A Girl in the Army

Quite a while ago, a post was published on this blog titled, One of Anton’s Army.  When one looks at the family of Anton Mueller, you cannot help but notice how many males were in his family.  Anton was married twice and had only one daughter from each of his wives.  The other 13 children who lived to adulthood were all men.  I am going to tell the story today of one of the two girls, Dorothy Mueller, the daughter of his first wife, Anna (Drumtra) Mueller.

Dorothy Mueller is today’s birthday girl, being born on July 3, 1894.  She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  She was the last child born to Anton’s first wife, who died in 1896 when Dorothy was just 2 years old.  This photo reportedly shows Anna holding her baby, Dorothy, on the front porch of either Anton or his father, Zacharias’s, house in Altenburg.  If it is Anna holding Dorothy, the photo must have been taken in 1896 or 1897.

Anton and Anna Mueller house

The 1900 census is the first one in which we find Dorothy, and by then, her father had married his second wife, Maria Asche.  Werner and Ernst were two children whose mother was Maria.

Dorothy Mueller 1900 census Altenburg MO
1900 census – Altenburg, MO

Dorothy can once again be found living in this Mueller household in 1910.  The only other daughter in this family, Amalia (Molly), can be seen in this entry.

Dorothy Mueller 1910 census Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – Altenburg, MO

Dorothy can be seen in this photo of four girls.  Starting at the left and going clockwise:  Dorothy Mueller, Martha Koestering, Susanna Koestering, Alma Seibel.  Susanna Koestering married Dorothy’s older brother, Albert Mueller.

Dora Mueller Martha Koestering Susanna Koestering Alma Seibel

Dorothy was married in 1916, but before I discuss that marriage, let me tell you a little about the roots of her husband, Paul Lohmann.  Paul was the first child of Gottlieb and Emma (Heins) Lohmann.  He was born on March 1, 1893 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  We find him in this 1900 census where his father is a carpenter.

Paul Lohmann 1900 census Altenburg MO
1900 census – Altenburg, MO

We also find him in the 1910 census for Altenburg.  This time, Paul is shown to be an apprentice miller.

Paul Lohmann 1910 census Brazeau Township MO
1910 census – Altenburg, MO

The mill at which Paul was an apprentice was almost certainly the roller mills located on the east end of Altenburg run by a different Mueller family.  A post was written about that Mueller family titled, Mueller Millers.  That mill is shown in the photo below.  It is likely that Paul is one of the men in this picture.

Altenburg Roller Mills tif
Altenburg Roller Mills

I do not know exactly where the Gottlieb Lohmann family lived in Altenburg, but this portion of a 1915 map of Altenburg shows several names and places mentioned in this story.

Anton Mueller land map Altenburg east end

Paul Lohmann and Dorothy Mueller were married on October 1, 1916 at Trinity, Altenburg.  Here is their marriage license.

Paul Lohmann Dorothy Mueller marriage license
Lohmann/Mueller marriage license

One year after they were married, Paul had his World War I draft registration filled out.  He is called a flour miller.


The 1920 census is the first one in which we find this married couple.  Paul is no longer an apprentice, but a miller.  The roller mills burned in 1919 and the Schirmer family rebuilt and took over the mill.  The Lohmann’s had two sons.

Paul Lohmann 1920 census Brazeau Township MO
1920 census – Altenburg, MO

Sometime between 1920 and 1930, the Lohmann’s moved to St. Louis.  That is where we find them in the 1930 census.  Paul was a truck driver.

Paul Lohmann 1930 census St. Louis MO
1930 census – St. Louis, MO

Then in the 1940 census, we see Paul described as a chauffeur.

Paul Lohmann 1940 census St. Louis MO
1940 census – St. Louis, MO

When Paul’s World War II draft card was completed, it said he was working for the Ben Gutman Truck Service.

Paul Lohmann – WWII draft card

The photograph shown below shows a gathering of the Anton Mueller family.  It just includes children, not their spouses.  Dorothy is indicated by the red arrow.

Anton Mueller family Dorothy

Another photo of the Anton Mueller family was taken which included his children and their spouses.  Paul and Dorothy (Dora) are in the photo as identified in the caption.

Anton Mueller family 3

Dorothy died in 1960 at the age of 65.  Here is her death certificate.  She died at Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis.

Dorothy Lohmann death certificate
Dorothy Lohmann death certificate

This form says Dorothy was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery.  When you go to Findagrave.com to find her gravestone, it says her memorial has been removed.

Paul died in 1981 at the age of 88.  His death certificate is not available to the public yet.  He is reported to be buried in the same cemetery, but cannot be found on Findagrave.com.

Dorothy Mueller is another one of those women who spent her whole life surrounded by almost all men and boys.  I am just the opposite.  I married a woman (who happens to also have a birthday today) who had 3 daughters.  Those 3 daughters have now blessed us with 6 grandchildren.  Only one of them is a grandson.  My life has been surrounded by women, but I’m not complaining.


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