Rev. Anthony Bueter


Carroll County Biography



ANTHONY BUETER, pastor of St. Wendelin’s Catholic Church, at Shannon, has been stationed at this point since June, 1881. He has become widely and favorably known throughout Cherry Grove Township, and is popular, not only among his own people, but with the residents generally of Shannon and vicinity. He gives his close attention to the duties of his calling, and has worked a radical change in the parish since being placed over it.

Father Bueter was born in the Prussian Province of Westphalia, April 27, 1844, and lived there until reaching his majority, acquiring his education up to this time mostly in the common schools, and afterward in the High School, in Munster, having had in view for some years the fitting of himself for the priesthood. In the fall of 1865 he set out for America. He had, prior to this, given considerable time to the study of philosophy, in Germany, but entered upon his theological course in St. Francis Seminary, at Milwaukee, Wis. He pursued his studies there two years, and was then considered competent to assume parochial duties. He was first appointed to a charge at Sublette, Lee Co., Ill., over which he presided for a period of six years and seven months. At the expiration of this time he was transferred to the parish of Richton, Cook Co., Ill., where he sojourned five years, and, removing from there eight years ago, was given charge of the parish at Shannon.

The labors of Father Bueter at this place have been attended with marked success. The parish has grown in numbers and in interest, and, through the encouragement and assistance of Father Bueter, put up a church structure in 1884, and a fine parsonage in 1886. The parish now numbers seventy families, represented by 300 members of the church direct. There are also branch churches at Lanark and Mt. Carroll, under charge of Father Bueter, who employs his whole time in looking after the interests of the three charges. He is a man of more than ordinary ability, thoroughly adapted to his calling, both by training and education, and in harmony with its purposes. He has been a close student, and is well-versed, not only in church history, but in all matters pertaining to his pious calling.

The parents of our subject were John B. and Maggie M. Bueter, natives of Germany, and are now deceased.

Transcribed & Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portraits and Biographical Album Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, IL (1889), p. 874

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