Friedheimers on the Oregon Trail

On December 21, 1852, Julius Herman Hüttig was born in the city of Leipzig, Germany. The names of his parents are unknown to me. At the age of 28, Herman made the voyage to America aboard the ship, Elbe, which arrived in New York in October of 1881. We see him on the passenger list below.

Herman Huettig – Elbe passenger list – 1881

A photograph of the Elbe is also available to view.

Elbe passenger ship

Like so many German names that included umlauts, Herman’s surname eventually became written as Huettig after removing the umlaut and placing an “e” after the “u”. Herman got married so soon after his arrival that it makes me wonder if he came to America with intentions to marry his future wife.

Wilhelmina “Minnie” Edith Lowes was born on October 14, 1861. Before I go any further, let me point out that Minnie’s death certificate states that she was born on October 14, 1860, not 1861. Also, the surname, Lowes, is also written as Loves and Lobes in some records that I located. Minnie was the daughter of Conrad and Marie (Kaiser) Lowes. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri. Below is her baptism record from that congregation’s books.

Minnie Lowes baptism record – Trinity, Friedheim, MO

Minnie is found in the 1870 census for Apple Creek Township at the age of 9.

1870 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Minnie’s father died in 1871, and her mother remarried William Hobeck before the 1880 census was taken. This entry spills over two pages. We find Minnie’s mother on one page, and Minnie on the other.

1880 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Herman Huettig married Minnie Lowes on February 2, 1882. That would have been just 4 months after Herman had arrived in this country. Their marriage took place at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim. Here is the church record for that wedding. This is one of the records that makes Minnie’s maiden name look like Lobes.

Huettig/Lowes marriage record – Trinity, Friedheim, MO

Between 1883 and 1903, Herman and Minnie had many children. At this point in time, the Friedheim books are not in our German Family Tree. We have those records in our research library, but they have not been indexed yet. I did not take the time to find them all, but I did take photos of the baptism records of their first child and their last one. Based on family histories on, there may have been as many as a dozen children. There were 5 or 6 boys born before they had their first girl. The firstborn child was a boy named Wilhelm Arthur Huettig who was born on February 23, 1883. Here is his baptism record from the Friedheim books.

Wilhelm Huettig baptism record – Trinity, Friedheim, MO

We don’t get to view another Federal census until we look at the 1900 census. I think the Otto Huettig shown on this entry was actually Wilhelm Arthur. We see this household had gotten quite full. Herman was a farmer, and he had plenty of boys to help his on his farm.

1900 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

The last child born to this family was Emma Huettig, who was born in 1903. Emma’s baptism record is also found in the books of Trinity, Friedheim.

Emma Huettig baptism record – Trinity, Friedheim, MO

We find the following Huettig household in the 1910 census. Some of the older boys had already moved away.

1910 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

A later obituary for Minnie indicates many of her children had moved west away from Friedheim. If we follow their oldest son, we get an idea of what happened with some of the Huettig children. We find Arthur Huettig living in Emerson, Nebraska and working as a farmhand in 1910. He was living in a Struve family. I have written stories about a Struve family that originated in the Friedheim area. Perhaps these Struve’s had relatives near Friedheim.

1910 census – Emerson, NE

When Arthur had his World War I draft registration completed in 1918, he was living in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Arthur Huettig – WWI draft registration

Next, we find Arthur in the 1920 census living in Twin Falls, still single and working as a farm laborer.

1920 census – Twin Falls, ID

Minnie’s obituary states that she and Herman headed west to live with Arthur near Eden, Idaho in 1920. I will add at this time that Twin Falls and Eden, Idaho are near the Snake River and right along the route of the Oregon Trail. I was unable to find Herman and Minnie in the 1930 census. Herman died in 1939 at the age of 85. Idaho is another state in which you can locate some death certificates online. Here is Herman’s.

Herman Huettig Idaho death certificate

We can view a transcription of Herman’s obituary.

Herman Huettig obituary

In the 1940 census, we find Minnie living in the Boehm household. Her daughter, Lena, had married John Boehm. Under Minnie’s name, you will find the household of Arthur Huettig.

1940 census – Twin Falls, MO

Minnie Huettig died in 1944 at the age of 84. We can also view her Idaho death certificate.

Minnie Huettig death certificate

Here is Minnie’s obituary.

Minnie Huettig obituary

Herman and Minnie are buried together in the Twin Falls Cemetery in Twin Falls. Minnie’s death certificate says she was born in 1860, but her gravestone agrees with her baptism record which says she was born in 1861.

Herman and Minnie Huettig gravestone – Twin Falls, ID

I now have written 4 different posts which mention the town of Twin Falls, Idaho. Several people with roots in this area have ended up in that area of southern Idaho. If I keep finding more examples of this, I may have to declare Twin Falls, Idaho another place that we can call one of this area’s suburbs.

One thought on “Friedheimers on the Oregon Trail

  1. Huettig descendant from the Twin Falls area here. Thank you for this fantastic post. Several members of a related Perry County family – the Bahners – also journeyed to the Twin Falls area.


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