Another Namesake of “The Face” Petzoldt

Friedrich Florian Petzoldt is a character that folks around here call “The Face”. This is done because of his notorious gravestone found in the cemetery at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.

Friedrich Florian Petzoldt gravestone – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

“The Face” had a grandson named after him, Friedrich Florian Petzoldt, whose story was told in the post, Grandson of “The Face”. Today, you will read the story about another grandson who carried the name, Friedrich Florian, but his surname was not Petzoldt.

Friedrich Florian Rabold was born on April 3, 1899, making today his 123rd birthday. Fred was the son of Gottlieb and Amalie (Petzoldt) Rabold. Since his mother was a daughter of “The Face”, that makes Fred another grandson of “The Face”. Fred was the last of 7 children born into this Rabold family. Fred was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. I have to display his baptism record in two images.

Fred Rabold baptism record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

Fred is found in the 1900 census as a very young boy. His father was a farmer.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Next, we find the Rabold family in the 1910 census. Fred’s older brother, Arthur, had married Dixie Wills in 1902, and his family was included in this household. Fred’s mother had died in 1901, so she is no longer to be found in this census.

1910 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Fred had a World War I draft registration completed in 1918. He is called a farm laborer, and his employer was his father.

Fred Rabold – WWI draft registration

Now, we will turn our attention to the woman who would become Fred’s bride. Her name was Hilda Wilhelmine Koenig, who was born on November 17, 1899. Hilda was the daughter of Edward and Julianna (Reuschel) Koenig. Like her future husband, Hilda was the youngest child in her family. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. We can take a look at that baptism record.

Hilda Koenig baptism record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

Hilda also shows up as a very young child in the 1900 census. She is listed as being 6 months old. Her father was a farmer.

1900 census – Shawnee Township, MO

The only other census in which we find Hilda as being single is the one taken in 1910.

1910 census – Shawnee Township, MO

Fred Rabold married Hilda Koenig on September 17, 1919 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. The church record for this event is pictured here. It points out that Fred was from Frohna.

Rabold/Koenig marriage record – Immanuel, New Wells, MO

The German Family Tree lists 5 children born to this couple. However, only 3 of them lived to adulthood. Their first child was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, but all the rest were baptized at Immanuel, New Wells. We find the Rabold couple in the 1920 census. Right above Fred’s household, you will find that of Arthur Rabold, his brother.

1920 census – Brazeau Township, MO

In 1922, an article appeared in the Perry County Republican that told the story of a car/buggy crash in which Fred was involved. That era was one in which both the old horse and buggy transportation was transitioning to the world of automobiles and trucks.

Fred Rabold – 1922 PCR article

Next, we find the Rabold’s in the 1930 census. The 3 children that lived to adulthood are all listed in this entry. Once again, Arthur’s household is listed right above Fred’s.

1930 census – Brazeau Township, MO

For the first time, I will not say that the final census record we can view is the one taken in 1940. That census entry is displayed here.

1940 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Fred had to complete a World War II draft card.

Fred Rabold – WWII draft card

We can now view the 1950 census, so I took the time to find the Rabold’s. It is pictured here. Fred and Hilda were in their 50’s and still living near Arthur and Dixie.

1950 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Fred Rabold died in 1978 at the age of 79; Hilda Rabold died in 1982 at the age of 82. They died too recently to view their death certificates. It appears that these two may have moved to Perryville later in their lives because they are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.

Fred and Hilda Rabold gravestone – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

Nowadays, parents don’t seem to consider naming children after their ancestors as much as they once did. So, it is not likely that another baby boy descended from “The Face” will be given the names Friedrich Florian. But, I guess it could happen.

It’s exciting to be able to use a whole new set of records like the 1950 census. Next, it will be nicer when those census records will become easier to search. By the way, in case you’re interested, there is a way to help with transcribing the names in the 1950 census in order to make sure they are accurate.


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