Frentzel Brothers – Lottes Sisters (and a Pastor)

Sometimes, I just do not see things that are right in front of my face. Just ask my wife as she finds me staring into the refrigerator with a puzzling look on my face. A while back, I wrote a story about William Frentzel and his bride, Anna Lottes titled Angel’s Annie Becomes Butcher’s Bride. At the time, I did not notice that William’s older brother, Arthur Frentzel, would marry Anna’s sister, Rose Lottes. Arthur was born on this day, so you will read his story today.

Arthur Frentzel was born on April 3, 1885, the son of Carl Arthur and Emma (Telle) Frentzel. He was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri. His baptism record from that congregation is displayed below.

Arthur Frentzel baptism record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

Arthur would not be found in a census until 1900 when he was 15 years old. He was working on his father’s farm.

1900 census – Union Township, MO

Next, we will take a look at Arthur’s bride, Rosa Antonette Lottes. She was born on November 12, 1890, the daughter of Gabriel and Maria (Ludwig) Lottes. Rosa was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here is an image of her baptism record.

Rosa Antonette Lottes baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Rosa can be found in the 1900 census for Altenburg at the age of 9. Her father ran the Angel Saloon in that town. The youngest two daughters, Rosa and Anna, are the two Lottes girls who married Frentzel brothers.

1900 census – Altenburg, MO

The first Frentzel/Lottes marriage was the one between Arthur Frentzel and Rosa Lottes which took place on June 20, 1909. These two were married at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Most marriages took place at the church of the bride, but not this one. I think the reason may be tied to the fact that their wedding was performed by Rev. Enos Frentzel, Arthur’s older brother who was a Lutheran minister. The church record and the marriage license show that Enos was the pastor conducting this marriage ceremony. Here is the church record.

Frentzel/Lottes marriage record – Grace, Uniontown, MO

The marriage license for this couple is displayed below.

Frentzel/Lottes marriage license

A previous post has been written about Rev. Enos Frentzel titled, A St. Patrick’s Day Puzzle, in case you want to know more about him.

The German Family Tree says this couple had 4 children. When the 1910 census was taken, Arthur and Rosa were living with Arthur’s parents and had one child. Right below them in the census we find Rosa’s parents with just their youngest daughter, Anna.

1910 census – Union Township, MO

In 1918, Arthur had his World War I draft registration completed. It said he was living in Frohna and was farming by himself.

Arthur Frentzel – WWI draft registration

The 1920 census shows the Frentzel family living in the Brazeau Township. Rosa’s mother was living in their household. There is a line filled out for Gabriel Lottes, and it states that he was deceased in September of 1919, but it has been crossed out. All four of their children are found in this entry.

1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Sometime before the next census, Arthur moved his family to St. Louis where he became an insurance broker. Their son, Arthur, was a clerk for a shoe company, and their son, Olaf, was a salesman for a grocer.

1930 census – St. Louis, MO

The last census we can view for this family is the one taken in 1940. Arthur is in the same occupation.

1940 census – St. Louis, MO

Arthur had his World War II draft card filled out in 1942.

Arthur Frentzel – WWII draft card

Arthur Frentzel died in 1967 at the age of 82. His death certificate says he died at the Edgewater Nursing Home.

Arthur Frentzel death certificate

Rosa Frentzel died in 1972 at the age of 81. We are not permitted to view her death certificate. She died too recently.

When it comes to where Arthur and Rosa Frentzel were buried, we find an interesting situation. All three of the brothers mentioned in this article were buried in the St. Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in St. Louis. Here are photos of all 3 gravestones for the Frentzel brothers.

The occupations of these 3 Frentzel’s were quite varied…insurance man, butcher, and Lutheran pastor. The three boys from Uniontown and two sisters from Altenburg started out together and are even together as they await their Lord’s return.


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