The research team at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum was experiencing some difficulty searching for the death records of a Carl Wunderlich who apparently died sometime in 1849. He had married in August of 1848 and his “widow” remarried in February of 1850. We finally had a “Eureka” moment when we realized that Rev. Gotthold Loeber died on August 19,1849 and therefore would have been incapable of keeping up with the records. He was succeeded by Rev. George Schiefferdecker in 1850. When you look at Trinity’s death records, there are none recorded from February, 1849 till April, 1850. A few days ago, I blogged about the Koestering Hole. Here we have evidence of a small Loeber hole. Also, when you peruse the Concordia, Frohna church records, you find a small Keyl hole when Rev. Keyl left in 1847 and another Loeber hole since Rev. Gotthold Loeber took over both congregations for a while. Rev. Loeber’s son, Christoph, took over the Frohna congregation in 1850 after he graduated from Concordia Seminary, Altenburg. Meanwhile, in 1848, the two churches were struggling over the issue of whether to join the new synod formed in 1847, much to the chagrin of Pastor Loeber. Also Pastor Loeber was still assisting with the teaching at the Seminary. Certainly you cannot fault Rev. Loeber for not keeping up with the records. The last record made by Pastor Loeber was a baptism on August 2, 1849 (shown in the photo above), about two weeks before his death.
The photo above shows records of baptisms at Trinity with Rev. Loeber’s handwriting at the top and Rev. Schiefferdecker’s handwriting starting in 1850. Looking at other pages written by Rev. Schiefferdecker, you can conclude that he improved in his handwriting as time went on. Presently at Trinity in Altenburg, as a consequence of the notoriously horrible penmanship of our pastor, our church secretary has taken over the duties of keeping the church records up to date. For that, genealogists in the future will be very grateful.
There’s never a dull moment in our research library.