Valentine’s Son Finds His Popp

A Valentine’s son found his sweetheart and was married on this date in 1905.  Herman Fiedler married Emilie Popp on November 2, 1905 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri.  Herman was the son of Valentine and Marie (Kasten) Fiedler and baptized at Immanuel, New Wells.  He was born on March 30, 1878.  Emilie was the daughter of Herman and Margaret (Hellwege) Popp and also baptized at Immanuel.  She was born on January 13, 1881.

Let’s take a look at their baptism records.  First, here is the one for Herman from Immanuel’s church books.

Herman Fiedler baptism record Immanuel New Wells MO
Herman Fiedler baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

Next, we’ll display Emilie’s baptism record from Immanuel.

Emilie Popp baptism record Immanuel New Wells MO
Emilie Popp baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

Since Herman was born before 1880, we find him in the census taken during that year.  His household included more than one surname.  His mother, Marie, was previously married to Herman Koenig before marrying Valentine Fiedler.  We see some Koenig children in this census.

Herman Fiedler 1880 census Shawnee Township MO
1880 census – Shawnee Township, MO

I was unable to find Herman in the 1900 census.  He is not listed in the household of his parents.

Since Emilie was not born until after 1880, we do not find her in a census until 1900.  We never see her in a census with her father because he died in 1898.  Emilie had a sister, Anna, and her family was included in this household.

Amelia Popp 1900 census Shawnee Township MO
1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

That leads us up to the marriage that took place on this day in 1905.  Below is the marriage license for Herman Fiedler and Emilie Popp.

Fiedler Popp marriage license
Fiedler/Popp marriage license

These two were married on a Sunday.  We also have the church marriage record.

Fiedler Popp marriage record Immanuel New Wells MO
Fiedler/Popp marriage record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

If you look closely in the last column, you will see the name of Emilie Fiedler as one of the witnesses for this wedding.  That not only was the name taken by Emilie Popp after this marriage, it was also the name of Herman’s sister.  She was the Emilie Fiedler that was a character in the story written two days ago.  She later became the second wife of Adolph Petzoldt.

The 1910 census was the first one in which we find this couple.  They were living in the household of Herman’s father, Valentine.  I also included the entry above Herman’s to show that his brother, Benjamin, lived nearby.  Herman and Emilie had two children in 1910.

Herman Fiedler 1910 census Shawnee Township MO
1910 census – Shawnee Township, MO

This couple would eventually have 6 children according to our German Family Tree.  In the 1920 census, we find the following household.  Their last child, Wilma, was born that same year.  I find it somewhat humorous that Valentine’s name is given on this entry as Wellington.

Herman Fiedler 1920 census Shawnee Township MO
1920 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Herman was a farmer in all of the census records I could find.  Next, we see the one taken in 1930.  Bertha is not listed because she died in 1921 at an early age.

Herman Fiedler 1930 census Shawnee Township MO
1930 census – Shawnee Township, MO

At the time of the 1930 census, a series of plat maps was being produced for Cape Girardeau County.  We find two pieces of property owned by men with the Fiedler surname.  I assume the one listed as H. Fiedler was where Herman’s farm was located.

Fiedler land map Cape County 1930
Fiedler land map – 1930

The last census in which we find Herman was the one for 1940.  Their son, Elmer, and his wife were living in their household.

Herman Fiedler 1940 census Shawnee Township MO
1940 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Herman died in 1948 at the age of 70.  Here is his death certificate.

Herman Fiedler death certificate
Herman Fiedler death certificate

Emilie died in 1959 at the age of 78.  I had to look in the Perry County death certificates to find hers because she died in the Perryville hospital.

Emilie Fiedler death certificate
Emilie Fiedler death certificate

All of the Fiedler children from this family were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran in New Wells all the way up to the last one being born in 1920.  However, when these two died, they were both buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Shawneetown, Missouri.  They must have transferred to that congregation sometime after 1920.  You can see from the map that their farm was about equidistant to either of those churches.

There is still a Fiedler presence in Shawnee Township.  Leonard Fiedler, a retired Lutheran church worker, is living on one of those Fiedler parcels of land.  I am not sure which one.  Leonard is a good friend of our museum.



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