Jonesboro Butcher

Today’s story will have its beginnings in Longtown, Missouri, but will eventually end up in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I also have two men by the name of Freidrich Schade to discuss. Before I go any further, though, let me remind you that around here, the surname, Schade, is pronounced “shoddy”. There have been quite a few Schade’s in East Perry County over the years, but the ones I will describe today are a little bit of a puzzle. They are Schade’s that first of all show up in the books of Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, but later as members of Zion Lutheran Church in Longtown.

Before we look at today’s birthday boy, let’s take a quick look at his father, Friedrich Schade, Sr. He married Johanna Marie Christine Weinrich in 1861. That marriage took place at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. We can look at a civil marriage record for that event.

Schade/Weinrich marriage record – Perry County, MO

Later that year, their firstborn child arrived on the scene. It was boy that this couple gave the name Friedrich Schade. This baby was likely baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. Based on other facts, I should have been able to find the Friedrich Schade family in the 1870 and 1880 censuses, but I failed to do so. Perhaps if I was at the museum today, I could use the indexes we have in our library to achieve success.

Friedrich, Jr. would get married in 1884, so let’s take a look at the woman who would become his bride. Her name was Anna Caroline Bergmann, who was born on May 3, 1861. She was the daughter of George (a.k.a. Siding George) and Barbara (Adler) Bergmann. Caroline was the 8th of 9 children in her family. She, too, was baptized at Peace, Friedenberg. At the age of 9, Caroline shows up in the 1870 census for the Bois Brule Township. Her father was a farmer.

1870 census – Bois Brule Township, MO

Caroline was a teenager when the 1880 census was taken. This time her name was recorded as Anna.

1880 census – Bois Brule Township, MO

Friedrich Schade married Caroline Bergmann on May 27, 1884 at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. We can take a look at this couple’s marriage license.

Schade/Bergmann marriage record

In 1897, Zion Lutheran Church in Longtown was established. In a history of that congregation, we find that the organizational meeting for that church took place in the home of Fred Schade. I suppose this could have been either Friedrich Schade, Sr. or Friedrich Schade, Jr. However, since Friedrich, Sr. is buried in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, I lean toward thinking it was the father who was the charter member of this congregation.

Zion, Longtown history

There are no children listed in the German Family Tree for this Friedrich and Caroline, but that does not mean there were none. Sometime before the 1900 census, Friedrich and his family moved to Arkansas. The census entry for that year describes Friedrich as a butcher. Five children were listed in their household. Even their last child, who was 5, was said to have been born in Missouri, so they must have moved to Arkansas after 1894. I have to display this entry in two images.

1900 census – Jonesboro, AR

Next, we find the Schade household in the 1910 census for Jonesboro. One son was then also a butcher, and two daughters were salesladies in a department store.

1910 census – Jonesboro, AR

The last census in which we find either Friedrich or Caroline Schade was the one taken in 1920. This time there were two sons listed as butchers along with their father. The only daughter still living in this household was a bookkeeper for a life insurance company.

1920 census – Jonesboro, AR

Both Friedrich and Caroline died in the same year as the above census, 1920. Friedrich died in February at the age of 58, and Caroline died in May not long after her 59th birthday. These two were buried in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

I know I had to be very careful when researching Friedrich Schade. There are several Schade boys born in the 1860’s that had Friedrich as one of their names. Those boys were rather easy to find in census records, but today’s pair of Friedrich Schade’s were rather elusive when it comes to searching for them in Perry County census records.

The principal of our local Lutheran school, United in Christ Lutheran School, is Cheryl Honoree’. The Lutheran school where she was previously the principal was located in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I have enough sense to not call her the “Jonesboro Butcher”.


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