Frohna’s Postmaster and His Poppitz

Today would have been the 103rd anniversary of a pair who resided in the village of Frohna for much of their lives.  The families of both the bride and the groom had their origins closer to the river, but these two would eventually join up as husband and wife in Frohna.

The groom was Arthur Fassel.  The first Fassel to show up in a Perry County census was Edward Fassel, Sr., who we find in the 1870 census. Edward was a cooper who had four children at the time of this enumeration, all of whom had been born in Missouri.

Edward Fassel 1870 census
Edward Fassel – 1870 census – Wittenberg, MO

It appears that he moved here not long after he served as a soldier in the Civil War.  He had an unusual military record.  There was a time he deserted, but later returned to his unit, and eventually was promoted to the rank of corporal.

Arthur was the son of Edward Fassel, Jr. who in 1887 had married Josephine Lueders of Wittenberg.  She was the sister of Otto Lueders who was a subject in a recent post titled, Otto’s Oda.  Edward, Jr. was also a cooper, and Josephine was the daughter of a store owner.  When Arthur was 19 years old, he was working as a salesman in a different store.  That store was Theodore Goehring’s store in Frohna.  So now we have the upcoming groom in Frohna.  Here is the 1910 census showing Arthur living with the Goehring family.

Arthur Fassel 1910 census Frohna MO
1910 census – Frohna, MO

The bride was Alma Poppitz.  The original Poppitz family was located in the Seelitz area not far from Wittenberg.  The story of how a member of the Poppitz family managed to get to Frohna was told in the post, A Poppitz from the Middle Wife.  Alma was the daughter of Martin and Emma (Weinhold) Poppitz.  So now we have the upcoming bride in Frohna.

The wedding for this duo took place on October 11, 1914 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  The pastor performing the ceremony was Rev. F. Wenger.  Here are later photos of this bride and groom.

Arthur and Alma would have six children.  When Arthur filled out his World War I draft registration in 1917, he was a clerk in the Goehring Store run by Theodore’s father, F.E. Goehring, which was located on the west side of town where the West End Tavern & Grocery is located now.

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In 1929, Arthur would become the postmaster for Frohna.  He probably went to work at the Theodore Goehring Store in “downtown” Frohna, but his post office was now located within that store.  Here is a document showing the list of Frohna postmasters over the years.

Arthur Fassel Frohna postmasters

The listing show that Frohna had a succession of postmasters named Palisch, then Lueders, then Fassel.

Frohna looking east

In the above photo, the blue arrow points to the Palisch Store, where the post office was once located.  The red arrow points at the building which housed the Theodore Goehring Store and housed the post office when Arthur Fassel was the postmaster.

Here is a later photo of this area of Frohna taken from where the Palisch Store is located.

Lueders Store Frohna Post Office

The large brick building once housed the Lueders Store and the post office.  On the extreme right of this photo, you can see a portion of the sign indicating the location of the U.S. Post Office.  That would have been the building where Arthur Fassel worked.   One more photo of this area.  It shows the post office next to the Lueders Store from yet another angle.

Frohna Lueders Store Post Office

As you can see, the post office in Frohna was located in spots very close to one another over the years.  Nowadays, Frohna has a newer building which just houses its post office.

Just down Main Street on the north side of the road you would find the Fassel home.  Here is a photo of that portion of Frohna with the Palisch store way n the background.  If I have it right (and I may not), the Fassel home is pointed out by the red arrow.

Frohna looking west Palisch Store Fassel home

Alma died in 1971; Arthur died in 1981.  They are both buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.

Postmasters in little towns like Frohna would certainly have been well-known to the local residents.  They served in an era when a postmaster had a much more important role in helping people communicate at a time when folks had no e-mail, the internet, and social media.


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