Vintage map of walled city of Wesel, Germany. Gailliot landmarks colored in red. See first comment below.
Wesel, NRW, Germany, showing Catholic chuches of St. Martin and St. Maria Himmelfahrt, and Gemeinde Kirche of St. Willibrordi (The Dom)
Vintage photo of Wesel looking West toward Rhine River. St. Willibrordi Dom in distance; St. Martini far right. St. Mathena Church in foreground.
Wesel looking East toward Bahnhof. Great Mathena in center was torn down and never re-built
Steinstrasse (stone street), Wesel, Germany, as it probably appeared to Anton Gailliot and Maria Dissel when they were enumerated here in Dec 1848, at No 71 D.
Steinstrasse, as it appears today (2001). Willibrordi Dom in distance
Southeast corner of Grosse Markt; Gailliot flat seen right of center, with round windows on 3rd floor. In rear, the Bell Tower and spire of St. Maria Himmelfahrt Catholic rises behind and above the apartments.
Gailliot flat, close-up; War Memorial statue on far right. Anton Gailliot and Maria (Dissel) moved from here to Steinstrasse in 1843.
South side of Der Grosse Marktplatz; Rathaus (town hall) on far right
Rathaus (town Hall) on right with cuppola; steeple of St. Maria Himmelfahrt rises above tree tops.
Grosse Marktplatz (Great Market Plaza), Wesel, Willibrodi Dom in center, Rathaus to left with cuppola
Grosse Marktplatz, Rathaus, Willibrodi Dom; modifed by Rudolf Kerbitz
Der Grosse Marktplatz and Dom after WWII, 1945
The destroyed Willibrordi (far R) and St Maria Himmelfahrt (far L). Over 90 percent of the town was destroyed by Allied bombs.
St. Maria Himmelfahrt after bombing, 1945
After WW II, the Dom was rebuilt; here, the spire is erected
The Willbrordi Dom, Wesel, Germany, in 2001
Next project will be the rennovation of the Rathaus facade to its original Flemish/ Gothic architecture. Here is Architect's conception of finished project- to left of center. St. Willibrordi Dom on right.
St. Willibrordi Dom at night, 2001
Rudolf Kerbitz and I climbed the tower of St. Willibrordi, Wesel, and had a grand view of Wesel's Altstadt.
To the right of spire, we can see the red brick, bell tower of St. Maria Himmelfahrt
We peek through the turrent and see the red-roofed St. Martini Kirche. However, I was holding onto the ledge for dear life.
St. Martini before it was bombed to shards during WW II.
Rudolf Kerbitz sits on remnant of former St. Martin Catholic in park across the street from new St. Martin
The re-built, modern-style St. Martin Catholic, Aug 2001. The former church was completely destroyed by Allied bombs in 1945.
Vintage photo of the Interior of former St. Martini, Wesel, Germany
New, modern-style alter of St. Martini. Photo by RCK, Sep 2001
Sculpture of St. Martin and the beggar in front of post-war, St. Martini, Wesel, 2001
"St. Martin and the beggar", by EL Greco, National Gallery of Art, DC
The post-war St Maria Himmelfahrt Catholic Church, Wesel, Germany. The middle facade with arch survived destruction of WW II. Tower on left and rosette windows on right were re-built portions.
Bell tower (der Turm) of St. Maria Himmelfahrt as seen from the Grosse Markt plaza, Wesel, Aug 2001
Descriptive plaque, St. Maria Himmelfahrt Catholic, Wesel. Translation: "Here on Brother Street, the Dominicans - also called Preacher Brothers- after their establishment in Wesel (1291), erected their monastery church which they consecrated to the Mother of God, Maria. The church and monastery was for centuries an important centre for the religious and intellectual life of this town. After the reformation, the Dominicans took over the parish cure of souls too, until they must leave after liquidation of their monastery by the secularization of Wesel in 1809." [Under administration of Napoleon Boneparte]
St. Maria Himmelfahrt translates, in English, "Assumption of the Virgin Mary"
Chronology of pastoral Priests at St. Maria Himmelfahrt
Crypt of St. Maria Himmelfahrt, Aug 2001
Alter in the crypt chapel of St. Maria Himmelfahrt.
A wooden statuette of Christ survived the bombings and is placed above this door of St. Maria Himmelfahrt as a reminder
St. Maria Himmelfahrt, alter of the modern-day church
Old censuses of Wesel lay on the table directly in front of us. Archives are held in the Zitadel- a former fortress in the city.
1858 Census (Einwohner) of Wesel. Enumerated are Anton Gailliot (Gallios), age 39, and his second wife, Helen Schlebusch, 39, and 5 children. Sixth child, Henry C. Gailliot, my great grandfather born 3 years afterwards in 1862.
Prussian Soldiers march down Kreuzstrasse; Gailliot cobbler shop in rear, right, on corner
Cobbler Shop of Meister Schumacher, Anton Gailliot, in Wesel, Germany. Created by Rudolf Kerbitz after Photo detail in previous slide
Berliner Tor (Berlin Gate), Wesel, Germany
I stand in front of mural of Berliner Tor, in downtown Hagerstown, MD, (sister city of Wesel) during Augustoberfest, Aug 2006
Coat of arms of Wesel (3 weasels) on sidwalk outside of train station.
Distant view of St. Maria Himmelfahrt Catholic Church at Rees, on the Rhine, down river from Wesel, Germany. Helen Schlebusch baptized here 10 Feb 1819
Interior of St. Maria Himmelfahrt Catholic, Rees, Germany
St. Katharina Catholic, Grietherbusch, Germany. Helen Schlebusch's mother Johanna, nee. Offenburg, baptized here 3 Feb 1790
Side entrance to St. Katherina Chapel, Grietherbusch, Germany
St. Katharina Catholic Chapel, Close-up of alter
Probable Haus of Offenberg Family, Grietherbusch, Germany. Now, return to my Public Gallery and continue with PART 2 album.