Albert Buenger died on July 5, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Albert has connections to two of the original immigrants to Perry County, Missouri. First of all, we can trace his ancestry back to Theodore Ernst Buenger and Martha Loeber. Their marriage was described in a previous post: A Loeber-Buenger Wedding. This puts Albert in the family of Mama Buenger (Christiane Buenger) whose family also includes such notables as Rev. J.F. Buenger, Rev. C.F.W. Walther, and Rev. Ottomar Fuerbringer. It also puts him in the family of Rev. Gotthold Loeber, the first pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Albert’s father was Theodore Loeber, the first president of Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. His life was also discussed in a previous post: President Buenger (1893-1927) In fact, Albert was born during the first year of his father’s presidency at St. Paul.
Albert was born on March 22, 1893 in St. Paul. He later attended the University of Minnesota and became a mechanical engineer. One of his college photographs tells a little bit about his interests and personality.
This yearbook entry also indicates that Albert had some military experience, at least within the college setting. The quote about his deep mind is a classic.
Sometime in the 1920’s Albert got married. A record of his burial indicates that his first wife was Myrtle Rubbert.
Although I am not 100% sure of this, I am almost certain that the Myrtle Rubbert shown in the yearbook entry from the University of Minnesota below is Albert’s wife. The name is right. The age is right. And the location fits. (Do you know anyone else who married a woman who was a Lutheran college hockey and baseball player?)
Sometime between 1935 and 1940, the Buengers moved to Cincinnati, Ohio with two daughters. The burial record indicates Albert had a second wife named Irene Hartman before his death in 1969.
I wonder how many other people have such a deep mind that it goes all the way down to their feet.