Militzer in the Middle

Aline Klara Stemmerman was born on this day, June 25th, in 1887.  She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  Here is the baptism record from the Salem church books.

Aline Klara Stemmerman baptism record Salem Farrar MO
Aline Klara Stemmerman baptism record – Salem, Farrar, MO

We also have this Perry County birth record for her.  It is two images.

Aline Stemmerman birth record 1

Aline Stemmerman birth record 2
Aline Klara birth record

Aline was the daughter of Herman and Anna Maria (Heidt) Stemmerman.  There were four children in the Stemmerman family, and all of them were girls.  This is also the only Stemmerman family to be found in our German Family Tree, so because all of the Stemmermans were girls, that surname disappeared from this area.  We have a few photos that show the Stemmerman family.  First, here is one that shows most of the family standing on the front porch of their home.  Aline is reportedly the one second from the left.

Stemmerman home
Herman Stemmerman family

This photo shows all four of the Stemmerman daughters with their parents.  Aline is the youngest one on the right.

Stemmerman family photo
Herman Stemmerman family

I am going to move over to the Militzer family where we find Aline’s future husband.  His name was Edward Militzer.  He was born on December 27, 1881 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Edward was the son of Christian and Maria (Grebing) Militzer.

In this 1900 census, we see Edward working with his father on his farm.

Edward Militzer 1900 census Altenburg
1900 census – Altenburg, MO

On April 15, 1909, Edward and Aline were married at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here is their marriage license.

Militzer Stemmerman marriage license
Militzer/Stemmerman marriage license

We have this wedding photo of Edward and Aline.

Militzer Stemmerman wedding
Edward and Aline Militzer wedding

In the 1910 census, taken one year after his marriage, Edward is shown as a partner with his father on the farm.

Edward Militzer 1910 census Altenburg
1910 census – Altenburg, MO

If you look at this 1915 land map, you will see several parcels of land belonging to the Militzers located on Highway A between the towns of Altenburg and Frohna…right in the middle.  They are boxed in red.

Millitzer Stemmerman land map 1915
1915 land map – Altenburg and Frohna

You can also find a small portion of land not far from the Militzers which was owned by Herman Stemmerman, Aline’s father.

I am going to show a few photos I took this morning showing some views which pertain to Militzer and Stemmerman property.  First, this residence is the home of Edward and Aline’s daughter-in-law, who I just so happened to find standing outside her home this morning.  We had a very pleasant conversation.  She told me many things about her husband’s family.

Militzer house
Militzer home

I was told the newer structure was built in the 1970’s.  Next to this house is a portion of the original house of the Militzers.

Militzer old house
Militzer old home

This is just part of the original house that stood here.  There were also additional bedrooms which had to be removed because of termites.  There was also once a summer kitchen to the left of this building.

I was told that Highway C going south out of Altenburg was once located just to the east of what is now the Young & Sons Funeral Home.  Presently, Highway C goes to the west of that funeral home.  Here you can see what is now a driveway next to the funeral home which was once the highway.  At this angle, you can see how it once went straight to the highway in the distance.

Funeral home driveway old highway C

At a slightly different angle, looking from the funeral home parking lot in the back, you can see in the distance what must have once been Stemmerman property.

View of Hwy C from funeral home

Our German Family Tree says there were four children born to Edward and Aline.  Their first child died as an infant.  Edward died in 1962 at the age of 80.  Here is his death certificate.

Edward Militzer death certificate
Edward Militzer death certificate

Aline died in 1968.  Edward and Aline are buried together in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.  Here is their gravestone.

Edward and Aline Militzer gravestone Trinity Altenburg MO
Edward and Aline Militzer gravestone – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

The real treat in doing today’s story was getting to talk to Dorothy Militzer about her family.  I drive by her house all the time, but never see her outside like I did today.  I think it was an act of God.


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