Foster Fuehler – Or Is It Fiehler?

We have a whole flock of Fiehler’s in our German Family Tree, and I have written several blog posts about Fiehler’s.  However, there not as many Fuehler’s.  I will attempt to tell the story of Alfred Fuehler today, and you will discover, if you don’t know it already, that he has some connection to the Fiehler’s.  I could not help but ask the question, “Is it possible that he is really a Fiehler with a different spelling?”  I found some answers in the Fiehler family binder we have in our research library.

First, here is a paragraph from the Fiehler book that tells part of the story.  We are especially interested in the story of Alfred Fuehler who is mentioned here as arriving in America with his father and brother in 1882.

Alfred Fuehler family background Fiehler book

Alfred Fuehler was born on February 11, 1874 in Germany.  As is said above, his parents were Julius and Maria Louise (Wagner) Fiehler…..or Fuehler.  After arriving in America, Alfred was “farmed out” to the August Hemmann family in Uniontown, Missouri.  August Hemmann was married to Pauline Fiehler, so if I have this figured correctly, Alfred must have been Pauline’s first cousin, once removed.  I looked for the August Hemmann household in the 1880 census, which is the portion of the census that was only recently found and cannot yet be located on  That census entry backs up the fact that Alfred had not immigrated yet and was not yet part of their family.

August Hemmann 1880 census Union Township MO
1880 census – Union Township, MO

A photo of the August Hemmann family was taken later which does not include the man that was called a foster son in our German Family Tree.  We will discover that by the time this photo was taken, Alfred Fuehler was no longer living in Perry County.

August and Pauline Hemmann family

Alfred can never be found again in a Perry County census because he did not arrive till after the 1880 census, and he was gone before the 1900 census was taken.  That is because the Hemmann family sent him to St. Louis to prepare for the ministry by attending Concordia Seminary.  Here is another paragraph found in the Fiehler family binder.

Alfred Fuehler family background 2 Fiehler book

We find Alfred Fuehler listed in an 1895 St. Louis city directory as a student at Concordia Seminary.

Alfred Fuehler 1895 St. Louis city directory
Alfred Fuehler – 1895 St. Louis city directory

According to information found in a book that we have in our library, The Heart of Missouri, Alfred was the pastor of Eisleben Lutheran Church in Ilmo, Missouri from 1899-1908.  That area was once also called Kelso and nowadays, that location is known as Scott City.

Alfred Fuehler Ilmo list of pastors
Eisleben Lutheran Church list of pastors – Scott City, MO

On October 29, 1899, Rev. Alfred Fuehler traveled up to Uniontown, Missouri to marry Sarah Telle.  They were married at Grace Lutheran Church.  We have their church marriage record.

Fuehler Telle marriage record Grace Uniontown MO
Fuehler/Telle marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We also have the marriage license for this couple.

Fuehler Telle marriage license
Fuehler/Telle marriage license

Sarah Telle is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on January 11, 1876 and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.  She was the baby of the Herman and Eva (Hemmann) Telle family.  Below is her baptism record.

Sarah Telle baptism record Grace Uniontown MO
Sarah Telle baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

We find Sarah in the same once-lost 1880 Union Township census records in which we found the August Hemmann family.

Herman Telle 1880 census Union Township MO
1880 census – Union Township, MO

We find Alfred and Sarah living in Kelso when the 1900 census was taken.

Alfred Fuehler 1900 census Kelso MO
1900 census – Kelso, MO

The Fuehler family would have 3 children, and all 3 would be born when Rev. Fuehler was serving at Eisleben Lutheran Church.  We find their children’s baptism records at that congregation.

Bertha Fuehler baptism record Eisleben Scott City MO
Bertha Fuehler baptism record – Eisleben, Scott City, MO


Martin Fuehler baptism record Eisleben Scott City MO
Martin Fuehler baptism record – Eisleben, Scott City, MO
Ella Fuehler baptism record Eisleben Scott City MO
Ella Fuehler baptism record – Eisleben, Scott City, MO

Here is a photo of Eisleben Lutheran Church as it looks today.

Eisleben Lutheran Church Scott City MO
Eisleben Lutheran Church – Scott City, MO

In 1908, Rev. Fuehler became the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Orchard Farm, Missouri, which is located in St. Charles County.  We see from this list of pastors of that church that Rev. Fuehler served there from 1908-1914.

Albert Fuehler Trinity Orchard Farm list of pastors
Trinity, Orchard Farm list of pastors

We find the Fuehler family in the 1910 census for St. Charles County.

Alfred Fuehler 1910 census Orchard Farm MO
1910 census – St. Charles County, MO

Here is what Trinity Lutheran Church, Orchard Farm looks like now.  One of our museum’s friends, Rev. James Thomas, is the present pastor at that congregation.

Trinity Lutheran Orchard Farm MO
Trinity Lutheran Church – Orchard Farm, MO

After 1914, we find this family living in Hoyleton, Illinois where Alfred was the pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church.  When Alfred had his World War I draft registration completed in 1918, we find him living in Hoyleton.

Alfred Fuehler – WWI draft registration

The 1920 census shows the Fuehler’s in Hoyleton.

Alfred Fuehler 1920 census Hoyleton IL
1920 census – Hoyleton, IL

Here is a photograph of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoyleton, Illinois.

Trinity Lutheran Hoyleton IL
Trinity Lutheran Church – Hoyleton, IL

We find this family once again in the 1930 census, but for some reason, I was unable to find them in the 1940 census.

Alfred Fuehler 1930 census Hoyleton IL
1930 census – Hoyleton, IL

We have this photograph of Rev. Alfred Fuehler.

Rev. Alfred Fuehler

Along with this photo of Alfred which I found in the Fiehler family binder, was this photo of the Alfred Fuehler family.

Alfred Fuehler family

Rev. Alfred Fuehler died in 1957 at the age of 83.  Sarah Fuehler died in 1960 at the age of 84.  They are both buried at the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Hoyleton, Illinois, but no photos are available of their gravestones.

I will  close Alfred’s story with a short paragraph which is part of the Fiehler family binder that attempts to explain the spelling of this branch of his family.

Fuehler family spelling note Fiehler book

In one previous blog post, it was mentioned that another character from East Perry County history was from Hoyleton, Illinois.  That person was Teacher Henry Welp, who served Concordia Lutheran School in Frohna for 50 years.

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