Ella L. Stoerker

F, #60, b. 20 September 1885, d. 4 August 1967
Relationship
Grandaunt of Sheila Sue Altenbernd
Father*Conrad Friedrich Stoerker b. 17 February 1851, d. 13 June 1927
Mother*Wilhelmine Cuno b. 10 August 1857, d. 20 March 1940
     Ella was born in Plum Hill, Washington County, Illinois, USA, on 20 September 1885.1,2,3 She was the daughter of Conrad Friedrich Stoerker and Wilhelmine Cuno. Most records indicate that none of the Stoerker children had a middle initial. I no longer remember the source that caused me to enter a middle initial of L for Ella. Verify whether she had a middle initial or not.

     Photo of Ella and Fred Stoerker in 1892. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



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



     Photo of Ella, Paul, ?, Freida, ?, and Alma Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)


     The Stoerkers move to Plum Hill, Illinois in 1883, where they would remain for eight years. Ella was born here on September 20, 1885.

     Ella L. Stoerker was listed as Fred Stoerker's daughter on the 1900 US Federal Census in Plum Hill Township, Washington County, Illinois, USA, enumerated 2 June 1900.3
Her birth date was listed as September 1885, age 14. She was born in Illinois. Her father was born in Germany. Her mother was born in Germany.3 She was able to read, able to write, and able to speak English.3 She attended school for 8 months.3

     Photo in 1907. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172). 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.4

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


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

Josephine, Ella, Alma, Julia, and Flora Stoerker

     Ella worked at She made her living in St. Louis, Missouri as a dressmaker for the St. Louis rich and elite.. She worked as Dressmaker.
     Ella was a small, slim, attractive woman.


     Photo of Back: Ella Stoeker, Rev Bronke, Josephine, Theophil, Flora, Paul, Hilda, Fred, Julia Stoerker
Front: Adolph, Conrad, Wilhelmine and Gottlob Stoerker
Hartsburg, Missouri Hartsburg, Missouri, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172).4

Back: Ella Stoeker, Rev Bronke, Josephine, Theophil, Flora, Paul, Hilda, Fred, Julia Stoerker
Front: Adolph, Conrad, Wilhelmine and Gottlob Stoerker
Hartsburg, Missouri


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



     Photo of Back: Josephine, Ella, Alma Stoerker
Front: Julia and Flora Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#176.)4

Back: Josephine, Ella, Alma Stoerker
Front: Julia and Flora Stoerker


     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.)5

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

     She resided in St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA, in 1927.6
     The following item appeared Warrenton Banner, Warrenton, Missouri, USA, on 9 September 1927

(an unknown value)


     Dr. Adolph Stoerker and family of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his mother and sisters, Misses Julia and Ella, of St. Charlese visited their aunt, Mrs. H.H. Schaper, a few hours Sudday.7

     Photo of John Altenbernd (about 6 months) and Ella Stoerker circa 1929. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



     Photo of John Altenbernd (#102) and Ella Stoeker (#60) in November 1929. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172). John 6 months old.4

John Altenbernd and Ella Stoerker
John -- 6 months old
John Altenbernd and Ella Stoerker
John -- 6 months old


     Photo of Ella Stoerker in St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)4



     Photo of Ozzie Bruce and Ella Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)4

Ozie Bruce and Ella Stoerker (right)

ME by John Altenbernd

Lost Forever?


Maybe this bit is already written' down elsewhere, but I can't find it.

I recall we were visiting Aunt Ella in St. Louis one time when I was quite little. It seems like Aunt Alma was there too. Anyway, Dad was taking us for a ride in the car to see the sights of St. Louis at night. We drove by the entrance of Forest Park, and Aunt Ella made the comment that people sometimes drive into there and never do find their way back out.

As a little kid I took such statements quite literally rather than figuratively. I had a vision of people being in there lost forever with their friends and families wondering whatever happened to them. I saw cars driving out of Forest Park and wondered how many years it had taken them to get lucky enough to find their way back out. Forest Park sounded like a pretty scary place to me, a place to stay away from.
.


( St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA.)8
     Wilhelmine Stoerker sold the property at 1021 South Fourth Street, St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, on 16 March 1936. The property sold for $2910.00. The proceeds were distributed between Alma Stoerker (16%), Ella Stoerker (21%), Julia Stoerker (23%), and Mrs. Flora Altenbernd (40%).9
ME by John Altenbernd

Favorite Aunt

Of all the Aunts and Uncles who would come to visit us when I was little, the one I most looked forward to coming was Aunt Ella Stoerker (later Mankopf). She was the same age as my father. I remember their talking about having their fiftieth birthdays the same year.

Aunt Ella was a small, slim,attractive woman who lived in an apartment in St. Louis. She made her living as a dressmaker for the St. Louis rich and elite, so she was probably better paid than some other dressmakers would be. Her apartment was well furnished since it also served as her office and fitting room, and the elite like to do their business in appropriate surroundings. There was probably more of a "snob class" in the 1930's than there is now. And some of the stories Aunt Ella would tell my mother - in my hearing - about some of her customers indicated that snobbery had been elevated to an art form. I listened with amazement at the time about some of the pettiness, but I can't remember any more what any of those stories were.

