Franklin L. Clements was born on December 30, 1882 in Bollinger, Missouri. He is one of the oldest of ten children to parents Henry J Clements and Wilhelmina “Mina” Lix.
In the 1900 census, the family is living in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri. Franklin lists his occupation as a farm laborer.
On March 12, 1903, Franklin married Ida May Propst in Perryville, Perry County, Missouri. Since Franklin was under 21 years old and Ida was under 17 years old, both of their fathers were present at the ceremony and gave their permission for the marriage to take place.
Franklin and Ida had at seven children together.
In 1910, the family is living in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri. Franklin lists his occupation as a farming on a general farm. Three of his brothers, his father Henry and his step-mother are also living in the home as well and they all list their occupation as the same.
In 1920, the family is living on Perryville Road in Whitewater Township, Bollinger County, Missouri. Franklin and two of his sons are listed as farmers on their general farm. (Pg 1 includes Franklin and Ida. Page 2 includes the rest of the family)
On October 28, 1923, Franklin passed away. The cause of death was nephritis with a contributing cause of rheumatism. He was buried on October 29, 1923 at Whitewater Presbyterian Cemetery in Lixville, Bollinger County, Missouri.
Pearl Clements was born August 15, 1921 in Missouri. She was the youngest of six children born to parents Franklin L. Clements and Ida May Propst.
Pearl is first found in the 1930 census. The family is living in Randolph Township, St. Francois County, Missouri. They are renting a house in a single family dwelling and paying $10 per month for rent.
Sometime in the 1940′s Pearl married Harry Milton Eggers in Missouri. Together they had four children together, one dying in infancy.
Pearl passed away on August 28, 1972 and is buried with Harry at St. Martin’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Dittmer, Missouri.
Gottfried “Godfrey” Frederick Faehnle was born on January 13, 1849 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. His parents were Gottfried Faehnle and Christina Lenik, both of Württemberg, Germany.
On March 30, 1880, Gottfried arrived in America aboard the ship named the SS Nederland through the district port of New York at Castle Garden. The ship left from Antwerp, Belgium heading for New York, carrying over 700 passengers. Gottfried lists his occupation at the time as a “vinlager”. Vinlager is a dutch word for “winery”. Given his later profession, it is quite possible that Gottfried was involved in the business of drink-making at home in Stuttgart.
(Page one shows the details of the ship and voyage. Page 8 shows Gottfried’s entry on the ship manifest.)
In the 1880 census, Gottfried is found living on 2nd Carondelet Avenue in one dwelling with over 50 other mostly German brewery workers. They all list their occupation as “works in brewery”. This brewery was the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, where Gottfried spent the remainder of his career. The brewing business in St Louis was a mainly German profession in 1880 and one that was gaining popularity and building the economy of the St Louis area. The central geographic location and advanced refrigeration abilities of the 1880′s allowed the brewing companies of St Louis to extend their product’s reaching area from Nebraska to Texas.
On October 27, 1881, Gottfried married Caroline Sophia Kraemer in Holt, Missouri.
They went on to have five children together:
Based on Sophie’s birth place and Gottfried’s employment with the brewery which expanded from Nebraska to Texas, it would appear that the family spent some time living in Nebraska for Gottfried’s job or merely traveling there.
On October 2, 1896, Gottfried was naturalized through the St. Louis City Court of Criminal Corrections.
In 1910, the family is living at a home that they own, located at 3578 Indiana Avenue, St Louis, Missouri which is now a parking lot a the corner of Indiana Avenue and Miami Streets in St. Louis. Gottfried lists his occupation a brewer at a brewery however he also listed that he had been out of work for the entire year of 1909.
In 1911, Gottfried was diagnosed with stomach cancer. On March 1, 1913 at 3:15 pm, Gottfried passed away from carcinoma of the stomach. He was cremated through the Missouri Crematory on March 3, 1913.
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:
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.
Harry Henry Milton Eggers was born on August 22, 1913 in Dittmer, Missouri. He was the oldest child of three to parents John Henry Eggers and Sophia “Sophie” I. Faehnle. He was baptized on August 31, 1913 at St. Martin’s Church in Dittmer, MO.
In the 1920 census, Harry is living with his parents on the Faehnle family farm at 216 Dittmer Road in Jefferson County, along with his grandmother, mother of Sophie Faehnle, Caroline Kraemer Faehnle.
In 1930, Harry is listed as doing the occupation of farm hand on the family’s farm at the age of 16. The family is living at 137 Catawissa Rd in Meramec, Jefferson County, Missouri.
On June 24 1936, Harry married Ruby Helen Crew of Oklahoma in Hillsboro, Jefferson County, Missouri.
On October 7, 1941, Harry enlisted in the military during WWII. It is important to note that he enlisted two months to the day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. At this point, the US involvement in the war was of an undeclared nature of support against Germany. They supported the British army against Germany with money, arms and oil. Not until after December 8, 1941 did the United States declare war on Japan and later on Germany and Italy.
As Ruby remarried in 1942, Harry and Ruby must have divorced prior to this time.
According the US Department of Federal Affairs, Harry was released from military duty on September 21, 1945.
Sometime after his divorce from Ruby, Harry married Pearl Clements. Together they had four children together, one dying in infancy.
Harry passed away on May 20, 1976 and is buried with Pearl at St. Martin’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Dittmer, Missouri.
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