Conrad Friedrich Stoerker

M, #14, b. 17 February 1851, d. 13 June 1927
Relationship
Great-grandfather of Sheila Sue Altenbernd
Father*Christian Friedrich Störcker b. 12 February 1812, d. 9 February 1868
Mother*Clara Maria Poesser b. 2 February 1816, d. 17 June 1898
Conrad Stoerker
     Conrad was born in Melle, Hannover, Germany, on 17 February 1851.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 He was the son of Christian Friedrich Störcker and Clara Maria Poesser.
     The german spelling of Conrad's name is Konrad Friedrich Störker.

     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker immigrated on 19 November 1857 to in New Orleans, Orleans County, Louisiana, USA, with his parents Christian Friedrich Störcker and Clara Maria Stoerker . They arrived on Ship "Anton Guenther" of Bremen.12,13
     They resided in New Melle, Missouri, USA.14,9
     They resided at Cappeln, St Charles County, Missouri, USA.14
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was listed as Friederich Störker on his confirmation record.7
     Friederich was confirmed at age 15 at St John's Church, Cappeln, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, on 2 April 1866. The memory verse recited was 1 Peter 1,13..7,10
     He attended seminary at Missouri Valley College in 1871.15
     He resided Carlinville, Illinois, USA, between 1874 and 1875.16
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was Minister of the Gospel between 1874 and 1927.17,18,14,11 Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was ordained a minister on 5 July 1874 at St. Peter's Church, Washington, Missouri, USA. He was assigned to be vicar under Rev. Philip Meusch in Carlinville, IL.17,15
     He resided in Old Monroe, Missouri, USA, in 1875.16
     They resided in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA, between 1875 and 1877.16
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker married Wilhelmine Cuno, daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm Cuno and Juliana Braun, in Millstadt, St Clair County, Illinois, USA, on 2 November 1876 . On her marriage license, Wilhelmine used the name of Mina Cuno. I haven't seen her referred that way elsewhere, but assume it was a nickname she liked to use.19,1,20,14
     They resided in Drake, Missouri, USA, between 1877 and 1879. Less than a year after their wedding the couple moved to a country community near Drake, MO, where he was pastor of what is today St. James Church with the address of Charlotte, MO.16,15
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was employed as a minister between 1879 and 1881 at St. John's Church, Brighton, Illinois, USA.15
     They resided in Brighton, Illinois, USA, between 1879 and 1881.16
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was listed as the head of household on the 1880 US Federal Census in Brighton Village, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA, enumerated 22 June 1880. Also living in the house were his wife, Minnie , and his daughter, Frieda Stoerker and Alma Stoerker. Edward F Dain, Nellie Dain, Jessie Dain, Dora Dain and Edward Dain were also living at that address. His age was listed as 29. He was shown as born in Hannover. His father was born in Hannover. His mother was born in Hannover. He was married. His occupation was a minister.18
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was employed in 1881 St. Paul's Church, Warrenton, Missouri, USA.15
     They resided in Warrenton, Missouri, USA, between 1881 and 1883.16
     Conrad worked at St John's Church, Plum Hill, Illinois, USA, between 1883 and 1891. He worked as a minister.16,15
     They resided in Plum Hill, Illinois, USA, between 1883 and 1891.16
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker lived at 1218 W 11th, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA, between 1891 and 1893.21,16
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was employed as pastor between 1893 and 1894 at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA. The family moved here to begin a new congregation there. Arkansas climate did not agree with Conrad, however, and his health failed, forcing him to leave.21,15

     Photo in 1893 in Morrison, Osage County, Missouri, USA.


     They resided in Morrison, Missouri, USA, between 1893 and 1894.16
     They resided in Staunton, Illinois, USA, between 1894 and 1899.16
     Conrad worked Rev. Stoerker proved himself a very faithful and conscientious worker, to which his many friends in the congrgation will gladly attest. During his pastorate the first Young People's Society and also the Ladies' Aid were organized. Besides St. Paul's he served the congregation at Dorchester and also taught in the parochial school. With great regret the congregation accepted the resignation of their faithful pastor in the late autumn of 1899. at St Paul's United Church of Christ, Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA, between 6 May 1894 and 1899. He worked as Minister.22,23

     They resided in Addieville, Illinois, USA, between 1899 and 1905.16

     Photo of Conrad Stoerker with sons; Paul, Fred, and Theophil. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Conrad Stoerker and sons, Paul, Fred, and Theophil

