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My struggle to recover and record my family history has been monumental. Since the death of Christine Rosamond Benton, I alone have put together the truth we are a artistic Dynasty that has its roots in the Dutch Renaissance. To discover the real possibly much of the Rosemondt history was wiped out in Louvain by Kaiser's troops, is astounding, in that the Wieneke family had to flee Germany during the Kulturkampf. In the marriage of Frank (Royal) Rosamond, and Mary Magdalene Wienkeke, there was an alliance made to resurrect our history via The Unborn, their offspring. This is why an Angel appear unto my sisters. She came from Louvain to guide the Rose Line of Louvain.
If the world had studied why the Germans did what they did, then the world would have rose as one to put down the rise of Hitler. My brother and father were drawn to the Prussian war machine the Nazis. My father claimed I was not his child, and Mark disowned me. They wanted to wipe out my history in Their military-like family.
Death carries a banner depicting The Mystic Rosa of the World that holds the secret of eternal life. There is more danger ahead. Listine to your rose prophets, especially those who have risen from the dead.
The Wieneke cote of arms contains a bunch of grapes. The Wieneke family were Catholic Germans who were forced to flee Germany due to the Kulturkumpf (cultural warfare) waged by Bismark against the Catholic Church. Bismark’s ancestors had come to favor the religions of the Stuttmeisters, and the Rosamond family who were Protestants. Mary Magdalene Rosamond’s cousin, Mother Dominica Wieneke, was the founder of Briar Cliff college in Iowa. She was a Sister of Saint Francis.
“The History of Mount St. Francis The Sisters of St. Francis of the
Holy Family were founded in Herford, Germany in 1864. Forced to
emigrate by the Kulturkampf, the small community arrived in Iowa
City on Sept. 8, 1875. Here they established the first orphanage
under Catholic auspices in the state of Iowa. In 1878, Bishop
Hennessy invited them to move to Dubuque to establish a diocesan
orphanage. Today, 125 years later, Mount St. Francis Center in
Dubuque is the home for approximately 375 sisters. It is also home
for those who are retired and those who need full-time nursing care.
It houses the central administrative offices of the congregation as
well as the novitiate community, where young women live and study as
they prepare to become members.”
What is in a name? I believe Royal and Mary Magdalene Rosamond came together to repair a great split in the Christian Church, awaken a Sleeping Kingdom. Grimms named Sleeping Beauty, Rosamond. The artistic legacy left by Christine Rosamond, is no longer in the hands of Stacey Pierrot. My two nieces, Shannon and Drew, need to come together and refresh this Family Legacy. I will gift them my publishing company, Royal Rosamond Press, to this end. I suggest they hire an agent and manager to put together a company that will serve members of our family for generations to come.
The first Wieneke reunion was held at the home of Mary M. and Margaret Schmitz, Sunday, June 26, 1927, at Urbana. The former is a daughter of the late Margaret Wieneke Ernst, whose parents came to Iowa as pioneers and settled west of Cedar Rapids on the farm now owned by Henry Stark.
The crowd began to gather at 10:00 o’clock from all directions until there was over 200 present. A big basket dinner was served cafeteria style from a very long table in the yard at noon which was enjoyed by all. The afternoon was spent in a social time and a program consisting of letters read by Rev. John C. Wieneke of Cedar Falls from the following persons: Leon F. Lucas, Ontario, Cal., Mary M. Rosamond, Ventura, Cal., C. F. Wieneke, Ventura, Cal., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Caldwell, Chino, Cal., and Mrs. Herman Wieneke and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wieneke from Adrian, Minn.;
Ever since the commencement of the war there had appeared in the Press almost daily, numerous accounts of alleged atrocities committed by the German soldiery. By most people these stories were accepted with some reserve. On August 26th, however, came news—true beyond all doubt—which at once stamped the German army as little better than a host of barbarians. Louvain, the Belgian Oxford, with its ancient Cathedral of St. Pierre, its world-famous University, its priceless literary and scientific treasures, had been ruthlessly burned to the ground. Not only that, but such outrages had been committed on innocent civilians in the town that probability was at once lent to the tales which had previously been told. The Germans claimed, in their defence, that Belgian civilians had taken part in the fighting, and that therefore the "most drastic measures" were necessary to "frighten the bloodthirsty population." The following, taken from the report of the Official Belgian inquiry, throws a different light upon the matter:—
"At nightfall on August 26th the German troops, repulsed by our soldiers, entered Louvain panic struck. Several witnesses affirm that the German garrison which occupied Louvain was erroneously informed that the enemy were entering the town. Men of the garrison immediately marched to the station, shooting haphazard the while, and there met the German troops who had been repulsed by the Belgians, the latter having just ceased the pursuit.
