The first thing I want to accomplish today is establish the way a name is pronounced in East Perry County. Loeber. When Rev. Gotthold Loeber arrived in 1839, the passenger list showed his name spelled with an umlaut…..Löber.
We also have a display of Loeber artifacts in our museum, and we have this picture displayed on our wall:
The bottom line is that around here, the name Loeber is pronounced with a long “a” sound, rather than how most people pronounce it elsewhere with the long “o” sound. As a result, around here, Loeber sounds more like today’s holiday…..Labor Day.
As you can see in the passenger list above, when the Republik sailed, there were six Loebers aboard. There was Rev. Gotthold Loeber, his wife, Wilhelmina, three children, (Christoph Heinrich, Martha, and Gotthilf), and Rev. Loeber’s unmarried sister, Christiane. It should be noted that the Loebers had another child who died at the age of three in Germany before they traveled to America. Christiane died already in 1840.
We have drawings or photographs of every one of these people except Christiane. First, we have drawings of Rev. Gotthold and Wilhelmina.
We have photos of their three children, Christoph on the left, Martha in the middle, and Gotthilf on the right.
Here is a short biography of these three children:
Christoph: Christoph was pastor in Frohna, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin before becoming the first president of Concordia College in Milwaukee.
Martha: Martha married Theodore Ernst Buenger who was a Lutheran teacher. They lived in St. Louis, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Chicago, Illinois.
Gotthilf: Gotthilf was a pastor in and around Chicago, Illinois and Wayside, Wisconsin (near Green Bay)
Every once in a while, a descendant of one of these Loebers comes to visit our museum. I guess you could say that every day is a Loeber Day here, but today is even more special. By the way, the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum is open almost every day. We try to open our doors even on a holiday like today. About the only days we are closed are the major holidays like Christmas Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving (and sometimes we even open on those days).
Several other blog posts highlighted the Loeber family. You can find them by putting “Loeber” in the search box in the right margin.