Laurine Dichtel, SCN, interviewed by Paschal Maria Fernicola, SCN

“Our Dichtel family has German roots. My grandfather, George Adolph Dichtel, was born in Bavaria, Germany August 11th, 1832. He came to America after serving the required three years in the German army. He arrived in the United States just at the time the Civil War was beginning. He enlisted in the Union Army in Philadelphia, and fought the Indians out West all during the Civil War period. He was later put in charge of a National Cemetery, eventually was moved to Memphis at the National Cemetery located there. My father had lived in Hampton VA at one time and was taught there by an order of Brothers. After his father’s death, my father, George Walbach Dichtel, lived with his mother on Exchange Street in downtown Memphis and went to Christian Brothers High School, at that time downtown on Adams. He became an electrician. One day a woman living nearby asked him to put a light on her front porch, although she was afraid the wind might blow it out.”

Read more of Sister Laurine’s interview here.