RESOLUTIONS OF RESPECT FOR
WILLIAM RIEDLIN. SR.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DOCUMENT
Shortly after the passing of William Riedlin, a Resolutions of Respect document was created and adopted by the Knights of Columbus in Covington, KY. It provides important and relevant background information about Wm. Riedlin. When the Behringer - Crawford Museum (BCM) procured this document, it had been subject to moisture, which caused some mold to develop, which discolored the paper, as shown. This made it difficult to identify various words in the body of the document. There were also tears in the document and parts of it had become attached to the glass in the frame. A restoration of the document was considered, but there was no assurance that this could be accomplished, and that additional damage might occur.
THE REPRODUCED DOCUMENT
Rather than attempt to restore the original document, a decision was made to reproduce it similar to its original condition. It was initially thought that by taking it out of the frame for scanning would cause damage to the document. Instead, high resolution photography was used. Event thought this was difficult because of the reflection from the glass, this was largely overcome by taking slightly different images of the document, which were then merged and edited using a digital (Adobe) product. Since various words in the body of the document were faded or obstructed due to mold spots, it became a challenge identifying numerous illegible words. Nearly all of this damaged text was eventually discerned over a few days, but the process of restoring the upper portion of the document required a couple weeks of work. Still, the body of the text contained considerable damage and used a specialized font that was difficult to reproduce and read. Therefore, it was decided that the entire body of the text would be redone in a somewhat similar style font to make it much more legible. The total reproduction was accomplished by the great grandson of William Riedlin, L. Ried Schott, and is shown below. A copy similar in size to the original is displayed in the Riedlin-Schott Room on the second floor of the Kenton County Government Center - South Wing.
This Resolutions of Respect to Wm. Riedlin provides an excellent example of calligraphy skills used in the 19th and early 20th centuries, utilizing a unique and uncommon set of font characters. There was also an eloquence to the writing in the document utilizing some unique expressions from this bygone era. Some of the narrative indicates the generosity of Wm. Riedlin. Interestingly, there is some emphasis on the uncommitted allegiance of Riedllin to the United States and his support of WWI by buying Government bonds, even though he cherished his boyhood memories from his birthplace in Bayer, Germany. It appears a reason for mentioning this is that at the beginning of America's entrance into WWII in 1917, there was a great deal of resentment and paranoia towards German-Americans throughout America, and in Covington, KY. On July 4th, 1918, several months before Wm. Riedlin passed away, his good friend and an officer of the brewery, J. Henry Krusse, was accused of treason for his allegiance to Germany during the war. Even though he was acquitted, it was only after he served a six-month prison sentence. (See 5. Riedlin Co's.) Therefore, the narrative about Riedlin's allegiance to the U.S. was apparently to help dispel any unpatriotic sentiments towards him. The frequent hostility for anyone in America originally from Germany, or of German descent, occurred during a period from 1917 into the early 1920s.
ABOUT THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus is a catholic fraternal organization, which currently has approximately two million knights that below to more than 16,000 local councils. It is only open to Catholic men and dedicated to promoting and conducting educational, charitable, religious and social welfare works, rendering mutual aid and assistance to sick and needy members and their families, and providing insurance products and annuities to benefit members and their families. It was founded in 1882 by an American Catholic priest, Michael J. McGivney, as a mutual benefit society for Catholic immigrants in New Haven, Connecticut. In Covington, KY, the Covington Latin School was originally located in a building that was purchased by the Knights of Columbus, near 11th Street and Madison. Knights of Columbus councils in Kenton County, KY, include the Bishop Carrol Council (#702) in Covington and the Kehoe Council (#1764) in Ludlow.
Wimberg, Robert J., Cincinnati Breweries, Ohio Book Store, Cincinnati, OH
Riedlin and Schott family items and information, including notations on photos by Lucia Riedlin.
The background page is the William Riedlin home from around 1899 until shortly after William's death in 1919.
Later, in either the 1920s ore 1930s, it became a funeral home for early a century.