Recently, some visitors entered our museum from Bremer County, Iowa. I needed to ask, “Do you understand any Thurm’s?” Their eyebrows soared and the guy stated, “Among my next-door neighbors is a Thurm.” I was not stunned, however he was shocked by my reference of a Thurm. In a previous post on this blog site, That Thurm Crowd, it was pointed out that 5 members of a Thurm household from Perry County wound up living in Bremer County. Today, you will check out the story of one member of that Thurm Crowd in Iowa.
Paul Gerhardt Thurm was born upon February 15, 1889, the boy of Gerhardt and Johanna (Kutscher) Thurm. Paul had the exact same names as his daddy, however his daddy passed the name, Gerhardt. There were 10 kids born into this Thurm household, and 9 of them were kids. The only child passed away in infancy. I think you might state that the Thurm kids are another group of 9 that might comprise a baseball group (or a dartball group). Paul was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. We can have a look at his baptism record listed below.
Paul is discovered in his very first census in 1900. His year of birth is erroneously offered as 1888, so he likewise is called 12 years of ages when he was just 11. His daddy was a farmer on The Ridge, which in some cases was called Friedland in days passed. The term, Friedland, is utilized in the above baptism record for Paul. You in fact see the only child, Lydia, in the entry listed below. She was born in 1900 and later on passed away that exact same year.
As it ends up, that would be the only census in which Paul is discovered residing in Perry County. When the 1910 census was taken, we discover the 21 year-old Paul living in the Jefferson Municipality in Bremer County, Iowa. That area is discovered not far from Denver, Iowa. He was an employed hand on the John Griese farm.
Now, we turn our attention to the female who would end up being Paul’s bride-to-be, and she takes place to be our birthday lady for today. Rosa Anna Maria Schade was born upon February 6, 1891, so today would be her 132nd birthday. Rosa was the child of Robert and Elizabeth (Engert) Schade. She was # 2 of the 7 kids born to her moms and dads. A previous post on this blog site, Engert # 21, informed the story of Rosa’s moms and dads. Rosa, like Paul, was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Her baptism record is revealed here.
Rosa is discovered in the 1900 census at the age of 8. The census taker for that year should have been having a bumpy ride. He erroneously states that Rosa was born in 1892. Rosa was most likely 9 years of ages at that time, not 8. Her daddy was a farmer in the Brazeau Municipality.
Like it was with Paul, the 1900 census was the only one in which Rosa was discovered living in Perry County. In the 1910 census, we discover Rosa residing in St. Louis and working as an assistant in a nursery. Not just was Rosa operating at that nursery, however likewise her more youthful sis, Ida Schade.
In 1913, we discover both Paul Thurm and Rosa Schade back in Altenburg for their wedding event on May 11th. As you may anticipate, that wedding event happened at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. We can have a look at the church marital relationship record for this celebration in 2 images. This is another location where we see The Ridge described as Friedland.
The marital relationship license for this couple can likewise be seen.
Based upon an ancestral tree on Ancestry.com assembled by our pal, Diane Anderson, this set had 5 kids. Diane is likewise our regional specialist on the Thurm household, so I believe in the realities discovered on her ancestral tree. The very first 3 kids were born in Altenburg and baptized at Immanuel. Later on obituaries state that the Thurm’s relocated to Tripoli, Iowa in 1917. Paul then had a World War I draft registration finished in 1917. He was a farmer utilized by Bernhard Everding and residing in Tripoli.
In the 1920 census, we discover the Thurm home living in the Fredericka Municipality in Bremer County. There were 3 kids in the home, and Paul was a farm worker.
The last Thurm kid was born in 1925 and baptized at St. John Lutheran Church in Tripoli. The 2 earliest Thurm kids were verified at St. John Lutheran Church in Plainfield, Iowa. If you do a search on Findagrave.com for cemeteries in Bremer County, Iowa, there are 7 outcomes that have the name St. John, all of them Lutheran. It is so complicated. I am going to position a map of a part of Bremer County, Iowa which contains numerous of the places included in this story so you can monitor the Thurm’s throughout the years.
In the 1930 census, the Thurm’s were residing in the Douglas Municipality. All 5 kids were now noted in their household’s entry.
Prior to the 1940 census was taken, Paul and Rosa relocated to Denver, Iowa where Paul ended up being a janitor at a public school. Simply one teenage child stayed in their home.
Paul’s The second world war draft card finished in 1942 offers another information about his task. He was utilized by Denver High School.
We can see the Thurm’s in another census. The 1950 census entry reveals Paul and Rosa with an empty nest. Paul continued as a janitor.
Rosa Thurm passed away in 1983 at the age of 92. We can check out Rosa’s obituary that was released when she passed away.
Paul Thurm passed away in 1985 at the age of 96. We can likewise read his obituary.
Paul and Rosa Thurm are buried together in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Denver, Iowa.
I do not believe the relocation by the numerous kids who belonged to Altenburg’s Thurm Crowd to Bremer County, Iowa was a total mishap. Bremer County was the birth place and head office of the Iowa Synod of the Lutheran Church. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg was likewise part of the Iowa Synod back in those days. Members of Immanuel, Altenburg most likely heard plenty about Lutherans because part of Iowa.