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Katharina Wagner Hirsche

by Hortense L. Hirsche
"Stirling - Its Story and People" page 28

Johannes Hirsche was born October 4, 1832, in Hirschorn Ct. Bern, Switzerland. He married Katharina Wagner March 15, 1863. Later they went to the Endowment House, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was born September 8, 1834, in Kaltenbach, Thughury, Switzerland. Johannes Hirsche and family lived in Mount Pleasant, Utah, where he died and was buried in 1891.

In 1899 Katharina, now a widow, with her two sons Alfred and Samuel Hirsche, and her married daughter Mary, (with her husband James C. Christensen and their four children) boarded the first train sent by the L.D.S. Church to Stirling, Alberta, N.W.T., Canada.

William George (Will) came later as did John when he was released from his mission in Switzerland.

They first lived in a tent, then in one of the six houses built by the church.

Katharina Hirsche died June 28, 1904. and is buried in Stirling, Alberta. She had lived in Stirling only five years, but she has truly left a great heritage in our Alberta.

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