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Rev. George Brohman

Male 1849 - 1902  (53 years)


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  • Name George Brohman 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 13 Jan 1849  Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth 14 Jan 1849  Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Roman Catholic 
    Occupation 1901  Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Priest 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-47837 
    Died 27 Nov 1902  St. Clements, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: Heart Failure 3 hours 
    Person ID I47837  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2020 

    Father Franz Joseph "Joseph" Brohman,   b. 8 Apr 1807, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1872, Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Magdalena Schumann,   b. 29 Sep 1810, , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1886, Deemerton, Carrick Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 20 Feb 1838  St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, Maryhill, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F8011  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Rev. Father G. Brohmann

      Dies Unexpectedly in Berlin

      The relentless figure of Death carried off almost without any warning last Thursday a man who, in this county, as well as in the counties of Bruce and Grey, enjoyed, with few exceptions, the greatest number of acquaintances and a general popularity among all classes. Very Reverend George Brohmann, pastor of the Catholic congregation in St. Clements, died on Thursday at 11: 30 a.m. in the Catholic rectory here as a result of gallstones, connected with a heart-attack.

      Father Brohmann had already suffered from this ailment for some time, and as a result, had repeatedly suffered dreadful torments. Last winter, he had lain in bed for a week; as soon as he was relieved of the pain, however, he was immediately fresh and cheerful again. In the past week, he went about his priestly duties as usual. Tuesday he officiated at a wedding in St. Clements, and Wednesday, he came to Berlin, in order to attend a conference of the diocese in Guelph, the next day.

      On Wednesday afternoon, his old pain began, but a doctor was able to calm the pain. He suffered pain all night, and consequently, he was watched carefully. In the morning, he fell asleep. When the doctor arrived about 9 o'clock, he recognized that his slumber had become a lack of consciousness and the patient had declined near death. A second doctor verified this opinion, and therefore, the dying man was immediately given the last rites. The lack of consciousness lasted almost without interruption until Father Brohmann gently slept away half an hour before noon.

      The news of his death caused great dismay here in the town. Many who had seen the priest's powerful figure the day before; or had spoken with him, could not believe the bad news. It was the same in St. Clements and everywhere else. However, the verification could not be denied. Very Rev. W. Klöpfer, who took part in the meeting in Guelph was informed by telegram and returned home with the afternoon train.

      The Funeral Ceremonies

      On Friday morning at nine o'clock, the coffin with the body of the deceased was carried into the Catholic church here in a solemn procession, where the attending priests recited the office for the dead. This was followed by a solemn requiem mass in which Very Rev. J. Fehrenbach, as celebrant, Very Rev. M. Halm from Mildmay as deacon, Very Rev. W. V. Klöpfer as Assistant Deacon and Very Rev. A. Wachter functioned as Master of Ceremonies. The coffin was placed at the front of the church, and after the service, those present filed by, to have a last glance at the deceased. The coffin was then taken in a hearse to the church in St. Clements. Many parishioners immediately gathered there and several held an honours watch through the following night by their deceased pastor.

      At the funeral service on Saturday, there were present, along with many priests and relatives of the deceased, hundreds of his friends, many of whom were non-Catholics. At the funeral service, as the day before in Berlin, preceded by the mass for the dead, the celebrant was Very Rev. W. Klöpfer from Berlin; Very Rev. Clemens Brohmann of Walkerton was deacon, Very Rev. Jonas Lenhard of Galt was assisting deacon, and Very Rev. M. Halm of Mildmay, master of ceremonies.

      Bishop Dowling of Hamilton assisted at the funeral ceremony, accompanied by Very Rev. J. Gehl of Formosa and Very Rev. Dr. A. Walter of Hamilton. In addition, the following priests were present: Very Reverends J. Schweitzer, A. Wachter, Very Rev. Dr. A. Walter and A. Zinger of Berlin, H. Aeymans of St. Agatha, S. Förster and J. F. Wey of New Germany, R. Lehmann of Macton, J. Gnam of Hesson, W. Gehl of Caledonia, J.E. Wey of Carlsruhe, Brady of Hamilton and Burke of Toronto.

      Very Rev. J. Schweitzer, a fellow student of the deceased, delivered the funeral sermon. He stressed the latter's active life and loyal fulfillment of his duties and begged his listeners not to deny thanks to their pastor for his effectiveness among them and to preserve his memory always. After the service in the church, Bishop Dowling spoke a few words in English and expressed his sympathy to the congregation for their bitter loss. In addition, he announced, until the naming of a successor, the congregation would remain under the supervision of Very Rev. Father J. Schweitzer, of Berlin.

      Those present then filed past the coffin, after which the funeral procession formed and set off on the way to the final resting place. Eight priests carried the coffin out of the church, and from there to the cemetery, 24 members of the lodge of the Catholic Foresters and C.M.B.A. performed this service alternately. In the procession were school children, the C.M.B.A., and the Catholic Foresters of St. Clements, as well as many members of the congregation and many mourners. At the burial, which followed almost at the centre of the cemetery, Very Rev. S. Förster of New Germany presided.

