Sep 03

Tombstone Tuesday–Henry Sauer

Henry Sauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Henry Sauer, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Henry Sauer
1884-1948

Henry Sauer was born in Germany on 2 March 1884 [1], the son of John and Anna C. (Meisinger) Sauer.

According to the 1900 census the Sauer family immigrated in 1895. In 1900 Henry lived with his parents and his siblings in Willshire Township: John Sauer, 47; Anna C, 45; Leonard, 24; Eva, 22; Anna C, 20; John Jr, 18; Henry, 16; Mary, 14; Aaron, 13; Phillip, 9; and Ludwig, 6. According to that enumeration, 9 of the 10 Sauer children were living. [2]

Henry Sauer married “Justine” Rosine Magdalene Pflueger in Zion Schumm’s parsonage on 26 Dec 1907, married by Rev. C.W. Giese. The church records indicate both the bride and groom were from Zion Schumm’s parish. Justine (1889-1918) was the daughter of Abraham and Elisabeth (Hofmann) Pflueger.

In 1910 the Henry Sauer family lived in Monroe, Allen County, Indiana: Henry, 26; Justine R M, 20; Esther A E, 2; and Paul E J, 8 months. This enumeration indicates that Henry was born in Germany and immigrated in 1890. [3] 

Henry’s wife Justine died from lagrippe on 12 March 1918 in Van Wert County, Ohio. She was only 28 years old and left 5 underage children behind. She was buried on the 14th in Zion Schumm’s cemetery. Henry never remarried.

In 1920 widower Henry Sauer lived in Willshire Township with his 5 children: Henry, 35; Esther A E, 11; Paul A J, 10; Reinhold F, 8; Herman E, 6; and Lena N, 3. [4]

In 1930 Henry Sauer farmed and lived in Adams County with his two daughters: Henry, 46; Esther, 22; and Lina 13. [5]

Henry Sauer, age 56, lived by himself at 229 First Street in Decatur in 1940. He rented his home and worked as a laborer. [6]

Henry Sauer died of cerebral arteriosclerosis on 3 June 1948 at the Richmond State Hospital, Wayne County, Indiana. He was 64 years old. [7] Neither his death nor burial are recorded in Zion Schumm’s records. He was brought back to Zion Schumm’s cemetery and laid to rest near his wife Justine.  

Henry and Justina (Pflueger) Sauer had the following children:
Esther (1908-1994), never married
Paul A. John (1909-1988), married Clara Alena Stump
Reinhold Ferdinand (1911-1993), married Helen M. Fritzinger
Herman Edgar (1913-1986), married Dorothy Alice Featherer
Lena Paula Emelia (1916-2013), married Russell E. Fleming

To make this research just a little more challenging, there was another Henry Sauer, the son of Adam and Magdalena (Dietrich) Sauer, born near Schumm in 1889, who was baptized at Zion Schumm that same year. He and his wife Erna lived in Fort Wayne and they are both buried in Concordia Cemetery there.

[1] “Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013,” Van Wert Marriages, Vol. 12:540, Henry Sauer & Justina Pflueger, 26 Dec 1907; database with images, FamilySearch.org (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-S5QH-DL?i=302&cc=1614804&personaUrl=%2Fark%3A%2F61903%2F1%3A1%3AXD2K-N64 : viewed 2 Sep 2019).

[2] 1900 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, Ed 98, p.13, dwelling 246, family 252, John Sauer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1900usfedcen/ : viewed 2 Sep 2019).

[3] 1910 U.S. Census, Monroe Allen, Indiana, ED 17, p.2B, dwelling & family 21, Henry Sauer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : viewed 2 Sep 2019). 

[4] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.3B, dwelling 63, family 64, Henry Souer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1920usfedcen/ : viewed 2 Sep 2019).

[5] 1930 U.S. Census, Root, Adams, Indiana, ED 14, p.9B, dwelling & family 212, Henry Sauer; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1930usfedcen/ : viewed 2 Sep 2019).

[6] 1940 U.S. Census, Decatur, Adams, Indiana, ED 1-12, p.2B, line 41, Henry Sauers; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1940usfedcen/ : viewed 2 Sep 2019).

[7] Indiana Death Certificates, 1948, roll 7, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Henry Sauer, 3 Jun 1948; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com.

Aug 30

The Miller Brothers in Coalinga, California, c1911-12

Last week I showed a 1911 panoramic photo of the A.O. Company oil workers in Oil Center, Kern County, California. Two of my great-uncles are in that photo, half-brothers Chris Miller and Jacob Miller Jr.

Chris (1880-1911) was the son of Jacob Miller and his second wife Margaretha Strabel. Jacob Jr (1885-1913) was the son of Jacob Miller and his third wife Christena Rueck.

Chris Miller (1880-1911), son of Jacob Miller.

I believe I have located Jacob Miller Jr, as enumerated in the 1910 census, living in Kern County, California. He was 24 years old, born in Ohio, working as a tool dresser in the oil fields. He was single and one of nine boarders living in the family household of Orr Whitehall. [1]

Jacob Miller Jr (1886-1913)

Today, some picture postcards showing one of the towns the two brothers worked in or passed through during their time in the western oil fields. Although these postcards are not postmarked, the brothers were in California during the years around 1910.

