, Boys Intermediate and Primary Departments, was held on Wednesday last, during the forenoon.  The boys were examined by their respective teachers, Sister Eusebius and Sister Walburga.  The classes acquitted themselves very well in Christian Doctrine, Mental Arithmetic, Geography, U.S. History, Practical Arithmetic, Spelling, Reading and bookkeeping.  In the First Class, Masters Freddie LaGRAVE and Frank BAUM answered creditably.  Their bookkeeping blanks were very neatly and accurately written.  Next in point of merit in the Intermediate Class were Masters Willie GUIGNON and Eddie MOREAU.  In Sister Walburga's room the best pupils were Masters Frank WHITLOCK, Edwin GUIGNON, Leon VORST, Willie BOVERIE, Willie GEILER and Antoine BELTRAMI.

Wed. Jan 10, 2001
100 Years Ago - 1901
Ed Sexauer, Wm. Naumann and Leon Vorst left Sunday for Arkansas. They will visit Hot Springs and other places and be gone about a month.

12/18/2002
100 Years Ago - 1902
The Vorst brothers, livery men, intend to soon fit up their livery barn with a complete outfit of new rubber-tire rigs of all kinds. They are a progressive bunch.

1/5/2005
100 Years Ago - 1905
Joseph Vogt this week bought a team of horses from Vorst Brothers and his son, Harry, is driving them. Joe now has two teams hauling freight.

September 1917
Leo Vorst is the champion pumpkin raiser, Leo has pumpkins to eat the year round. He even now has pumpkins from last year's crop in his cellar and they are just as sound as the day he cut them from the vines. It is all in knowing how to keep them. (Only a small space under the house was excavated, that was where the coal furnace was located and where the laundry was done. On one side there were shelves filled with beautiful jars of home-canned goods. A larger area was hardly more than a dirt crawl space. Perhaps that was where the pumpkins were stored. L.V.S.W.)

Wednesday, October 24, 2001
84 Years Ago - 1917
This week the Stanton Garage delivered...a Ford Sedan to Leo C. Vorst of Ste. Genevieve.

Wed., Feb. 21, 1996
75 Years Ago - 1921
The following delegates and alternates were selected by Ste. Genevieve Camp No. 4896, Modern Woodmen of America to attend the county convention of the M.W.A., which will be held at St. Mary's on April 6th.  Delegates, Felix J. Rigdon, F.X. Beauchamp, G.A. Rickard, Charles Winston, Leo D. Karl, Leo A. Klein, F.X. Schweigert, and Edw. Chardin.  Alternates, John P. Labruyere, Edw. A. Sucher, E. Godier, Lawrence Siebert, F.J. Huck, Leon C. Vorst, E. C. Lelie and P.H. Weiler.”

Music played a big part in Léon’s life. He was a member of the Ste. Genevieve Brass Band, which was organized in 1894 under the direction of Mr. Nare LaChance. Members include: Peter Hipes, George Wilder, Bennie Effrein, Joe Rehm, Edward Sexauer, Léon Vorst, Will Nauman, Lawrence Vaeth, Tony Reich, Frank Jenny, Edward Vaeth.

Lucille Basler in "The District of Ste. Genevieve" telling about Fourth Street says, "As we continue across the tracks, we have to remember a much later date, when Louis Nauman owned the property and leased it to the Ste. Genevieve Brass Band for a Music Hall and ever after, this crossing was known as 'Band Hall Crossing,' ask any railroad man."

Old newspaper clippings tell us that the members of the Force Band gave a Grand Ball on Easter Monday at the Union Hall. (Easter Monday would have been 4/6/1896.) And that in May 1900, "The Ste. Genevieve Brass Band boys have sent out orders for new uniforms, and intend to shine on the Fourth."

Spouse: Louise Anna Francina ANDRÉ
Birth: 10 Nov 1878, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 5 Dec 1974, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Father: Damien ANDRÉ (1837-1880)
Mother: Julia Margaret HAUCK (1857-1912)
Marr: 29 Nov 1906, Sainte Genevieve, MO

 

Children: Myrtle Leona (1907-1972)
  Alice Beatrice (1909-1996)
  Joseph Leon (1912-1958)


Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.6.1 Myrtle Leona VORST

Birth: 18 Nov 1907, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 22 Nov 1972, Saint Louis County, MO
Burial: 1972, Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Occ: Author - prose and poetry, school teacher
Educ: Teaching Certificate - S. E. Missouri State Teachers College

On Thursday evening, May 21, 1925, commencement exercises were held at eight o'clock for the senior class of Ste. Genevieve High School. The class members were: Vernetta L. Sexauer, Ursula l. Leat, Majella M. Dunker, Margaret M. Ellis, Irvin P. Swift, Margaret A. Lovelace, Raymond J. Estes, Armella L. Petersen, Norma O. Bono, Selma G. Stelter, Walter J. Huck, Myrtle L. Vorst, Xavier L. Ritter, Vera G. Okenfuss, Wilma B. Oberle and Walter W. Wehner.

