Wittenberg Schlichtings

Toenjes Martin Jacob Schlichting would have been 131 years old today.  Almost all the documents I have seen indicate he went by the name Martin.  He was born on September 25, 1887 and baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Misssouri.  His parents were John and Mary (Stueve) Schlichting.  This is his baptism record.

Martin Schlichting baptism record Salem Farrar MO
Martin Schlichting baptism record – Salem, Farrar, MO

A little over a year after Martin was born in Farrar, a girl by the name of Laura Fiehler was born in Frohna.  She was the daughter of Benjamin and Bertha (Doberenz) Fiehler.  Here are photos of Laura’s parents.

Fiehler Doberenz photos

Laura was born on October 1, 1888 and was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  This is her baptism record.

Laura Fiehler baptism record Concordia Frohna MO
Laura Fiehler baptism record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

In the following photo showing Laura and her siblings, we find Laura in the back row, third from the left.

Fiehler Doberenz family
Fiehler siblings

On August 29, 1912, Martin married Laura at Concordia.  This is the marriage record from the Concordia, Frohna books.

Schlichting Fiehler marriage record Concordia Frohna MO
Schlichting/Fiehler marriage record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

We also have this wedding photo of Martin and Laura.

Schlichting Fiehler wedding

Between 1913 and 1930, Martin and Laura had 5 children. A photo taken later shows this family.  The first three children were baptized at Salem, Farrar, and the last two were baptized at St. Paul’s, Wittenberg.

Martin and Laura Schlichting family

Early in their marriage, Martin farmed some land in the Seventy-six, Missouri area as indicated on Martin’s World War I draft registration form.

Martin Schlichting – WWI draft registration

Between 1920  and 1930, Martin moved his family to a farm in Wittenberg.  The land had previously been owned by Charles Swan and can be seen on this 1915 land map.

Charles Swan land map 1915
Charles Swan (Martin Schlichting) land map 1915

Laura died in 1966 at the age of 77.  We have this death record from the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church books.

Laura Schlichting death record St. Paul's Wittenberg MO
Laura Schlichting death record – St. Paul’s, Wittenberg, MO

Martin died in 1986 at the age of 98.  This is his death record from St. Paul’s.

Martin Schlichting death record St. Paul's Wittenberg MO
Martin Schlichting death record – St. Paul’s, Wittenberg, MO

Martin and Laura are both buried in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Wittenberg.

There are a few people around East Perry County who are connected to this family that I’d like to mention.  First, the youngest of Martin and Laura children, Barney Schlichting, can still be seen around town.  Here is a photo of him and his military uniform that we have in our museum.

Barney Schlichting military photo and uniform
Barney Schlichting

The photo below shows Barney’s older brother, Vernon, with his wife, Lucille, and son, Gary, which was found in an old Trinity Lutheran Church directory.  Lucille is still living and attends church regularly.

Vernon and Lucille Schlichting and Gary

Another of Vernon and Lucille’s children, Eunice, is now the librarian who works at the Altenburg branch of the Riverside Regional Library.

Eunice Schlichting
Eunice Schlichting


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