Trinity, Shawneetown Originals

Adolph Robert Rudert was born on June 19, 1880, so if he was still farming in Shawnee Township, and his wife could still bake a cake for him, he would have to blow our 141 birthday candles today. Adolph was the son of a pair of parents named Ernst and Ernestine. Ernestine’s maiden name was Schneider. Adolph was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri. His baptism record from that congregation’s books is displayed below.

Adolph Rudert baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

The 1880 census was submitted on June 25th in that year, and Adolph would have been a newborn baby at the time, but he is not listed in the document. In that year’s entry, we see a combination of Rudert’s and Schneider’s living in the household.

1880 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

The 1900 census for Apple Creek Township was submitted on June 7th, so Adolph was almost 20 years old when that took place. He is listed as a 19 year-old farm laborer. This would be the only census in which we find him as a single man.

1900 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

Adolph would eventually marry a girl by the name of Pauline Ladreiter. Pauline was born about a month after Adolph on July 12, 1880. She was the daughter of Joseph and Pauline (Pechmueller) Ladreiter. Like her future husband, Pauline was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. We can take a look at her baptism record from that congregation’s books. I thought these two had a good chance of being consecutive baptisms in that church’s books, and they were. However, Adolph’s record is the last record on one page, and Pauline’s is the first one on the next page.

Pauline Ladreiter baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

The 1880 census was submitted on June 2nd, so Pauline does not make it into that enumeration. She is found in the 1900 census, but her birthday is incorrectly listed as being July of 1881, and therefore she is said to be 18 years old. At this point, let me tell you that finding the Ladreiter’s in the 1880 and 1900 census records was quite the challenge because their surname was brutally butchered and transcribed.

1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

I also thought that Adolph and Pauline may have been in the same confirmation class, but that was not the case. In fact, the older of the two, Adolph, was confirmed the year after Pauline.

Pauline Ladreiter confirmation record 1894 – Immanuel, New Wells, MO
Adolph Rudert confirmation record 1895 – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

On May 24, 1908, Adolph Rudert married Pauline Ladreiter at Immanuel, New Wells. The church record for that wedding is shown here.

Rudert/Ladreiter marriage record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

We can also view this couple’s marriage license.

Rudert/Ladreiter marriage license

Shortly after this marriage, a new congregation was established in Shawneetown. This list of pastors and teachers over the years in the list below indicates that it was being founded in 1908-1909.

A list of members of Trinity shows both Adolph’s family as well as that of his parents.

Rudert names on membership list – Trinity, Shawneetown, MO

That church took the name Trinity Lutheran Church, and it appears that the Rudert’s were charter members. The first child born to Adolph and Pauline in 1909, a boy named Hugo, was the 2nd baptism in that church’s new books.

Hugo Rudert baptism record – Trinity, Shawneetown, MO

Our German Family Tree lists 6 children for Adolph and Pauline. We find this Rudert family in the 1910 census in which we still find them living in the Apple Creek Township. You can see them listed right next to Adolph’s parents on this census page. Also, Adolph’s brother, Martin Rudert, was living in his household.

1910 census – Apple Creek Township, MO

I used the online newspaper archives that were recently made available to find an article that described a real estate transaction between Joseph Starzinger and Adolph Rudert. Adolph’s new land was located in the Shawnee Township.

Rudert/Starzinger land transfer article

This piece of property can be seen on a plat map produced in 1930. You can see how close this property is to the village of Shawneetown.

A.R. Rudert land map – 1930

Adolph had his World War I draft registration completed in 1918. His address is given as Shawneetown.

Adolph Rudert – WWI draft registration

The 1920 census finds the Rudert household living in the Shawnee Township. Pauline’s mother was living with them.

1920 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Next, we find the Rudert family in the 1930 census.

1930 census – Shawnee Township, MO

The last census we can view is the one taken in 1940. This entry shows a nephew, Vern Dost, that Adolph and Pauline helped raise. His mother, a sister of Adolph, had died in 1930.

1940 census – Shawnee Township,MO

Adolph was required to complete a World War II draft card in 1942 at the age of 61.

Adolph Rudert – WWII draft card

Pauline Rudert died in 1960 at the age of 79. Her death certificate says she died at the Osteopathic Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Pauline Rudert death certificate

I located an obituary for Pauline.

Pauline Rudert obituary

Adolph Rudert died in 1964 at the age of 84. He died at the Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

Adolph Rudert death certificate

Both Adolph and Pauline are buried in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Shawneetown.

I think that if Trinity Lutheran Church had not been established in Shawneetown, this Rudert/Ladreiter pair may have joined the ranks of those married couples who were born, baptized, confirmed, married, and buried at the same congregation.


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