Isenberg in Wittenberg

Today is the birthday of Addie Isenberg.  She was the daughter of Henry and Pauline (Hanf) Isenberg.  Addie was born on December 3, 1899 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri.  Here is her baptism record.

Addie Isenberg baptism record Trinity Friedheim
Addie Isenberg baptism record – Trinity, Friedheim

This is a case where our research library has the church records of Trinity, Friedheim, but they have not yet been transcribed and included in our German Family Tree.  That is one of the items on the museum’s to-do list.

In this 1920 census, we find Addie still living in the Friedheim area where her father was a farmer.  However, we do not see her mother because she had died in 1912 when Addie was just 13 years old.

Addie Isenberg 1920 census Apple Creek
1920 census – Friedheim, MO

In 1924, Addie got married.  Her husband was Richard Schilling of East Perry County.  They were married at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wittenberg on April 27, 1924.  Here is the marriage record that is found in the St. Paul’s church books.

Schilling Isenberg marriage record St. Paul's Wittenberg
Schilling/Isenberg marriage record – St. Paul’s, Wittenberg

I included a few other marriage records on this image because I wanted you to see that there were three consecutive marriages that took place in 1924 and 1925 that each involved a Schilling.  Rudolph and Clara (Loebs) Schilling, which is the next marriage under Addie’s, was my Uncle Rudy and Aunt Clara (and Gerard Fiehler’s grandparents).

Richard Schilling was the son of Gotthilf and Juliane (Militzer) Schilling.  Richard was born on May 16, 1903 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Richard’s father, Gotthilf, had a brother named Ferdinand.  In this land map made in 1915, we can see that Gotthilf and Ferdinand had property near each other.

Schilling land map 1915
Schilling land map – 1915

The red arrows point to Gotthilf’s land; the blue arrow points to Ferdinands’s land.  I just know that when I was a kid, we would go to George Schilling’s land (Richard’s brother) to go fishing along the Brazeau Creek, or we would go to Rudy Schilling’s land (Ferdinand’s son) to visit my Uncle Rudy and Aunt Clara.  Richard must have grown up living on the land marked with the red arrows.

It is reported that Addie’s father, Henry, bought a tavern in Wittenberg in 1925.  That fact brings up an intriguing question.  Why would someone buy a tavern during the time period of Prohibition?  I’m just guessing, but it is possible that Henry ran this as an eating joint for a while.  Even that is hard to believe, though, because Henry had previously been a farmer and had no wife to help him. Here is a photo of that establishment.  The building was located incredibly close to the railroad tracks.

Henry Isenberg Saloon X

Henry owned this tavern until 1940 when he sold it to Nick Lungwitz.  Prohibition ended in 1933.  We have this photo of Henry celebrating the end of Prohibition with Willard Kieninger outside the old Bank of Wittenberg.  Henry is on the left.

Willard & Isenberg bank X

The 1930 census for Henry Isenberg says that he operated what was called a drinking parlor.

The 1940 census shows his son-in-law, Richard, as a farmer.  He and Addie had one child, Irene.

Richard Schilling 1940 census Wittenberg
1940 census – Wittenberg

If you look at the left side of this page, you will see that Richard lived on what was called Silica Pit Road.  I am told that is the road that extends beyond where Tower Rock is located.

There is a record in our German Family Tree that says that the daughter, Irene Schilling, was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells.  If Richard and Addie had moved to New Wells along the way, they apparently had gotten back to Wittenberg by 1940.

One other side note about that 1940 census.  At the top of the page it says the census taker was Otto Hemmann.  That was the brother of Oscar Hemmann who was the main character in yesterday’s story.

Otto Hemmann 1940 census taker

Addie died in 1977; Richard died in 1978.  They are both buried in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Wittenberg.

The Isenberg name was not around long in East Perry County.  Just having girls in the family will do that to a surname.



3 thoughts on “Isenberg in Wittenberg

  1. Hello,
    Henry was my great grandfather as Addie’s sister, Norma Bodenschatz, was my grandma. We enjoyed visits and meals over the years together at my Grandma and Grandpa Bodenschatz’s when Rich and Addie came to town, that being Perryville. My Grandma often talked about their mother and the trip the family made on the train to Idaho. Their mother had tuberculosis and the hope was that she would recover living in that climate but she died in Boise, I believe, and they came back to Wittenberg. My Grandma took care of Henry in his last days after he suffered a stroke. When my grandparents passed away, my mom, and siblings and I went through their things and found the book of Henry’s store transactions. I believe we have it packed away with my mom’s things which we went through after she passed away in 2014.
    Thank you for posting all the wonderful stories which many times are associated with my family members the Kaempfes, Versemans, and this most recent one on Isenbergs.
    Kind regards,
    Donna Kaempfe Young
    Baptized Zion Lutheran Church, Crosstown, Missouri
    Married St. John Lutheran Church, Chester, Illinois


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