The Ridge Charles Weber

In 2017, I wrote a story titled, Charles Weber x 2. That post highlighted not one Charles Weber, but two of them. Today, I will tell the tale of yet another Charles (Carl) Weber. The one you will read about today involves a Carl Weber who came from what we call the “Ridge Webers”. I can tell you this. The image file we have on our computer is getting quite full of images with the names Charles Weber or Carl Weber.

Carl Reinholt Weber was born on August 31, 1894, the son of Emanuel and Mathilda (Leimbach) Weber. Carl was the oldest child in his family. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here is his baptism record.

Carl Reinholt Weber baptism record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

Carl is found in his first census in 1900 at the age of 5.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Carl in the 1910 census. At the age of 15, he was already called a farm laborer. The Weber household had also gotten bigger.

1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In 1917, Carl had his World War I draft registration completed. He was still single at age 22 and working on the Theodore Holschen farm.

Carl Reinholdt Weber – WWI draft registration

In Carl’s case, he did have to answer the call to serve in the military. The military record shown below indicates he was inducted on July 26, 1918. He was being sent to Camp Funston in Kansas. During the spring of that year, Camp Funston had been the location where the Spanish flu epidemic struck over 1000 soldiers. By July, the Spanish flu had lessened its impact, but soldiers and their families must have been quite concerned about men like Carl heading off to Camp Funston. A photo of “Perry County Boys” was taken on the steps of the county courthouse in Perryville when they were inducted. I’m sure Carl is in this group somewhere.

The way I have it figured, it must have been at about this time that the Emanuel Weber family had a photo taken. Perhaps they chose to have this taken before Carl left for Camp Funston in fear that he may not return. This family had also had the youngest child die in 1916 at the age of 2.

Emanuel Weber family photo

Carl’s military record shows that he did not get sent overseas.

Carl Reinholt Weber military record

After his service during the war, Carl returned to The Ridge. We find him once again in the 1920 census for Brazeau Township at the age of 25.

1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Now, we will take a look at the early life of Carl’s future wife, Lora Schilling. Lora was born on March 4, 1907, making her about 13 years younger than Carl. Her parents were Gotthilf and Juliane (Militzer) Schilling. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Missouri. Here is her baptism record.

Lora Schilling baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

We find Lora in her first census in 1910 at the age of 3.

1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

When Carl Weber returned from his military service, it was about the time when Lora was in confirmation class. She was confirmed in 1920. The only photo I was able to find of Lora was her confirmation picture.

Lora Schilling

We find Lora in the 1920 census at the age of 12.

1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

We may have to make some future additions to our German Family Tree because it does not connect Carl Weber and Lora Schilling at all to one another. However, on September 25, 1927, these two were married in St. Louis. An Ancestry page says these two were married at Emmaus Lutheran Church in St. Louis. I am not able to display any kind of marriage record for this couple. These two can be found in the 1930 census for St. Louis, and Carl was working at a shoe factory.

1930 census – St. Louis, MO

It was also in 1930 that the only child of this couple was born. Her name was Marilyn Weber. We find Carl, Lora, and Marilyn in the 1940 census.

1940 census – St. Louis, MO

In 1942, Carl had his World War II draft card completed. It stated that Carl worked at the International Shoe Company and also mentioned his employer as F.C. Winters in a traffic (shipping) department.

Carl Reinholt Weber – WWII draft card

Carl Weber died in 1955 at the age of 60. A note on a family history found on Ancestry says he died at St. John’s Lutheran Church after having a heart attack while ushering. Indeed, August 7, 1955 was a Sunday. Here is his death certificate.

Carl Reinholt Weber death certificate

Lora Weber died in 1977 at the age of 70. She died too recently to view her death certificate. Both Carl and Lora are buried in the Lake Charles Park Cemetery in St. Louis.

Not long after Carl’s death, members of his family applied for a military headstone for Carl’s grave.

Carl Reinholt Weber – military headstone application

The marriage between Carl and Lora, even though it took place in St. Louis, was the uniting of two individuals who were born and raised in East Perry County. In fact, not only was Carl raised on The Ridge, but Lora’s Schilling family had their farm not far away from The Ridge. It’s not hard to imagine these two finding each other while going about their normal business around their home places.


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