Arthur Finds a Wirth-y Wife

Arthur Carl Lintner was born on August 17th in 1876. If he was alive today, he would be blowing out 146 candles on his birthday cake. Although he is most often called Arthur, a few census records give his name as Otto Lintner. Arthur was the 6th of a dozen children born to John and Anna Margaret (Bergmann) Lintner. Arthur was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. A transcription of his baptism record is shown here. This is one record that spelled his surname as Lindner, not Lintner.

Arthur Lintner baptism record – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

Arthur is found in his first census in 1880 at the age of 4. His father was a farmer in the Central Township.

1880 census – Central Township, MO

We can only view Arthur in one more census right before he gets married. In 1900, he was a 23 year-old farm laborer living in the Fritz Bergmann household.

1900 census – Central Township, MO

Let’s now turn our attention to the woman who would become Arthur’s bride. Her name was Clara M. Wirth, who was born on Epiphany Day, January 6, 1880. Clara’s parents were John and Elizabeth (Hornberger) Wirth. She was their firstborn child. Clara was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, so I cannot display an actual image of her baptism record. Clara was born early enough in 1880 to be listed in the census that was taken during that year. Her father was a farmer in the Cinque Hommes Township.

1880 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Next, we find Clara at the age of 20 still living with her parents in the 1900 census. Four more Wirth children had been added to the family during the intervening years.

1900 census – Cinque Hommes Township, MO

Right before he was married, an article appeared in the Perry County Republican saying that Arthur had purchased an interest in a saloon.

Arthur Lintner – PCR article 1900

Arthur Lintner married Clara Wirth on February 12, 1901 at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg. We cannot view a church record, but the marriage license for this pair is pictured below.

Lintner/Wirth marriage license

Six children are listed in our German Family Tree for Arthur and Clara. Four of those children were born before the 1910 census. Arthur was a farmer in the Central Township.

1910 census – Central Township, MO

Arthur must have been involved in a cistern cleaning business for a while. I found this ad in the Perry County Republican that was published in 1913.

Arthur Lintner – PCR ad 1913

Arthur had a World War I draft registration completed in 1917. This form says Arthur was a laborer at a Perryville brewery.

Arthur Lintner – WWI draft registration

The Lintner household included all 6 of their children in the 1920 census. It says that Arthur was a farmer.

1920 census – Central Township, MO

Next, we find the Lintner’s in the 1930 census. One son helped Arthur on his farm, another was a road worker, and two daughters worked at the shoe factory in Perryville.

1930 census – Central Township, MO

The last census in which we find Arthur Lintner was the one taken in 1940. I think it is surprising that 4 of their children were still living in this household even though several of them were already in their 30’s. Three sons were working for a lumber country.

1940 census – Central Township, MO

During the time of World War II, one of their sons, Carl Lintner, was involved in a plane crash while serving in the military. However, that plane crash occurred in Boise, Idaho, not as part of combat overseas. An article was published in the Perry County Republican describing this event. You may have to click the thumbnails to enlarge them.

Arthur Lintner died in 1947 at the age of 70. His death certificate is displayed below.

Arthur Lintner death certificate

Clara Lintner can still be found in the 1950 census. This entry says Clara was helping with the farm, while two remaining sons were working at the stave mill in Perryville.

1950 census – Central Township, MO

Clara died in 1953 at the age of 73. Her death certificate says she died on August 18th, the day after her husband’s birthday.

Clara Lintner death certificate

Arthur and Clara Lintner are buried together in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Perryville.

Arthur and Clara Lintner gravestone – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

Arthur Lintner appears to have been one of those men who was always listed as being a farmer, but he dabbled in other endeavors in order to bring in more income. That is something that you see happening around here now. Farms are much too small to bring in enough income to support a family, so men are employed elsewhere, and when they get home from work, still manage to maintain some limited farm work on their land. Farmers in Perry County have always chosen to develop different skills to supplement their income in order to assist their families and realize their dreams.


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