The surname, Puchbauer, has only shown up one time in a previous post on this blog. Today, that name will not just be mentioned briefly, it will be highlighted. Before I move on, let me say that I would pronounce this name, “pook-bower”, but when I mentioned this name at breakfast this morning, everyone pronounced it “poo-bower”.
Heinrich Albert Puchbauer was born on October 19, 1896, the son of Heinrich Carl Ludwig and Bertha (Schmidt) Puchbauer. Henry was baptized at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Fruitland, Missouri. If you look at that congregation’s history, there was a time it was associated with the Lutheran church (not Missouri Synod). Below is a transcription of Henry’s baptism record from a binder we have in our research library for St. John’s United Church of Christ.
The Puchbauer family was living in the Byrd Township of Cape Girardeau County when the 1900 census was taken. Henry was the 6th of 7 children in his family.
It must have been about this time that a photograph was taken of Henry’s family.
Here is a caption for the above photo. Henry Jr. is today’s character.
Next, we find Henry in the 1910 census at the age of 13. His father was a farmer.
We will now take a look at the woman who would become Henry’s bride. She is also today’s birthday girl. Her name was Frieda Louise Ludwig, who was born on April 14, 1896, so today would be her 126th birthday. Frieda was the daughter of Henry and Emilie (Huttegger) Ludwig. She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas. We can look at some information included in a binder we have from the St. John’s Lutheran Church about Frieda Ludwig.
The folks at St. John’s, Pocahontas, have given our museum their church records, and we are in the process of getting them digitized. In the future, I should be able to display actual images of those church records on this blog.
Frieda is found in the 1900 census at the age of 2 living in the Apple Creek Township of Cape Girardeau County. Her father was a farmer.
The 1910 census for the Ludwig family is shown below.
Henry Puchbauer had his World War I draft registration completed in June of 1918. He was still single, but not for long. This form says he was working on a Puchbauer farm near Jackson. He was working for his older brother, William, who had also married a Ludwig (but not Frieda’s sister).
Henry Puchbauer married Frieda Ludwig in 1918, but they likely had to wait until after Christmas to have the wedding. The marriage license shown below says these two were actually married on Christmas Day, but the St. John’s record shown earlier says it was December 26th.
Our German Family Tree lists 5 children born to this pair. One of them died at a very young age. The 1920 census shows this couple living in the Shawnee Township with just their first child.
We find the Puchbauer household in the 1930 census with 2 children. Henry was a farmer all his life.
The 1940 census shows this household with 2 children once again. Their oldest child had gotten married and another son was in the military.
I managed to locate this family in the 1950 census. I really look forward to Ancestry.com getting that census on their site so searching this census becomes easier. Right below Henry’s household is that of Floyd, his son, who had married LaVerne Lichtenegger.
Henry Puchbauer died in 1974 at the age of 78; Frieda Puchbauer died in 1982 at the age of 86. Each of them died too recently to view their death certificates. These two are buried together in the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pocahontas.
Perhaps the Puchbauer surname will show up on this blog again someday. I know that the fact that Henry and his brother married Ludwig’s has sparked some interest in me. Maybe I’ll keep my eye open for an occasion to tell that story.