Amanda and Audie – Another Vogel Pair

When I began my search through our German Family Tree for an event that took place on this particular date, I didn’t expect that search to land on the same Vogel family that was highlighted in yesterday’s post. As it turns out, not only will you read another Vogel story today, but it contains facts that are considerably similar to the story you may have read yesterday.

First of all, like the story about Carl and Emma Vogel that was told yesterday, the person who has a birthday today is the one who married a Vogel. Amanda Amalia Hellwege was born on July 20, 1897, the daughter of Ferdinand and Amalia (Ross) Hellwege. A post was written in 2019 about Amanda’s parents titled, So Many Births; So Few Heirs. Below is the wedding photo of Ferdinand and Amalia Hellwege.

Ferdinand and Amalia Hellwege wedding

Amanda was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri. Her baptism record is displayed below.

Amanda Hellwege – Concordia, Frohna, MO

We first find Amanda in the 1900 census at the age of 2. Her father was a farmer. I find it fascinating that Emilie Vogel, the older sister of Amanda’s future husband, is included in this household as a servant.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Amanda in the 1910 census at the age of 12.

1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

When her parents celebrated their 25th anniversary in 1911, they had a family photo taken. In this photo, I am almost certain that Amanda is the girl standing in the back on the left. Amanda was also confirmed in 1911.

Ferdinand Hellwege family

Amanda was still single and living with her parents when the 1920 census was taken. Right below the Hellwege household, you will see the August Vogel family. That is the family from which comes her future husband, although he was not living with them in 1920. However, it is clear that the Vogel and Hellwege families must have been very familiar with one another.

1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Now we will turn our attention to the early life of Arthur Paul Vogel. Several family histories on Ancestry.com note that he was called either Addie or Audie. I understand that his nickname was spelled Addie, but it was pronounced as Audie. I will use Audie in this post for him. One reason I will use his nickname is the fact that there was another Arthur Vogel who lived in this area. Audie was the younger brother of Carl Vogel who was highlighted in yesterday’s story, another son of August and Maria (Gerharter) Vogel. Audie was born on September 22, 1893. He was also baptized at Concordia, Frohna. His baptism record is shown below.

Arthur Paul Vogel baptism record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

Audie is found in the 1900 census at the age of 6. You can see his brother, Carl, not far above Arthur.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find Audie in the 1910 census as a teenager. This entry is quite difficult to read. Arthur is the one who is 16 years old.

1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Audie was mentioned in the previous post that told about how several boys from this Vogel family migrated to places in the far north in the United States. That post was titled, Vogel (Bird) Migrations. Some of them stayed where they moved, and some later returned to Perry County. Audie found work as a sawyer in a logging camp in upper Idaho, not far from the Canadian border.

1920 census – Boundary, ID

By all rights, I should have been able to find a World War I draft registration form for Audie, but I was unsuccessful. I looked for him using Idaho as a place of residence, but even that did not turn up a record for him. Audie would be one of the Vogel boys who returned back to Frohna. On April 30, 1922, Arthur Paul Vogel married Amanda Amelia Hellwege at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. The church record for that wedding is displayed here.

Vogel/Hellwege marriage record – Concordia, Frohna, MO

We can also take a look at this couple’s marriage license.

Vogel/Hellwege marriage license

The German Family Tree lists 5 children born to this pair. The youngest was stillborn. All of the baptisms took place at Concordia, Frohna. Three of the children were born before the 1930 census was taken.

1930 census – Brazeau Township, MO

The last census we can view is the one taken in 1940. Four children are found in their household.

1940 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In 1942, Audie was required to have a World War II draft card completed.

Arthur Paul Vogel – WWII draft card

I managed to locate a few photos of Audie taken over the years. Here is a gallery of them.

Amanda Vogel died in 1974 at the age of 76; Audie Vogel died in 1978 at the age of 84. They died too recently for us to view their death certificates. Both of them are buried in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna.

I found the similarities between the lives of Carl and Audie Vogel to be quite amazing. Their wives had birthdays just one day apart from one another. Each of them moved to the extreme northern part of our country to find work just prior to them returning to Frohna to get married. They each had five children included in our German Family Tree. Each of them had just one child that was a girl, and that girl was the firstborn child in each case. Each of their youngest sons died right away. What are the odds of all those similarities occurring?


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