Ella became an Eggers. She and her husband, called Tom, would be part of what became known as Eggers and Company in Farrar, Missouri. I will attempt to tell their story today. Normally, I would prefer to allow our friend, Fred Eggers, tell this story that is so connected to his family, but I couldn’t ask him to do this at the last minute. I begin with Ella because today would have been her 125th birthday.
Ella Kaempfe was born on August 1, 1895, the daughter of William and Anna (Mangels) Kaempfe. She was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri. Below is her baptism record.
Below is the wedding photograph of Ella’s parents.
The first census in which we find Ella is that notoriously bad one for Salem Township in 1900. I have enlarged it so you have a better chance of seeing Ella’s name. She was 4 years old at the time.
Next, we find Ella and her family in the 1910 census.
Ella’s future husband would be Martin Eggers, the son of Henry and Catherine (Soehl) Eggers. He was born on February 18, 1894 and baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Here is his baptism record.
I can show you a photo of Martin’s parents also.
Martin was called Tom during much of his life, so I will do so also. He was found in the 1900 census at the age of 6. Good luck reading this census entry.
Tom was 16 years old in the 1910 census.
On April 11, 1915, Tom Eggers married Ella Kaempfe at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Below is the church record for this wedding.
Tom had his World War I draft registration completed in 1917.
This couple would have 5 children. One of them died at the age of one. We find this family in the 1920 census with two children, and Tom was a farmer.
It was in 1920 that Tom and his younger brother, Walter, bought the Klaus Store located in Farrar. Below is a photo of that store when it was still owned by Henry Klaus.
Tom and his brother operated this store from 1920 until 1966. Here is an early photo of this building when it was the Bueckman Store, even before it became the Klaus Store.
Next, we find the Eggers family in the 1930 census which says that Tom was called a retail merchant at a general store. Walter was also living in his household as well as a young school teacher named Herbert Grebing.
The last census we can view is the one taken in 1940.
A photo was taken of Tom and his siblings that is displayed below. Each of his brothers and sisters are labeled.
A photo was taken around 1958 of Tom and Ella in front of their store.
A short biography of Tom’s life has been written by someone in this family. It adds a few more details that have not been shared yet.
Ella died in 1970 at the age of 74. She died too recently for us to be able to view her death certificate. Tom died in 1986 at the age of 91. He and Ella are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.
I am going to place a few more photos of the Eggers and Company Store in a gallery. The thumbnails may be clicked to enlarge them.
Nowadays, the Eggers and Company Store is a bed & breakfast operated by one of Tom’s grandchildren, Ellen Frye. More information about the history of that store along with some more photos you might enjoy can be found on their website. You can click the link below to get there. You might consider staying at this historic site someday. My wife and I have stayed there, and I can attest to the fact that Ellen’s breakfasts are delicious.
Fred Eggers wrote a post a while back about one of the sons of Tom and Ella. His name was Homer Eggers, and one of his claims to fame was that he was born on the day of the Tri-State Tornado in 1925. That post was titled, A Tornado Tale of Two Towns. Perhaps we can talk Fred into writing the story about the other brother in the Eggers & Company Store, Walter Eggers, who is Fred’s ancestor. Or maybe he and his brother, Cal, who has also been a guest blogger for us, can work together on that story someday.