Huber and Hooss

A Huber/Hooss marriage took place in the bride’s home on All Saints Day 125 years ago in Perryville. I will be discussing the lives of the bride and groom, along with their connection to a few other individuals who were connected to this couple.

Joseph Huber was born on May 16, 1867, the son of Charles and Mary Huber. I was not able to determine the maiden name of Joseph’s mother. Joseph was born in St. Louis, Missouri. The first census in which we find Joseph was the one taken in 1870. The Huber family was living in St. Louis where his father was a tinner. Joseph was 3 years old at the time. I have to display this entry in two images.

1870 census – St. Louis, MO

The only other census we can view that includes Joseph as a single person was the one taken 1880. Joseph had just become a teenager. The younger daughter named Mary in the prior census is no longer included in the family, so she likely died at a young age.

1880 census – St. Louis, MO

Next, let’s take a look at the early life of the woman who would become Joseph’s wife. Her name was Rosa Mary Hooss, who was born on May 29, 1868. Rosa was the daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Cadenbach) Hooss. The Hooss’s had 7 children, one of which was adopted. All of these children, including their adopted child, were females. Rosa was the 2nd child born to this couple. After Rosa was born, the rest of the Hooss children were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, but I do not know where Rosa and her older sister were baptized. Rosa is found in her first census in 1870 at the age of 2. The Hooss family operated a hotel in Perryville, so this census entry included quite a few residents of the hotel that were not part of the Hooss family.

1870 census – Perryville, MO

The 1880 census shows Rosa’s father as a clerk in a store. Rosa was 12 years old at the time. This entry is the first time we see the Hooss’s adopted daughter, Florence Verschelden.

1880 census – Perryville, MO

I think there is a chance that, if we could view the 1890 census, Rosa would be found living in St. Louis. Many young women went to St. Louis to find work in those days. I think that may have been how Rosa met the young man she would marry.

Joseph Huber married Rosa Hooss on November 1, 1897. The record found in the books of Immanuel, Perryville states that this marriage took place in the home of the bride’s parents.

Huber/Hooss marriage record – Immanuel, Perryville, MO

After her wedding, Rosa joined her husband in St. Louis. We find this couple in the 1900 census, where Joseph was working as a stenographer in St. Louis. This couple’s only child, a daughter named Lorena, was born in 1899.

1900 census – St. Louis, MO

Next, we find the Huber’s in the 1910 census. This time, Joseph was called a clerk for the telephone company.

1910 census – St. Louis, MO

I did manage to locate this photo of Joseph Huber.

Joseph Huber

Joseph died in 1912 at the early age of 45. If I read his death certificate correctly, it appears he died after an attempted appendectomy. He died at the Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.

Joseph Huber death certificate

Joseph’s death certificate says his body was going to be taken to the Missouri Crematory. I will show evidence later that his gravestone is located in Perryville. Rosa is found as a widow in the 1920 census. Rosa was called the head of the household that also included her daughter and two younger sisters. One was Ida Hooss, who was a public school teacher. Ida’s story was told in the post, Miss Hooss – Schoolmarm. The other sister was Julia, who had married Ashley McCauley prior to this census. Ashley was a carpenter for an organ company.

1920 census – St. Louis, MO

The 1930 census finds Rosa still living in St. Louis. Rosa was living with her sister, Ida, who now is called a principal of a grade school.

1930 census – St. Louis, MO

In that same year, Rosa’s daughter, Lorena, at the age of 30, was a public school teacher in Detroit. When the 1940 census was taken, we find that Rosa had joined Lorena in Detroit. Lorena had the same occupation.

1940 census – Detroit, MI

The last census in which we find Rosa was the one taken in 1950. She is found living in Highland Park, Michigan, which is in the Detroit metropolitan area. She was living with Lorena, who by then had married Herbert Lamberton, a plant foreman at an auto factory. Lorena was then a high school teacher.

1950 census – Highland Park, MI

Rosa Huber died in 1955 at the age of 86. I found a Michigan death record for her.

Rosa Huber – MI death record

Like the death certificate of her husband, this record indicates that Rosa’s body was taken to a crematory. The Woodmere Cemetery has an entry for Rosa Huber on However, the Home Cemetery in Perryville also has an entry for both Joseph and Rose Huber. Their gravestone also includes Marie Huber, Joseph’s mother.

Joseph and Rose Huber gravestone – Home, Perryville, MO

We find evidence in this story that there were a couple of teachers who came out of the Hooss family. There was even a time when Ida Hooss, already a teacher, was living in the same household as Lorena, who would later become a teacher. Perhaps Ida influenced her niece to enter the same occupation as hers.

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