One of the great sources that we have for the stories that we tell on this blog can be found on Ancestry.com. On that site, you can find a family history with the title, “Fritsche-Miesner Family Tree”. The author of that tree is Lori Adams. I have never met Lori, but I do know that she has done an incredible amount of research to complete this family tree. It does not just contain people who are directly connected to Lori’s ancestors. In this tree, one can find just about every name that can be found in the church records in the East Perry County vicinity. All of this has been done despite the fact that I think Lori lives in Arizona.
Today, I will tell the story of a Fritsche that married a Miesner. There is a birthday girl. Her name was Meta Miesner who was born on February 17, 1906 in Jacob, Illinois. Before I tell the story of this married couple, I need to go back across the Mississippi to find their roots in Missouri.
Meta Anna Margaretha Miesner was the daughter of Henry and Anna (Guetersloh) Miesner. Henry was a farmer in the Jacob, Illinois area, but he was relatively new to the area when Meta was born. Records appear to indicate that he moved to Illinois when he married Anna, whose family was from there. They were married in April of 1899, and Henry became a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob in November of that year. Here are photos of Henry and Anna.
Before moving to Jacob, Henry lived in the Farrar, Missouri area, and he and his family were members of Salem Lutheran Church. We still refer to Miesner being a “Farrar name”.
Here is the baptism record for Meta from the Christ Lutheran, Jacob church books.
We have a photo of Meta when she was very young. Her older brothers are also in the photo, with John on the left and Otto on the right.
By the way, I have posted several photos from this era that were done at the Dagle Studio in Murphysboro. That studio has an interesting story of its own.
Now we switch over to the Fritsche side of his marriage. Although nowadays, we refer to Fritsche as being another “Farrar name”, this Fritsche came originally from Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Arthur was the son of Robert and Magdalena (Darnstaedt) Fritsche, and Robert was baptized at Immanuel in 1866. When he was just 14 years old, Robert was living with the Degenhardt family in Seelitz. It was probably there that he became interested in a neighbor girl in the Darnstaedt family. Not long after Robert married Magdalena in 1888, they must have moved across the river. It is recorded that they became members of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob in 1891. Arthur was born in 1894, and we have his baptism record from that church’s books.
Arthur was twelve years older than Meta. When they were married in 1923, Meta was just 17 years old. Here is their wedding photo.
Here is a Miesner family photo which was taken about the time of this couple’s wedding in 1923.
Arthur is in the dark suit and hat toasting with the man in the white shirt and tie. I am guessing that Meta is the girl on the left in the striped hat.
We also have this photo of a dashing young Arthur Fritsche.
Finally, we have this photo of Henry and Anna Miesner’s 40th wedding anniversary. That would mean this photo was taken in 1939.
Meta and Arthur are the second couple from the left.
We at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum are very grateful for the work that Lori Adams has done on Ancestry.com. I am guessing that she may be happy to know that our museum now has the church records from Christ Lutheran in Jacob, Illinois on our shelves. Maybe it’s time for her to come back to visit us soon and put those records to use.