Anton Mueller can be included in the list of prolific fathers in East Perry County history. He was the father of three children with his first wife, Anna Drumtra. She died in 1896. In 1897, Anton married Marie Asche, and she bore him another 13 children. Only one of those died as an infant. Of the 15 children that lived to adulthood, 13 of them were males. That led to the fact that not only were there numerous descendents from Anton, but most of them were Muellers.
I found one interesting fact about that one child who died early. His name was Ernst Mueller. He was born on June 2, 1900, and he died on June 22 that same year. Yet despite the fact that Ernst lived a mere 20 days, he managed to be included in the 1900 census which was taken on June 2o, 1900, two days before he died.
A previous post was written about two of Anton’s sons who died as a result of their military action in World War II. That post was titled, Memorial Day Tribute. However, today’s post will focus on another of Anton’s sons who was born on December 30. Gilbert “Jim” Mueller was born on this day in 1910.
Here is an atlas map of Altenburg in 1915 which shows where Anton Mueller owned his property.
If you look closely, you will see that there were five different parcels of land which list Anton Mueller as the owner. I would add that there are still some Muellers living on some of those parcels of land to this day.
I am sure Anton’s many children could be seen back in the early part of the 20th century playing in this area of town that some people refer to as L.A. (Lower Altenburg).
When Gilbert was 30 years old, he was living with his older brother, Joseph, in St. Louis. They were living in the area close to Concordia Seminary and Holy Cross in the south end of the city. Joseph had a barber shop there, and Gilbert was working in a brewery, quite possibly Anheuser Busch. Two years later, in 1942, Gilbert enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the military until the end of the war in 1945.
After the war, Gilbert returned home and married Adelma Miesner on November 4, 1945 in Farrar, Missouri. By that time, his father, Anton, had died, and his brother, Ruben, had been killed in the war.
Here is a photo of Anton Mueller’s family that was taken sometime before World War II.
Anton and Marie are sitting in the middle of the front row. My best guess is that Gilbert is on the far right of the photo, sitting in the front row.
Here is a little more casual photograph of Anton and Marie.
Gilbert died in 1985. His wife, Adelma, lived to be 100 years old and died this past year on July 17th.
You can find Adelma’s obituary here:
Anton was the father of an army of boys. Several of them served the United States proudly in the military, and two of them gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.