Yesterday, the main character was the tenth child in the Palisch family. His name was Moritz Palisch and his wife was Pauline. The first child in this family was another Moritz. His name was Moritz Oswald Petzoldt, but he went by the name Oswald. He was born on December 16, 1870, one day after his father’s birthday. Oswald was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.
At this point, I think I need to make a correction. Yesterday, I posted this photograph.
I have been told that this picture has been mislabeled in the Palisch family book that we have in our research library. The photo below is located next to the one above.
I have been told by a very reliable source that the labels on these two photos should be reversed. That would make the person in the above photo the mother of Oswald Palisch. It would also make the bride in the first picture Oswald’s sister, Liberta.
About three years before Oswald arrived on the scene, Paulina Petzoldt was born on October 23, 1867. Like Oswald, she was the premier child, being the firstborn of a dozen children born in this family. Paulina’s parents were Richard and Johanna Petzoldt. Lina (as she was later called) was also baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Here is a picture of Lina’s parents. I believe this picture was produced in 1916 on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary.
The following photo was taken on that occasion showing the parents with their children. I will let you pick out which one is the oldest child, Lina.
Two days after Christmas in 1891, the firstborn Palisch married the firstborn Petzoldt. Here is their marriage license.
This couple would have five children. Their youngest, Ida, was highlighted in the post, A Palisch Moves to Pocahontas. Oswald was a farmer. We can see his land in this 1915 plat map of Perry County.
You can see that his land was located not far from Apple Creek, which is the dividing line between Perry and Cape Girardeau Counties, and fairly close to the Mississippi River. In this present-day map showing the same area you can see that there are just a few fields which have been cleared, and they are surrounded by lots of forest.
The photo below has all the looks of being another 50th wedding anniversary picture. If so, it was taken in 1941. It shows Oswald and Lina Palisch.
The plant on the right, which looks like a poinsettia, along with the trees having no leaves, indicates that the occasion of their golden wedding anniversary took place on their anniversary date (December 27th) or close to it.
Lina died in 1944 at the age of 76. Here is her death certificate.
Oswald died in 1961 at the age of 90. Here is his death certificate.
Oswald and Lina are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg. Here is an image of their gravestone.
I’m guessing that this may be one of the last gravestones in local cemeteries with a German inscription.
The portion of our German Family Tree containing surnames beginning with the letter “P” is well populated with the two names that united in this marriage……Palisch and Petzoldt. Perry had plenty of Palisch and Petzoldt people in its past population.