Ben and Frieda

The Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum is hosting its immigration conference the next three days, so we will be re-blogging some posts that have been published in the past. Today, you have the opportunity to read a post that was published on this day two years ago.

Today would have been the 121st birthday of Frieda Stueve.  She was born on October 28, 1898 and baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Frieda was the daughter of Peter and Mary (Engert) Stueve.  Here is her baptism record.

Frieda Stueve baptism record Christ Jacob IL Frieda Stueve baptism record – Christ, Jacob, IL

Frieda was the 9th of 11 children in this Stueve family.  We find her in the 1900 census for Degognia, Illinois.  Her name looks like Frederick, and she is listed as a son, but I believe it is Frieda.  The date of birth shown is correct.

Frieda Stueve 1900 census Degognia IL 1900 census – Degognia, IL

We can see the location of Degognia on the map below.  Degognia is located in the hills, but Jacob, Illinois is in the bottoms.

Degognia Illinois map

A number of Frieda’s older children were born in Altenburg, Missouri and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  However, this Stueve family moved across the Mississippi River…

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