Adolph Stoerker1

M, #65, b. 4 October 1898, d. 27 February 1968
Granduncle of Sheila Sue Altenbernd
Father*Conrad Friedrich Stoerker2 b. 17 February 1851, d. 13 June 1927
Mother*Wilhelmine Cuno2 b. 10 August 1857, d. 20 March 1940
Adolph Stoerker
     Adolph was born in Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA, on 4 October 1898.2,3,4,5,6 He was the son of Conrad Friedrich Stoerker and Wilhelmine Cuno.2
     He was baptized at St Paul's United Church of Christ, Staunton, Macoupin County, Illinois, USA, on 30 October 1898. . His father C. F. Stoerker performed the baptism. The sponsor was Pastor Ad. Welm(spelling uncertain).7

     Photo of Possibly a baby picture of Adolph Stoerker. His daughter JoAnne Klueter believes it is. circa 1899. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172) as of 2023.8

This picture is thought to be Adolph Stoerker by his daughter and granddaughter (Jean Zay)

     Adolph Stoerker was listed as Fred Stoerker's son on the 1900 Federal Census in Plum Hill Township, Washington County, Illinois, USA, enumerated 2 June 1900.5
His birth date was listed as October 1898, age 1. He was born in Illinois. His father was born in Germany. His mother was born in Germany.5

     Photo. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172). Back: Julia, Theophil, Flora, Adolph
Front: Gottlob, CF, Wilhelmine, Paul.9

Back: Julia, Theophil, Flora, Adolph
Front: Gottlob, CF, Wilhelmine, Paul

     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.9

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 Adolph Stoerker camping. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Adolph Stoerker Camping

     Adolph Stoerker residing at New Haven, Franklin County, Missouri, USA, sent a letter to Flora Stoerker on 6 February 1909. Newsbag from New Haven.

Feb 6, 1909

Dear Sister,

Just received your letter was very glad to hear from you.
New Haven is all A.O.K., But school isn't. How is Atchison the street 307 N. 9th. Street? I guess they are getting along allright. Tell Theodore hello for I am missing you very much. I am starting to milk the cow. I milk it in the evening if I don't go downtown.
Here comes the news! Ho! Ho! Ha! Ha! were in New Haven, Mo.. Was downtown this afternoon. There was a man downtown he come from Bernhimer, Mo. from across the river. He was a fisherman. He had and sold a lot of fish. He was at the corner of Main Street. by the old saloon. I seen all the fish he sold them at 5¢ a lb. We didn't get non. I didn't have any money. Aren't the4se cheap fish. Are these some news. Gottlob sends you a dime and one from me. I guess you can send us each a card then. I guess you are glad, aren't you? I guess you can't earn any money. I don't know very many thinks but thanks for letter and Teddy Bear. Answer soon. Mamma will write soon I will close will close with many many kisses Your loving brother Adolph.

Don't forget Me.10

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

Adolph Stoerker

     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. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130). Paul Stoerker standing, Adolph Stoerker sitting.

Paul Stoerker standing, Adolph Stoerker sitting

     Adolph Stoerker and Adolph sent a postcard to Flora Stoerker in February 1914. Miss Flora Stoerker
New Haven, MO

Moses 4,6,24

Dear Flora:

May the Lord grant you many more birthdays.

Congratulations to your 20th birthday.

Theo and Adolph.11

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

     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).9

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

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

Adolph Stoerker - 1918
Adolph Stoerker - 1918

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

Conrad and Adolph Stoerker - 1918

     He was a student at University of Missouri, 609 Turner, Columbia, Missouri, USA, on 7 September 1918.4
     He resided in Hartsburg, Boone County, Missouri, USA, on 7 September 1918.4
     The start of World War I caused the United States to institute a draft registration. As the war continued to drag on, they instituted their third and final draft registration. This added men who were between the ages of 18 and 21, and 31 to 45 years of age. It included younger men than the previous registrations, those who were born between September 12, 1897 and September 12, 1900; and added an older group of men, born between September 12, 1873 and September 12, 1888. Adolph Stoerker filled out a draft card on 7 September 1918 in Hartsburg, Boone County, Missouri, USA. He was employed as a student at University of Missouri. He was described as medium height and medium build, with gray eyes and brown hair. Conrad Friedrich Stoerker was listed as his nearest relative.4

