Rudy and Lydia and Their Fruit

I have decided to share this previous blog instead of writing a new one. I am doing so because today the funeral service for Thelma Steffens will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. I have been told that Thelma was the last to have helped operate the Steffens Orchard described in this post when it was still in business. She will be missed. A link to Thelma’s obituary has been placed at the end of the story.

Lydia Mathilde Pilz has a special birthday today. Since she was born on June 6, 1897, she would be 125 years old if she was still alive. Lydia was the daughter of Henry and Maria (Stueve) Pilz. According to our German Family Tree, she was the 4th of 7 children born into that Pilz family. Lydia was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. We can view the baptism record from that congregation’s books. I have to display this record in two images.

Lydia Pilz baptism record – Immanuel, Altenburg, MO

Lydia is found in her first census in 1900 at the age of 3. Her father was a farmer.

1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

I find it amazing that in 1910, the year of Lydia’s confirmation, at the age of 13, was already a servant in another household. Perhaps that decision was made at least in part because…

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