Telle’s Deli – Gen 2 (and 3)

You may want to read the post, Telle’s Deli, before you read this one.  Today’s story could be considered a continuation of that post.  Martin Gotthilf (also often reversed to be Gotthilf Martin) Telle established a delicatessen which was located in the Union Market Building in downtown St. Louis.  It was called the G.M. Telle Delicatessen.  I cannot help but call it Telle’s Deli.

Union Market Building 1925
Union Market Building = 1925

I managed to find out today that G.M.’s son, Ferdinand Telle later took over this delicatessen from his father.  However, I found this story by looking in the website.  It was there that I found that Mabel Godin was born on this day.  I would never have found Mabel in our German Family Tree.  I later did a search for “Godin” in our GFT, but there were no matches.

Mabel Gobin was born on May 27, 1888 in St. Clair County in Illinois, making her today’s birthday girl.  Her parents were Peter and Adeline (Jarvis) Godin.   When she was born, Mabel’s father was a farmer in that Illinois county.  Later, that family would move to St. Louis, where, for a while, Peter was a saloon keeper.  We find the Godin household in the St. Louis census for 1910.

Mabel Godin 1910 census St. Louis MO
1910 census – St. Louis, MO

It was later in 1910 that Mabel got married.  She was married to Ferdinand Telle on October 19, 1910, probably in St. Louis, but I was unable to find a marriage record for them.  Here is where we connect Mabel Godin with the G.M. Telle Delicatessen.  Ferdinand was the son of Martin Gotthilf and Theresa (Gerharter) Telle.  Ferdinand Telle is not found in our German Family Tree either because he was born in St. Louis.  His birthday was March 8, 1889.

We find Ferdinand in his first census in 1900.  His family was in St. Louis, where his father was said to be a butcher.

Ferdinand Telle 1900 census St. Louis MO
1900 census – St. Louis, MO

In the census taken during the same year as his marriage, both his father and Ferdinand are shown as butchers, with his father being the proprietor.

Ferdinand Telle 1910 census St. Louis MO
1910 census – St. Louis, MO

The 1920 census is the first one showing Ferdinand Telle’s family along with Mabel.  They had three children during that decade.  Since they named their oldest son after him, Ferdinand became Ferdinand, Sr.   I will also note that they named another son after Mabel’s mother’s maiden name, Jarvis.

Ferdinand Telle 1920 census St. Louis MO

In a 1916 St. Louis city directory we find both Ferdinand and his father working at the same location in Union Market.

Ferdinand Telle 1916 city directory St. Louis MO
Ferdinand and Gotthilf Telle – 1916 St. Louis city directory

In 1917, Ferdinand had his World War I draft registration filled out.  He  wascalled a meat cutter, and his employer was G.M. Telle.

Ferdinand Telle – WWI draft registration

The 1930 census calls Ferdinand a clerk in a delicatessen, but he must also have been the manager of the delicatessen because his father died in 1924.

Ferdinand Telle 1930 census St. Louis MO
1930 census – St. Louis, MO

In the last census in which we find Ferdinand, Sr., he was shown with the occupation in the image below.  At that point in time, he is called the owner and manager of the delicatessen.

Ferdinand Telle 1940 census occupation St. Louis MO
1940 census – St. Louis, MO

Ferdinand’s World War II draft card is shown below.  His employer was called G.M.Telle, but his father was no longer living.  That business, however, continued to carry his father’s name.

Ferdinand Telle – WWII draft card

Ferdinand Telle made Telle’s Deli into a second generation (Gen 2) business for the Telle family.  A paragraph of information that can be found on for Ferdinand says the following:

Ferdinand Telle Sr. info Findagrave

Later, it was Ferdinand Telle, Jr. who took over this delicatessen, making him the third generation of men in this family to operate that business.  A paragraph is also found on describing Ferdinand, Jr.’s life.

Ferdinand Telle Jr. infor Findagrave

This note indicates that the delicatessen was moved in 1982 because Union Market closed.  The deli operated in North St. Louis until 1990 when it too was closed.

Ferdinand Telle, Sr. died in 1960 at the age of 71.

Ferdinand Telle Sr. death certificate
Ferdinand Telle death certificate

Mabel died in 1971 at the age of 82.  Ferdinand and Mabel are buried together in the St. Peter’s Cemetery in Kirkwood, Missouri.

Ferdinand and Mabel Telle gravestone St. Peter Kirkwood MO
Ferdinand and Mabel Telle gravestone – St. Peter’s, Kirkwood, MO

Butchering (meat cutting) is still done by folks in Perry County to provide for their families.  The three generations of Telle butchers (deli operators) in St. Louis is evidence of that skill being utilized in the big city of St. Louis.

One thought on “Telle’s Deli – Gen 2 (and 3)

  1. My step father was a Telle family member. His full name was Ferdinand G. A. Telle lll. He married my mother in 1968 in Rolla MO. We would visit on holidays in Florissant then Lake St. Louis when his parents moved. Ferd’s dad ran a deli in Union Station. Ferd had numerous siblings. He passed Feb 2018.


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