     Adolph Stoerker served in World War I. He began his military service 1 October 1918 and was inducted Columbia, Missouri, USA. His serial number was 4,541,426..12

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

Conrad and Adolph Stoerker

     The following item appeared Portsmouth Daily Times, Portsmouth, Ohio, USA, on 1 February 1923
"Chiros" Acquitted; Crowd Gives Cheers
NORWOOD, O. Feb. 1 -- Adolph Stoerker, chiropractor of Norwood was dismissed by Magistrate Harold L Hilton late today following his trial on the charge of practicing without a license issued by the Ohio State Medical Board. Dismissal was on the ground of insufficient evidence. The state was represented by Dudley M. Outcult and John Parks of Columbus.
     After Stoerker was dismissed, Magistrate Hilton also dismissed the case against Dr. Peter Bolkle, chriopractor of Norwood, who was arrested on the same charge. The action of the Magistrate was cheered by a crowd of serveral hundred persons, mostly women, who had gathered to hear the case.
     According to chiropractors 112 arrests on the same charge have been made throughout Ohio and the dismissals here were the first recorded in the state.13

     Adolph Stoerker married Marie L. Otto, in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA, on 6 July 1923.14,15
Adolph and Marie Stoerker on their wedding day
Story of Elopement
Told by Marie Stoerker
July 5, 1987

     He resided at 4715 Main Ave, Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA, in May 1924.16

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

Adolph 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.)17

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

     He resided Norword, Ohio, USA, in 1927.
     Adolph Stoerker was a chriopractor in 1927. As of June 1927, Adolph was living in Norwood, Ohio. He worked as a chiropractor for awhile while living here.18

     Photo in Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA.

Adolph Stoerker Business Card

     He resided in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA, in 1927.18
     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.19
     Adolph Stoerker was a chiropractor in 1928 in Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA.20
     They resided at Flat 2, 4715 Montgomery Avenue, Norwood, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA, in 1928.20
     Adolph Stoerker residing at 4715 Main Avenue, Norwood, Ohio, USA, sent a letter on 10 May 1929.

May 1O, 1929

Dear Flora:-

     That was mighty fine news to hear that you were the proud mother of a fine boy. I know that you have always been attached to children and I rejoice with you because I know that your heart is glad to now have one of your own. I sort a like the name you choose - John Stoerker. You have our congratulations and good wishes --- that he may grow strong and bring into your home much joy and happiness which you could never experience without him. May God bless you and him and make him a real man among men.

     Now I would not for the world write you without saying a word for --- Bill. ---I believe that you deserve most of the credit but from now on his Daddy is going to have something to say. No doubt he is already making plans to raise a son sound in mind and body that would be a joy and credit to any father. I know that Bill will play more than a little part in making a man of him. ---     So congratulations to you - Bill! You have reasons to be proud with a Million Dollar Baby - I felt the same way some few years ago.

     To both of you - May your boy fulfill your fondest dreams and become a leader of men - living a life of usefulness and service to his fellows. May God add all the necessary blessings.
With kindest wishes and love


     Adolph Stoerker was as a Minister. His seminary studies were interrupted and he practiced for a time as a chiropractor. Finally ordained, he spent the rest of his life as a parish minister.
     The following item appeared Warrenton Banner, Warrenton, Missouri, USA, on 19 September 1930
Foristell and Community by Mrs. Etta Schemmer
Rev. Adolph Stoerker of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his mother and sister, Julia Stoerker, of St. Charles, accompanied by his aunt, Mrs. H.H> Schaper of this place, motored from Wright City last Wednesday to Boonville and visited Mrs. Stoerker's son, Rev. Fred Stoerker. Later in the day they drove to Lawrence, Kans., and visited Rev. Stoerker's sister, making the return trop to Wright City Friday.

NOTE: The sister in Lawrence is Flora Altenbernd.22
Warrenton Banner -- September 19, 1930

     Adolph Stoerker residing at Gary, Indiana, USA, sent a letter to Flora Altenbernd and William John Altenbernd on 10 February 1935.

February 10, 1935.

