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Rev. C. Reinhold Tappert

Rev. C. Reinhold Tappert

Male 1864 - Yes, date unknown

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  • Name C. Reinhold Tappert 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 1864  , Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting religion, life story, military, scandal 
    ordained 1887  [2
    Name Reinhold Tappert 
    Residence 1900  Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation 1913  St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister of St. Mathew's Lutheran church 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-80451 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I80451  Generations
    Last Modified 10 Sep 2023 

    Family Magdalena Drach,   b. 1868, , New York State, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Johanna Tappert,   b. 1892, , Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Martha Tappert,   b. 1896, , Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2023 
    Family ID F12830  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Rev. C. Reinhold Tappert
    Rev. C. Reinhold Tappert
    Waterloo Historical Society

  • Notes 

      The Rev. C.R. Tappert of Berlin, Ont., Ill-Treated by Soldiers and Leaves Town. REV. HANSEN ALSO GOING

      Lieut. Col. Martin Apologizes to Our Consul, as Tappert Is American Citizen.

      BERLIN, Ont., March 8. -- With one local minister of the Lutheran Church, who is an American, an exile from Canada, driven out, as he Charges, by volunteer troops after indignities, and another minister of the same denomination under orders to resign his pulpit and depart at once, a long-standing feeling between the ministers and members of their congregations on one hand and the Dominion military and police authorities on the other reached a culmination

      The Rev. R. C. Tappert. pastor of the Lutheran Church, has gone to Buffalo with his family, a wife and nine children. Before he left the country he laid formal complaint against local members of the 118th Battalion, Canadian volunteer contingent. before Jose de Olivares, United States Consul in Hamilton, Ontario.

      Hardly had the feeling incident to a demonstration against the Rev. Mr. Tappert in front of his parsonage on Sunday night been allayed than a new development occurred, when the Rev. Henry Hansen. pastor of the Constego Lutheran Church. was likewise ordered to depart. The issuance of the order came quickly after a special agent of the Canadian police had called on him.

      Both ministers, the authorities assert, have been avowed advocates of certain rights which they say are possessed by pro-German members of their denomination in Canada. A feeling of bitterness has been engendered against them. it is stated. for a long time and this has been heightened as the sermons one or the other or both. were objected to by the civilian population and troops quartered here. The population of this city and its environs as its name indicates. Is composed in considerable proportions of descendants of native Germans

      The charge against the Rev. Mr. Hansen is. he says. that he is pro-German, and has been circulating anti-Ally views. On behalf of the officers of the Berlin Overseas Battalion, Lieut. Col. Martin today apologized to Consul de Olivares at Hamilton for the treatment accorded
      the Rev. Mr. Tappert at his home here Sunday evening. He said the men were severely rebuked. but as the demonstration was against a civilian, the military authorities were not in a position to try the offenders.

      Lieut Col. Martin's apology followed a telephone message to Berlin, in which the Consul made emphatic protest against the attack on the Rev. Mr. Tappert, on the grounds that he was an American citizen, and that assurance had been given that he would not be harmed.

      Mr. de Olivares Insisted that. the rights of an American citizen must not he violated. and it is said that he hits taken the matter up with Ottawa and Washington.

      The Rev. Mr. Tappert told the Consul he had a wound in the back of his head requiring; several stitches and also a blackened eye and that his family had been ill treated. The soldiers went to the Tappert home. it is alleged. called the pastor out of his house. and beat him as a German sympathizer. because he had not left Canada on March 1 as advised to do so by townspeople.

      The Rev. Reinhold C. Tappert reached Buffalo last night and from there sent this telegram to his brother, the Rev. Dr. G. H. Tappert. pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 794 East 156th Street, the Bronx:

      Buffalo. N. Y.. March 8, 1916

      Family arrived safely at Buffalo. Details later. You will be astounded. Samt Und Sunder - "the whole bunch.


      All of the nine children of the exiled were born here. His oldest daughter. Miss Johanna Tappert, was educated at the Normal College, and
      another daughter Miss Martha Tappert. was a student at Morris High School The Rev. Dr. Tappert came here and was ordained in and subsequently became a naturalized American. He was first the pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at Greenport, I. I., then for several years pastor of a Manhattan church. and for many years was pastor of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at Meriden, Conn.

      He received a call to Berlin, Ontario. three years ago and had since built a larger church to replace the old one there. His wife was Miss Magdalena Drach, daughter of Peter Drach of Greenport.

      My brother has never, during his residence in Canada, caused offense by pro-German sentiments, expressed or implied," said the Rev. Dr. G. H. Tappert at his parsonage last night." is too conservative and too good' and loyal an American to do anything of that kind. In fact, he even has hesitated to assert his full rights as an American because he wished to refrain from involving this country officially in his personal troubles in Canada.

      "I have not received full details of the trouble, but I know his difficulties began more than a year ago, when some of the newspapers in Canada begun to criticise him on the basis of a statement he was said to have made to some members of his congregation regarding alleged Belgian atrocities. My brother was asked by a member of his congregation if some features of the Belgian charges were true. He simply replied that he doubted the truth of some of them at least.

      "From that time on the persecutions never have ceased. My niece, Johanna, applied for a position as teacher IN the Canadian public schools. Her training at Normal College was ignored, and she was required to take further studies in a Canadian school. Martha resumed her studies, also. in a high school. An envelope, which was handed to her for a subscription to the war fund, she returned empty, explaining that she was an American, and as a Daughter of a clergyman, she objected to contributing to war purposes. Thereupon the principal or the school called her an 'American parasite.'

      "Then the boys, who were at school, were asked to swear allegiance to the British flag. 'This they said they could not do, being American by birth and education. In February this warning telephone message was given to my brother: " If you do not leave in forty days you will be tarred and feathered." THE BERLIN BOYS

      "The Berlin Boys composed the battalion at the barracks there. Other warnings were received. some friendly and others threatening. Then members of the congregation reported that pressure was being exerted on them to get rid of their pastor. Some said they were boycotted in business and their social relations. Then my brother decided to resign, and had done so when he was attacked in his home.

      "Seventy of the battalion members called at the parsonage at midnight on Sunday and called to him to come out. He declined. whereupon the front door of the parsonage was broken down and the place Invaded. When my brother confronted the intruders they seized him and dragged him outside, refusing his wife permission to give him a hat or overcoat.

      "For some time the soldiers marched my brother up and down King Street. hitting and slapping hint Then they took him to the rear of the barracks, and ordered him to sing the English national hymn. When finally permitted to return home he found every member of his family prostrated with fear for his safety."

      Published. March 9, 1916 Copyright C The New York Times

  • Sources 
    1. [S1835] Census - U.S. Census Population Schedule, 1900 12th Census, Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut pg 7 Sheet B family 141.
      Reinhold Tappert 34 Germany
      Magdaline 31 New York
      Johanna M. 6 Connecticut
      Ruth E. 6
      Martha M. 4
      Reinhold 1

    2. [S1971] News - USA, New York - New York Times, CANADA DRIVES OUT 2 LUTHERAN PASTORS - 9 Mar 1916.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1864 - , Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1900 - Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister of St. Mathew's Lutheran church - 1913 - St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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