Myrtle had attended the public Ste. Genevieve High School rather than the Catholic Valle High because she and her cousin and best friend, Nookie (Wilma Oberle) wanted to play basketball. In those days the uniforms were bloomers and middy blouses!

Spouse: Fred Albert SHEPPARD
Birth: 7 Aug 1907, Jackson, MO
Death: 15 Aug 1986, Saint Louis County, MO
Father: Albert Ezra SHEPPARD (1877-1949)
Mother: Emma Florence HOWARD (1877-1956)
Marr: 14 Feb 1931, Saint Louis, MO

 

Children: Louise Vorst
  Fred Albert

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.6.2 Alice Beatrice VORST

Birth: 26 Nov 1909, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 23 Feb 1996, Saint Louis, MO
Burial: 27 Feb 1996, Valle Spring Cemetery
Educ: Attended S.E.Missouri Teachers College and Missouri University in Columbia

From the Ste. Genevieve Herald:
11/6/2002
75 Years Ago - 1927
Misses Vernetta Sexauer, Alice Vorst and Bertha Louise Eydmann returned to Columbia to resume their studies at Missouri University last Sunday after having spent a long weekend at home.

12/1/2004
75 Years Ago - 1929
Nineteen students of the school of music at the Teachers College, Cape Girardeau, participated in a public recital Wednesday night in the college auditorium. Among the students who took part in the program was Miss Alice Vorst of Ste. Genevieve.

According to an article on the schools that appeared in the Herald in 1932, Alice was teaching in the Ste. Genevieve grade school for $85.00.

Eighth Grade class - 1923:
Mary Wehner Agnes Moreau
Wilma Miller Wilma Schuler
Agnes Armbruster Cornelia Rottler
Elvina Stuppy Edwin Giesler
Margaret Petrequin Lloyd Lalamondier
Dorothy Rickard Thomas Herzog
Lucille Naumann Lucille Naumann
Myriel Rehm Emmanual Baumann
Marie Siebert Carol Delcommune
Anna Schweigert Robert Lanning
Margerie Boverie Francie Roth
Alice Vorst Wilfred Morice
Maud Morice  

 

Valle High graduating class 1927:
Emmanuel Baumann Myriel Rehm
Margery Boverie Francis J. Roth
Lloyd Lalumadier Marie T. Siebert
Robert Lanning Darsie Trautmann
Wilma A. Miller Alice B. Vorst
Agnes Moreau Mary C. Wehner
Margaret Petrequin  

 

Spouse: Clarence Leo KARL
Birth: 2 Jul 1909, Farmington, MO
Death: 26 Aug 1995, Cincinnati, OH
Father: Leo David KARL (1872-1958)
Mother: Elizabeth BRISCHLE (1876-1960)
Marr: 8 Jul 1937, Saint Louis, MO

 

Children: Anne André

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.6.3 Joseph Leon VORST

Birth: 5 Feb 1912, Sainte Genevieve, MO
At 198 South Third Street
Death: 5 Nov 1958, Saint Louis, MO
Burial: 9 Nov 1958, Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve
Occ: Attorney and French teacher
Educ: Teaching Certificate - S. E. Missouri State Teachers College

