The United States’ entry in the First World War brought about a
backlash against the German population. In Covington, the west end had
traditionally been associated with German culture and business. The war,
however, made anything German suspicious. The Covington Public Schools
eliminated all German language classes, the Covington Public Library removed
all German language books, and the German newspapers ceased publication.
In the west end, the German churches eliminated the use of the German
language in their services and Sunday school classrooms. Many of the churches
also changed their names to eliminate any German connotations. For instance
the German Reformed Church at Willard and Lockwood Streets officially
voted to change their name to Grace Reformed Church. In addition, the
Western German Savings changed its name to Security Savings Bank.
Minutes of the German Pioneer Society (On File at the Kenton County