Teacher George M. Beyer served Trinity Lutheran School for 43 years. Not long after he arrived in Altenburg, he married Sarah Kramer as part of a very unusual triple Kramer wedding in 1864. A post was published telling that tale titled, Three in One at Trinity. George and Sarah had 11 children according to our German Family Tree, but several of them died early. Today’s story is about the last of those children who was born on June 21, 1889. This son carried his father’s name, George, but he had different middle names. His complete name was George Joseph Samuel Beyer. Sarah was 45 years old when she gave birth her last child. Before we move on, here is a photograph of one of Teacher Beyer’s classes at Trinity. The photo is said to have been taken around 1893, so G.J.S. Beyer would have been only 4 years old.
Bearded Teacher Beyer can be found under the left window. I count 59 students in this class. They are standing in front of the “Big School” which was the church sanctuary when Teacher Beyer was married in 1864 and is now used as a gallery in our museum.
We also have this collage of some of the early teachers at Trinity Lutheran School with Teacher Beyer in the middle.
The first census in which we find young George was the 1900 census. He was 10 years old at that time.
When we look at George’s World War I draft registration, we find that he has become a Lutheran minister, he is living in the Fort Smith, Arkansas area, and he is still single.
I find it interesting that George states on this form that his parents are necessarily dependent on him. His parents were still living in Altenburg. In 1923, Rev. Beyer became the first resident pastor for Grace Lutheran Church in Marlin, Texas.
In the 1920’s, George got married. His bride was Martha Marie Mueller. Martha was the daughter of John Martin and Katherine (Gross) Mueller. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Martha’s father was the son of Rev. J.A.F.W. Mueller, who had served as a pastor in Pittsburgh for a while. Therefore, Martha was the granddaughter of the person that was pinned with the name “Alphabet Mueller”, who also was the first graduate of Concordia Seminary at the time when it was still located in Altenburg.
Here is the wedding picture of Martha’s parents.
The 1920 census from Pittsburgh indicates that Martha was a cashier in a music store. I wish I knew how Martha and a pastor living in Texas managed to get together and be married. What we do know is that both George and Martha could trace their roots back to Perry County, Missouri.
In 1926, the only child born into this family arrived on the scene. Sadly, their son, Harold Beyer, died before his second birthday. They would have no more children. We still find the Beyers in Marlin, Texas when George filled out his World War II draft card.
Rev. Beyer retired in 1947 and died in 1951. Here is his Texas death certificate.
Martha died in 1978 at the age of 80. Both George and Martha are buried together in the Calvary Cemetery in Marlin, Texas. Here is their gravestone.
This Beyer family and this Mueller family are both packed full of church workers. They spread out their influence all over the country, and to a certain extent, throughout the world. This story reminds us of the amazing number of people who have served Lutheran churches and schools over the years that have their roots in East Perry County.