Sainte Genevieve Newspaper Clipping:
Joseph L. Vorst Dies November 5th
Joseph L. Vorst, age 46 years and 9 months, died suddenly at his apartment in St. Louis at 11:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 1958.
Mr. Vorst was born in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., February 5, 1912,  a son of the late Leon C. Vorst and the living Louise A. (André) Vorst. He attended school here and after his high school graduation, studied law at St. Louis University. During World War II he served in the Intelligence Service in the Army Air Corps. In 1947 he joined the modern languages department of St. Louis University as an instructor. In 1953 he became an assistant professor in the University's College of Arts and Sciences, teaching French.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Leon C. Vorst of Ste. Genevieve, and two sisters, Myrtle (Mrs. Fred Albert Sheppard) of Webster Groves, Mo., and Alice (Mrs. Clarence L. Karl) of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The remains were brought to the Jerry Stanton Mortuary here and funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m., Sunday afternoon at the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church, Rt. Rev. Edmund Venverloh officiating. Burial took place in Calvary Cemetery at Valle Spring following religious and military rites. The Requiem Mass was offered at eight o'clock Monday morning at the church here, Msgr. Venverloh officiating.
Mr. Vorst was a member of Post 150, American Legion, the Alliance Francais of St. Louis, the Moderator of St. Louis University French Club and Friends of the Art Museum of St. Louis.
Mr. Vorst was for many years a faithful member of the Ste. Genevieve Catholic Church choir. He also took a profound interest in the early French culture of historic Ste. Genevieve helping in innumerable ways to foster and perpetuate the historical lore of Missouri's oldest town. Mr. Vorst once said that his deepest regret was to observe the gradual disappearance of the old French customs and buildings in his home town and tried in a sincere and almost devout manner to retain for Ste. Genevieve its priceless antiquity in every way possible.
Sympathy is extended to his bereaved mother, sisters and other members of the family who loved and respected him.

Class of 1929, Valle High School:
Valedictorian: Joseph L. Vorst
Other members of the class were:
Genevieve Ganahl Louise Sexauer
Angeline Trautman Bernadette Brischle
Gladys Herzog H. Herzog
L. Hoog L. Joggerst
M. Jokerst R. Moreau
R. Trautman Loretta Sexauer

Ste. Genevieve Herald
Looking Back
75 Years Ago - 1930
Joseph L. Vorst, son of Mrs. Louise Vorst of Ste. Genevieve has entered the sophomore class at St. Louis University, where he is taking a course in Arts and Science.


Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.7 Unknown VORST

Birth: Apr 1879
Death: Apr 1879
Burial: Apr 1879, Memorial Cemetery, Sainte Genevieve, Mo.

Joseph Johannes | Josephine Anna | Joseph Henry | Viola Caroline | Anna Genevieve | Isabel | Elizabeth Augusta
Marie Anna | Léon Charles | Myrtle Leona | Alice Beatrice | Joseph Leon| Unknown | Alice Antoinette


1.8 Alice Antoinette VORST

Birth: 20 Jun 1881, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Death: 10 May 1882, Sainte Genevieve, MO
Burial: 12 May 1882, Valle Spring Cemetery, Ste. Genevieve

Ste. Genevieve Herald
May 13, 1882
Joe VORST's little daughter Alice, a little over 10 months old, died Wednesday night after a sickness of only a few hours.  The child was well and hearty at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, took convulsions and died, in spite of the best medical aid, at 10 o'clock.  The funeral took place Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock.


