Menfro Moldenhauer Twins – The First One

A set of twins was born on December 26, 1884 to Fritz and Margaretha (Linz or Sanz) Moldenhauer. Unlike many twins born back in the 1880’s, both of these twins lived to adulthood and got married. Here’s the plan. I am going to write the story of the first twin and publish it today. Tomorrow, my wife and I are taking a trip to visit family, so I will be on the road. After I publish today’s story, I will write the second post dealing with the second twin. I will schedule that story to be published tomorrow. The twins were not identical. One was a girl, and one was a boy.

It just so happens that these twins were born at a time when Perry County kept birth records. Their birth record lists the girl first, so that is why I will tell her story first. This document does not list the first names of each twin. It just calls the first one a female, and the second one a male. Also, the female is called the 7th child born into this family, and the male is called the 8th. We know that their names were Emma and Henry Moldenauer.

Henry and Emma Moldenhauer birth record – Perry County, MO

The above record says that the twins were born in Friedland in the Bois Brule Township. Friedland was another name for The Ridge at one time. The document also says the doctor who delivered the twins was from Grand Eddy, MO. We can see that place on the map below. It was not far from the village of Menfro, which was where The Ridge dropped down to the Mississippi River bottoms north of Crosstown.

Grand Eddy map

The baptism records for the Moldenhauer twins are found in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. We can only look at transcripts of that congregation’s records. Since those transcripts are listed alphabetically, the twins are not together in this listing. The full names of the twins were Emma Salome Moldenhauer and Heinrich Christian Moldenhauer.

Moldenhauer twins baptism records – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

The twins were likely confirmed in the late 1890’s. We have a confirmation photograph that was taken of Emma.

Emma Moldenhauer confirmation

The only census entry that shows the twins as being single was the one taken in 1900. They were 15 years old, and their father was called a farmer. I find it interesting that Emma was said to be “at school”, but Henry was not.

1900 census – Bois Brule Township, MO

Emma Moldenhauer would get married in 1905, so now we will take a look at the man that would become her husband. His name was William Conrad Fastabend, who was born on July 16, 1884. He was the son of William and Margaret (Erhardt) Fastabend. According to Google Translate, the word fastabend means “almost evening”. There is also a birth record for William, but it is not very readable, so I chose not to show it. That record was from the Randol Township in Cape Girardeau County. Despite being born in Cape Girardeau County, we find William living in East St. Louis when the 1900 census was taken. East St. Louis is located in Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. William, Jr. was working as an apprentice machinist at the age of 15.

1900 census – East St. Louis, IL

William Fastabend married Emma Moldenhauer on October 18, 1905. An Illinois marriage record indicates that they were married in St. Clair County, which is where East St. Louis is located.

Fastabend/Moldenhauer – Illinois marriage record

I am able to display the wedding photograph for this pair.

William and Emma Fastabend wedding

This couple is found in the 1910 census in which William is called a machinist at an iron works plant.

1910 census – E. St. Louis, IL

In 1918, William Fastabend had his World War I draft registration completed. This document states that William was a machinist for Swift & Co. in National City, Illinois. National City was a suburb of East St. Louis and a “company town” for Swift & Company, a stock yard and meat-packing business.

William Fastabend – WWI draft registration

Below is a early photograph of the Swift & Company stockyards. I found a place online that called East St. Louis the “Hog Capital of the Nation.”

Swift & Co. stock yards – E. St. Louis, IL

The 1920 census once again shows William and Emma living in East St. Louis, Illinois. I suppose there could have been some children born to this couple that died right away, but it appears that they were childless. They never had children in their household in a census entry. William was a foreman machinist in 1920.

1920 census – E. St. Louis, IL

Next, we find the Fastabend’s in the 1930 census. William’s occupation is listed as machinist for a packing plant.

1930 census – E. St. Louis, IL

The last census we can view is the one taken in 1940. At the age of 55, it appears that he was still working at the same job.

1940 census – E. St. Louis, IL

Later in their lives, we find William and Emma Fastabend with some members of the Molberg family, who were part of the Moldenhauer family tree. I have identified the Fastabend’s with arrows.

William Fastabend died in 1945 at the age of 61. Since William died at the Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, we can take a look at his death certificate.

William Fastabend death certificate

Emma Fastabend would not die until 1965 at the age of 80 or 81. I cannot tell for sure since I could not find an exact date for her death. Both William and Emma Fastabend were buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Belleville, Illinois. Emma’s gravestone gives a wrong year of birth.

That’s Emma’s story. Tomorrow, you will read the story of her twin brother, Henry.


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