Born on Mom and Dad’s Anniversary

Today’s post is intended to be mostly a display of old photographs.  I have already written several posts that are connected to the Robert and Lillian Fiehler family, so I do not want to repeat what has already been on this blog.  However, when I discovered that today was the anniversary of Joseph and Ida (Meyr) Fiehler, I began looking in our German Family Tree.  It didn’t take me long to realize that their son, Robert Fiehler, was also born on the same day as their anniversary.  Believe it or not, Gerard Fiehler, Robert’s son, was not aware that his father was born on his grandma and grandpa’s anniversary.

Joseph Fiehler married Ida Meyr on January 14, 1923 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Below is the church marriage record for that wedding.  So today would have been their 97th wedding anniversary.

Fiehler Meyr marriage record Trinity Altenburg MO
Fiehler/Meyr marriage record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Here is the wedding photo of Joseph and Ida Fiehler.

Joseph and Ida Fiehler wedding
Joseph and Ida Fiehler wedding

After three years of marriage, their second child, Robert Fiehler, was born on their anniversary.  He was born on January 14, 1926, making today his 94th birthday.  Below is Robert’s baptism record from the Trinity Lutheran books.

Robert Fiehler baptism record Trinity Altenburg MO
Robert Fiehler baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

This morning was a beautiful, foggy morning in Altenburg, and on my way home from teaching my Tuesday morning men’s Bible class, my pickup truck turned into the cemetery as if a magnet attracted it there.  I figured there would be some good photos to be had in a foggy cemetery.  Here are a few.  The thumbnails are clickable.

While I was at the cemetery, I managed to find the gravestones of Joseph and Ida Fiehler, as well as the gravestone for both Robert and Lillian Fiehler.  In addition, I took a photo of the military plaque which can be found on the back of Robert’s gravestone.

Gerard Fiehler was recently enlisted as the person who was going to store the Fiehler Family Photo Tub at his home.  So, I asked Gerard if he could locate some photos for this post.  First of all, I am going to show some photos of Robert’s military service.  He was a teenager in 1945 as he drove a tank into the Battle of the Bulge.  Robert also served as a translater when it came time to deal with German prisoners.

Here are a few photos from Robert Fiehler’s 1944 Tuba yearbook. That was his senior year at Perryville High School.

Here is a collection of miscellaneous photos from this Fiehler family.

When Robert married Lillian Schilling, he entered my Schmidt family.  Robert was my first half-cousin-in-law.  Around our museum, Robert is considered a legend.  He was a very active supporter, and I think it can be safely said that this museum would not be what it is today without Robert’s assistance.  He has also gone down in local history as a legendary story teller and local historian.  I think also that Gerard Fiehler is an example of an apple that hasn’t fallen far from the tree.  The difference is that in the case of Gerard, only some of his stories are true.

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