Otheo Weible and the Moravian Church Choir

from "Dover," by Matthew Lautzenheiser, part of the Images of America series, from Arcadia books

Well, after finding that great pic of Grandpa Foutz, I couldn’t pass up the chance to share another one and give love to the other side of the family.

Or maybe it’s the old daily newspaper reporter in me, burning to share what I’ve dug up and not get scooped.

So I continue in my capacity today as former classmate Matt Lautzenheiser’s unofficial publicity arm, and let you know, again, you can find the above pic excerpted on Google Books from the book “Dover,” part of the Images of America series from Arcadia books.

Matt and I were part of the same confirmation class at Dover First Moravian Church. Hey, props for Palm Sunday, 1990!

Just as Dover football boasts a fine tradition in town, the Moravians are known locally and worldwide for their heritage of praising God in song. From the days of our safe haven at the Herrnhut estate of “Good Old Count Zinzendorf” (in the Camp Tar Hollow parlance) and those countless Lovefeast hymns, through today’s richness of hymns and anthems in every service, music has been central to the spiritual and social life of the church.

For more on that, in the Wikipedia tradition, check this entry out.

Now, about the Weibles, and Dover, and the Moravian Church:

My great-great-great grandfather Frederick (1809-1886) was the first of my (direct) Weible ancestors to be born in America. That was in Westmoreland, PA. His father, great-great-great-great grandpa Hans Jakob Weible, was from Switzerland. They both made it to Dover — I’m not sure when — but this photo establishes their life in the local Moravian Church in the mid-to-late 19th century.

My great-great grandfather Franklin Eli Weible was one of the youngest children of Frederick. Franklin Eli and Esther Bliss Goddard (whom you’ll recall from last week’s ancestral profile) were parents of six: Otheo, Clara, Rose, Frank, Charles and my great-grandfather, Robert Ohio.

The picture above shows oldest son Otheo in the ranks of Moravian singers in 1890. The name Ricksecker in the caption rang a bell — or, I should say, sounded a fanfare — since the Ricksecker Posaunenchor is a brass ensemble which you’ll find today at Dover First Moravian.

For more from “Dover”, visit Google Books at the link below for excerpts and where you can buy a copy:


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  1. Pingback: Weible Literary Tidbits, Part 6 « Whispering Across the Campfire

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