Today, July 5th, was the birthday of Friedrich Adolph Thurm in 1891. He was the firstborn child of Emanuel and Ernestine (Stueve) Thurm of Altenburg. Emanuel was the brother of Gerhardt Thurm who was the main character of the post, That Thurm Throng. This new baby, Adolph, was going to have plenty of Thurm cousins. Here is an image of a portion of his baptismal record in the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Altenburg, church books.
Emanuel Thurm owned a farm just east of the town of Altenburg. Here is a 1915 map showing his property.
This property is basically across Highway A from the Altenburg Hardwood Company today.
At the age of 22, Adolph married Emma Ann Doering of Wittenberg. Emma is shown in this Doering family photo. She is the girl standing on the left.
They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church by Rev. Bartz on January 18, 1914. Emma was the daughter of Adolph and Anna Doering. It was after their marriage that Adolph became a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran. Here is their marriage license.
Here is a photo of Adoph and Emma and their wedding party.
The other people in this photo that are identified are Paula (Grebing) Thurm on the left, Ella (Doering) Lorenz standing right behind the bride, and Ernst Doering on the right of her.
In 1915, Adolph joined Louis Boehme in purchasing a store in Wittenberg from its previous owner, Otto B. Lueders. They ran that store together for several years. A previous story was written about Louis titled, The Life of Louis and Lulu. In 1917, Adolph filled out a draft registration form for World War I. He listed himself as a merchant. You might notice that Otto B. Lueders, the man who sold them the store, is the registrar on this form.
In about 1923, this partnership dissolved. Louis continued to run the store, and Adolph managed the boat landing at Wittenberg. The two probably had plenty of business dealings with one another. Then in 1929, Adolph moved his family to St. Louis. By then, Adolph and Emma had two sons, Clement and Cordes. In St. Louis, Adolph went to work for Concordia Publishing House where he was a shipping clerk. Adolph’s World War II draft registration shows him as an employee of Concordia Publishing House.
In 1950, Adolph’s parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, and this photograph was taken in Wittenberg. It is said to be taken in front of the Schade home. Adolph’s sister, Frieda, had married Rudolph Schade.
Back row (left to right): Montie Thee, Hilda (Thurm) Thee, Clement Thurm, Emma (Doering) Thurm, Adolph Thurm, Frieda (Thurm) Schade, and Rudolph Schade.
Front row (left to right): Clinton Schade, Marion (Schade) Grebing, Ernestine Thurm, Emanuel Thurm, Cordes Thurm, and Carl Luther.
That Schade home is labeled number 4 in this aerial photo of the area around the 1920 St. Paul’s Lutheran Church taken in the 1960’s.
The house in which Adolph and Emma Thurm lived is shown in this aerial photo of Wittenberg that is labeled 21.
Likely the last time that Adolph and Emma came to Perry County was for his mother’s funeral in July of 1954. That is because on December 17, 1954, Adolph died in St. Louis at the age of 63, Here is his death certificate.
During Adolph’s time in St. Louis, I found four different addresses where his family lived. All of them were within walking distance of Concordia Publishing House where he worked. They were also within walking distance of Lutheran Hospital where he died. Here is a map showing those four addresses.
These addresses were also within walking distance of his church, Holy Cross Lutheran.
Emma Thurm did not die until 1990 at the age of 95. Adolph and Emma are buried together in the Our Redeemer Cemetery in Afton. Here is their gravestone.
My father, Richard Schmidt, wandered the streets of Wittenberg back in the 1920’s. He must have gotten to know the merchant of Wittenberg by the name of Adolph Thurm.