Dear Flora and Bill:-

You will perhaps be much surprised to get a letter from me. It has been so long in the making that I'll be greatly surprised myself if I finally succeed in getting it written. Many times since my delightful days with you last summer have I wished myself back again. And often have my intentions been to write you how much I really enjoyed being with you and thank you again for the many kindnesses shown. But when one gets back to work and the fall and winter work needs to be planned - for two places and there's not much to plan with - then there are always many things that I neglect. Writing is one of them - and so I beg to be excused for this long silence.

Have often wondered how the turnips came out and whether the rye Bill was going to plant made some feed for the stock? - The Indiana farmers around here had very late pastures and so did not have to start feeding until late in fall. And then there were lots of soy beans everywhere and also corn fodder. So they fared much better this winter. Nearly every farmer has a dairy herd and gets a milk check every two weeks. Butter is 44 cents a pound and eggs 40 cents a dozen. Milk 12 cents a quart. Bacon 30 cents per pound. -- So prices are double what they were 18 months ago. But wages in the Steel mills here are not quite half what they were 3 or 4 years ago. And that gives most people a bare existence. So you can figure out for yourself why people here have no money to spare even tho they may be working full time. --- I have an opportunity here to watch both the industrial workers and farmers - and in a year or two I believe the farmers of this community will be far ahead of those who work in the city. And its about time that the farmers get fair play. Their products keep the nation alive.

Well, I guess Fred is in his glory now. I haven't heard a word from him but heard from mother that they had moved to St. Joseph. That's the biggest and most prosperous church in the West Missouri District. I don't ever hope to be in line for that size job. A smaller group appeals to me better. And I'm not such a great preacher anyhow. So if there is to be any greatness on my part I'll have to find it in being of service.

J. J. Braun is going to be here Thursday this week to study the Gary mission with me. I have surveyed the community and sent in my report. In response they're coming here to investigate my findings. That's what I have been hoping for some time. There is not much hope for a future church here since the population is so transient. There is a Reformed Church 9 blocks away farther towards the city. And since the bottom has dropped out of the finances here with little hopes of a substantial increase for some years I feel that an adjustment of some kind will be made offer the Mission Board gets thru checking on Thursday.

Joanne and I were home over New Year's. Mother was surprised to see us. As usual glad to have us come. She seems to be doing quite well. I sometimes wish I were closer home but guess I'll have to be satisfied where I am and with what I've got.

The box you had Santa Claus deliver here at Christmas time was much enjoyed by all. The cookies were a treat. Why do somebody else's cookies always taste better?!!! Sonny liked his pencil. You know he was 9 years of age the 24th of last month. And he's reading, writing, drawing etc. So the pencil was just the thing. And Joanne with her handkerchiefs --- was she proud? She's just like her mother. Hasn't ever got enough things to wear or should I say too many things to wear. Thanks a lot for everything!

Next Sunday the Elmhurst Girls' Sextette will present a musical program at the vesper service at the Gary Christian Church. Mr. Hille will play several organ selections. Rev. Schuster and I are jointly arranging this. We expect to have the group here for lunch after the service. So Marie has started to get the house in order for the occasion. And also for the visit of honorable J.J. Braun.

Received Bill's card from St. Charles last fall. Glad he got the cigars in good shape. They sure put them out by the boxes at the Fair last summer. And say - if I had been at home when you were there Bill would have had company at the World's Series games.

How's that big boy of yours? Keeping you going no doubt. You'll have a better chance raising him there than in the city. This town of Gary isn't very desirable for raising children. The Gary school system may be famous but that doesn't tell the story.

Now I've about had my say. I'm not a very good typist so you will have to make some allowance. Perhaps I will do better next time.
Let us hear from you again when you feel that you can take time.
With kindest regards to all of you,
Adolph & co,

P.S. Sonny and Joanne send special greetings to John and invite him over to play!23

     Adolph Stoerker and Adolph sent a postcard to Flora Stoerker and William John Altenbernd on 19 April 1935.
Hearty Good Wishes
Adolph & Family.24

     Photo of Adolph, Marie, Marian, and JoAnne Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sue Myers (#130.)