     Fred Stoerker was listed as the head of household on the 1900 US Federal Census in Plum Hill Township, Washington County, Illinois, USA, enumerated 2 June 1900. Also living in the house were his wife, Minna, his sons, Paul, Fred, Theophil and Adolph, his daughters, Frieda, Ella L., Julia and Flora. His birth date was listed as Feb 1851, age 49. He was born in Germany. He was married and had been married for 23 years. His father was born in Germany. His mother was born in Germany.6
His occupation was preatcher(this is the spelling that was on the census). He immigrated to the US in 1859 and had been in the US for 42 years. He was a naturalized citizen. He was able to read, able to write, and able to speak English.6 He rented the property . He lived in a house.6
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker and Wilhelmine Stoerker lived in New Haven, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, between 1905 and 1915.16
Stoerker Parsonage in New Haven, Missouri
Inside St Paul's Sanctuary in New Haven, Missouri


     Photo of Wilhelmine, C. Friedrich, and Conrad Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Wilhelmine, C. Friedrich, and Conrad Stoerker


     Photo in 1907. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130). Standing -- Paul, Alma, Flora, Josephine, Ella, and Julia Stoerker, Frieda and Christian Mohr
Seated -- Conrad, Wilhelmine (holding Theodore) Stoeker
Ground -- Gottlob, Theophil, and Adolph Stoerker, Waldemar Mohr.


     The 1910 Missouri Census, lists Fred Stoerker (clergyman), age 59; his wife Minnie, age 52; and children Ella, age 24; Fred, age 19; Julia, age 18; Flora, age 15; Theophil, age 13; Adolph, age 11; and Gottlob, age 7 as living in New Haven, Franklin County, Missouri. Fred is listed as a naturalized citizen. Their place of residence was a farm which they owned. in 1910.


     Photo of Conrad, Flora, and Julia Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Conrad, Flora, and Julia Stoerker


     Photo. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130)). Paul, Wilhelmine, and Conrad Stoerker.

Paul, Wilhelmine, and Conrad Stoerker


     Photo.



     Photo of Paul, Josephine, Conrad, Ted, Wilhelmine, and Billie (in lap) Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers(#132.)

Paul, Josephine, Conrad, Ted, Wilhelmine, and Billie (in lap) Stoerker


     Photo in 1912. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130). Stoerker Family 1912 -- Back: Fred, Hilda, Theophil, Flora, Alma, Frieda Mohr, Julia, Christian Mohr -- Front: Waldemar Mohr, Conrad, Wilhelmine, Gottlob.

Stoerker Family 1912 -- Back: Fred, Hilda, Theophil, Flora, Alma, Frieda Mohr, Julia, Christian Mohr -- Front: Waldemar Mohr, Conrad, Wilhelmine, Gottlob


     Photo. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130). Back Row: Julia, Theophil, Flora, and Adolph Stoerker
Front Row: Gottlob, Conrad, Wilhelmine, and Paul Stoerker.

Back Row: Julia, Theophil, Flora, and Adolph Stoerker
Front Row: Gottlob, Conrad, Wilhelmine, and Paul Stoerker


     Photo of Conrad Stoerker on a church outing. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Conrad Stoerker on a church outing

     From the records of John Altenbernd

My grandparents would move to Hartsburg, MO in 1915. Then came World War I and those who were German born came under suspicion. My grandfather always preached in German to his German immigrant congregation, and such preachers in particular fell first under suspicion and then harassment. There would be strangers in the congregation on a Sunday morning who would then leave before the service ended, talking to no one, obviously government agents checking up on these German speaking preachers, making sure they weren't preaching sedition. That was bad enough, but rumors and stories also circulated in Hartsburg about him. (Uncle Theo, who suffered much the same thing in his first church in New Albin, Iowa, writes of this time in some detail in his book "Remembering Father and Mother". I won't repeat it here..) Things were never the same in Hartsburg after that, and in September of 1920, rather than, in effect, begin a new career by preaching in English, he opted for retirement, buying a home at 1021 South Fourth Street in St. Charles, MO. in 1915.15

     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker and Wilhelmine Stoerker lived in Hartsburg, Boone County, Missouri, USA, between 1915 and 1920.16
Inside the sanctuary in Hartsburg, Missouri
Parsonage in Hartsburg, Missouri


     Photo of Fred, Hilda, Ted, Conrad, and Paul Stoerker in August 1915 at Parsonage, Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



     Photo between 16 August 1915 and 25 August 1915 in Missouri, USA. Motor Trip.


     The following item appeared Jefferson City Post-Tribune, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA, on 14 June 1916
Pastors' Conference
Rev. Paul Stoerker, pastor of the Evangelical Church of this city, left at noon today for Higginsville, Mo., where he goes to attend the annual conference of teh Missouri Evangelical Synod. He was accompanied by Gus Schwartz as a delegate from the local church and Rev. C. F. Stoerker and Mr. Wintermeyer of Hartsburg.24



     Photo of Conrad Stoerker in 1917. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Conrad Stoerker -- 1917


     Photo at Eudora Township, Douglas County, Kansas, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130). Fred, Hilda, Ted, Conrad, and Paul Stoerker at the parsonage in Eudora, Kansas.