Color Key: Generation 1 Generation 2 Generation 3 Generation 4


Descendants of Johannes Martin Vorst & Anna Gertrude Legrand

  • Johannes Marten VORST
    b. 4 Jun 1799, Heisingen, Rheinland, Preussen
    d. 19 Jul 1844
    & Anna Gertrude LEGRAND
    b. 7 Jan 1801, Rellinghausen, Germany
    d. 27 May 1864, Rellinghausen, Germany
    m. 20 Apr 1823, Rellinghausen, Germany
    • Gertrude Antoinette VORST
      b. 12 Jun 1823, Germany
      & Wilhelm Philip LANGHARDT
      b. 1 Jan 1817, Essen
      m. 29 Sep 1844, Germany
      • Joseph William LANGHARDT
        b. 19 Dec 1844, Germany
        d. 22 Jan 1934
        & Gertrude HETTROP/HUTTROP
        b. 5 Jul 1850, Germany
        d. 19 Sep 1925, Ste. Genevieve Co. MO
        m. abt 1871
        • Antoinette E. LANGHARDT*
          b. 9 Jul 1872, Germany
          d. 5 Mar 1928, Missouri
          & Edward SIEBERT
          b. abt 1868
          d. bef 1900
          m. 9 Feb 1893, Ste. Genevieve Co. MO
        • Antoinette E. LANGHARDT*
          b. 9 Jul 1872, Germany
          d. 5 Mar 1928, Missouri
          & Charles Gage BRENNEMAN
          b. IL
          m. abt 1904
        • Mary LANGHARDT
          b. Mar 1881, Germany
        • Josephine LANGHARDT
          b. 16 Aug 1883, Germany
          d. 6 Dec 1970, Phoenix, Arizona
          & Dr. Joseph KNICHEL
          b. 14 Jun 1874, St. Louis, MO
          d. 1952, St. Louis, MO
          m. 24 Jun 1903, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        • Clemens Wm Francis “Joseph” LANGHARDT
          b. 8 Feb 1886, MO
          & Anne D. [--?--]
        • Simon Victor Joseph LANGHARDT
          b. 1 Sep 1888, MO
          d. 21 Mar 1979
        • Hildegarde Ida LANGHARDT
          b. 15 Mar 1893, MO
          d. 12 Sep 1974
          & George E. MUELLER
          b. 23 Apr 1893, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 14 Apr 1958
          m. 5 Jun 1917, Ste Genevieve County, MO
    • Heinrich Johann Josef VORST
      b. 8 Dec 1824
      & Gertrude VICTOR
      b. 26 Feb 1826, Rellinghausen, Germany
      d. 28 Oct 1885
      m. 22 Aug 1846, Rellinghausen, Germany
    • Johann Wilhelm VORST
      b. 12 Oct 1826, Rellinghausen
      & Anna Catharina KUHLMANN
      m. 13 May 1852, Rellinghausen, Germany
    • Anna Marie Elizabeth VORST
      b. 1829
      d. 1831
    • Joseph Johannes VORST
      b. 3 Apr 1831, Rellinghausen, Germany
      d. 14 Mar 1885, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      & Anna M. SCHERER
      b. 23 Aug 1840, Koblenz, Germany
      d. 19 Feb 1915, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      m. 26 Aug 1864, Saint Louis, MO
      • Josephine Anna VORST
        b. 7 Jul 1865, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. 25 Oct 1949, Saint Louis, MO
        & Henry Clay ZIEGLER
        b. 3 Feb 1856, Sainte Genevieve , MO
        d. 17 Feb 1926, St. Louis, MO
        m. 22 Feb 1887, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        • Alice Leoni ZIEGLER
          b. 3 Dec 1888, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 9 May 1950, Farmington, MO
          & Joseph L. BRADLEY
          d. 1949
        • Louis Joseph ZIEGLER*
          b. 30 Jun 1891, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 13 Oct 1973, Perryville, MO
          & Leona C. HOFFMAN
          b. 1 Feb 1897
          d. 9 Nov 1925
          m. bef Nov 1919
        • Louis Joseph ZIEGLER*
          b. 30 Jun 1891, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 13 Oct 1973, Perryville, MO
          & Betty BAW
          b. 7 Aug 1915, Memphis, TN
          d. 26 Dec 2000, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          m. 14 Jun 1933, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        • Charlotte Blanche ZIEGLER
          b. 31 Mar 1893, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 17 Jun 1968
          & Harry Clinton HUCKINS
          b. 2 Oct 1882, Missouri
          m. 8 Oct 1918, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      • Joseph Henry VORST
        b. 9 Oct 1866, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. 14 Jun 1921, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        & Jennie Ruth BIEL
        b. 2 Feb 1868, Coffman, MO
        d. 10 Dec 1964, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        m. 18 Sep 1889, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        • Viola Caroline VORST
          b. 30 Jul 1890, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
          d. 26 Jun 1978, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
          & Frederick Stephen OBERLE
          b. 3 Sep 1889, Ste. Genevieve, MO
          d. 25 Apr 1966
          m. 19 Sep 1910, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
        • Anna Genevieve VORST
          b. 3 Nov 1894, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 1 Jun 2000, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          & Raymond J. THOMURE
          b. 5 Jul 1894
          d. 6 Feb 1961
