March 11, 1874 was the birthday of Johann Eberhardt Lottes. His parents were Gabriel and Ann (Doernhoefer) Lottes of Altenburg. Here is the baptism record for John in the Trinity, Altenburg church books. He was Gabriel’s firstborn child.
It was not long before Gabriel would left alone with this young child. Ann died in 1874, the same year that Johann Eberhardt was born. Three years later, Gabe would remarry, this time to Mary Ludwig. This couple would have eight more Lottes children, including Edward Lottes, who was the subject of a recent post titled The Dreaded Doc Lottes.
In 1900, we find this interesting census record for the Lottes family in Altenburg.
Gabe is a saloon keeper. Leo, his 16 year old son is shown as a bartender. And as for John, his occupation is listed as “Jewelry”. In a publication called The Great Southwest, which was published in 1898, we find this entry for J.E. Lottes:
“Practical watchmaker and jeweler, Altenburg, Mo., constantly has on hand a full stock of watches, clocks, jewelry and silverware. Also a complete line of eye-glasses and other optical goods. Special attention given to repair work of all kinds. Prices and workmanship guaranteed to be entirely satisfactory. Have just put in a full line of fancy and ordinary stationery. Also handle the celebrated “Eagle” graphophone and supplies.”
We also know that in 1897, John was appointed as the postmaster for the city of Altenburg.
In 1902, John E. Lottes married Katie Jung.
Rev. Richard Kretzschmar, who is listed on this license, was a pastor in the St. Louis area. I am not sure which congregation he served in 1902. He was also the President of the Western District of the LCMS for a while. This is a Perry County license, but it appears the marriage ceremony took place in St. Louis. During this time period, Rev. Schormann was pastor at Trinity, Altenburg, but he was having some health problems. It is possible that those health problems would have caused John and Katie to go to St. Louis in order to be married.
Their first child, Hilda, was born in 1904 and her baptism record is contained in the church books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. Later in 1904, we see John as a communicant member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wittenberg. We also know that a new bank was to open in 1904 and John E. Lottes would be their first cashier. The 1910 census shows him as the bank cashier in Wittenberg.
Here is what the Bank of Wittenberg looked like. The man standing in front is not John E. Lottes.
Here is a check from the Bank of Wittenberg with John E. Lottes’s signature on it.
John and Katie had a son, Herbert, in 1908 and another son, Donald, in 1910. They were both baptized in Wittenberg. However, their next child, Dorothy, who was born in 1918, was baptized at Immanuel, Perryville.
When John E. Lottes registered for the World War I draft in 1917 or 1918, he gave a Perryville address and his occupation is listed as circuit clerk. From other sources, we also see him as a recorder of deeds and an alderman.
Then we look at the 1920 census from Perryville and we find John with yet another occupation. Here he is listed as being the proprietor of a hotel.
John Eberhardt Lottes died in 1930. His wife, Katie, died in 1963. they are both buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
A Quick Note: There was also a John Francis Lottes who lived around the same time. Do not confuse John E. Lottes with John F. Lottes. John F. Lottes was a prominent person in the Perryville area who was involved with the Rozier Stores.