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Rev. Paul Karl Graupner 

Rev. Paul Karl Graupner

Male 1869 - 1950

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  • Prefix  Rev. 
    Birth  19 Sep 1869  Oelsnitz, , Sachsen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  1884  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Immigration  1899  , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Name  Paul C. Graupner 
    Occupation  1901  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Minister 
    Occupation  1911  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Minister, Lutheran Church 
    Religion  1911  Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Lutheran 
    Occupation  1913  Dashwood, Huron Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church 
    Occupation  1930  Farmington Township, Oakland, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    minister 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-26098 
    Graupner,Paul,Rev.-christmascarvingsrepaintedbyPaul.jpg
    Graupner,Paul,Rev.-christmascarvingsrepaintedbyPaul.jpg
    The wood carvings pictured above are part of a collection of over 300 repainted by Paul Graupner carved by his father Karl
    Died  27 Feb 1950  Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia, Wayne, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I26098  Generations
    Last Modified  30 Apr 2017 

    Family  Emma Bleeke,   b. 7 Dec 1871, Monroe, Monroe, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Feb 1942, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  14 Oct 1891  , Allen Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
     1. Herbert P. Graupner,   b. 18 Nov 1893, Medina, , New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Clara Graupner,   b. 13 Apr 1896, New York State Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1985
     3. Arthur T. Graupner,   b. 20 Apr 1898, New York State Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Carl Christian Graupner,   b. 6 Jun 1900, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1985, Toronto, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Oscar Reinhold Graupner,   b. Jan 1903, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Louise Graupner,   b. Jun 1906, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Emma Graupner,   b. Jun 1908, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     8. Martha Christina Graupner,   b. 3 Nov 1911, Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Apr 1996
    Family ID  F6799  Group Sheet

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    Rev. Paul Graupner 1903
    Rev. Paul Graupner 1903

  • Notes 
    • Rev. P. Graupner, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church was born at Oelsnitz in Saxony, in the year 1869. After enjoying a good education in the higher schools of Stollberg and Chemnitz, he emigrated to the United States when fifteen years of age, settling in Fort Wayne, Ind. In 1887 he entered upon his studies at the Thelogian [sic] Seminary at St. Louis, where he was graduated in 1890. He first charge as minister of the Gospel was in Buffalo, N.Y. On account of failing health, he was obliged to leave his congregation there and take a charge in the country. He accepted a call from Medina, a small town in New York State. Later he removed to Newark, in the same State. After St. Paul's Congregation at Elmira had been bereft, by death of their pastor, Rev. J. Frosch, who had so long served them in the most self-sacrificing manner, Rev. Graupner was called to take his place. This was in 1899. By his consistent life, his earnest endeavor and thoughtful, studious elucidation of the teachings of Christ, he has gained the love and esteem of his congregation and all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance. Under his guidance this Congregation is making steady progress. As a rule, services are held by him in the forenoon and evening of each Sunday. He conducts Sunday School in the morning. The Ladies Aid and the Young People's Association, connected with the church, convene monthly and enjoy his constant help.1a

      1aEnterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, published by George Klinck, 1903.

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      Over 300 handmade wood carvings from the 1800s depicting the life of Christ are on display this weekend at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 3225 Roosevelt.

      "The Life of Christ Wood Carving Pageant" consists of 15 vignettes from the story of Jesus Christ's life, including the travels of the Wise Men, the flight into Egypt, Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and his ascension.

      The collection includes hand-painted human and animal figures made of basswood and sugar pine, as well as cardboard backgrounds. The wooden people measure about five to six inches tall, and the animals were carved to scale said Rev. Herbert Graupner, who owns the carvings.

      Graupner, a Muskegon resident and the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, said he first put the collection on display in 1986 for the Centennial Anniversary of Trinity Lutheran Congregation and then at the Muskegon Museum of Art.

      Graupner explained that his great-grandfather, Karl Graupner, began crafting the pieces by hand in the early 1850s in Dresden, Germany. Karl Graupner spent over forty years creating many of wooden figures and the cardboard scenery he said.

      Graupner described the work as interesting and "dynamic," explaining that the figures were extremely detailed.

      Herbert said the carvings had an interesting journey to the United States. In an essay, Herbert said Karl gave the carvings to his son, Paul, who decided to enter the Lutheran ministry. When Paul Graupner finished his studies, he thought he was assigned to Victoria, Australia and sent them there immediately.

      He later learned that he was actually assigned to Buffalo, N.Y. and the carvings traveled around the world for a year. When the collection was finally returned to Paul, the figures were undamaged but the ocean air had ruined the enamel paint.

      Paul also realized that the Lord's Supper scene was missing, Graupner wrote, but it was never found.

      In 1895, Karl Graupner fell ill and was advised to take an extended rest from his business. Karl decided to visit his son, Paul, in the U.S. and in the three months he spent visiting, he repainted and added to the collection.

      After his father's death, Paul Graupner took the collection wherever he went, including stints in New York, Ontario and Michigan. Paul also took up wood carving and added pieces to the collection.

      After Paul retired and passed away in 1950, the carvings were placed into the care of his two daughters, and given to Herbert after one of them died in 1985.2a

      2a19th Century wood carvings on display at Trinity Lutheran Church, www.Mlive.com 2012

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      GRAUPNER - Rev. Paul, Feb. 27, 1950 Sorrento. Beloved father of Clara, Arthur, Carl, Oscar, Louise, Emma and Martha, 13 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Rev. Graupner is resting at the residence and will lie state at the Jehovah Lutheran Church, corner West Outer Drive and Greenfield, from 11 am Thursday until 2 pm when funeral services will be held. Interment, Glen-Eden Cemetery.

  • Sources 
    1. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira B. pg 7.

    2. [S161] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1901, Elmira (Village) B. Page 7.

    3. [S1139] Enterprising Elmira Souvenir, An historical, descriptive, and illustrated Book of the Village of Elmira, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada, List of Pastors..
      Rev. P. Graupner, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, born Oelsnitz, in Saxony in 1869, mostly in the USA before coming to Elmira

    4. [S176] Census - ON, Waterloo, Elmira - 1911, Div. 49 Pg. 2.

    5. [S1927] Census - U.S. Census Population Schedule, 1930 15th Census, Michigan, Oakland, Farmington Township District 63-18 sheet 9B.
      Paul C. Graupner 60 Germany Clergyman St. Paul's Luth Church.
      Emma 71 Michigan
      Clara 34 New York
      Emma 21 Canada English teller in bank
      Martha 18 Canada English stenographer

    6. [S1957] Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007, GS Film Number: 002111522 , Digital Folder Number: 004134769 , Image Number: 00561.
      Paul K Graupner
      Event Type:Marriage Registration
      Event Date:14 Oct 1891
      Event Place:Allen, Indiana, United States
      Gender:Male
      Marriage License Date:14 Oct 1891
      Marriage Place:Allen, Indiana
      Spouse's Name:Emma Bleeke
      Spouse's Gender:Female
      Officiator's Name:H G Sauer
      Additional Name:Daniel W Souder
      Page:342
      Number of Images:1

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 19 Sep 1869 - Oelsnitz, , Sachsen, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1884 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 1899 - , Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister - 1901 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Minister, Lutheran Church - 1911 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Lutheran - 1911 - Elmira, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church - 1913 - Dashwood, Huron Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - 1930 - Farmington Township, Oakland, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Feb 1950 - Highland Park, Wayne, Michigan, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Glen Eden Memorial Park, Livonia, Wayne, Michigan, United States Link to Google Earth
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