      Of the family members of the deceased, six brothers and one sister still survive. From these, Mrs. John Wendling and family of Berlin, Alexander of Mildmay, John of New Germany and Frank of Glenmeyer attended the burial. The other remaining surviving brothers are Joseph and Wendel in Nebraska, and Ignatius in New Germany. Mr. Matthias Götz of Walkerton, Clerk of the Court, a bosom friend of the deceased also attended the burial.

      An Active Life

      Very Rev. George Brohmann was born in New Germany on Jan. 13, 1849 and attended St. Jerome's College in Berlin from 1869-1874, and then, in the seminary in Montreal. On July 8, 1877, he was ordained a priest and then spent two years as a chaplain in Formosa. Afterwards, he spent one year as pastor of the German Catholic church in Hamilton. Then, he spent 10 months travelling in Ireland, England, France, Italy, Germany, and Holland.

      After his return, he took over serving the Catholic congregation in Deemerton and Mildmay; which he led for 11 years, and by dint of building schools and other buildings, brought to a thriving state. After he had served six years successfully as a pastor, he came to St. Clements, where, last July, he celebrated his silver anniversary as a priest.

      Although the deceased had devoted himself to the priestly vocation he also possessed a sharp, active business head to which can be thanked the thriving state of the parishes entrusted to his care. Wherever Father Brohmann was active, there, good schools developed, the churches were improved, chapels were built and general prosperity was visible everywhere. Also in other respects the deceased was an alert businessman. He was interested in financial investments of different kinds, and acquired in recent years property in Berlin and Waterloo, which, through rental, brought him in a small supplementary income.

      This efficiency of the deceased sometimes led to disapproval among those of the opinion that a priest did not belong in the business world. Still, just these activities, which were necessary for him in his leisure hours, had a very noble purpose, as can be seen in his will. In it, he states namely that his property, after the withdrawal of bequests in the amount of $2000. for his relatives, should be used for the support of orphans, the poor, and students of the priesthood.

      $1000. are destined for the orphanage in St. Agatha, $1000. for St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton and $500. for the Old Age Home in Dundas. The remainder of the inheritance will go to Very Rev. W. Klöpfer here for the benefit of St. Jerome's College, to which the deceased was always a good friend and demonstrated his friendship through active assistance; the remainder of the inheritance will be used for the purpose of training of priests. The executors are: Very Rev. A. Weiler and Very Rev. J. Schweitzer, and Mr. W.J. Motz, of Berlin.

      A physically powerful figure of a marl; a man who had an interest for life around him; an open, friendly nature; respected by all with whom he came in contact; beloved by all his subordinates; a friend who proved his friendship through deeds, not only by empty words alone; loyal and selfless in his duties; a fatherly friend of the young and of students; a kind pastor and a preacher whose impressive sermons created a wide-spread reputation -that was Father Brohmann in life, and in death, his generous gifts will keep his memory alive for many years; that of a good father whose main thought with every action was the well-being of others and the betterment of his fellow-men. May he rest in peace!

      Translated by: Patricia J. Kauk

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      REV. GEO. BROHMAN. Last Thursday this entire section was shocked by the news that Rev. Father Brohman, Parish Priest at St. Clemens, had just died in Berlin. He left St. Clemens the previous afternoon for Berlin, apparently in the best of health, intending to spend Thursday attending a church meeting in Guelph. But during the night he was taken ill with an acute kidney trouble and in spite of all that could be done he only lived few hours. Father Brohman was in his 54th year. He was beloved by all who knew him, and his funeral at St. Clemens on Saturday was a most solemn and impressive one.

      Wellesley Maple Leaf, December 4, 1902

      Obituary is supplied by the Wellesley Township Heritage and Historical Society Click here to go to their website.

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  • Sources 
    1. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), Obituary of John Brandel - 22 Nov 1900.

    2. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, Div2 pg 91.

    3. [S160] Census - ON, Waterloo, Wellesley Twp. - 1901, Wellesley E-2 Page 19.

    4. [S1887] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1861 (North Division), Div. 8 Page 58.

    5. [S91] Church Records - ON, Waterloo, Maryhill - St. Boniface Roman Catholic [found cited on various sources on the internet and family histories], Rev. Peter Schneider.
      20 Feb 1838 Joseph Brohman s/o Joseph Brohman & Catharina Grunder to Madeline Schumman, d/o Daniel & Elisabeth Gunst. witnesses: Lucas Zettel & Gottleib Brohamn & Theobald Wadel & Nicholaus Mattell

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 13 Jan 1849 - Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 14 Jan 1849 - Maryhill (New Germany) Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Priest - 1901 - Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Heart Failure 3 hours - 27 Nov 1902 - St. Clements, Wellesley Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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