Herman Mangels was born in Farrar, Missouri on March 11, 1875. He was the son of Johann Peter and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels. Herman’s baptism took place at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Below is his baptism record. Apparently, this record had some problems, and someone had to make all sorts of corrections that came out looking like red ink.
According to our German Family Tree, there were 10 children born into this Mangels family. Only 3 of them were boys, and two of those boys died very young. So Herman grew up as the only boy in a family full of girls.
On September 7, 1880, Anna Katherine Meier was born in Farrar. Her parents were Johann and Mary (Eggers) Meier. She was also baptized at Salem Lutheran Church.
It was on October 26, 1899 that Herman married Anna. We find this marriage record in the Salem church books.
We have this wedding photograph for this couple. Anna was what I have often referred to as a “black and white” bride, wearing a dark dress with a white veil.
After their wedding, Herman and Anna lived at Herman’s home place. We can see this situation in the 1900 census, but that is that notorious census that can barely be read, so I will not show it. Herman’s father, Johann Peter, died in 1903. This left Herman living in a household full of females, including his mother, his wife, and some of his sisters. By the time of the 1910 census, we find just Herman and his family in their household, where he is described as being a farmer.
There is a story that says Anna lost sight in one of her eyes as a result of an accident that happened at their farmplace around 1915. Then in 1916, the last child born into this family was a stillborn. The burial record from Salem shows that this stillborn was buried on Valentine’s Day of 1916.
Herman’s mother, Engel Mangels, died in 1917. That put the Mangels family in the business of settling their mother’s estate. Herman’s sisters wanted to sell the family farm. In fact, they wanted to sell it to Herman for $6000. Herman did not want to pay that price for the property. He made a trip to the Alva and Enid, Oklahoma area where several other Perry County natives had already settled. He returned after deciding that he did not like that area. He then wrote to an old friend, Ernest Kahnert, who lived in an area of Oklahoma just south of Coffeyville, Kansas. After making another trip to Oklahoma to check out that area, Herman decided not to buy his family farm, but to move to the Coffeyville area. The family left Farrar in April of 1918 to move to Oklahoma. After they and their possessions arrived in Coffeyville, Kansas, they managed to find a farm to rent in Nowata County, Oklahoma, just south of Coffeyville. In 1918, Herman filled out this World War I draft registration.
The fact that Herman gives Coffeyville, Kansas as his address, yet it also notes that he is living in Nowata County, Oklahoma indicates how close Coffeyville is to the state line. He is shown to be working as a farmer for A.G. Kahnert, who had a farm one mile west of Howden, Oklahoma.
Howden can be seen on this old map of Nowata County.
The red dots on this map indicate stops along the railroad. In a previous post, I wrote about Friedrich Gerler who moved to Lenapah (also on this map) around 1915-1916. This is also the location where I have written stories about the surnames, Bachmann, Hollmann, and Miesner who were said to end up near Coffeyville.
Another story is told that Herman bought a 1918 Model T Ford automobile. He only drove that automobile one time and discovered he did not like how it started and how the clutch operated. It is said that he not only did not drive that car again, but it was the only time Herman ever drove any car during his lifetime.
The five Mangels children can be seen in the 1920 census for Hickory Township, Oklahoma.
The Mangels family were members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Coffeyville, Kansas. Herman died in 1957; Anna died in 1958. They are buried together in the Restlawn Memorial Park in Coffeyville.
I want to take a moment to thank someone for contributions to this story. A gentleman by the name of Howard W. Mangels wrote an article describing the Herman Mangels family story in a Mangels family book that we have in our museum. Howard was (or is) a grandson of Herman and Anna. He wrote his article in 1995. There is so much additional information in his article that I did not include in this post. If you would like to find out more about this Mangels family, please stop by our museum and read the whole article. It is fascinating.
I know this is a real groaner, but I cannot help but point out that Nowata County sounds like “no water”. Put that together with the nearby city of Coffeyville, and you get today’s title. Without water, you simply cannot make coffee. There is another story in the article mentioned above that says some folks (not necessarily Mangels family members) who would put water in holes in a dirt road so that early automobiles would get stuck in the mud, and they would charge those poor folks some money to pull them out. I guess those would be called “Coffey…… Pot Holes”. (insert groan here). At least they had water to put in the Coffey Pot Holes.