Adolph, Marie, Marian, and JoAnne Stoerker

     Photo of Theophil, Adolph, Fred, and Paul Stoerker. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd(#172.)9

Theophil, Adolph, Fred, and Paul Stoerker

     Adolph Stoerker residing at Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, USA, sent a letter to Flora Altenbernd on 23 November 1948.
November 23, 1948

Dear Flora:-
Let me again thank you for being so very good to Sonny and. myself during our short stay with you. I was uneasy and restless while I was away because I left in the thick of work. However I did not want to see Sonny disappointed entirely to have someone come to Denver to meet him halfway. So I went. And now I feel that I might have been led to make the trip. For I had a good visit with you, got to see Alma before her departure, saw Theo and Frieda, and proved to be instrumental in sending help to all of you in getting Josie to go to Blue Springs. I had made up my mind that she or Marie had to go. But I am glad that Josie went because I feel that she can do a better job since Alma feels closer to her. I was so glad when she said that she would go.

Sorry that you were out when I called you Friday night. I just wanted you to know that help was coming.

Here is the address which I promised to send: Eden Cemetery Association, 9851 Irving Park Boulevard, Shiller Park, Illinois. Rev. Paul Stoerker, Secretary. Please write to him again. He needs some reminders so that he will meet some of his long neglected obligations.

You can be proud of John. He is a fine young gentleman and will make a very promising preacher.

Wishing you both blessings for health and strength!

Sincerely, your brother

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

Theophil, Adolph, Fred, and Paul Stoerker

     Adolph Stoerker and Adolph sent a postcard to Flora Altenbernd and William John Altenbernd on 2 August 1953.
Aug. 2 - 1953
We send greetings to you from Orlando. Had 3 Sundays vacation so drove down to see our old friend. Wish we could visit together again. Expect to be in Aurora with Sonny about the 10th.

Love, Marie & Adolph.26

ME by John Altenbernd

Ordination Day

Ordination Day was a day to be approached with some degree of fear and trembling as well as with joy and anticipation. It marked the end of a lot of things as well as marking a beginning.
I was 25 years old. I had been in school ever since I was 6, and that had been a long time. There would now be no more of that. While school carries with it a great deal of responsibility, it is still a kind of sheltered responsibility. From here on I would be on my own. Instead of being a student under somebody, I would be the head man.
The farm house in Kansas would no longer be my home. And I did love that place. I had neither the desire nor the natural talent and knowledge to be a farmer, but I did love being there and working on it. There's a great difference between working on a farm and having the know-how to run it. My genes were primarily from the Stoerker family rather than from the Altenbernds, and I was smart enough to know that early on. Any attempt at farming as a living would have been doomed to disaster. I hated leaving the farm, but I've never had regrets for having done so.
I had already accepted the dual pastorate of St. John's and Bethany Churches in Berger, Missouri, so I knew where I was going. July 11 would be my first Sunday there. I had been serving there as student supply during the last few months at Eden, so I had some knowledge of the place and of the people. And although it was a farming community, as was the Kaw Valley of Kansas, it was a vastly different world. Around Lawrence and Eudora things and people were as much urban as rural, not at all the usual stereotype of country people. Berger, particularly around Bethany Church, was very definitely and exclusively rural. I wasn't at all sure I would like Berger, but I had to start somewhere. So this too was on my mind that day.
June 27 was a Sunday. The Ordination service would be that evening at St. Paul's Church in Eudora. Uncle Adolph Stoerker and Aunt Marie, with their daughter Joanne (now Kleuter), were there at the farm house from Aurora, Illinois, where he was pastor. Uncle Adolph was on vacation, and they were visiting my mother. Also there was Rev. Myron Ross, a friend from Eden (black) who had been ordained a year earlier. He was not yet married.
Uncle Fred Stoerker, pastor of Zion Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, and Aunt Hilda would come in that afternoon. He was to