The postcards below are from Coalinga, California. Coalinga is located in Fresno County and is about 80 miles northwest of where Oil Center was. We know the Miller brothers were in Oil Center in March 1911, when the panoramic photo, shown in last week’s blog post, was taken.  

5th & E Street, Coalinga, California, c1910-12.

5th Street, Coalinga, California, c1910-12.

Coalinga was founded as a coal mining town between 1870-1880. The Southern Pacific Railroad went through the town about 1890 and the Coalinga Post Office was established in 1891. Oil was discovered in Coalinga a few years later and the town prospered for over 100 years.

Fiesta, Coalinga, California, 1912.

Fiesta, Coalinga, California, 1912.

There were a number of postcards sent from Coalinga and I assume one or both of the brothers spent some time there, or at least visited the town.

Chris Miller died in October 1911 and the Coalinga Fiesta was 10-11 May 1912. So, these postcards were probably sent by by Jacob Jr. Jacob Jr may have stayed in California while Chris went to work in Texas. We don’t know if they stayed and worked together when they were out west. 

High School, Coalinga, California, c1910-12.

Grammar School, Coalinga, California, c1910-12.

Although they spent time in California, they also worked in the oil fields in Oklahoma and Texas.

Unfortunately, both Chris and Jacob Jr died out west while working in the oil fields. Chris Miller died in Wichita Falls, Texas, of typhoid fever on 24 October 1911. Jacob Miller Jr was killed in Oklahoma on 10 April 1913 when part of an oil derrick fell on him.

Both young men were returned home to be buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio.  

 

[1] 1910 U.S. Census, Township 6, Kern, California, ED 30, p.16B, dwelling 227, family 239, Jacob Miller; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : viewed 29 Aug 2019). Census taken 7 May 1910.

Aug 27

Tombstone Tuesday–Alma A.W. Sauer

Alma A.W. Sauer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Alma A.W. Sauer, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Alma A.W.
Tochter von
L. n M. Sauer
Geb. 21 Jan. 1911
Gest. 15 Jan. 1912

Alma A.W., daughter of L. and M. Sauer, born 21 January 1911, died 15 January 1912.

“Alma” Anna Wilhelmine Sauer was born in or near Schumm on 21 January 1911, the daughter of Leonhard & Minnie (Hofferberth) Sauer. Alma was baptized at home on 5 February 1911 with Anna Sauer and Minnie Hofferberth as her sponsors. Her father Leonhard (1876-1944) was born in Germany and her mother Minnie (1882-1920) was born in Ohio.

Alma Sauer died of gastroenteritis on 15 January 1912, at the age of 11 months and 25 days. She was buried on the 18th.

Alma’s parents, Leonhard and Minnie (Hofferberth) Sauer, had the following children:
Arthur Heinrich (1909-1976), married Minnie Louise Hammer
Alma Anna Wilhelmine (1911-1912)
Edna Maria (1913-1938), never married
Carl Emanuel (1915-1999), married Betty Louise Cole
Wilma Katharine (1919-2012), married Charles Lewis Cole

Aug 23

Oil Workers, A.O. Co., Oil Center, California, 1911

Adventure and the quest for fortune have always been alluring to some young men. In the early 1900s the news of the oil strikes and oil fields out West was enough to lure two farm boys from rural Mercer County, Ohio, westward, on a quest to make their fortunes. Those two young men, Christian “Chris” Miller and Jacob Miller Jr, were my great-uncles, brothers of my grandfather Carl Miller. They left their farm life to work in the oil fields of Texas, Oklahoma, and California around 1910.

The two brothers got a taste of the Ohio oil boom when oil was found in the Chatt area a few years before. Maybe they felt they had some oil experience and decided to go west, where oil drilling was on a much larger scale. I am sure two strong, hard-working farm boys had no trouble getting employment in the oil fields anywhere.

Christian Miller (1880-1911)

Jacob Miller Jr (1886-1913)

Brothers Chris and Jacob Miller Jr, sons of Jacob Miller, were actually half-brothers. Chris (1880-1911) was the son of Jacob Miller and his second wife Margaretha Strabel. Jacob Jr (1885-1913) was the son of Jacob Miller and his third wife Christena Rueck. I have written about these two before and posted some of their photos taken during the time they were out west. [1]

Chris Miller out West

One of the Miller brothers out West

Below are photo segments of one very long, narrow photo, taken 15 March 1911 in Oil Center, California. It is photo number 127, the employees of the A.O. Company, an oil company. The original photo is one of those long panoramic photos, two or more feet long. It was too long for me to put in a scanner, so I took individual photos of it with my camera. The photos below were taken from the left to the right of large photo and would show the whole photo if put together.

A.O. Co. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911 (1)

A.O. Co. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911 (2)

A.O. Co. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911 (3)

A.O. Co. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911 (4)

A.O. Co. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911 (5)

Chris Miller is supposedly in the photo with the oil workers and I believe I found him. I do not know if Jacob Miller Jr was in this photo, too, but I would not be surprised if he was there, too. The brothers seemed to travel and work together.

