Pastor Paul

Marie Weinhold married Rev. Adolph Paul on March 10, 1904.  Or did she?  We have a few conflicting records for this wedding.  I will get to that issue later in this post.  First, let’s discuss the bride.  She is the only Perry County resident in this marriage, and she happened to be the older sister of the man discussed in a post written last week, Ebs on the Sanitary Train.

Johanne Marie Weinhold was born on October 19, 1879, the daughter of Martin and Magdalena (Noennig) Weinhold.  She went by the name, Marie, during her lifetime.  She was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  Below is her baptism record.

Marie Weinhold baptism record Concordia Frohna MO
Marie Weinhold baptism record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

Marie can be found as a baby in the 1880 census.  As pointed out in several previous posts, her father was one of the Weinhold brothers who operated the Frohna Mill.

Maria WEinhold 1880 census Brazeau Township MO
1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

One more census from Perry County included Marie before she was married.  That one was enumerated in 1900.  Marie was 20 years old, and she was the oldest child still living at home.

Martin Weinhold 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we will look at the groom.  I have to admit that I found practically nothing about the early life of Adolph Paul.  I have his birthday as June 22, 1879, and he may have been born in the Chicago, Illinois vicinity, but I was not even able to discover the names of his parents.  I was also unsuccessful at finding him in either an 1880 or 1900 census.  Actually, the first documents I could find for Adolph were his marriage records, and that is where we find a conflict.  The wedding took place in 1904, however the date of the wedding is up for debate.  First, let’s look at the church record for this marriage as found in the Concordia, Frohna books.  This record states that the marriage took place on March 10th.  If you look closely, however, it also says the license was dated as April 7th, almost a month later.

Paul Weinhold marriage record Concordia Frohna MO
Paul/Weinhold marriage record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

The Perry County marriage license has a different date.  This form says the marriage took place on April 10th, not March 10th.  This form also says the application for this license took place on April 7th, just like the church record.

Paul Weinhold marriage license
Weinhold/Paul marriage license

It makes much more sense that this marriage took place on April 10th, not March 10th.  You are getting this story on March 10th anyway.  For one thing, I did not discover this discrepancy until I had already gathered up plenty of other information about this couple, and I did not want to start over.  Also, you will find out later that there is another reason that I will point out later about this story’s Minnesota connection that makes this story relevant now as opposed to later.

If you look at the two marriage records above, one states that Adolph was from Owatonna, Minnesota, and the other says he was from Steele County, Minnesota, which is where the city of Owatonna is located.  Adolph was a Lutheran pastor in Owatonna.  I believe the only Lutheran church in Owatonna in 1904 was Redeemer Lutheran Church which was established in 1883.  We find the Paul family in a state census for Minnesota taken in 1905.  They were living in Owatonna and had no children yet.

Adolph Paul 1905 Minnesota state census Owatonna
1905 Minnesota state census – Owatonna

Marie must have been back in Frohna in 1908 when this family photo was taken of the Weinhold’s.  Marie is standing on the far right.

Martin Weinhold family

Another photo of this family that included some spouses and grandchildren was taken at the same time.  The caption should help you identify Marie and Adolph and their child, Erwin.

Martin Weinhold family with spouses and grandchildren


This couple had one child by the time the 1910 census was taken.  They were still living in Owatonna where Adolph was a Minister of the Gospel.

Adolph Paul 1910 census Owatonna MN
1910 census – Owatonna, MN

Sometime between 1910 and 1920, Rev. Paul must have accepted a call to a Lutheran church in Lakefield, Minnesota.  We find his family living in that location in the 1920 census.  His family starts on one page and continues on the next, so I have to show two images.  You can see that this household has quite a few more children by that time.

Adolph Paul 1920 census 1 Lakefield MN

Adolph Paul 1920 census 2 Lakefield MN
1920 census – Lakefield, MN

Here is a photo of what Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lakefield looks like.  This church building may have been constructed during Pastor Paul’s time there.

Immanuel Lutheran Lakefield MN

Ten years later, this family was still living in Lakefield when the 1930 census was completed.

Adolph Paul 1930 census Lakefield MN
1930 census – Lakefield, MN

We have a Weinhold family book in our research library that contains the following information about Rev. Adolph and Marie.

Adolph and Marie Paul info and photos

According to this information, Rev. Adolph Paul died in 1920.  That is not the case.  We find his gravestone in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Lakefield, and it says he died in 1937.  If that is the case, he died when he was about 58 years old.  That set me off on a search for Marie in the 1940 census.  She was not to be found in Minnesota.  I found there was a Marie Paul living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that was about the right age, but I didn’t think it would be her.  However, when I opened it up, I found evidence that it was indeed the right person.  Here is that census record.  I did not show an additional child that was on the next census page.

Marie Paul 1940 census Milwaukee WI
1940 census – Milwaukee, WI

In the column which tells where the person lived in 1935, it says all of the members of this household were living in Lakefield, Minnesota.  However, I cannot tell you why they were living in Milwaukee.  Perhaps another one of their older children was living in that city.

Marie died in 1957, which means that she died when she was about 78 years old.  If she died in Wisconsin or not, I do not know.  She was buried in the same cemetery as her husband in Minnesota.


I will display one more photo of the Paul family.  It was reportedly taken in 1920.  It was likely taken at another time when the Paul’s visited Missouri (either Perry County or St. Louis) because Edwin (Ebs) is included in the photograph, although I suppose it’s possible that Ebs went to Minnesota to visit his sister.  I am also thinking that Marie may be the one standing to the right of Rev. Adolph with a young child in her lap.  To me, she just looks more like the photos we have of Marie.

Rev. Adolph and Marie Paul family

Now, I need to tell you a few other reasons that I wanted to tell this story today.  First, my wife and I will be traveling to visit our Minnesota grandchild later this week.  I like the fact that I found a story about a native of Perry County who ended up in that state.  Secondly, I just found out that a former student of mine, Rev. Tim Chase, who is now a Lutheran pastor will soon be moving to a new location.  He is presently serving a congregation in Dodge Center, Minnesota, but he has just accepted a call to a congregation in Truman, Minnesota.  If you look at the map below, you will see that the move made by the Paul family from Owatonna to Lakefield was pretty similar to the move that the Chase family will be making soon.

Owatonna Lakefield Minnesota map

It just seemed to me that I needed to tell this particular story today.  By the way, because of my travel plans, there will likely be a few days coming up when I will be unable to write on this blog.


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