This post, like the one published yesterday, highlights a person who was born in Perry County, but only spent their childhood here, and ended up living most of his life in St. Louis.
Emanuel Heinrich Jungclaus was born on March 1, 1873, so today would be another one of those special birthdays. He was born 150 years ago on this day. Emanuel was the son of Herman and Gesche (Stueve) Jungclaus. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. An image of his baptism record from that congregation’s books is pictured below. He was the first child to be baptized during that year. The year, 1873, is found right above his record. I point that out because his later death certificate mistakenly says he was born in 1874.
Emanuel was the last of 7 children born to his parents. When he appears in his first census in 1880, he was 6 years old. His father was a farmer on The Ridge. A mistake was made in this entry. Emanuel is called Mena and identified as a female.
Since we cannot view the 1890 census, the next census in which we should be able to find Emanuel was the one taken in 1900, and by that time, he would have been in his 20’s. He was no longer living with his father, but I was not able to find him in that year’s census. However, the St. Louis city directory shown here shows Emanuel living in that city in 1899. It says he was a porter. I have every reason to believe that Emanuel was living in St. Louis in 1900, and I looked for him in the census for that location, but was unsuccessful. Apparently, all of the folks on Ancestry.com that include Emanuel in their family trees have also failed in their efforts to find that census entry. Perhaps one of our readers can take a shot at finding it and succeed.
Next, we will take a look at the woman who would become Emanuel’s bride. It turns out that she was from Switzerland. Her name was Anna Kammermann, who was born on March 16, 1875. That means that both Emanuel and Anna had March birthdays. Anna and her family came to America from Switzerland in 1885 aboard the ship, Normandie. The passenger list showing the Kammermann’s is displayed here.
This list looks to me like it contains two women named Elizabeth and two girls named Anna, although I think one of them is actually Emma. The Anna who married Emanuel would be the 9 year-old. The ages are not easy to read, but I think it’s safe to say that Anna’s mother was Elizabeth, but I do not think you can definitively say who her father was. I think her father was not even on the list.
Anna is found in the 1900 census at the age of 25. She was living in the household of Charles Trockser, who had married the younger Elizabeth on the above passenger list. Anna’s mother was a widow. Both Anna and her mother are called seamstresses.
Evidence indicates that Emanuel Jungclaus married Anna Kammermann in 1903. I cannot show the actual newspaper article, but a St. Louis paper included the following information about this couple’s wedding.
Based on future census entries, I think Emanuel and Anna had 3 children. Two of them were born prior to the 1910 census. The Jungclaus household included their 2 sons, along with Anna’s mother. Emanuel was called a driver.
In 1918, Emanuel had a World War I draft registration completed. Such documents are often beneficial at telling us who exactly was a man’s employer. This form says Emanuel was employed by Julius Peterson. Emanuel was a salesman. I find it interesting that the address for his business was the same as the one seen on the 1899 city directory when Emanuel was called a porter.
I found evidence that there was a Julius Peterson Company in St. Louis at that time that was in the business of selling seeds and grain. When the 1920 census was taken, a daughter had been added to the Jungclaus family. Emanuel was once again called a salesman.
The 1930 census shows the same members of the Jungclaus family. The sons were in their 20’s and the daughter was a teenager. Emanuel looks as if he still had the same job.
A 1932 St. Louis city directory shows several people with the surname, Jungclaus. It shows Emanuel still being employed by the Julius Peterson Company, and the 3 Jungclaus children, Elmer, Elsia, and Herbert, all having the same address as their parents. It also looks as if Anna was employed as a clerk.
The last census in which we find Emanuel was the one taken in 1940. At the age of 66, Emanuel no longer had an occupation listed, and 2 children remained in his household.
Emanuel Jungclaus died in 1946 at the age of 73. His death certificate says he died at St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis. This document says he was just 72 years old when he died, but it also mistakenly says he was born in 1874, not 1873. It states he was a watchman for the St. Louis Park Department.
Anna is found as a widow in the 1950 census at the age of 75. Her daughter, Elsia, was living with her. Anna’s son, Elmer, and his family was listed right below her census entry.
Anna Jungclaus died in 1961 at the age of 85. Her death certificate says she died at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond Heights.
Both of the above death certificates indicate that these two were buried in the New St. Marcus Cemetery in St. Louis. Both of them have entries for that cemetery on Findagrave, but no gravestone photos.
Today’s birthday boy, like my father, Richard Schmidt and many other folks found in our German Family Tree, was born and raised in Perry County, but when he was a young man, moved to St. Louis to find work. Each found a bride in St. Louis and remained in that city for the rest of their career. Emanuel even died and was buried there. My father, on the other hand, moved with my mother to Florida later in his life, and they are buried there.