I have looked at all the faces in this photo many times and I think Chris and Jacob Jr are in the segment below, situated fairly close together. Chris usually wore a funny little hat that seemed to be too small for him and he had a lot of hair (bangs) off to the right side of his forehead. Jacob Jr was a big guy and this looks like the bib overalls I have seen him wearing in other photos. This is my best guess that these are the Miller brothers.

Possibly Chris Miller (seated to left) & Jacob Miller Jr. (standing on the right).

Chris & Jacob Jr among oil employees, Oil Center, California, 1911.

There are many interesting items in this photo. Oil wells and housing are in the background. There are many men, young and old. Men in suits and ties and men in work clothes. Men on horses, wagons, buggies, cars, bicycles, and Indian Motorcycles. There are even a couple dogs and mules.

Look at those old Indian Motorcycles! I watch the American Pickers TV series enough to know that these would be very collectible today. And there are oil wells as far as the eye can see.

Indian Motorcycles, 1911, Oil Center, California.

A.O. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911

Here are a few close-ups of this photo, showing many interesting faces:

A.O. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911

A.O. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911

A.O. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911

A.O. Employees, Oil Center, CA, 1911

The Miller brothers’ adventure in the western oil fields did not end well for either of them. Chris died from typhoid fever on 24 October 1911, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He died a little over six months after this large photo was taken.

Jacob Miller Jr died about two years later, on 10 April 1913 in Oklahoma, when an oil derrick fell on him and killed him instantly.

Both young men were returned home to be buried in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Chattanooga, Ohio.  

  

[1] “Tombstone Tuesday—Jacob Miller (Jr),” Karen’s Chatt, 26 Jul 2011,   http://www.karenmillerbennett.com/miller/tombstone-tuesday-jacob-miller-jr/ and “Tombstone Tuesday—Christian Miller,” Karen’s Chatt, 19 Jul 2011,    http://www.karenmillerbennett.com/miller/tombstone-tuesday-christian-miller/ and “Tragedy in the Oil Fields,” Karen’s Chatt, 14 Nov 2014,  http://www.karenmillerbennett.com/miller/tragedy-in-the-oil-fields/

Aug 20

Tombstone Tuesday–Lulu A.K. Pflueger

Lulu A.K. Pflueger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Lulu Anna Katharine Pflueger, located in row 3 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Lulu A.K.
Tochter von
A. u. A. Pflueger
Geb. 11, Juli 1902
Gest. 28, Juni 1907

Lulu A.K., daughter of A. & A. Pflueger, born 11 July 1902, died 28 June 1907.

According to the records of Zion Lutheran Church, Schumm, Lulu Anna Katharine Pfluger was born 11 July 1902, the daughter of “Adam” Jacob and “Anna” Regina (Pfeifer) Pflueger. Lulu was baptized at home on 2 November 1902, with Mrs. H. Roehm and Mrs. John Sauer serving as her sponsors.

Lulu’s death nor burial is recorded in Zion Schumm’s records. That is unusual because their church records are generally very complete and inclusive.

In fact, there are not many entries concerning the Adam Pflueger family in Zion Schumm’s records. There are three baptism entries for three of their children: Emilie Adele Pflueger (1901), Lulu Anna Katharine Pflueger (1902), and Eva Viola Pflueger (1904). Also recorded is the death and burial of their mother, Anna (Pfeifer) Pflueger, who died 20 May 1911 at 40 years of age. That entry indicates that Anna Pfueger was survived by her husband and five children: Otto, Frida, George, Della, and Viola. Anna (Pfeifer) Pflueger is buried in row 10 at Zion Schumm’s cemetery.

Lulu’s father, Adam Pflueger is buried in row 11 of Zion Schumm’s cemetery, but there is no burial entry for him in the church records. The Pflueger-Pfeifer marriage is not recorded in Zion Schumm’s records either, but they married 31 May 1894 in Adams County, Indiana.  

The Van Wert County, Ohio, Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. V, compiled and published in 1992 by the Van Wert County Chapter OGS, indicates that an infant child of Adam & Anna Pflueger, who died 20 April 1911, is also buried in Zion Schumm’s cemetery, but there is no stone for that child.

Since some of these names sounded familiar and I also checked the records at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, and learned that Adam and Anna Pflueger’s three older children were baptized at Zion Chatt! Their first three children, Emma Fredericka, George Augustus, and Otto Nicholas were baptized at Zion Chatt between the years 1895-1898.

Adam and Anna (Pfeifer) Pflueger had the following children:
Emma Fredericka “Frieda” (1895-1982), married George Howard Putman
George Augustus (1898-1979), married Jennie M Davis, married Letha Ellen Hall
Otto Nicholas (1896-1975), married Cecile L Wise
Emilie Adele “Della” (1901-1991), married George Russell Krugh
Lulu Anna Katharine (1902-1907)
Eva Viola (1904-1998), married Paul Burdette Miller
Infant (1911-1911)

The text at bottom of Lulu’s tombstone:

Rom 6:23. Der tod ist der sunde sold aber die gabe gottes ist das ewige leben in Christ to Jesu, Unserm herrn. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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