Fred, Hilda, Ted, Conrad, and Paul Stoerker at the parsonage in Eudora, Kansas


     Photo. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



     Photo of Conrad and Adolph Stoerker in 1918. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Conrad and Adolph Stoerker - 1918

     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was listed as the nearest relative of Theophil Stoerker on his WWI draft registration card.4

     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was listed as the nearest relative of Adolph Stoerker on his WWI draft registration card.5

ME by John Altenbernd

The Great Courtship


     It was early in 1919. The Rev Fred Stoerker was pastor of what was then called St. Paul's Evangelical Church of Eudora, Kansas. Among his parishioners was a "balding, bachelor farmer, William John Altenbernd, who lived west of Eudora in the Kaw Valley, about halfway between Eudora and Lawrence. The farm adjoined the Kansas River (or Kaw River as it was called locally) on the south side. He lived on the farm, still in the old Altenbernd homestead, with his unmarried sister, Louise. Will Altenbernd, as he was called, was then 33 years old.
     Rev Fred Stoerker had a younger sister, Flora, who worked as a secretary in Jefferson City, Missouri, for the International Shoe Company office there. She was nearing 25. Fred and wife Hilda received a letter from her one day, informing them she was coming for a visit if that would be alright. She would come in on the evening train, which did not stop in Eudora. Could Fred meet her at the depot in Lawrence? She gave the date and time.
     Well, of course that would be alright. They would be happy to see her again.
     But something came up. Fred was not able to meet that evening train in Lawrence. He called Will Altenbernd and asked him if he would meet the train. (My mother always took all of this at its face value. But I've sometimes wondered in later years if Uncle Fred was really unable to meet that train. Could Uncle Fred and Aunt Hilda have been playing at matchmaking?) Will said he would meet her, and he did.
     Maybe Will Altenbernd had seen a picture of Flora Stoerker beforehand, or maybe he had been impressed when his pastor had talked about his sister. In any event, Will evidently prepared himself beforehand, and he was not disappointed at what he saw emerge from the train.
     When they got to the parsonage in Eudora - a ten mile trip or thereabouts - Will escorted her to the door with a package under his arm. When Hilda Stoerker greeted them at the door, Will pulled out two boxes of candy from his package, gave one to Hilda and the other to Flora, saying something to the effect that pretty girls always deserved something - an interesting remark in that it might be doubted Hilda Stoerker could ever have been regarded as a pretty girl, whatever else she was.

     Will was invited in. He stayed for a while, and then left for home.
     When Flora Stoerker got back to Jefferson City she soon got a letter in the mail, along with a box of chocolates, these coming from "Wm Altenbernd" with a postmark of Eudora, Kansas. Poor Flora couldn't for the life of her figure out who that was, an indication of the impression Will Altenbernd had made upon her. She couldn't even remember his name. She had to write her brother to find out who this "Wm Altenbernd" was. She had to find out. She couldn't just let it go because in the letter he said he wanted to drive to Jefferson City to see her.
     "Let him come," her brother urged her. "He's a very nice man. It would be cruel just to give him a cold rejection." So, against her better judgment, but with the added urging of her friend and roommate, Ozie Bruce, Flora let him come.
     I don't know the details of that first date, other than that it firmly encouraged Will Altenbernd and left Flora Stoerker realizing she had let herself in for something she wasn't sure she wanted, and which would now be very difficult to get rid of in any case.
     The box of chocolates through the mail became a weekly thing. And a Eudora visitor to Jefferson City occurred with some frequency. Ozie Bruce was crazy about him (She called him "Bern"), but Flora Stoerker had serious misgivings. Will Altenbernd was obviously quite serious, and Flora Stoerker had long determined that there were two kinds of men she would never marry - if indeed she ever got married at all; a minister or a farmer. At length she sought openly to discourage him, but that didn't do any good. He kept writing. He kept sending candy, sometimes flowers. And he kept on coming to Jefferson City.
     Not only were candy and flowers being sent, but a number of photographs began arriving. Will Altenbernd was in the process of tearing down the old homestead and was building a new one. The photos were pictures of the work in progress. (Dad later always said he had built the house for her. Whether or not he actually told her that in 1919 I don't know, but certainly the implication was plain enough.) Flora put the pictures in her photograph album. Will also put construction pictures in his album, along with the canceled check that paid for it - $10,000.
     Immediately before one of his trips to Jefferson City, Will bought a new car. He had gotten no license plates for it as yet.

