Editor's Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles based on a historic tour of St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery given by local historian Ray Beimel.
There are few mausoleums in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, but many of the ones that are on the site have some tie to the Kaul family.
Local historian Ray Beimel discussed the cemetery's mausoleums during a recent tour of the facility.
One of the mausoleums located near the cemetery's chapel is the final resting place of Andrew Kaul I, who is buried there along with his wife Walburga, his daughter Bertha and her husband Sedgwick Kistler, Bertha and Sedgwick's daughter Gertrude Kistler, and Kaul's sons Andrew Kaul Jr. and Edward Kaul.
Bertha, Beimel noted, was one of the Kaul daughters who donated money to start the community's first hospital. Her husband, who was originally from Lock Haven, was involved with the St. Marys Tanning Company, which was founded in 1884 by Hall and Kaul.
"He became one of the directors of the hospital and was among the guys who guided it into its formative yard until the nuns took over in 1933," Beimel said of Kistler.
Of Kaul's sons that are buried with him, Beimel remarked that Andrew Kaul Jr. "left town, worked in the wood business in Maine and Michigan" and then was buried back here in St. Marys, while Edward "died relatively young."
An adjacent mausoleum contains the bodies of Kaul's other son, Frank, along with Frank's wife Jane, Andrew Kaul III and his two wives Libby and Marie, and Andrew Kaul IV.
Frank Kaul, Beimel indicated, is relatively important in St. Marys as he took over for his father in running the local businesses. Unfortunately, Beimel added, Frank also died young.
"The big brick house that's next to the American Legion home on Center Street that sits on the largest residential lot in the old borough was Frank Kaul's home," Beimel said. "Frank Kaul's son was Andrew Kaul III, and then of course his son was Andy Kaul IV."
Nearby is the mausoleum of John Kaul, Andrew Kaul's brother.
"Their piece of business was the J&A Machine Shop," Beimel said. "This was located on Depot Street kind of where the parking garage is. This site became the site of the shops of the St. Marys and Southwestern Railroad and then the Buffalo, St. Marys, and Southwestern, and then the Shawmut. Of course then the shops burned in 1941 but some of the buildings were still standing up until they were torn down for the bus garage."
Further east, in a site along Lynch Road there is an underground mausoleum bearing the name Reilly which contains the bodies of four people.
"The first name is Joseph Henry Reilly, who is not from St. Marys, but he had the good fortune or good luck to marry Julia Kaul, one of the three daughters of Andrew Kaul," Beimel said.
Coincidentally, he noted, Joseph and Julia's daughter Walburga Kaul Reilly married James Hall Stackpole, oldest son of Harry Stackpole. Both are also buried in the mausoleum.
Andrew Kaul's third daughter, Josephine, married a Power. He is buried in a mausoleum located in the cemetery, but Josephine remarried after his death and is buried elsewhere.
In addition to those with ties to the Kaul family, two other families have mausoleums in the cemetery.
One of those mausoleums belongs to the Weisners. The other one, which Beimel noted is smaller, belongs to Alex Krieg.
"Alex Krieg had never crossed my radar in 40 years of St. Marys history," Beimel said. "I had to look him up. He was the guy who started St. Marys Block Company, and apparently that gave him enough to put up a mausoleum."