Fort Wayne Physician

I am going to return to some characters that were previously discussed in a blog post. However, I wrote that post back in 2016, and I was not very thorough. Plus, that post especially highlighted the wife in the couple. Today, I will make sure to give more details about both the man and woman in this pair. You can read that post here: From Brazeau Creek to Gar Creek.

Albert Georg August Lueders was born on March 9, 1876, making today his 146th birthday. Albert was the son of William and Theresia (Lehner) Lueders. Here is a photo of Albert’s parents.

William and Theresia Lueders

Although his baptism record is found in the books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, he may have been baptized in Wittenberg, where his father operated a general store. Below is an image of his baptism record.

Albert Lueders baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

We find Albert in the 1880 census at the age of 4. The Lueders family had quite a full household in those days.

1880 census – Wittenberg, MO

I was unable to find Albert in the 1900 census. I figure he must have been living elsewhere while he was studying to become a medical doctor.

Next, we will take a look at the woman who would become his bride. Her name was Johanna Marie Eggers, who was born on April 25, 1881. Johanna was the firstborn child of Henry and Anna (Soehl) Eggers. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Her baptism record can be seen below.

Johanna Eggers baptism record – Salem, Farrar, MO

Since Johanna was born after the 1880 census, and we cannot view the 1890 census, we don’t find her in a census entry until 1900. When we do find her, she is in those pages from the Salem Township that are so difficult to read.

1900 census – Salem Township, MO

A photo was taken of the Henry Eggers family that I figure must have been taken sometime around 1900. Johanna is standing in the back on the far right.

Henry Eggers family

Albert Lueders married Johanna Eggers on October 21, 1900 at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. The church record for this event is pictured here. Rev. Krueger arrived to become pastor at Salem in 1900, and this was the first marriage he performed at that congregation.

Lueders/Eggers marriage record – Salem, Farrar, MO

We can also take a look at the marriage license for this couple.

Lueders/Eggers marriage license

Albert became a doctor in Farrar, but a death occurred there in 1901 that had am impact of the future of this couple. It was Albert’s mother-in-law that died, and it devastated Dr. Lueders. He felt he had failed his wife’s family, and decided he could no longer serve as a doctor in the Farrar community. A family story says that the Lueders couple spent a year or two living in New Wells before making a more drastic move to Indiana. He established his doctor’s office there as well as a drug store. In the 1910 census, he was living in Fort Wayne. Here is the Lueders family in that census. By then, this pair had the two children which would be all they had. Right below them was the Emanuel Eggers household. Emanuel was Johanna’s younger brother.

1910 census – Ft. Wayne, IN

It was in 1910 that the Lueders family took a trip back to Wittenberg to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of his parents. By that time, the railroad was running through Wittenberg, so this family could have taken the train all the way from Indiana to Wittenberg. A photo was taken to mark that occasion. Albert and Johanna are the couple standing on the far left.

William and Theresia Lueders family – 50th wedding anniversary 1910

In 1918, Albert had his World War I draft registration completed. This form indicates that Albert was living in Woodburn, Indiana, which is located just outside Fort Wayne. For some unknown reason, his birthday is given as March 3rd. All other documents that give his birthday have the March 9th date.

Albert Lueders – WWI draft registration

When the 1920 census was taken, the Lueders household was found living in the Maumee Township, where Woodburn was located. Albert’s father had died in 1913, and his mother had come to live with Albert’s family in Indiana.

1920 census – Maumee Township, IN

Next, we find the Lueders family back in Fort Wayne when the 1930 census was taken.

1930 census – Ft. Wayne, IN

The final census for this couple was the one published in 1940. Albert and Johanna had an empty nest. As always, Albert was called a physician.

1940 census – Ft. Wayne, IN

Dr. Albert Lueders died in 1942 at the age of 66. I am able to display an Indiana death certificate for him.

Albert Lueders – Indiana death certificate

Johanna Lueders died in 1967 at the age of 86. Apparently, sometime after her husband’s death, she had moved back to Missouri. We find a Missouri death certificate for her, and the informant on this document was Francis Keen, her daughter, who had married George Keen. That Keen family can be found living in Farrar when the 1940 census was taken. Frances was a nurse, so she also became a health care worker. Johanna died at the Perry County Memorial Hospital in Perryville.

Johanna Lueders death certificate

Albert and Johanna Lueders are buried together in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in Woodburn, Indiana.

Albert and Johanna Lueders – Christ, Woodburn, IN

I took the liberty to include Albert, Johanna, and their child, Frances, in my book, Wittenberg ’04: Coming of a Railroad. In that book, I described this couple making a trip by railroad to attend the wedding of Albert’s brother, Otto, to Lydia Weinhold, which took place in Wittenberg in July of 1904. I don’t know if that really happened, but I figure it could have.

If you want to read another Lueders story telling of another Lueders brother who was located in Woodburn, Indiana for a while, you can click on the following link.

Keepers of the Hotels

2 thoughts on “Fort Wayne Physician

  1. My Grandma Helmke was Ida (Eggers) Helmke and Uncle “Doc” was so special to our family. He saved my
    mother’s right hand after she fell under a loaded wagon and the wheel crushed her hand. Uncle Doc said
    she needed her hand to pin diapers on a baby & she was able to do that for all 7 of us! Mom lived with
    Uncle Doc & Aunt Jane (Johanna) for many months as a little 5 year old girl. He tended her hand and
    saved it! The only thing wrong was she didn’t have full movement with her thumb. My grandma also
    helped Uncle Doc with baby deliveries in the Woodburn area. She loved working with her brother-in-law,
    and it was a connection with her entire Eggers family.



  2. Uncle “Doc” Lueders delivered most of the babies of his in-laws’ (Eggers) families in Woodburn and Fort Wayne, including my mother, Bernita Eggers, daughter of his brother-in-law Emanuel.


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