But the thing I liked about Aunt Ella was that she would actually get down on the floor and play with me. It was not a rough-housing sort of play. Aunt Ella was too sedate for that. But she would play with me with my toys and games.

That feeling of affection for Aunt Ella stuck with me even as I got older. She always remained my favorite Aunt.


( Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas, USA, circa 1939.)10

     Photo of John and Flora Altenbernd, and Ella Stoerker in St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



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


     Bert Edward Mankopf married Ella L. Stoerker, daughter of Conrad Friedrich Stoerker and Wilhelmine Cuno, in Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, on 8 June 1941.11,12 She was honeymoon after 8 June 1941 at Empire State Building, New York City, New York, USA.


     Photo of Ella and Bert Mankopf shortly after their wedding circa June 1941. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)


     Ella L. Mankopf and Bert Edward Mankopf lived in Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA.


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



     Photo of Ella and Bert Mankopf. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



     Photo of Ella Mankopf, John Altenbernd, and Julia Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



     Photo of Ella Mankopf, John and Flora Altenbernd. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)


     Ella became a widow when her husband, Bert Edward Mankopf died on 25 August 1946 in Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA. She provided information on Bert Edward Mankopf's death.12,4,2,13


     Photo of Ella Mankopf and Flora Altenbernd. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)



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


ME by John Altenbernd

Aunt Ella Gone


Shortly after we began living in Collinsville, Aunt Ella Mankopf went into the hospital. I went to see her, only to find her in a coma. As I was leaving I ran into Uncle Theo Stoerker who had also come to see Aunt Ella. He didn't know what the trouble was with her either. We made some effort to get in touch with her doctor to find out, but we met with no success. That was the last time I saw Aunt Ella. A day or two later she was dead. She was 83.
Mom did not come for the funeral, not feeling able to make the train trip, and not yet having gotten the nerve to fly.
Sue and I went to the funeral in Washington, Missouri. I was to be a pall bearer. The Poplar Street Bridge was then under construction but not yet completed. The Eads Bridge, which we took, was under repair, and traffic across it went at a snail's pace. We used up so much time getting across there that we were afraid we were going to be late for the funeral.
     Fortunately we had no trouble finding the funeral home once we got there, and we arrived virtually on the dot for the scheduled service. Aunt Julie was all upset, wondering what had happened to us, and more upset when she learned that my mother had not come with us.
     I was sorry I had not seen Aunt Ella one more time to talk to after getting back to the St. Louis area. She had always been, and had remained, my favorite aunt.


( St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA, circa 1 August 1967.)14
     Ella died on 4 August 1967 in St Louis, Independent City, Missouri, USA, at age 81.15,16
She was buried on 7 August 1967 in the Presbyterian Cemetery located in Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA.15,2 Her funeral was on 7 August 1967 Nieburg-Vitt funeral home, Washington, Franklin County, Missouri, USA.
Last Edited=7 June 2022

Family: Ella L. Stoerker and Bert Edward Mankopf

Citations

  1. [S81] Theophil Stoerker unknown date.
  2. [S357] World Connect - Steve McNeill's Family, online sites.rootsweb.com . Hereinafter cited as World Connect - Steve McNeill's Family.
  3. [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.
  4. [S25] John Stoerker Altenbernd unknown date.
  5. [S157] Sheila Sue Altenbernd unknown date.
  6. [S609] Conrad Stoerker (#14) Obituary, St Charles Newspaper, St Charles, Missouri, USA, June 13, 1927 . Hereinafter cited as St Charles Newspaper.
  7. [S1407] Adolph Stoerker (#65) unknown article title, Warrenton Banner, Warrenton, Missouri, September 9, 1927, page 7, www.newspapers.com on June 22, 2017 (Document Source Number: 00065-1927-09-09-01) . Hereinafter cited as Warrenton Banner.
  8. [S1350] John Stoerker Altenbernd,"Lost Forever?" in ME; Page(s) 120.01; Published:.
  9. [S1081] Stoerker, Wilhellmina (#20) Receipt.
  10. [S1349] John Stoerker Altenbernd,"Ted Hires Out" in ME; Page(s) 120; Published:.
  11. [S75] Marion Adolph Stoerker unknown date.
  12. [S169] Unknown name of person Obituary, unknown newspaper title, unknown location.
  13. [S809] Bert Mankopf (#113), Death Certificate file no. 26788 registration no. 83 (August 27, 1946), http://www.sos.mo.gov/, Missouri State Archives, 600 W. Main, PO Box 1747, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA, at . Hereinafter cited as Death Certificate.
  14. [S1351] John Stoerker Altenbernd,"Aunt Ella Gone" in ME; Page(s) 943; Published:.
  15. [S133] Unknown name of person Obituary, St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis, MIssouri, August 6, 1967, page 3E . Hereinafter cited as St. Louis Post Dispatch.
  16. [S130] Ruth Arlene Stoerker unknown date.
 

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