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be the ordaining pastor. They would be bringing with them his student assistant for the summer, Lorenz ("Ike") Eichenlaub, another old friend from Eden who would be ordained two years later.
Rev. Karl Baur and his wife, Betty, would come from Kansas City in time for the service. Karl Baur had been pastor at Eudora during my teen years, and I had dated his daughter, Joan, who was now married and would not be with them.
Dr. Harold Barr, Dean of the School of Religion at Kansas University, was to be the preacher at the service. He only had to come from Lawrence so he would go directly to the church.
Rev. James McAllister, my roommate my Senior year at Eden, was also scheduled to be there but couldn't make it. He was a Methodist, and he was transferred to Roodhouse, Illinois, from Payson, Illinois, that week. So he was busy moving.
All the ministers mentioned above would participate in the Ordination service, along with Rev. Joseph Polster who was pastor in Eudora at the time. Rev. Polster was a half-educated, boorish, obnoxious man for whom I had little use, but as pastor of the church he could not simply be left out and ignored.
We went to church that morning as usual. It wasn't long before it became obvious that this was going to be a very hot day - and it would remain hot into the evening.
There was a lot of picture taking that afternoon. St. Paul's Church had given me a pulpit robe (Not the one I now have. That one long since wore out), and there was a lot of posing in it for the benefit of other people's cameras, I would wear the robe that evening at the service.
My mother continued with preparations for a reception at the house after the service that evening. With a large front porch and a large lawn on a summer evening, space was no problem.
The service was splendid. Dr. Barr was at his preaching best. Rev. Polster behaved himself. I was afraid he might decide to say "a. few words" somewhere along the line (something he could do with embarrassing frequency, and when he did so it usually was a display of ignorance).
When the time came for my formal Ordination, Uncle Fred called me forth and I stood before him. Uncle Fred was flanked by Uncle Adolph, Rev. Baur, Rev. Ross, Rev. Barr, and Rev. Polster. Uncle Fred asked me, and I accepted, the vows of service to God and to the Church. I then knelt for the laying

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on of hands. Uncle Fred's hand was on my head, and the hands of the others were on top of his. Uncle Fred then pronounced the words of Ordination.
I then rose and accepted the hand of fellowship and collegiality from each of the ordained pastors before me. I was one of them now. I said a few words of appreciation to them and to the assembled congregation, pronounced the benediction (my first official act as an ordained pastor), and the service ended.
     I was very moved by it all, a highlight of my life.
The church was nearly full. St. Paul's congregation had turned out in force for me, only the second son of the congregation ever to be ordained. (Rev. Carl Schmidt was the other one a good many years earlier.) Other friends and relatives were there too. Among them was a surprise - Rev. Theodore Hauck from Higginsville, Missouri, who had baptized me years before when he was pastor of St. Paul's. He had arrived a little late, and we didn't know he was there or we would have asked him to participate in the Ordination.
A good many of them were at the house afterward for the reception, including Uncle Carl Altenbernd and Aunt Mattie, cousins of mine - Homer and Charlotte Altenbernd, Herb and Peggy Altenbernd, Helen and Al Wichman, Irene and John Vogel, and Frieda and Arthur Heck. There was also my father's hired hand when I was a boy, Oscar Russell. He was an old man by then, and I hadn't seen him in years.
     I wished my father had lived long enough to have been there.
There was only one negative note in the whole thing. Connie Peters had said she would drive down for the Ordination. I was expecting her. But she neither showed nor called. That hurt a bit.

* * * * * * * * * * *

I was the second son of St. Paul's Church to enter the ministry. Carl Schmidt, brother of Ralph Schmidt, had been ordained in 1930.

( at St Paul's Church, Eudora, Douglas County, Kansas, USA, on 27 June 1955.)27

     Photo of Julia, Theo, Frieda, Adolph, and Marie Stoerker on 21 August 1957 in St James, Missouri, USA. Original photo in the possession of Sheila Altenbernd (#172.)28

Julia, Theo, Frieda, Adolph, and Marie Stoerker -- August 21, 1957 -- St James, Missouri

     The following item appeared in Evansville, Indiana, USA, on 12 April 1962

April 12, 1962

To the Members of the Church Council and the Members of the Congregation of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Evansville, Indiana

There comes a time while a pastor is serving a congregation when he feels that his time of service has been accomplished. The meaning of this can be construed in various ways. When I accepted the associate pastorate at St. Paul's Church 3 years ago I did so realizing that this venture would mean a daily round of intensive activity. I appreciated the fact that the present pastor, members of the church council and members of the congregation expressed their confidence in me by accepting me very graciously in every way and offering me their help most generously to ease me into the work and to make things pleasant.

Let me say that I have enjoyed the period of my ministry in St. Paul's Church so much that it will go down in the pages of my diary as a labor of love.

It is with real regret that I feel moved to submit my resignation as associate pastor in St. Paul's Church. Such resignation to be effective on or about September 15, 1962. I have come to this decision after much careful and prayerful consideration as I checked myself in the program of the work here.

