Ida and Anton in Somerset

Yesterday, I was wondering if another Bertha would show up for today’s story. That did not happen. However, like yesterday, one of today’s characters is a Schuessler.

Ida Josephine Schuessler was born on March 19, 1881, so today would be her 141st birthday. Ida was the daughter of Gotthilf and Sarah (Saalfeld) Schuessler. A previous post that focused on Ida’s mother was titled, Twins…..Only One Survives. Ida was child #7 of 11 altogether born to this Schuessler family. She was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. We can take a look at her baptism record. I cannot say for sure, but I think my great grandfather, Gottwerth Schmidt, was a sponsor for Ida. Do you think the top name on the sponsor list says Gottwerth Schmidt? It would make sense. Gottwerth’s mother was a Saalfeld.

Ida Schuessler baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Ida shows up in the 1900 census at the age of 19. Her father was a farmer.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Now, we will take some time to look at the man Ida would marry. His name was Johann Ludwig Anton Palisch, who was born on November 7, 1879. He went by the name of Anton. He was the son of Moritz and Pauline (Koenig) Palisch. Below are photos of Anton’s parents,

Anton was #5 of 8 children in his family. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. An image of his baptism record from that congregation’s books is displayed below.

Anton Palisch baptism record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

Anton is found in the 1880 census at the age of 7/12, meaning he was 7 months old. His father was a farmer. His grandfather, J.G. Palisch was still alive at the time and called a retired farmer.

1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

We cannot view another census entry for Anton until the one taken in 1900 at the age of 20. He was working on his father’s farm.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Anton Palisch married Ida Schuessler on April 12, 1902. I find it somewhat surprising that this couple was not married in a church. They were married by a judge. That judge happened to be Charles Weber, who was one of the original immigrants in 1839. We can view this pair’s marriage license.

Palisch/Schuessler marriage license

The wedding photograph for Anton and Ida is shown below.

Anton and Ida Palisch wedding

It must not have been long after this couple was married that they decided to move across the Mississippi River to the Fountain Bluff Township of Jackson County, Illinois. In 1908, their first child was born, and that child was baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. Then, when the 1910 census was taken, that is where we find them living. Anton was a farmer.

1910 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

Anton had a World War I draft registration completed in 1918. It appears that the Palisch’s had made another move. Their address is given as RR5, Murphysboro, Illinois. I suspect this couple moved before 1913 because their second child was born that year, and the baptism record is not found in the Christ, Jacob books.

Anton Palisch – WWI draft registration

When the 1920 census was taken, we find this family living in the Somerset Township, just north of Murphysboro. Two children are listed, and Anton was still a farmer.

1920 census – Somerset Township, IL

Next, we find the Palisch’s in the 1930 census in the same location. Their son, Clarence, was a bookkeeper, and their daughter, Vera, was a stenographer.

1930 census – Somerset Township, IL

At some point in time, a photo was taken of this family. I find it humorous that so many photos like this one are photo-bombed by a dog.

Anton and Ida Palisch family

The final census we can view is the one taken in 1940. I think a mistake was made in this entry. It says that Anton was doing housework and Ida was a farmer. Likely, it was the other way around.

1940 census – Somerset Township, IL

In 1942, Anton was required to fill out a World War II draft card. Anton was still a farmer in Somerset.

Anton Palisch – WWII draft card

Anton Palisch died in 1943 at the age of 63. We can read his obituary. It says he died of a stroke.

Anton Palisch obituary

Ida Palisch died in 1969 at the age of 87. We can also read her obituary.

Ida Palisch obituary

Anton and Ida are buried together in the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro.

Anton and Ida Palisch gravestone – Pleasant Grove, Murphysboro, IL

I was actually surprised. When I first located Ida’s birthday and discovered that she married a Schuessler, I figured I had written this story already. After all, I have written so many posts about Palisch’s and Schuessler’s. However, when I looked, I found that this is the first example on this blog of a Palisch marrying a Schuessler. Who woulda’ thunk it?

One thought on “Ida and Anton in Somerset

  1. Obituary Correction: it mistakenly indicates that Carleen and Malcolm are siblings to Anton. In fact they are 2 grandchildren of Anton; the oldest of his three grandchildren is Clarence’s son, Gene Palisch.


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