Emma Trautwein and Joda Allen, 1894

Cabinet photograph of Emma Trautwein and Joda Allen (found by Kathy Wieland), Mumbrauer Studio, 1894.

Emma Julia Trautwein (1868-1943) and Joda, aka John, M. Allen, both of Bollinger County, Missouri, were married on 15 August 1894 in Lutesville, Bollinger County. This Robert C. Mumbrauer cabinet card photograph, found by Kathy Wieland,  memorializes their wedding. Because it was taken in Hermann, I suspected they had relations there.

Based on my research, Emma was the daughter of Ferdinand P. Trautwein (1841-1909) and Amelia H. Guntner Trautwein (1849-1913), who are buried in Hermann City Cemetery.

Ferdinand Trautwein was a miller. “Trautwein’s Mill” is mentioned twice in Anna Kemper Hesse’s book Little Germany on the Missouri: The Photographs of Edward Kemper.  Hesse locates the Trautwein mill as in the First Creek area. It was, she relates, the place chosen in the fall of 1864 as a bivouac by a “a group of Confederate officers in the vanguard of General Price’s army” (p. 75)

Emma’s uncle Eduard Trautwein married Jacobine Langendoerfer, the daughter of Roark Township farmer Francis J. (aka Franz Jacob) Langendoerfer, whose sons Fritz and August became well-known viticulturists and vintners in Hermann.  In 1867 they built the St. Charles Wine Hall, later known as “The Landing,” at 4 Schiller Street in Hermann. The building is now a restaurant called Simon’s on the Waterfront.

Explore more about the Langendoerfer family in David V. Agricola’s book on Langendoerfer genealogy. According to his research, Franz Jacob Langendoerfer immigrated to the Hermann area in 1838 and started cultivating grapes on Frene Creek in 1843.

I have not yet been able to determine much about Joda Allen except that he may have been born in Indiana. Emma identified herself as a widow in the 1910 census, when she was living in St. Louis with a son, accountant John Edward F. Allen, and her mother Amelia.

Emma is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, possibly in St. Louis County, but as there are about 20 cemeteries named Oak Grove in Missouri, her actual place of burial is not yet certain.

Published in: on September 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Cabinet Photos of Two Young People, Hermann

These two cabinet card photographs taken at the Mumbrauer Studio in Hermann use the vignetted bust style. Only the head and shoulders are shown, with the background and rest of the body burnt out to create the effect of a portrait floating in clouds.

Both images were a bit faded, most likely from exposure to sunlight, so I have manipulated the images to heighten contrast and reduce brighteness.

The card mount for the young woman’s photograph has the serrated edges that were popular ca. 1890-1899.

According to clothing historian Joan Severa, puffed sleeves in various styles were popular throughout the 1890s, growing more exaggerated as the decade progressed. This young woman’s sleeves are full and drooping at the upper arm; after 1895 sleeve puffs became much stiffer and wider. The elaborate decorative work high on the bodice, sometimes called “neck dressing,” suggests this dress cost more than most.

The young man’s photograph is mounted on a card with rounded corners and green printing, styles that were current a decade earlier, ca. 1880-1889. He has the short, slicked-down haircut, turned-down collar points, and snug jacket buttoned high at the throat that were typical ’90s styles for men.

Neither of these two photographs, found by Kathy Wieland, have identifications, and both are blank on the back.

Published in: on September 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Wedding Couple, Hermann

This Mumbrauer Studio cabinet card of a Hermann bride and groom, found by Kathy Wieland, has a white mount with serrated edges and gilt printing. Serrated-edge mounts were used between 1890 and 1899, although photographers continued to use up left0ver card stock in spite of fashion.

This might be a Catholic couple; one source I have read suggests only Catholic brides wore special white gowns and held ceremonies in churches.

Visible behind the bride’s left shoulder is a painted backdrop depicting a “view” through a doorway into a well-appointed drawing room.

Published in: on September 5, 2010 at 11:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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