They had been applied for, but Will didn't wait around to pick them up. He drove on to Jefferson City without them.
     He was in Jefferson City before some policeman finally stopped him and prepared to ticket him (or whatever was done in those days) for driving a car without an auto license.
     But Will was not to be deterred by any mere policeman. "I've come all the way from Kansas," Will told him, "to see the prettiest girl in your town. Now you're not going to stop me from doing that, are you?"
     The policeman waved him on, telling him to get those license plates before he drove anywhere else.
     Mr. Hagens, a junior executive of the International Shoe Company, and Ozie's current boyfriend, upon hearing this story, got a piece of cardboard, wrote "License Applied For" on it, and stuck it onto Will's car. Will got safely back to Kansas and got his license plates.
     Flora Stoerker was gradually giving in to this man, despite herself. But it took a long time. It would be a courtship of about eight years before there was a wedding. Most men would have given up long before then.
As time went on Flora Stoerker found herself occasionally taking trips to Kansas, even though her brother was no longer pastor there. She was always welcomed and treated royally by Will's sister Louise, who ran the farm house. The farm house, now long completed, was a beautiful thing. There are pictures of how Louise had it furnished.
     On one of Flora's visits to Kansas, around 1926 I suppose, standing outside looking at the house, Will slipped a ring on Flora's finger. There were still many misgivings on Flora's part, but she did not take the ring off. She accepted it.
     But once back in Jefferson City, doubts really assailed her. She went to work that Monday trying to hide her left hand, afraid somebody would see the ring. Of course, they saw it anyway. The office girls, especially Ozie, who worked there too, all knew Will by then, and they were overjoyed about it. Flora's doubts finally became resolved.
     It was Will's intention that Louise keep living there at the farm house. After all, this was her home too. But Louise would have none of that. If Will married Flora, she would find a place of her own. That became academic, however. Louise came down with appendicitis, the appendix burst, and Louise did not survive the emergency surgery.


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     There would be no great rush to a wedding, nor would it be a big wedding. In fact, there wouldn't even be any announcement of it in Eudora for a while afterward. Flora would go back to work at the Jefferson City office for a week or two to get things squared away there before coming on to Kansas.
     The wedding itself would take place in Booneville, Missouri, in the parsonage of the church there. That was then the home of Fred and Hilda Stoerker, the witting or unwitting matchmakers of it all. Flora's sister, Alma, may have been there too.
     The Rev Conrad Frederick Stoerker and his wife Wilhelmina would also be there, coming from St. Charles, Missouri, where they lived in retirement. They were the bride's parents. The Rev Conrad Frederick Stoerker would perform the ceremony for his daughter. It was May 24, 1927.
     For some reason Rev Stoerker listed Flora's address as St. Charles when he filled out the marriage certificate, even though Flora had then lived in Jefferson City for some fifteen years.
     Shortly thereafter, on June 13, 1927, Rev Conrad Frederick Stoerker would collapse in his bathroom. It was an aneurysm which would take his life within minutes.
     So, as it turned out, the uniting in marriage of my parents was my grandfather's last wedding.

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     I had always thought the farm house had been built later in the mid-Twenties, but Dad's canceled check for the house is dated August 2, 1919. If Dad did indeed build the house for my mother, as he always said he did, then he had remarkable confidence very early on - like within weeks of meeting her.

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     I don't know how serious Ozie Bruce and Mr. Hagans were, but their relationship ended abruptly when Mr. Hagans got drunk one night and woke up the next morning to find himself married to the woman lying next to him. Mr. Hagans made no effort to get out of the marriage. I don't know if or for how long the marriage lasted. I have only the vaguest memory of Mr. Hagans when he was at the farm once when I was very small.

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     The old Eudora parsonage in which the Fred Stoerkers lived was not torn down when the new one was built. It was sold and moved to what became Highway 10. It was still there when I was a boy. It had been sold again and had become a beer hall.


( in 1919.)25 Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was retired circa 1920.17
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker lived at 1022 South 4th Street, St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, between 1920 and 1927 It might have been 1021 South 4th Street instead.17,14,9,11

     Photo of Conrad and Adolph Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Conrad and Adolph Stoerker


     Photo of Conrad and Wilhelmine Stoerker in Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



     Photo of Conrad and Wilhelmine Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)

Conrad and Wilhelmine Stoerker


     Photo of Conrad and Wilhelmine Stoerker in Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)

Conrad and Wilhelmine Stoerker

     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was listed as the head of household on the 1920 US Federal Census of Hartsburg Town, Boone County, Missouri, enumerated 9 January 1920. Also living in the house were his wife, Wilhelmine Stoerker , and his daughter, Julia Stoerker. His age at his last birth date was listed as 68. He was born in Germany. His mother tongue was German. He was married. His father was born in Germany. His mother tongue was German. His mother was born in Germany. Her mother tongue was German.26 He immigrated to the US in 1857. He was a naturalized citizen. He was naturalized in 1888. He rented his home. His occupation was preacher. He worked for the church.26 He was able to read. He was able to write. He was able to speak English.26
     Conrad worked During Rev. Stoerker's term, all services conducted in the German language were discontinued. at German Evangelical Church, Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri, USA, on 20 November 1921. He worked as minister.27


