Joel Messinger

Joel Messinger

Posted on 03/21/2009


Photo taken on March 21, 2009



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Fulton, Indiana
Felder
Lacey


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190or1or2LouisWFelder&LottieLaceyPortrai t

190or1or2LouisWFelder&LottieLaceyPortrait
Parents of Vera Felder Messinger: Louis William Felder (1865-1946) and Lottie Felder (née Lacey) (1873-1946).
Both were first-generation Americans. Louis Felder's father, Christian Lucas Felder, had emigrated from Württemberg (a kingdom in south-western Germany, at a time when the German Empire was "...no more than an agglomeration of pumpernickel principalities" --as Churchill would once acerbically put it) ...to Indiana in 1853 (where he worked as a flour mill hand, later a merchant and a farmer). Lottie Lacey's father, Joseph Henry Lacey, emigrated to Ohio around 1868 from Nottingham, England. J. H. Lacey became a minister in the Church of Christ (Disciples) and went on preaching circuits in Indiana and southern Michigan.
Louis Felder grew up in a rural area outside of Rochester, Indiana. He got his education in a country school; though he had to spend his first year learning English as he only knew German from home. After the family moved into town (Rochester) he attended high school where he studied Latin, math and the classical courses of the day (so etwas wie ein Gymnasium, vielleicht?). After high school he started an apprenticeship at a drug store in Rochester.
When Lottie Lacey came of age she grew tired of following her itenerant preacher father around on his circuits and took a job as a cook in a boarding house in Rochester, Indiana. There, she met Louis Felder while he was staying at the boarding house as an employee of a drug store nearby. They were married in 1892 in Rochester. After starting a family in Rochester, they would move to Fulton (about 8 or 9 miles, or 12 or 13 km south-southwest of Rochester) where he had bought a drugstore of his own in 1901.

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Matthäus Felder
Matthäus Felder
wonderful reproduction – so far I had this one as a fotocopy only
felder.tribalpages.com/tribe/browse?userid=felder&view=0&pid=108&rand=46331871
8 years ago. Edited 8 years ago.
Lukas Felder
Lukas Felder
This man was my great grandfather's cousin.
8 years ago.
Matthäus Felder
Matthäus Felder
Duchy of Württemberg? No, no ;-)
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_W%C3%BCrttemberg
8 years ago.
Joel Messinger
Joel Messinger
Okay. Not "Herzog", but "König". (What I don't understand is, why the guy in Baden just didn't send a messenger back, saying, "Fine. I want you to call me 'Großkönig .........mit Eichenblätterbüschel!'")

But, I'm afraid, as an American, I will never fully understand how European royalty works (...much less the German federal system, pre-1919)!

There. I fixed my photo description. (...Now, suddenly, I have a hankering for some Westphalian rye bread.)
8 years ago. Edited 8 years ago.