Historic Videos

Use this link to access Gene Kopp's St. Paul videos


Video 1

The first video is the making of the ball field in St. Paul, Bernard and Betty Dyer's Wedding in Old Monroe and the 1951 St. Paul Baseball team.



Video 2

This is the 2nd video from the Gene Kopp films. In it you will see from 1950 a Corpus Christi celebration, a wedding which I think the bride is Lucielle Emge, the graduation of the 8th graders from St. Paul School with their diploma carriers and one more quick wedding video but I do not know who they are, maybe someone will come up with an answer. Enjoy!


Video 3

3 Weddings starting with Bud and Arcella Vomund, then Rose Ann and Oscar Henke, followed by Gene and Rosemary Dames all from 1951-1952


Video 4

We start at the Precious Blood Convent in O'Fallon with Sister Emge and Sister Vogelgesang, the Sigmund Schleuter wedding, the 1951 St Paul baseball team, School graduation of 1951 , and a couple locals that you should recognize stuck in the middle of the movie.


Video 5

St. Paul kids playing on the new playground equipment at the Ballpark, a look at the picnic grounds in 1951, and the wedding of Clete and Esther Swagman.


Video 6

The wedding of Harold and Betty Groeblinghoff in Flint Hill, the 1st Communion class of 1952, and Bob and Doris Sigmun wedding in 1952 as well.


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Video 11

11 has the wedding of Catherine Ann Sommers and Michael Flynn in 1954, Cemetery Improvements, and the Haislip/Hibbler Wedding



Video 12

Weddings, Weddings, and more Weddings! First is Emma Dove and Joe Buerges followed by Dorothy Linhorst and Albert Hoff. Then a very short film of Bill and Deloris Gnade. Then we move to Assumptions with Joan Haas and Joe Jr. Groeblinghoff. Then another short film of Walter Ungering Wedding. No sound as Facebook is very picky about music Larry owns.


Video 13

1955 Graduation Jerry & Virginia Mueller Wedding Memorial day ceremony Frank and Laverne Dames wedding


Video 14

The wedding of Walter and Janet Schutte, a 4H demonstration and then the wedding of Bill and Rosemary Grabenhorst


Video 15

1st is a video of the 55 first communion class. Followed by the vault being removed fro the Bank of St. Paul. We then have the wedding of Dorothy Kruse and Harry Garry and finally the 1st communion class of 56. Enjoy!


Video 16

This video starts with the wedding of Audry Hemmer and Gene Shilharvey. Next is the graduating class of St. Paul School 1956. Followed by a Memorial day service at the cemetary and lastly the wedding of Jeanette Sommers and Donald Wortmann.


Video 17

First we have Roland (Tubby) Dickherber and Dorothy Peine. Followed by Wally Sachs and Ruby Benedict. Finally, the wedding of Walter Hoff and Norma Mueller. Check out the cute couple Jean Bean and Larry Groeblinghoff as flower girl and ring bearer.


Video 18

This video starts with the wedding of Theresa Boehmer and John Lyons followed by Ursula Vomund and Martin Orf. Lastly, the 1956 St. Paul ball team.


Video 19

This video is all about weddings. First is the wedding of Harold (Hally) Harke and Loretta Vogelgesang followed by Dorothy Griesbauer and Alvin Lehman and lastly the wedding of Kate Vomund and Bob Bauer.



Video 20

This video features the wedding of Helen Dames and Hurley Seagrass. Then Santa and the school kids at the Picnic Grounds. We then have the wedding of Anita Sommers and Charlie Wehde, We end with Fr. Bresnahan's going away party and leaving St. Paul.


Video 21

This video has the St. Paul Graduation of 1957. THis is followed by a VFW service in the cemetery. Next is the wedding of Joe Menne and Wanita Fields. Lastly, the wedding of Jim Vehige and Carol Wolf.



In 1950, a gentleman from St. Paul named Gene Kopp (Debbie Mueller's uncle) started filming the major events around St. Paul. He filmed on a 16mm camera which was a higher quality than most people who shot regular 8mm film. Larry Groeblinghoff came upon this box of films in the basement of St. Paul School and took them to Channel 4 where he worked at the time. He copied them and they were ok but he always thought they could look so much better. Just recently he had the films copied at a professional transfer business and the results are amazing. These 70 year old movies look like they were shot yesterday. There is about 4 hours of video to be broken down to 5 minute clips.

We are very thankful to Larry for making it possible for us to share these videos with you.