2 Brothers, 2 Sisters, 2 Photos

A wedding took place on this day in 1897 at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  It was the marriage between a Lueders man and a Fiehler woman.  However, it was not the first Lueders/Fiehler wedding.  Three years earlier, another Lueders man had married another Fiehler woman.  I would like to take a particular look today at two photographs that were taken of these two families.  I happen to think that both of these pictures were the product of a local photographer who also happened to be part of one of these two families.  His name was Paul Lueders, whose story has already been told on this blog.  You can find a post about him at this link:  Paul Lueders – Time Lapse Photography.

Let’s start by looking at the two family photos.  First, here is the Lueders family photo which was taken on the occasion of the 50th wedding anniversary of the parents in this family, August and Anna (Roth) Lueders.  We know this photo must have been taken in 1905.

August Lueders Family

We have a caption for this photo in our museum where it is displayed right now.

Lueders family 50th anniversary label

Next, let’s take a look at the Fiehler family.  Although I could find no indication about when this photo was taken, I think the most likely occasion for this photo was the death of their mother in 1921.  As the caption indicates, several members of this family lived in other states.  A mother’s funeral would certainly have been a likely occasion for all of them to gather.  This photo does not include the parents.  If I am right about the year, both of them would have no longer been living.

10 Fiehler children

There is also a label to identify the people in this photo.

Benjamin Fiehler children photo

In 1894, Martin Lueders married Agnes Fiehler.  The story of that couple has already been told in this blog.  That post can be found at this link:  Lehrer Lueders.

Martin’s brother, Edward Lueders, married Agnes’s sister, Emma Fiehler, on April 19, 1897.  Here is the marriage license for this couple.

Edward Lueders Emma Fiehler marriage license
Lueders/Fiehler marriage license

Below is the church record for this marriage.

Edward Lueders Emma Fiehler marriage record Concordia Frohna MO
Lueders/Fiehler marriage record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

I also located a wedding photograph in the Fiehler family binder that we have in our research library.  This image also gives some extra information about Edward’s occupations.

Edward Lueders Emma Fiehler wedding

We find this couple in the 1900 census for Brazeau Township.  Edward was shown as being a farmer in this entry.  They had yet to have any children.

Edward Lueders 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

During the next decade, Edward and Emma had four children.  However, only one of them lived past infancy.  Then on January 10, 1910, Edward died.  Although Missouri death certificates began to show up in 1910, we do not have one for Edward, and his church death record does not give a cause for his death.  As a result of his death, only Emma and one child, Norma, show up in the 1910 census.  You can also see Emma’s mother, Bertha, on this census.  Both Emma and Bertha were widows.

Emma Lueders 1910 census Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In a later census for Brazeau Township, Emma Lueders was listed as being a seamstress.  Then in 1940, we find her living in St. Louis with her daughter, Norma and her husband, Raymond Rumer.

Emma Lueders 1940 census St. Louis MO
1940 census – St. Louis, MO

Another photo that can be found in the Fiehler family binder is this one of Emma and her only daughter, Norma.

Emma and Norma Lueders

It appears that Norma and her family moved to the Jefferson City, Missouri area after 1940.  In 1956, Emma died, and her death certificate had her living in a nursing home in Linn, Missouri.

Emma Lueders death certificate
Emma Lueders death certificate

Emma was buried in the same cemetery as her husband, Edward.  They are buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.


Let’s return to the two family photos.  I have enlarged the portions of the two pictures to show the brothers and the sisters who were discussed today.  It just so happens that the brothers as well as the sisters were standing next to each other in these images.  First, here are the two Lueders brothers.

Martin and Edward Lueders
Martin (left) and Edward (right) Lueders

Now the two Fiehler sisters.

Agnes and Emma Fiehler
Agnes (left) and Emma (right) Lueders – the Fiehler sisters

Even though these Fiehler sisters had similar beginnings, their lives ended up quite differently.  Agnes spent most of her life in Kansas as the wife of a Lutheran school teacher.  On the other hand, Emma spent much of her life here in Perry County, but most of that life was spent as a widow.


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