In the post titled, Ernst Bock Completes the Uniontown 4H Club, there was a mention of a marriage between a Hemmann and a Hecht. That couple was made up of Joseph Hemmann and Elizabeth Hecht. We have an old photo of this couple on display in our museum.
Both the Hemmann and the Hecht families originated in Perry County when they came to America as part of the Gruber Group. As was the case of many of the Gruber Group, these families first settled in the Uniontown area. These two families became quite large and spread out over the Perry/North Cape County area.
On March 24, 1878, Henry and Wilhelmine (Lorenz) Hecht welcomed a boy by the name of Joseph into their family. This baby would call the man in the above photo Uncle Joseph. Joseph Hecht was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Here is his baptism record.
I could not find Joseph in the regular 1880 census on Ancestry.com, so I went to see if I could find him in the recently found pages of that census. Below is the entry that I found there. Joseph was just 2 years old at the time.
One day before Joseph’s third birthday, on March 23, 1881, Rosine Amanda Hemmann was born. She was the daughter of August and Pauline (Fiehler) Hemmann. Here is a photo of Amanda’s parents.
She, too, was baptized at Grace, Uniontown. Below is her baptism record.
We find both Joseph and Amanda in the 1900 census for Union Township. They were just two pages from each other in that census. First, here is Joseph’s entry.
Next, here we see Amanda’s entry.
On September 27, 1908, Joseph Hecht married Amanda Hemmann at Grace Lutheran Church. Their marriage license is shown below.
The image here shows the marriage record found in the Grace Lutheran Church books.
The wedding photo for this couple is shown below.
Seven years after this couple was married, a Perry County plat map was produced in 1915. On this map, we can find several Hecht land parcels as well as a Hemman property. The red box shows where the Joseph Hecht farm was located. The blue arrow points at the farm of Amanda’s father, August.
Please note that there was a school on the Hemmann property near Indian Creek. That school became known as the Fiehler School. Remember that August was married to Pauline Fiehler.
Here is a more recent photo of this school.
We find an interesting entry in the 1910 census for Joseph and Amanda Hecht. They had yet to have any children, but they did have a boarder by the name of Martin Lorenz, who was listed as a public school teacher.
Martin Lorenz came out of Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Later, he would go on to teach in Lutheran schools. Also, keep in mind that Joseph Hecht’s mother was a Lorenz. This photo of the Farrar Reds baseball team was taken at about the time when Martin was living with the Hecht family and likely teaching at the Fiehler School.
Martin is the fourth player from the right with the C.F. on his sleeve.
Joseph and Amanda Hecht had three children, one of which died at the age of 17. Joseph was a farmer his whole life. He died in 1960 at the age of 82. Here is his death certificate.
Sometime before 1924, Amanda shows up in a family photo with her parents and two siblings. She is standing in the back on the right.
Amanda died in 1964 at the age of 83. We also have her death certificate. The cause of death on both her and her husband’s death certificates look quite similar.
Joseph and Amanda are buried in the Grace Lutheran Cemetery in Uniontown.
As near as I can tell, both Joseph and Amanda were born, raised, and lived their entire lives in same area near the Indian Creek in Union Township, Missouri.