     Photo of Conrad Friedrich Stoerker in 1922. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Rev. Conrad Friedrich Stoerker -- 1922


     Photo of Conrad Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)28



     Photo of Conrad Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)


     They resided at 1021 S 4th, St Charles, Missouri, USA, in 1925.29

     Photo of Stoerker Golden Wedding Anniversary -- Back - Theophil, Julia, Paul, Conrad, Ella, Fred, Adolph -- Front - Alma, Wilhelmine, Frieda, Flora, and Gottlob on 2 November 1926. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)30

Stoerker Golden Wedding
November 2, 1926
Back - Theophil, Julia, Paul, Conrad, Ella, Fred, Adolph
Front - Alma, Wilhelmine, Frieda, Flora, and Gottlob

     Conrad worked in Lixburg, Near Warrenton, Missouri, USA, in 1927. He worked as supply minister.9
     They resided in St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, in 1927.
Stoerker Home in St Charles, Missouri

     They resided in St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, in 1927.14
     Conrad Friedrich Stoerker residing at in St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, and Conrad Friedrich sent a letter to Flora Stoerker,residing at 602 Clark Avenue, Jefferson City, Missouri on 21 February 1927.
     Dear Flora, Thank you so much for the congratulation and the enclosed check. With kind regards, Papa.31

     Conrad died on 13 June 1927 in St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, at age 76. The cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver. A hemhorage was a contributory factor. He died suddenly.32,1,17,33,34,9,35,11

     His obituary was published on in St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, on 13 June 1927

REV. STOERKER DIES SUDDENLY THIS MORNING
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Veteran Of the Ministry Succumbs At 73 Years of Age. Widow And Ten Children Survive. Funeral Thurs. Afternoon
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Rev. Frederick Stoerker, 1622 S. Fourth St. died very suddenly at 8:30 a.m. today at teh age of 76 years, three months and twenty-two days after suffering with a hemhorrage from which he never recovered. He was overcome by the hemhorrage as he was about to arise this morning and before a physician arrived he passed away.
Rev. Stoerker entered the ministry 53 years ago an dserved at several appointments in Illinois and Missouri. For a time he served as supply minister at Luxburg, near Warrenton, Mo. He was born at Nell, Germany February 17, 1851, and came to this country with his parents when only six years of age. For several years they lived in the neighborhood of New Melle later residing at Cappeln.
Besides his widow Mrs. Wilhelmina to whom he was married 51 years ago he is survived by five sons and five daughters. Two sisters, Mr. H. H. Schapel, Wright City and Mrs. Minna Loeffert and eleven grandchildren also survive. The children are as follows: Mrs. Frieda Mohr, Denver, Colo., Miss Alma Stoerker, St. Charles, Miss Ella Stoerker, St. Louis; Miss Julia Stoerker, St. Charles, Miss Flora Stoerker, Jefferson City, Mo; Rev. Paul Stoerker, St. Louis, Rev. Fred Stoerker, Boonville, Mo., Rev. Theophil Stoerker, Donnellson, Iowa, Dr. Adolph Stoerker, Cinncinnati, O., and Gottloeb Stoerker, Warren, O.
The funeral will be ehld at 2:00 p.m. Thursday from the residence to the St. John's Church where services will be conducted. Interment will be made in the St. John's Cemetery.14

     His obituary was published on in St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, on 16 June 1927

SUDDEN DEATH OF REV. STOERKER AT HIS HOME
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Well Known Retired Minister Passed Away at His Home on South Fourth Street -- Funeral Thursday
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Rev. Conrad F. Stoerker residing at 1022 South Fourth street, died suddenly at his home Monday morning, June 13th, 1927 at 8:30 o'clock at the age of 76 years, 3 months, and 22 days.
Mr. Stoerker had been enjoying his usual good health and attended services at Church Sunday. Monday morning he was still feeling well and was getting ready for his breakfast when the end came. and his soul took flight to the Great Beyond. He was born in Melle, Germany, on February 17th, 1851 and came to this country with his parents when we was six years old, and the family lived in the vicinity of New Melle, this country. He was in the ministry for fifty-three years preaching most of the time in Illinois and Missouri. Since he retired and moved to St. Charles he has been a supply minister at Lixburg, near Warrenton. In the passing of Rev. Stoerker another long and useful life has terminated and his reward will be eternal life.
Mr. Stoerker is survived by his wife to whom we was married fifty-one years ago, five sons, Rev. Paul of St. Louis, Rev. Frederick of Boonville, Rev. Theophil of Donaldson, Iowas, Rev. Adolph of Norwood, Ohio, and Gottlob of Kenton, Ohio, survive him. Also, five daughters, Mrs. Frieda Mohr, of Denver, Colorado, Miss Flora of Jefferson City, Miss Ella of st. Louis, and Misses Alma and Julia who are at home. There are also eleven grandchildren, and two sisters, one residing at Weldon Spring and one at Wright City.
The funeral takes place Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the family residence to St. John's Chruch where services will be held and interment made in the cemetery of that congregation.9

