Molly and Manuel

Amalia Schroeder is today’s birthday girl.  As I looked into this family, sometimes her family’s surname was spelled Schroeter.  Also, many times, Amalia is called Molly.  She was born on November 3, 1887 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, so today would have been her 130th birthday.

Molly was the daughter of Friedrich (Fritz) and Maria (Luedemann) Schroeder.  Her father was a farmer.  You can find the land that her father farmed on this 1915 land map.

Friedrich Schroeder land map 1915
Friedrich Schroeder land map – 1915

This land was located on what is often referred to as The Ridge.  Most people who lived on The Ridge were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, but Friedrich was an exception.  Here are photos of Molly’s parents.

When Molly was 21 years old, she married Emanuel Winter who was 34 years old at the time.  Emanuel was the son of August and Maria (Mangelsdorf) Winter of Frohna.  Emanuel was born on May 21, 1875 and baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church.  His father was a wagon maker. His father had also served the military during the Civil War.  Here is a form showing that service.

August Winter Civil War record
August Winter – Civil War service record

August is also shown as having had previous service in that war when the Civil War draft was recorded toward the end of the Civil War.

August Winter Civil War draft registration
August Winter – Civil War draft registration

This photo of Emanuel Winter was taken in 1901, eight years before he was married.

Emmanuel Winter 1901
Emanuel Winter

The marriage of Emanuel and Molly took place at Trinity Lutheran Church on Reformation Day, October 31, in 1909.  The newlyweds would establish their home in Frohna.  Here is their marriage license.

Winter Schroeder marriage license
Winter/Schroeder marriage license

The above document is one that shows Molly’s last name spelled with a “t”.  We also have this wedding photo of this couple.

Winter Schroeder wedding
Winter/Schroeder wedding

A land map of 1915 shows Emanuel as living on Main Street in Frohna.  Here his name is shown as Manuel.Emmanuel Winter land map 1915 Frohna

Their home must have been just to the left of what is shown in this old photo of Frohna.

Frohna looking east

Emmanuel was a clerk at the Palisch Store in Frohna.  We can see this fact documented on his World War I draft registration form.

Emmanuel Winter – WWI draft registration

Emanuel and Molly had two children, both girls.  One was named Mabel and the other one Francis.  In this photograph, we see Molly with her daughter, Mabel, frolicking in a creek.

Amalia Schroeder Mabel Winter in creek
Molly and Mabel Winter

Emanuel had a stroke in 1931 which left him paralyzed on his left side.  He died in 1938 at the age of 62.  Here is his death certificate.

Emmanuel Winter death certificate
Emmanuel Winter death certificate

Molly had a stroke in 1963, but did not die until 1975 at the age of 88.  Here are the gravestones of Emanuel and Molly in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery.

Emanuel’s nephew, Roland Winter, would later purchase the Palisch Store.  Here is a photo of what became known as the Frohna General Market when Roland was the owner.

Frohna General Market - old Palisch Store






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