It is my observation that the immediate next few years will have to be made to count in a telling way due to transitional changes that are evident for a vital program of Christian education and service. The development of such a program to meet the needs of our present day will demand time and energies which I fear I will not be able to measure up to as much as I would like to engage upon it. If I want to "keep my hands to the plow" for a few more years and this is my desire, then I will have to look for a smaller parish in accordance with my strength and abilities.

I offer my resignation now so that St. Paul's Church Pulpit Committee may have sufficient time to search for and interview candidates for the vacancy hereby created.

I pray, and Mrs. Stoerker joins me in this, that God's abundant blessings may always rest upon St. Paul's families and friends and pastors, so that the Kingdom work may prosper here as together you give of your best and as you enjoy using the new building and the many improved and renovated facilities!

Sincerely your servant and pastor,

Adolph Stoerker.29

     The following item appeared in September 1962
     Pastor and Mrs. Adolph Stoerker came to us in the middle of July, 1959. Since that time the Stoerkers have endeared themselves to all of us. Pastor Stoerker took a trip to the Holy Land, which seemd to enrich his ministry. He has preached both sermons one Sunday each month, on all Sundays when Pastor Rest was on vacation, the children's sermon when he wasn't delivering the regular sermon, made innumerable calls on the sick and shut-in members and friends, given pastoral leadership to committees and organizations in which he was pastoral advisor, and served as an Associate Pastor in an all-around way. He was very well liked among us. Or regret in seeing him leave is softened a bit by the knowledge that he will be very close to us -- in Henderson Ky. Mabe he will be able to supply the pulpit here occasionally, or lead in the German Services in the chapel; maybe we can take car loads of people over there for a brotherhood or women 's guild joint meeting of one kind or another. We will be looking toward Henderson with confidence. Their future should be brighter because of his coming. His first Sunday in their pulpit will be Sept. 16th. His final sermon here as Associate Pastor will be on Sept 9.
     A farewell covered dish dinner and program is being planned before his departure on Sept. 9, in the evening starting at 6 p.m. Bring a covered dish. The evening should be a memorable evening in the life of St Paul's Church.30

     Adolph Stoerker was employed in July 1959 St Paul's Church.30
     They resided in Henderson, Henderson County, Kentucky, USA, on 16 September 1962.30
     He resided Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida, USA, in February 1968.3
     Adolph died on 27 February 1968 in Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, Florida, USA, at age 69.31,3,6 Other sources indicate Adolph died on 26 February 1968 at Port Charlotte, Charlotte County, Florida, USA, at age 69.15 He was buried after 27 February 1968 St John's Cemetery, St Charles, St Charles County, Missouri, USA, at. Adolph is buried in lot number 186B.32,33

     His obituary was published on Linton Daily Citizen, Linton, Indiana, USA, on 29 February 1968

