The story I tell today is almost too sad to tell, but sometimes I guess you just have to tell it like it is. The story comes out of the family of the Johann Martin Traugott Fiehler family that lived in Uniontown, Missouri. Traugott was part of the Fiehler family about which we wrote in the post, A Handful of Johanns. He was the sixth child in his family.
Traugott was first married to Martha Herrmann on April 28, 1870. There were four children born to Traugott and Martha. The oldest of these was Ottilie Fiehler, born in 1871. In 1877, Martha died while giving birth to a daughter, who also died. Ottilie is the only child who lived beyond infancy.
In 1878, Traugott married Johanna Amschler. There was a Rev. Bergt who served Grace Lutheran in Uniontown until 1879. Two other daughters were born to Traugott and Johanna. Those two daughters died in infancy. Rev. Polack was the pastor at Grace from 1880-1886. Then in 1888, twin girls were born to this family. They were named Agatha and Meta. They were born on October 18th. Here is a Missouri state record of their birth.
Agatha and Meta are recorded in the Grace, Uniontown books as being baptized on October 21st. Rev. Mende was the pastor there from 1886-1892.
The twins only lived for 26 days, and amazingly, they died on the same day, November 13th, in 1888.
This story is recorded in a Fiehler family history book that we have in our museum:
Sad to say, we have found further information about Ottilie. In a story recorded in a Perryville newspaper, it was noted that a daughter of Traugott Fiehler committed suicide by drowning in the Apple Creek in 1890. That daughter could only have been Ottilie. It just is too hard for me to imagine the amount of grief that this family had gone through. It is also difficult to imagine the challenge it must have been for Pastor Mende to help this family with their struggles.
Traugott lived until 1915, and Johanna lived until 1923.
I cannot help but wonder what God had in mind when a pair of twins were granted just 26 days of life. Solace can be found in the fact that these twins were both welcomed into God’s family and now are enjoying an eternity in heaven. They did not spend much time on earth, but God must have had some purpose in mind for them. We do know that the name Traugott means “Trust God”. There are many difficult times in our lives when we need to remember that God is in charge, and we need to trust Him. Who knows? Maybe the twins’ purpose was to have their story told 128 years later in our museum’s blog and somehow bring comfort to someone today.