Charles and Tillie

We will celebrate a wedding anniversary today.  Charles Fiehler and Clothilde “Tillie” Boehme were married at Trinity Lutheran Church on October 17, 1897.  Thus, today would have been their 121st anniversary.

Clothilde was the daughter of two original immigrants that were part of the Gesellschaft.  Both of her parents arrived here as relatively young children.  Clothilde was the daughter of Karl and Magdalena (Schlimpert) Boehme.  Almost all the children in this Boehme family were girls, and it appears only one of the boys got married, so not many descendants with the surname Boehme came from this family.  Clothilde was born on January 10, 1872 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church.  This is her baptism record.

Clothilde Boehme baptism record Trinity Altenburg MO
Clothilde Boehme baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

The first census in which we find Clothilde was the 1880 census for Altenburg.

Clothilde Boehme 1880 census Altenburg MO
1880 census – Altenburg, MO

Charles (Carl) Fiehler was the son of Johann Robert and Magdalena (Naumann) Fiehler.  He was born on Reformation Day, October 31, 1869.  He was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri.  This is his baptism record.

Carl Fiehler baptism record Concordia Frohna MO
Charles Fiehler baptism record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

We find Charles in both the 1870 and the 1880 censuses.

Charles Fiehler 1870 census Frohna MO
1870 census – Frohna, MO
Charles Fiehler 1880 census Frohna MO
1880 census – Frohna, MO

Sometimes we jokingly refer to marriages between someone from Concordia, Frohna and someone from Trinity, Altenburg as a mixed marriage.  The marriage between Charles and Clothilde would have been one of those.  This is the marriage record we find in the Trinity church books.

Fiehler Boehme marriage record Trinity Altenburg MO
Fiehler/Boehme marriage record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Here is this couple’s marriage license.

Fiehler Boehme marriage license
Fiehler/Boehme marriage license

The first census in which we find this married couple was the 1900 census.

Charles Fiehler 1900 census Frohna MO
1900 census – Frohna, MO

Charles’s father died when he was just 8 years old.  His mother is shown as a widow in this census right above Charles.  Early on, Charles must have had to take over his father’s farm.  The 1910 census shows this couple with six of their seven children.  Magdalena Fiehler is still living with this family.

Charles Fiehler 1910 census Frohna MO
1910 census – Frohna, MO

The 1915  land atlas shows Charles owning a piece of property just north of Frohna.

Charles Fiehler land map 1915
Charles Fiehler land map – 1915

That land is the parcel shown in the middle of this present-day satellite view of this area.

Charles Fiehler land Bing map

The 1920 census looks similar to the 1910 census.  There is another daughter added to the family.

Charles Fiehler 1920 census Frohna MO
1920 census – Frohna, MO

Charles is always shown on these census forms as being a farmer.  However, Charles was also involved in operating a sawmill.  This photo is said to include Charles at that sawmill.

Fiehler sawmill
Fiehler sawmill

Left to right:  August Schade, John Grosse, Gustav Grosse, Ernst Schade, Emmanuel Mueller, and Charles Fiehler.  The photo was reportedly taken around 1900.

If you look at the property map above, you will see that the Schades and the Grosses were close neighbors with the Fiehlers.

Clothilde Fiehler died in 1947 at the age of 75 years.  This is her death certificate.

Clothilde Fiehler death certificate
Clothilde Fiehler death certificate

We have this obituary for Clothilde.

Clothilde Fiehler obituary
Clothilde Fiehler obituary

Charles died one year later in 1948.  He was 78 years old.  This is his death certificate.

Charles Fiehler death certificate
Charles Fiehler death certificate

Charles and Tillie are buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.


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