          m. 4 Apr 1916, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      • Isabel VORST
        b. 20 May 1868, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. 9 Jul 1898, Saint Louis, MO
        & Herman HOPKINS
        Unmarried
        • Charles Joseph HOPKINS
          b. 13 Jan 1888, Ste. Genevieve, Mo
          d. 1 May 1934, St. Louis, MO
          & Lillian Philomena “Libby” MORICE
          b. 16 Jul 1895, MO
          d. aft 4 May 1934
          m. 6 Jul 1916, Ste Genevieve Catholic Church
      • Elizabeth Augusta VORST
        b. 25 Dec 1870, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. Jul 1871, Sainte Genevieve, MO
      • Marie Anna VORST
        b. 7 Apr 1873, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. 3 Mar 1934, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        & James N. MOORE
        b. 18 Nov 1867, St. Mary, MO
        d. 29 Dec 1938
        m. 18 Jul 1891, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        • William Vorst "Knockout" MOORE*
          b. 14 Dec 1892, Jackson, MO
          d. 4 Mar 1957
          & Mary Hattie MORICE
          b. 20 Feb 1891, Bloomsdale, MO
          d. 29 May 1921
          m. bef 1914
        • William Vorst "Knockout" MOORE*
          b. 14 Dec 1892, Jackson, MO
          d. 4 Mar 1957
          & Hebe A. OPERLE
          b. 18 Oct 1900, River Aux Vases, MO
          d. 9 Jan 1960
          m. 1924
        • Charlotte Blanche MOORE
          b. 28 Sep 1895
        • Jules Leo MOORE
          b. 17 Jul 1897, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 24 Mar 1969, Bonne Terre, MO
          & Elsie Clara NEUBRAND
          b. 23 Jan 1903, East Bonne Terre, MO
          d. 20 Mar 1967, Bonne Terre, MO
          m. 18 Jul 1920
        • Marie Anna MOORE
          b. 18 Aug 1899, MO
          d. 28 Apr 1973, Ste. Genevieve, MO
          & Fred WOOD
          b. 14 Jun 1894, La Salle, IL
          d. 18 Mar 1952, St. Louis, MO
          m. 25 Apr 1925
        • Edgar Charles "Skinny" MOORE
          b. 10 Jan 1901, Lebanon, IL
          d. 28 May 1959, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
          & Stella O. BOYER
          b. 14 Dec 1901, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
          d. 7 Nov 1986, Sainte Genevieve, Mo
          m. 29 Jan 1922, Saint Louis, MO
        • James Joseph MOORE
          b. 4 Nov 1902
          d. 18 Oct 1955
          & Agnes POINDEXTER
          b. 27 Dec 1905
          d. 30 Apr 1992
          m. 8 Jun 1924
      • Léon Charles VORST
        b. 20 Jul 1875, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. 6 Sep 1929, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        & Louise Anna Francina ANDRÉ
        b. 10 Nov 1878, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. 5 Dec 1974, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        m. 29 Nov 1906, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        • Myrtle Leona VORST
          b. 18 Nov 1907, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 22 Nov 1972, Saint Louis County, MO
          & Fred Albert SHEPPARD
          b. 7 Aug 1907, Jackson, MO
          d. 15 Aug 1986, Saint Louis County, MO
          m. 14 Feb 1931, Saint Louis, MO
        • Alice Beatrice VORST
          b. 26 Nov 1909, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 23 Feb 1996, Saint Louis, MO
          & Clarence Leo KARL
          b. 2 Jul 1909, Farmington, MO
          d. 26 Aug 1995, Cincinnati, OH
          m. 8 Jul 1937, Saint Louis, MO
        • Joseph Leon VORST
          b. 5 Feb 1912, Sainte Genevieve, MO
          d. 5 Nov 1958, Saint Louis, MO
      • Unknown VORST
        b. Apr 1879
        d. Apr 1879
      • Alice Antionette VORST
        b. 20 Jun 1881, Sainte Genevieve, MO
        d. 10 May 1882, Sainte Genevieve, MO
    • Fredrich Wilhelm VORST
      b. 1834
      d. 1835
    • Herman Heinrich VORST
      b. 2 Oct 1835
    • Johann Josef VORST
      b. 22 Dec 1837, Rellinghausen, Essen, Rheinland, Preussen
      d. 2 May 1891, Essen
      & Amalia Karoline VOIGT
      b. 3 Nov 1841, Erdeborn, Sachsen, Preussen
      d. 25 Jul 1912, Essen
      m. abt 1862
      • Emma Lisette Berta VORST
        b. 1 Mar 1863
        d. 28 Feb 1867
      • Paul Johann Joseph VORST
        b. 13 Nov 1864
        d. 17 Mar 1918, Essen
        & Christine WISHKIRCHEN
        b. 6 Jun 1865
        • Christine Klara Berta VORST
          b. 13 Jan 1889, Essen
        • Joseph Paul VORST
          b. 19 Jun 1897, Essen
          d. 15 Oct 1947, Missouri
          & Lina [--?--]
        • Agnes VORST
      • Karl Friedrick VORST
        b. 4 Sep 1866
        d. 29 Apr 1867
      • Otto VORST
        b. 23 Sep 1868
        d. 14 Mar 1900
      • Josef VORST
        b. 1 Apr 1871
      • Klara Helene Amalie Elisabeth VORST
        b. 30 Aug 1880
        d. 23 Jan 1898
    • Catherina Gertrude VORST
      b. 28 Apr 1842

The Ancestors of Leon Charles Vorst

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