The Daleu Cemetery and the Köhl Monuments

In 1862 the Daleu cemetery was opened in Chur. The previously used Scaletta cemetery was converted into the city garden, many of the grave slabs still adorn its walls today. This cemetery has also been the site of the graves of many of Chur's noble families since its foundation. And also various monuments related to the Köhls can still be found there today.

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Excerpt Hemmi city map 1870 with location of monuments (StAC E 0214)


Gravesite 10056-10057: Köhl-Gamser-Kratzer

Inscription: "Here rests with her son Jac. Edu. Mrs. Major M. Margaretha Gamser née v. Köhl. *28 Aug. 1848 †30 Mar. 1875. Katharina Kratzer *1 Dec. 1890 3 Sept. 1976"

Above the inscription is the Gamser family coat of arms.

Menga Margaretha von Köhl was the daughter of Colonel Sebastian von Köhl and Margaretha Zinsli. She married Major Eduard Gamser in 1872 and died giving birth to their first child, Jacob Eduard Gamser.

Katharina Kratzer, daughter of Margreth Anna Catharina Köhl and Jakob Kratzer, was also buried in the same grave. Margreth Anna Catharina Köhl was the daughter of Johann Jakob Köhl and the niece of Menga Margaretha von Köhl. She died unmarried and without descendants

Link:
de.findagrave.com/memorial/240697886/margaretha-gamser

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Grave monument Köhl-Gamser-Kratzer. (Picture archive Markus Köhl)


Gravesite 10058-10059: Köhl-Kratzer

Inscription: "Familen Denkmal Köhl von Rogister. Here rests in the Lord Gustav Joh. Luz. Köhl, born 9 Sept. 1846, died 14 June 1866 - Miss Katharina Elisabeth Köhl, born 22 November 1854, died 23 February 1900 - Elisa Mathilde Kratzer, born 30 March 1884, died 15 April 1916".

Above the inscription is the coat of arms of the von Köhl family.

Gustav Johann Luzius Köhl was the son of Colonel Sebastian von Köhl and Margaretha Zinsli. He died of emaciation (probably from cancer) at only 19 years of age. He died unmarried and without descendants

Katharina Elisabeth Köhl was the youngest daughter of Colonel Sebastian von Köhl and Margaretha Zinsli and sister of the above. She died unmarried and without descendants

Elisa Mathilde Kratzer, daughter of Margreth Anna Catharina Köhl and Jakob Kratzer, was also buried in the same grave. Margreth Anna Catharina Köhl was the niece of Gustav Johann Luzius Köhl. She was handicapped from birth, which was also given as the reason for her demise. She died unmarried and without descendants

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Grave monument Köhl-Kratzer. (Picture archive Markus Köhl


Gravesite 11169-11170: Köhl-Coaz

Inscription: "Here rests in God Frau OberstLt Salome Coaz geb. Köhl gest im 80ten Jahre den 6 Mai 1871".

Salome von Köhl-Coaz, daughter of city constable Peter Köhl and Dorothea Busch, was married to career officer Johann Samuel Coaz. She was the mother of the well-known forest engineer Johann Wilhelm Fortunat Coaz. Salome Köhl was a granddaughter of the head guild master Bernhard von Köhl and thus also descended from the noble line.

Her grave is also mentioned here: SCALA 9: Hansmartin Schmid: Churer Grabmäler. What the graves and monuments of the Daleu and Hof cemeteries tell us. Chur: Tardis 2017

Links:
de.findagrave.com/memorial/240698059/salome-coaz

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Gravestone 10741-10742: Dr. med. Merz

This is the gravesite of Dr. Friedrich Merz, half-brother of Peter Köhl and son of the merchant Johann Nepomuk Merz. Friedrich attended the cantonal school in Chur, together with Emil Köhl mentioned above. He studied medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Zurich and was then a renowned physician in Chur, initiator of the Chur Municipal Council, doctor for the poor and prisoners and founding member of the Samaritan Association in Chur. He was a member of the School Council for 25 years, and for many years of the Grand City Council and the Citizens' Council.

Inscription

Dr. Mrd. F. Merz 1857-1914
Irma Merz 1894-1908
Emmy Merz-Berg 1863-1938
Emmy Merz 1886-1972

Above the inscription is the family coat of arms. This resembles the coat of arms of the Merz family, Metzgern, 1839, of Menziken (AG).

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Grave monument Dr. Friedrich Merz (Picture archive Markus Köhl)


Sources:

1: SCALA 9: Hansmartin Schmid: Churer Grabmäler. Was uns die Grab- und Denkmäler der Friedhöfe Daleu und Hof erzählen. Chur: Tardis 2017

2: Friedhof Daleu, Schutzkonzept, Stadtgärtnerei Chur 1994