Last Edited=17 December 2023

Child of Adolph Stoerker and Marie L. Otto


  1. [S7] SSDI, unknown file number, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), unknown series (n.p.: Ancestry) . Hereinafter cited as SSDI.
  2. [S140] St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Staunton, Illinois, Stoerker (#64), Theophil - Baptism, unknown repository, unknown repository address.
  3. [S1243] Adolph Stoerker (#65), 356-24-7224, Ancestry SSDI, U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 (Provo, Utah, USA: Ancestry, May 15, 2016) (Document Source Number: 00065-1968-02-00-01). Hereinafter cited as SSDI.
  4. [S315] "Stoerker (#65), Adolph -- WWI Draft Registration";; unknown repository address. Hereinafter cited as "WWI Draft Registration."
  5. [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
  6. [S245] St Charles, Missouri, USA, in, Adolph STOERKER (65) and Marie Stoerker (121) Cemetery Marker, Stoerker, Adolph (#65) -- Cemetery Marker; READ BY Sheila Sue Altenbernd, ON September 1993.
  7. [S141] Baptismal Record - St. Paul's United Church of Christ - Staunton, Illinois.
  8. [S1858] Jean Zay 2023 (Document Source Number: 00194-2023-00-00-01).
  9. [S25] John Stoerker Altenbernd unknown date.
  10. [S1635] Letter from Adolph Stoerker (#65) (New Haven, Missouri) to Flora Stoerker (#63) February 6, 1909. (1909). (Document Source Number: 00065-1909-02-06-01).
  11. [S1636] Letter from Adolph Stoerker (#65) and Theophil Stoerker (#64)to Flora Stoerker (#63) February 1914. (1914). (Document Source Number: 00065-1914-04-00-01).
  12. [S1290] "WWI Enlistment", Box Number 00065-1918-10-01-01;; Missouri State Archives, 600 W. Main, PO Box 1747, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, USA, at. Hereinafter cited as "WWI Enlistment."
  13. [S1230] Adolph Stoerker (#65) "Chiros" Acquitted; Crowd Gives Cheers, Portsmouth Daily News, unknown location, February 1, 1923, page 2, column 3,, viewed at on April 20, 2016 (Document Source Number: 00065-1923-02-01-01) . Hereinafter cited as Portsmouth Daily News.
  14. [S75] Marion Adolph Stoerker unknown date.
  15. [S1645] John Klueter (#193) May 23, 2022 (Document Source Number: 00193-2022-05-23-01).
  16. [S649] Earl Conrad Stoerker (#1998), Death Certificate file no. 76 registration no. 28815 (May 15, 1924), unknown repository, unknown repository address . Hereinafter cited as Death Registration.
  17. [S157] Sheila Sue Altenbernd unknown date.
  18. [S609] Conrad Stoerker (#14) Obituary, St Charles Newspaper, St Charles, Missouri, USA, June 13, 1927 . Hereinafter cited as St Charles Newspaper.
  19. [S1407] Adolph Stoerker (#65) unknown article title, Warrenton Banner, Warrenton, Missouri, September 9, 1927, page 7, on June 22, 2017 (Document Source Number: 00065-1927-09-09-01) . Hereinafter cited as Warrenton Banner.
  20. [S515] Norwood, Ohio City Directory (n.p.:, 1928), Page 432. Viewed at Hereinafter cited as City Directory.
  21. [S1639] Letter from Adolph Stoerker (#65) (Norwood, Ohio) to Flora Altenbernd (#63) May 10, 1929. (1929). (Document Source Number: 00065-1929-05-10-01).
  22. [S1291] Adolph Stoerker Foristell and Community, Warrenton Banner, Warrenton, Missouri, September 19, 1930, page 3, column 4,, viewed at on February 26, 2017 (Document Source Number: 00065-1930-09-19-03) . Hereinafter cited as Warrenton Banner.
  23. [S1640] Letter from Adolph Stoerker (#65) (Gary, Indiana) to Flora Altenbernd (#63) February 10, 1935. (1935). (Document Source Number: 00065-1935-02-10-01).
  24. [S1642] Letter from Adolph Stoerker (#65)to Flora Altenbernd (#63) April 19, 1935. (1935). (Document Source Number: 00065-1935-04-19-01).
  25. [S1638] Letter from Adolph Stoerker (#65) (301 Fifth Street, Aurora, Illinois) to Flora Altenbernd (#63) November 23, 1948. (1948). (Document Source Number: 00065-1948-11-23-01).
  26. [S1643] Letter from Adolph Stoerker (#65)to Flora Altenbernd (#63) August 2, 1953. (1953). (Document Source Number: 00065-1953-08-02-01).
  27. [S1410] John Stoerker Altenbernd,"Ordination Day" in ME; Page(s) 609-611; Published:.
  28. [S88] Flora Stoerker unknown date.
  29. [S1641] Adolph Stoerker (#65) Pastor Stoerker Resigns, unknown newspaper title, unknown location, April 12, 1962 (Document Source Number: 00065-1962-04-12-01).
  30. [S1637] Adolph Stoerker (#65) BEST WISHES TO THE STOERKERS, unknown newspaper title, unknown location, September 1962 (Document Source Number: 00065-1962-09-00-01).
  31. [S90] Marian Louise Stoerker unknown date.
  32. [S142] Letter from Caretaker at St. John's Cemetery (unknown author address) to Sheila Altenbernd (#172) (unknown recipient address); unknown repository (unknown repository address).
  33. [S830] Letter from Wilber Staggemeier (St Charles, Missouri) to Sheila Altenbernd (#172) July 27, 1992.
  34. [S1408] Adolph Stoerker (#65) Obituary, Linton Daily Citizen, Linton, Indiana, February 29, 1968, page 2, on June 22, 2017 (Document Source Number: 00065-1968-02-29-01) . Hereinafter cited as Linton Daily Citizen.