Notes for Eugene Anthony Nuelle: Why did I do this research on the genealogy of the family? Just to trace its blood lines? That is always interesting but that was not my real purpose. I thing that finding out about my roots, looking into the historical, sociological, cultural and religious background of these people can help me also help me discover things about myself, bring out characteristics of my own personality.
I don't have much on individual people. In fact about some I know little more than their name and perhaps the date and place of their birth. But they were all formed and shaped by the times in which they lived. Some of them agreed with what was going on in their day, they drank in and absorbed the cultural trends. Others rebelled against what was happening; they were counter-cultural; got out, left the places where they were born, migrated to another land and culture. All this is part of my heritage. This research gives us a glimps into their history, life and reality. Perhaps it can help us uncover aspects of our lives that will bring a fuller richness into focus for us.
EUGENE ANTHONY NUELLE
The baptismal certificate of Eugene lists the following information: "EUGENE VINCENT NÜLLE, son of Casper Nülle and Frances née Buhr, born on October 23, 1899 at 1528 Biddle Street, St. Louis, Missouri. Sponsors were Mary and Vincent Westling. Baptised at the Shrine of St. Joseph, 1220 North 11th St. on October 29, 1899." A particularity is that, in the register, his name was first written "George" which was scratched out and "Eugene" written on top.
The birth certificate of Sophie, Eugene's wife, lists the following information: "SOPHIA ANTOINETTE HUG, born at 4760 Ashland Ave., on April 12, 1899. Father - Joseph Hug - from Germany. Mother - Louise Huck - from Germany."
Eugene's early childhood was at 1528 Biddle St. and on Ashland Court, and Sophie grew up at 4760 Ashland Ave. It seems that they knew each other, and were in the same class at the parochial school.
At the age of 11 Eugene left home to attend Chaminade Academy in Ferguson, St. Louis County. His father (Casper) had always wanted him to become a priest and he entered the Society of Mary (Marianists). On September 1, 1912 he became a postulant. His novitiate began on August 25, 1915 in Ferguson MO, and he made his first profession of vows on August 27, 1916 for two years as a teaching brother. N.B. I was told that at that time the Marianists had three categories of members in the Congregation: Priests, Teaching Brothers and Lay Brothers. It was not for the individual to choose which category he wanted to be in, but for the Congregation to do it at the end of the novitiate. From what I recall being told by Dad, he prefered to study for the priesthood, but the Congregation had him become a teaching brother.
On February 14, 1916, his mother (Frances) died. Eugene was a novice. Canon Law at that time stated that a novice could not sleep outside the novitiate residence. He was only allowed to come home on the day of the funeral (February 17) and returned to Chaminade by trolley that same evening.
After novitiate, Eugene went to Day ton Ohio to continue his studies and religious formation at Mount St. John's scholasticate. There on July 22, 1918 he renewed his vows for another two years. One of the things noted in his records is that he studied the violin.
On August 16, 1918 he went to live at St. Michael's residence as part of the Marianist community in Chicago. He finished his education at Loyola with a degree in Math. On July 7, 1920 he went to New Orleans, LA where he taught at the Brother's school called "Verrina." He was initially responsible for the 8th grade class. I don't know how many classes he taught a week or in which years and in what grades, but while there he is listed as teaching the following subjects: Religion, Grammar, Composition, Mathamatics, Penmanship, Elocution, Geography, History, Spelling, Reading, Classics, Drawing and Singing. And he was assistant athletic coach!
In March 1921, Eugene informed his Superiors that he intended not to renew his vows at the end of the school year. He continued to teach for the rest of the year. On June 17, 1921, he left New Orleans to return to St. Louis. There he lived with his father, who I believe was living on Wells Ave.
N.B. For additional information, contact: Fr. Joseph Ovietta S.M. Provincial of the Marianists 4528 Maryland Ave. St. Louis, MO, 63108 Tel: 314-367-0390
Or contact Brother Paul Novasal who is the Provincial Archivist: 520 Fordham Lane San Antonio, TX 78228-4800 Tel: 210-436-3774 210-436-3744
Eugene married Sophie HUG at Holy Ghost Catholic Church on June 27, 1923. They moved in with Sophie's parents on 4760 Ashland Ave. The property was a double lot, and Joseph and Louise HUG had built on one of them. Eugene and Sophie bought the adjoining lot from her parents where Eugene built his own house at 4762 Ashland Ave. The first eight children (Kenneth, Mary Virginia, Robert, Norman, James, Shirley Ann, Thomas and John) lived in this house. One of the children, Shirley Ann, died at Christian Hospital a few days after birth, in July of 1933, when the city of St. Louis had a "heat wave". She died in the hospital of dehydration!
In the summer of 1937, the family moved to a new house at 5220 Highland Ave. The last two children, Joan and William, were born while the family lived there. Their parish church at this time was Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, on Kingshighway.
In April of 1942, they moved to 2300 McLaren in Jennings, MO. They registered at the local parish, Corpus Christi. The kids still in grade school (Norman on down) went to the parish school. Ken finished his high school at McBride, while Mary changed schools to attend Jennings Public High School. Bob started and finished high school there too. NB See the notes on Sophie where there is a letter she wrote to her sister Marie in Washington D.C. at this time. She explains about the buying of the house in Jennings and the health of the children.
Eugene's father, Casper, died in October 1942 of a stroke, in Pasadena, California, where he was living with his daughter Agnes. Because of World War II, the body could not be shipped back to St. Louis and the burial took place in Pasadena, California. Sophie's mother, Louise, moved in with the family in Jennings in 1942 and lived with them until her death on February 17, 1944.
As the children married and left home, the 13 room house on 3/4 acres of ground became too big and the family then moved to a new home in Florissant, Missouri [10 Fountain Court]. This was in November 1954.
In 1971, Eugene retired from Superior Typsetting and Typographical Sales. Alone in the house in Florissant, he and Sophie decided to moved to Port Charlotte, Florida (417 N.E. Beche) in July of 1972.
On June 27, 1973, Eugene and Sophie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in St. Louis. All nine of their living children, with their respective families, were present. Even Jack, who was serving in the La Salette foreign missions in Madagascar, was home. The ceremony took place at the Chapel of Our Lady of La Salette at 4650 South Broadway.
In July 1973 Eugene and Sophie returned to Florida. Sophie died at the Punta Gorda Hospital there on May 27, 1974. A blood clot caused a stroke, and after two days in a coma, she died. Her body was flown back to St. Louis and the funeral Mass took place at the La Salette chapel. Burial was at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Florissant, Missouri.
Eugene moved back to St. Louis where he lived with his daughter Mary and her family until his death (cancer which has been discovered 17 years earlier) on January 5, 1975. The funeral was also held at the La Salette chapel. He was buried beside his wife, Sophie, at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Their distinctive grave marker had been designed by Eugene before either had died. On it, these words are inscribed: "Together forever."
More About Eugene Anthony Nuelle: Ethnicity/Relig.: American, of German origin/ Catholic. Fact 1: August 27, 1916, Professed Marianist Brother.. Fact 2: June 17, 1921, Left after temporary vows.. Fact 3: June 23, 1923, Married. Occupation: Typesetter, salesman. Personality/Intrst: A jack of all trades. Loved to play golf.. Residence: St. Louis.
More About Eugene Anthony Nuelle and Sophie Antoinette (nuelle) Hug: Marriage: June 27, 1923, Holy Ghost Catholic Church, St. Louis, MO.
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