     His obituary was published on in June 1927

Pastor C. E. Stoerker laid to rest.
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A large mournful congregation attends the funeral in St. Charles, M.O.
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Pastor C. E. Stoerker, who carried out his duties at the evangelical parish office for more than 50 years, has, as was already reported, passed into eternity on Monday, June 13 by a sudden death.
In spite of the fact that he retired from active duty at the parish office almost 7 years ago, he carried out many stopgap duties up to his death.
About three years ago he celebrated his 50th year in office together with three former divinity students, and last fall he celebrated with his beloved wife in the circle of their 10 children their golden wedding anniversary. Hale and hearty up to the end he passed away unexpectedly at the above-mentioned date at the age of 78 years three months and 22 days.
That Pastor Stoerker was well-liked and known far and wide is evidenced by the large funeral assembly who participated in the simple and dignified burial on Thursday at the Johannes Church in St. Charles, Missouri.
Participants of this burial ceremony were in official capacity the pastors J.N. Schuch; George Orlowsky; Jacob Irian; P. Pre?; H. Thomas; J.W. Frankenfeld, and Theo. Braun.
The burial took place at the cemetery of the congregation.36

     His obituary was published on at Globe Democrat, St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA, on 15 June 1927

Stoerker - Entered into rest at St. Charles, Mo. Rev. Conrad Frederick Stoerker, on Monday, june 13, 1927 at 8:30 a.m. in his 77th year, beloved husband of Wilhelmina Stoerker (nee Cuno), dear father of Reverends Paul, Fred, Theophil and Adolf Stoerker, Mr. G. C. Stoerker, Mrs. Frieda Mohr, and Misses Alma, Ella, Julia and Flora Stoerker.
Funeral at St. John's Church St. Charles, Mo., on Thursday, June 16, at 2 p.m.33
He was buried on 16 June 1927 St John's Cemetery, St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, at. Conrad is buried in lot number 263, section A.32,1,14,11,37
Headstone for Wilhelmine and Conrad Stoerker
His funeral was on 16 June 1927 at St John's Church, St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, The funeral was held at 2 p.m. on June 17, 1927. Conrad was laid out in his home and then taken to St. John's Church in St. Charles, Missouri for services. He was buried in St. John's Cemetery.

The following words appear on the grave marker of Wilhelmina and C. Frederick Stoerker, "ICH WEISS, DASS MEIN ERLOSESER LEBT". It means "I know that my redeemer liveth.".33,14,9
ME by John Altenbernd

In My Grandfather's Stead

     It was a great honor - just a bare few months after my Ordination - to be invited to represent my late Grandfather Stoerker at the 75th Anniversary of St. Peter's Church in New Haven, Missouri. My grandfather had been pastor there from 1905 through 1915. Part of my mother's girlhood had been spent there, and she still had friends there, such as Lomé Frei.
It was to be an all-day celebration with services and events in the morning, afternoon, and evening. I was to participate in the evening service - preaching.
As many former pastors as could make it were invited to come - or some ordained descendent if the former pastor were dead. Rev. August Bergey was pastor at St. Peter's at the time. He was still relatively new there then, but he would remain as pastor of St. Peter's until his retirement around 1975.
I no longer remember what I said that night, nor even the general theme of the sermon. But I was pleased - and somewhat awed - to be standing behind a pulpit in the place of my grandfather whom I had never known.


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ME by John Altenbernd

ME by John Altenbernd
My Grandfather and Communion

According to my mother, my grandfather Stoerker went to considerable lengths in preparing the elements for Communion services.

The modern Communion wafer was not in use then -- at least not with German Evangelical congregations. Bread was used. And bread was generally home-made, not store-bought.

That bread would be hand sliced by my Grandfather and then cut into bite-sized, cross-shaped pieces. Each Communicant thus was served a tiny cross made out of bread.

It must have been a tedious task to do that. My Grandfather must have regarded it as a labor of love.
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ME by John Altenbernd

ME by John Altenbernd

ME by John Altenbernd
My Grandfather's Ordination

The following is taken from an address made by my cousin, C. Fred Stoerker, to a group in Claremont, California, on May 24, 1992, on the subject of our side of the merger that created the United Church of Christ.

