I found this tribute which is included in a Stueve family history binder which we have in our research library at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum. It was written by a Lutheran pastor who had married into the Heinrich Stueve family. In order to understand it, you may have to read the previous three posts we have published on this blog:
The pastor’s name is Rev. James Moll, and it was written in 2001.
GOD’S BLESSINGS OF FAMILY
Come and listen to the tale of the Stueve Family
How it grew and where it lived, when and how it came to be;
Through some great times filled with some joy and some trials, oh so bleak,
On a farm back east in MO near the shores of Brazeau Creek.
Back in nineteen hundred twelve, Henry Stueve wed this girl
Lydia Koenig from New Wells put his put heart into a swirl;
Marriage soon was blessed with sons: Elmer, Ed and Harold too,
But the Lord took Lydia home, so now what would Henry do?
Back in Farrar lived a girl; Ella Lohman was her name;
“Will you be my loving wife,” the request from Henry came.
So the family grew and grew, Wilbert, Erwin, Martin too,
Alvin came, but oh, too soon, he died for reasons that God knew.
Soon came Richard, Melvin too, would there never be a girl?
When on the scene came Manda, now at last some hair to curl;
Then came Gilbert, next Irene, Wilma, Edna-that’s fourteen.
Still came Charles, Harlen, John, and to end it all Marlene.
What a family, what a blessing, but so many mouths to feed;
Yet with everybody helping, they were never found in need;
For the boys-out on the farm, or the girls-in house or yard;
But when came the time to milk, then everybody starred.
Though the days were filled with work from the morn ‘til set of sun,
There was usually time for ballgame or some other kind of fun;
Add some trapping in the winter or walnuts there to crack
And the apple butter sandwiches that someone had to pack.
More important than the work was the family’s faith in God;
Thoughts of skipping church on Sunday would have certainly been odd;
Lutheran school was a must, as was confirmation class,
Skipping memory work from Bible, Dad would surely never pass.
The lure of California soon moved most of family west,
Thanks to Elmer, Ed; and Harold; who made dairy jobs for the best;
Though they soon forgot the outhouse, and the creek they had to ford;
Thanks to Dad and church’s training not a one forgot the Lord.
As we look back o’er the years, we can see ‘twas all God’s plan
To use the Stueve family, in the ways He only can;
Through the business or the church, or supporting Christian schools
God spread His saving message with the Stueve’s as His tools.
So give thanks to God almighty, give all glory to His Son
Who with the Holy Spirit has made the family one.
He’s blessed us all with bounty; He’s filled us with His grace
May He guide, protect and keep us, ‘til we see Him face to face.
I am thinking that anyone that has connections to this Stueve family should copy this poem and store it with their family heirlooms.
Elmer Stueve died in 1992. At the time of his death, he was afflicted with Altzheimer’s disease. Edgar died in 2002. He succumbed to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Harold died in 2006. He died from complications due to colon cancer.
If you would like to see the obituaries for the three brothers who started the Alta-Dena Dairy, you can find them here:
Edgar Stueve: http://articles.latimes.com/2002/aug/07/local/me-stueve7
Harold Stueve: http://articles.latimes.com/2006/aug/10/local/me-stueve10
When Manda married Gilbert Petzoldt in 1957, the whole family, along with Mom and Dad, managed to have this family photo taken. It’s amazing that a photo with this many people in it just includes a mom, dad, and all the kids.