Sophia “Sophie” I. Faehnle was born on October 27, 1889 in Nebraska. She was the second youngest of five children born to parents Gottfried “Godfrey” Frederick Faehnle and Caroline Sophia Kraemer.
Sophie is found for the first time in records in 1910 in the federal census. She is listed as being divorced by this time and lists her occupation as a shoe worker at a factory. She is living with her family at 3578 Indiana Avenue, St Louis, Missouri which is now a parking lot at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Miami Streets in St. Louis.
In 1912, Sophie married John Henry Eggers. The wedding was held in the parish of a St Louis city church instead of near their home because Sophie was pregnant at the time of the ceremony. They went on to have three children together:
- Harry Henry Milton Eggers (b. 1913 – d. 1976)
- Oscar A Eggers (b. 1915)
- Clara Eggers (b. 1932)
In 1917, in John’s WWI draft registration card, their home address is listed as 3520 Ohio Avenue in St Louis, Missouri, near the present day St Alexius Hospital campus at the intersection of Ohio Avenue and Potomac Street.
In 1920, Sophie and family are living on the Faehnle family farm at 216 Dittmer Road in Meramec Township, Jefferson County, Missouri along with Sophie’s mother, Caroline Kraemer Faehnle.
In 1930, the family is living at 137 Catawissa Rd in Meramec, Jefferson County, Missouri.
In 1944, Sophie was diagnosed with arteriosclerosis and hypertension. In 1950, she was diagnosed with heart disease and arteriosclerotic hypertenstion. On July 5, 1954, Sophie passed away from acute pulmonary edema at their home located at 4764 Louisiana Avenue, at the corner of the intersection of Louisiana Avenue and Delor Street. The original building, built in 1922, is still standing as quadroplex housing.
On July 7, 1954, Sophie was buried at St. Martin’s church cemetery in Dittmer, Missouri.