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"On October 5, 1840, six (German) immigrant pastors meeting at Gravois Settlement -- St. Louis area -- formed the Kirchenverein des Westens (the Church Union of the West). It accepted the Augsburg (Lutheran) Confession and the Heidelberg (Reformed) Catechism. It recognized diversity at its very beginning!

"Within ten years it had established a theological seminary at Marthasville, Missouri (now Eden Theological Seminary of St. Louis). There is still the "preaching rock" at Marthasville where seminarians were taken for practice preaching, the test being to be heard on the other side of the valley! ....

"And in 1866 this group had grown and renamed itself the "Deutsche Evangelische Synode von Nord America" (The German Evangelical Synod Of North America).

"It was in this same year on March 25, 1866, that my grandfather (Conrad Frederick Stoerker), for whom I was named, was confirmed.

"And on July 5, 1874, my grandfather was one of a class of seventeen seminarians who were ordained as a group. They went from the seminary to the Missouri River, which they crossed by boat, and the entire class was ordained in St. Peter's Church in Washington, Missouri. .... While the building has changed considerably, its location in 1992 is the same as at the time of Grandfather's ordination."

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July 5, 1874 was on a Sunday. It was just eight days short of eighty years later that I (John Altenbernd (#102)) was ordained after graduating from Eden Seminary.

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Uncle Theophil Stoerker in his book about his parents refers to the rock at Marthasville as "pulpit rock".
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Me by John Altenbernd
Last Edited=18 January 2021

