In the early years of the German Lutheran immigration, Rev. C.F.W. Walther married Emilie Buenger. We will discover another Emilie today that married a Walther, making her another Emilie Walther. If you follow this blog regularly, you are probably already aware of the fact that there were some famous Walther’s who were pastors in the Gesellschaft, but there was another Walther family associated with a store located south of Altenburg. Today’s story comes from the “Store Walther’s”. Here is a photo of the Walther Store.
Johannes Immanuel Walther was yesterday’s birthday boy, but I decided to go fishing instead of writing his story. John was the son of Herman and Maria (Hesse) Walther. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Below is his baptism record.
John is found in the 1900 census for Brazeau Township at the age of 6. As you can see, his father is called a merchant and farmer.
A blog post telling the story of John’s parents was titled, Merchant by the Mill.
Meanwhile, John’s future wife was born across the river in Jacob, Illinois. Her name was Emilie Ottilie Ehlers. She was the daughter of John and Sophia (Boehme) Ehlers. Her birthday was June 11, 1902, so she and her future husband would have birthdays one week apart from each other. Emilie was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. Here is her baptism record in two images.
Emilie can be found in her first census in 1910 at the age of 7.
In the 1910 census, we find John Walther at age 15 and working as a farm laborer in Brazeau Township.
When John had his World War I draft registration completed in 1917, his home address was given as Altenburg, but he was working as a farmhand in West Point, Nebraska.
I managed to find out a little bit about the F.W. Feyerherm who is shown as his employer in West Point. Fred Feyerherm was part of a very large Feyerherm family. I even found a few photos of Fred Feyerherm. One is a photo of Fred with his parents and sibling, so you can see how large his family was. I placed a red arrow to indicate which one is Fred. The other is a photo taken of him later in his life.
I will quickly add that Fred Feyerherm’s mother was a Brockmann who was a relative of the Ernst Brockmann who was mentioned as being a teacher at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown in the post titled, A Lutheran Genealogist’s Nightmare.
On September 5, 1919, John Walther married Emilie Ehlers at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. Below is the church record for that wedding. The record states that John was from Altenburg, so he must have moved back to this area before his marriage.
The 1920 census shows this couple without having any children yet. They were listed right next to John’s father in the census. John was called a farmer.
This couple’s first child was born later that year. His name was Rudolph Elmer Walther. Then, a girl named Bertha was born in 1922, but died after only a few days of life. The rest of their children were born in the 1920’s. The remaining children were named Earl, Eugene, Edna, and Ellis. All of those names begin with “E”, and if you call the first son by the name Elmer, then all of the children’s names began with an “E”. We find this household in the 1920 census. I have once again included the household of John’s father, Herman. There was also a cousin, Henry Walther, listed below John’s family.
When the 1940 census was taken, we find the Walther family in a new location. They were living in Willow Springs, Missouri where John was still a farmer. The entry also indicates that this family had already lived there in 1935.
John Walther died on the Fourth of July in 1951 at the age of 58. When we look at this death certificate, we find that several changes had taken place in his life.
First of all, John had moved back to this area. Secondly, his occupation was said to be “cafe owner-farm”. That’s somewhat similar to his father’s occupation shown in an earlier census as “merchant-farmer”. Finally, it says that he was divorced. John was buried in the Cape Memorial Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
Emilie Walther married again in 1967. Her second husband was Martin Jacob Oehlert, the son of Joseph and Maria (Gruenwald) Oehlert. In fact, Martin was a twin. Here is the baptism record from Trinity, Altenburg of Martin and Frieda Oehlert who were born in 1900.
Martin had previously been married to Amanda Gerler, but she died in 1958. The marriage record for Martin Oehlert and Emilie Walther is shown below. These two were both in their 60’s when they were married again. They were married at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Ste. Genevieve.
We have a photo of Martin Oehlert.
Emilie Oehlert died in 1979 at the age of 77; Martin Oehlert died in 1988 at the age of 88. These two are buried in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville, except Martin is buried with his first wife.
So, there you have the story of the second Emilie Walther. This Emilie Walther didn’t even get buried as Emilie Walther, although you could claim that she was Emilie Walther for most of her life.