1873 – Religious Leader of St. Nazianz Dies

On this date , the leader of a group of 113 Roman Catholics from the Black Forest, died. Controversial in Germany for his apocalyptic visions, Father Oschwald moved to southwestern Manitowoc County in the 1850s and named his colony after a Greek saint, Gregory of Nazianzen. By 1870 the colony had 600 residents. Oschwald was known for his piety, zeal, and devotion to his people and he was also a skilled botanist and medic. Years after his death the community prospered and today, the St. Gregory church still stands. [Source: by Fred L. Holmes, pg. 172-182]