Children of Conrad Friedrich Stoerker and Wilhelmine Cuno

Citations

  1. [S189] Arthur Theodore Tiedemann unknown date.
  2. [S88] Flora Stoerker unknown date.
  3. [S87] Ruth Arlene Stoerker (#119), Birth Certificate (unknown file date), unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  4. [S318] "Stoerker (#64), Theophil -- WWI Draft Registratio"; www.Ancestry.com; unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as "WWI Draft Registration."
  5. [S315] "Stoerker (#65), Adolph -- WWI Draft Registration"; www.Ancestry.com; unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as "WWI Draft Registration."
  6. [S386] Fred Stoerker(#14) household, Census 1900, Washington County, Illinois, population schedule, Plum Hill, Enumeration District (ED) 144, sheet 1B, dwelling 10, family 11, National Archives micropublication T623 349, viewed at Ancestry.com.
  7. [S604] Ruth Freeze, online http://heritage.freese.net/family/Capp/Conf.htm, Ruth Freeze (Cappeln, Missouri), downloaded 2001-Jul-24.
  8. [S609] Conrad Stoerker (#14) Obituary, St Charles Newspaper, St Charles, Missouri, USA, June 13, 1927 , (Place of birth was listed as Nell) . Hereinafter cited as St Charles Newspaper.
  9. [S610] Conrad Stoerker (#14) Obituary, St Charles Newspaper, St Charles, Missouri, USA, ABT June 16, 1927 . Hereinafter cited as St Charles Newspaper.
  10. [S618] Friederich Störker's confirmation, in Confirmands, Page 151, St Charles County Historical Society, 101 South Main Street, St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, at, confirmed by Ph. F. Meusch at St John's Church, Cappelin, Missouri, USA. Hereinafter cited as Confirmands.
  11. [S808] Conrad Stoerker (#14), Death Certificate 19280, June 15, 1927, St Charles, Missouri.
  12. [S352] Buer -- Today and Yesterday, online http://www.buer-us.de/Book1_Stoerker.htm . Hereinafter cited as Buer -- Today and Yesterday.
  13. [S438] Christian Stoerker (#3) entry; Anton Gunter Passenger List, 19-Nov-1857; in New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1945 (database on-line) (Provo, UT, USA: www.Ancestry.Com), roll M259_45.
  14. [S609] Conrad Stoerker (#14) Obituary, St Charles Newspaper, St Charles, Missouri, USA, June 13, 1927 . Hereinafter cited as St Charles Newspaper.
  15. [S25] John Stoerker Altenbernd unknown date.
  16. [S240] Theophil Stoerker, Told as It Was - Remembering Father and Mother (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date) . Hereinafter cited as Told as It Was - Remembering Father and Mother.
  17. [S214] Unknown name of person Obituary, The Evangelical Chronicle of the Evangelical Church of Boonville, Missouri, Boonville, Missouri, June 15, 1927, page 2-3 . Hereinafter cited as The Evangelical Chronicle.
  18. [S131] Conrad Friedrich Stoerker household, June 22, 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Macoupin County, Illinois, population schedule, town of Brighton Village, enumeration district (ED) 106, supervisor's district (SD) 6, sheet 41, dwelling 198, family 301, National Archives micropublication . Viewed at www.ancestry.com . (Document Source Number: 131). Hereinafter cited as Stoerker, Conrad (#14) - 1880 Census.
  19. [S170] Frederick Stoerker (#14) and Mina Cuno (#20) marriage, November 2, 1876, State of Illinois -- St Clair County, Belleville, St Clair County, Illinois, USA, in. License # 74, St. Clair County, Illinois.
  20. [S130] Ruth Arlene Stoerker unknown date.
  21. [S354] Ancestry.com. Little Rock, Arkansas City Directories, 1893-1898 (database online). Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2000. Original data: R. L. Polk and Company. Polk's Little Rock Directory, 1893-1894. Little Rock, AK: R. L. Polk, 1894. R. L. Polk and Company. Polk's Little Rock Directory, 1895-1896. Little Rock, AK: R. L. Polk, 1896. R. L. Polk and Company. Polk's Little Rock Directory, 1897-1898. Little Rock, AK: R. L. Polk, 1898.
  22. [S103] Golden Anniversary, Golden Jubilee Souvenir - St. Paul's Church, Staunton, Illinois; BOK-00002-001, Sheila Sue Altenbernd, 12230 W Washington Street, Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, at . Hereinafter cited as Golden Jubilee Souvenir - St. Paul's Church.
  23. [S612] Conrad Stoerker (#14) Photo; Sheila Sue Altenbernd, 12230 W Washington Street, Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, at.
  24. [S1347] Paul Stoerker Pastors' Conference, Jefferson City Post-Tribune, Jefferson City, Missouri, June 14, 1916, page 1, column 5, www.newspapers.com on June 18, 2017 (Document Source Number: 00059-1916-06-14-01) . Hereinafter cited as Jefferson City Post-Tribune.
  25. [S1422] John Stoerker Altenbernd,"The Great Courtship" in ME; Page(s) 33-36; Published:.
  26. [S807] Conrad Stoerker (#14) household, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Boone, Missouri, population schedule, town of Hartsburg Town, enumeration district (ED) 4, supervisor's district (SD) 8, sheet 14A, dwelling 3, family 3, National Archives micropublication . Viewed at www.ancestry.com . Hereinafter cited as Stoerker, Conrad (#14) - 1920 Census.
  27. [S613] History of German Evangelical Church - Boonville, Missouri, online sites.rootsweb.com/~mocooper/Churches/Boonville_Evangelical_Church.htm, viewed on December 20, 2002, viewed by Sheila Altenbernd (#172) . Hereinafter cited as History of German Evangelical Church.
  28. [S789] Personal knowledge of Sheila Altenbernd (#172) (12230 W Washington Street, Avondale, Arizona 85323) .
  29. [S1404] St Charles City Directory (n.p.: n.pub., 1925), Page 172 (Document Source Number: 00062-1925-00-00-01). Hereinafter cited as City Directory.
  30. [S157] Sheila Sue Altenbernd unknown date.
  31. [S614] Letter from Conrad Stoerker (#14) (St Charles, Missouri) to Flora Stoerker (#63) (607 Clark Avenue, Jefferson City, Missouri USA), Feb 21, 1927; Sheila Sue Altenbernd (12230 W Washington Street, Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, at).
  32. [S81] Theophil Stoerker unknown date.
  33. [S89] Conrad Stoerker (#14) Obituary, Globe Democrat, St Louis, Missouri, USA, June 15, 1927, page 25 . Hereinafter cited as Globe Democrat.
  34. [S608] The Evangelical ForumJune 1927, Volume 4, number 7 (St Paul Evangelical Church),Donnellson, Iowa.
  35. [S611] Telegram from Paul Stoeker (#59) (St Charles, Missouri, USA) to Flora Stoerker (#63) (633 Clark Avenue, Jefferson City, Missouri, USA), June 13, 1927; unknown repository (unknown repository address).
  36. [S107] Conrad Friedrich Stoerker Obituary, unknown newspaper title, unknown location.
  37. [S830] Wilber Staggemeier Sheila Altenbernd (#172). July 27, 1992 St Charles, Missouri.
  38. [S1419] John Stoerker Altenbernd,"In My Father's Stead" in ME; Page(s) 635?; Published:.
  39. [S1332] John Altenbernd, ME (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date) (Document Source Number: 00102-1990c-00-00-21.2). Hereinafter cited as ME.
  40. [S1331] John Altenbernd, ME (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date) (Document Source Number: 00102-1990c-00-00-21.11). Hereinafter cited as ME.
  41. [S728] Alma Orlowski (#57), Death Certificate file no. 37042 registration no. 215 (December 10, 1948), unknown repository, unknown repository address . Hereinafter cited as Deatgh Certificate.
  42. [S136] Flora Stoerker (#63), Birth Certificate 455095 (Feb 4, 1957), unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  43. [S140] St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Staunton, Illinois, Stoerker (#64), Theophil - Baptism, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
 
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