Theodore and Pauline

Happy 137th Birthday to Theodore Wilhelm Heinrich Schattauer!  He was born on March 7, 1883, the son of Matthew and Mary (Haberfellner) Schattauer.  Theodore was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri.  The first census in which we find Theodore was the one taken in 1900 when he was 17 years old.

Theodore Schattauer 1900 census Shawnee Township MO
1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Pauline Johanna Gerler was going to be Theodore’s wife.  She was a Christmas baby, born on December 25, 1888.  She was the last child in the family of Ludwig (Louis) and Emma (Thurm) Gerler.  Pauline was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Below is her baptism record in two images.

Pauline Gerler baptism record 1 Immanuel Altenburg MO

Pauline Gerler baptism record 2 Immanuel Altenburg MO
Pauline Gerler baptism record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

We also can take a look at a Perry County birth record for Pauline (also in two images).

Pauline Gerler birth record 1 Perry County MO

Pauline Gerler birth record 2 Perry County MO
Pauline Gerler birth record – Perry County, MO

Not long after Pauline was born, the Gerler family had this photo taken.  Pauline is the baby being held by her mother.

Louis Gerler, Sr. family
Louis Gerler family

Just a few quick observations.  The father and two sons have the “only one button at the top” look with their suit coats, and the mother must have made similar outfits for her daughters…including the baby, Pauline.

Pauline can be found in the 1900 census as an 11 year-old.

Pauline Gerler 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Pauline’s family was one of the “Ridge Gerlers”. We see the Louis Gerler farm in the map below.  I did not make an effort to put a box around his land because the boundaries are so irregular.

Louis Gerler property
Louis Gerler land map – 1915

On April 13, 1909, Theodore Schattauer married Pauline Gerler at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  We have the church record for this wedding.  It’s another record that stretches across two pages and needs two images.

Schattauer Gerler marriage record Immanuel Altenburg MO

Pauline Gerler baptism record 1 Immanuel Altenburg MO
Schattauer/Gerler marriage record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

We also can display their marriage license from Perry County.

Schattauer Gerler marriage license
Schattauer/Gerler marriage license

The location of this family in 1910 is a mystery.  I was unable to find this set of newlyweds in the census for that year.  I know they were not living in either of their parents’ households.  If they could be found, their entry would likely include their first child who was born in February of 1910.  All together, they would have 4 children, two girls and two boys.  Three of those children can be found on the 1920 census.  They were living in the Brazeau Township.

Theodore Schattauer 1920 census Brazeau Township MO
1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

A few sad events took place in this family in the 1920’s.  First of all, their son, Alwin Schattauer, died in 1924.  I could not find a death certificate for him, but the Immanuel Lutheran Church death records state that he died of a heart attack at the age of 8.  Then in 1927, Theodore died of a heart attack also.  He was just 44 years old when he died.  Below is his death certificate.

Theodore Schattauer death certificate
Theodore Schattauer death certificate

Three years later, when the 1930 census was taken, we find Pauline shown as not only being the head of the household as a widow, but she was also called a farmer.  Her two oldest children were daughters, and the youngest son was not of an age to be much help on a farm.

Pauline Schattauer 1930 census Brazeau Township MO
1930 census – Brazeau Township, MO

When the 1940 census was taken, we find just Pauline and 14 year-old Willard in the household, with Willard being described as a farmer.  However, right above their census entry, you will find a Weber family.  Alma Weber was one of the Schattauer’s daughters.

Pauline Schattauer 1940 census Brazeau Township MO
1940 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Both of the daughters in this Schattauer family married sons of Heinrich Weber, who we could describe as being a “Ridge Weber”.

Pauline Schattauer died in 1966 at the age of 77 as a result of a stroke.  Her death certificate says she died at Perry County Memorial Hospital.

Pauline Schattauer death certificate
Pauline Schattauer death certificate

Theodore and Pauline are each buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Altenburg.

Pauline Gerler Schattauer was born on December 25th, baptized on January 6th, and buried on November 24th.  She had the special distinction of being born on Christmas Day, baptized on Epiphany Day, and buried on Thanksgiving Day.



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