"Everything tends to prove that the German regiments fired on one another. At once the Germans began bombarding the town, pretending that civilians had fired on the troops, a suggestion which is contradicted by all the witnesses, and could scarcely have been possible, because the inhabitants of Louvain had had to give up their arms to the municipal authorities several days before.
"The bombardment lasted till about ten o'clock at night. The Germans then set fire to the town. Wherever the fire had not spread the German soldiers entered the houses with their fire grenades, with which some of them seem to be provided.
"The corpses of many civilians encumbered the streets and squares. On the road from Tirlemont to Louvain alone a witness counted more than 500."
The Kaiser, anxious to gain favour in the United States, offered an apology for his troops. "My heart bleeds," ran his message, "when I think that such measures should have become inevitable, and at the thought of the many innocent people who have lost their homes and property in consequence of the barbarous behaviour of these criminals." The real criminals were, of course, his own soldiers, though he inferred otherwise. Moreover, such an excuse would not condone the massacres of non- combatants and children, the assaults upon women, the consistent practice of using peasants and prisoners as living shields, the torture of old men, the disregard of the Red Cross, the abuse of the white flag, the looting, the general terrorisation of the whole countryside.
And not at Louvain alone were the Germans guilty of brutal Philistinism. Many a Belgian or French town, rich in storied walls and towers, has been wholly or partially destroyed: Dinant, Malines, Termonde, Senlis, have all been crushed beneath the iron heel. Yet even these things did not fully prepare the world for the news which came on the 21st of September—that Rheims Cathedral was being bombarded. " Without being able to plead even military exigencies, and solely for the pleasure of destruction, the German troops have subjected Rheims Cathedral to a systematic and furious bombardment." So read the French communiqué, and it added in just anger, "The Government of the Republic finds it necessary to denounce to universal indignation this revolting act of vandalism, which, by handing over to the flames a sanctuary of our history, has robbed humanity of an incomparable portion of its artistic patrimony." The crime was the greater in that from the Cathedral tower flew the Red Cross flag, and beneath, in the nave, wounded German soldiers were lying. The French doctors in these circumstances showed a noble spirit in rescuing at great personal risk these German wounded, many of whom were saved before the roof fell in. Happily, it was discovered after the bombardment that the damage was not so extensive as was at first feared. The glorious front is still practically intact; both inside and outside, however, much priceless statuary has been ruined, and the neighbouring Archbishop's House totally razed to the ground.
Further confirmation of the deeds of the Huns will be found in the diary of a German officer, printed on pages 144-152.
Testimony of an American Citizen
Mr. John M. Chretien a lawyer from San Francisco, California, in the course of a trip from Paris to St. Die, on the German frontier in Lorraine, obtained proof of many German atrocities. He visited the Chateau Gauley, which was used as a hospital and from which Red Cross banners flew. One of these had been shot away, and four others were in shreds. A shell bursting in the dining-room, where seventy-five wounded French soldiers were lying, killed every one of them, and completely severed in two the body of the Curé of the Commune, the Abbé Jean Pierre, who was ministering to the wounded. Of three hundred wounded in the Chateau only thirty-five were removed to safety. The village itself, which was abandoned by the inhabitants, was burned to the ground, not by bursting shells, but by the saturating of the interior of the houses with petroleum and then applying the torch. The villagers had not fired one shot at the Germans. In the same village a grey-haired, bed-ridden widow of fifty became the victim of a party of German soldiers, and a young girl was also subjected to the grossest ill-treatment in the presence of her mother. At Le Voire the aged cure was ruthlessly shot because he failed to answer a question, not understanding German.
Many years ago, Heine uttered a half-insolent, half-mocking prediction of a revival of the "brutal German joy of battle." "Thor," he said, "with his giant's hammer will at last spring up and shatter to bits the Gothic Cathedrals." What a fulfilment we find of this to-day, and of the "senseless Berserker fury"! And, as the Westminster Gazette well said on the morrow of the great crime of Rheims, "We fight to end the 'senseless Berserker fury' that we now see at work, and the whole deadly system from which it springs. That is the supreme object which covers and embraces all the other objects, and it will not be accomplished by any quick and easy road, or by any means short of a supreme effort of all the Allies. The reward to which we look forward in the end, and the only reward which will repay the sacrifice of blood and treasure, is a Europe so constituted that we can banish the idea of war as a necessary element in the life of its nations, and establish civilization on a basis in which a passion for destruction will not be regarded as the highest expression of strength and vitality."