Altenburg Needs a Mechanic

Not long after the beginning of the 20th century, major changes were being made in transportation.  Model A’s and Model T’s were rolling off the assembly lines in automobile factories in Michigan.  Eventually such vehicles arrived in East Perry County.  And like with other machines, there came the time when they would need someone to repair them.  There was also the need for the owners to find a place to provide the fuel to run these new-fangled automobiles.  In 1919, the Altenburg Garage opened.  The garage was owned by the Fiehler brothers.  It was not long before the garage was operated by only Joseph Fiehler.

Altenburg Garage late 30's
Altenburg Garage – About 1930

Joseph Fiehler was born on this day, August 4th, in 1886 in Frohna, Missouri.  Joseph left Perry County and lived in Nebraska and Iowa for a time.  It was while he was in Iowa that he registered for the World War I draft.  On his registration, he is described as a machinist.  Joseph served in World War I in the U.S. Navy.  His military uniform is on display in our museum.

Joseph Fiehler’s Naval Uniform

After the war, Joseph married Ida Meyr on January 14, 1923.  This couple would have three children, Mildred, Robert, and Norma.

Joseph Fiehler family
The Joseph and Ida Fiehler Family

Joseph died in 1951 at the age of 64. After Joseph died, his son, Robert, owned and operated the Altenburg Garage.  Joseph’s grandson, Gerard, is a dedicated member of our research crew here at the museum.

Joseph Fiehler gravestone
Joseph Fiehler gravestone

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