Category Archives: St. Peter’s Cemetery (Arlington)

A German Catholic cemetery whose most notable monument, an immense obelisk to the Winter Bros. (brewers on the South Side), does not mark a grave: the brothers ended up elsewhere. The Good Shepherd monument that marks the section for parish priests is worth seeing.

Aul Monument, St. Peter’s Cemetery (Arlington)

Pity this poor mourner. We have found the identical, or nearly identical, statue in the Mount Lebanon Cemetery and twice in the South Side Cemetery (Baxmyer and Nickel), and she is almost always missing her hands; only once, in the Allegheny Cemetery, has Father Pitt found the statue intact. The wrists were clearly a weak point in the design. Here she presides over a matched pair of graves with a stone outline, evidently sold as a package deal with the statue, since the same grouping occurs in the South Side Cemetery.

Amrhein Cross, St. Peter’s Cemetery (Arlington)

Iron monuments are rare, but in this little German Catholic cemetery this same ornate iron cross occurs twice. it was not a good idea from a genealogical point of view: the letters are separate pieces, and they fall off as bits of the monument rust. Today we can guess the surname “Amrhein” because the cross occurs in a group with a double granite monument, but there is not enough information to fill in the first name or the birth and death dates (18— to 188-).

Melling Obelisk, St. Peter’s Cemetery (Arlington)

This would count as a splendid obelisk in most small cemeteries; and so it is here, except that, like everything else, it is overshadowed by the immense Winter Bros. obelisk nearby. Nevertheless, it has a particularly ornate base, and the cross-anchor-palm ornament is almost exuberant. The spaces for inscriptions on the base seem never to have been used.

Winter Bros. Obelisk, St. Peter’s Cemetery (Arlington)

This is an absolutely immense pointy thing; one site claims it’s a hundred feet tall. That is surprising enough in a little German Catholic cemetery in the middle of a city neighborhood, but the bigger surprise is that nobody is buried here. According to this page, the Winter Bros., Bavarian immigrants who founded a successful brewery on the South Side, bought this plot in 1889 and put up this towering obelisk, and then went and died somewhere else. Each of the three brothers has his name inscribed on one side of the obelisk: Michael, Wolfgang, and Alois.