John Joseph Meinhardt (1874-1951)
was a "jack-of-all-trades" and an avid photographer who loved to take
pictures of local sites, both the unusual and the mundane. He
especially loved to take photos of children; the more impromptu,
the better, causing some frustration to his wife, Elizabeth, who
people to think that her children were always unkempt and wild.
The small photos posted here
and the larger copies previously posted on the Chariton
Valley website are
some of those taken in Wien around 1914 when John was a young man
with a wife and small child, and lots of relatives in the town of
John Meinhardt passed his "hands-on"
talents to his son, John Junior (known as June), and also on to
his grandson, Bob Meinhardt, who has taken some of
"Grandpa John's" old photos and old glass negatives, and turned
them into digital photos that can be enjoyed by all. Thanks to
Bob Meinhardt for updating and sharing the old photographs.
Following is a listing of the photos previously posted
on Bob's wesite. (Please bear with us as the photos will take a while to load.)
If you can fill in the missing information, please
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1. A group photo of the actors in an early
Wien play. Members include: Front: Ollie Fessler, Joseph Meinhardt,
Elsie Noll, Lucy Nordman, Caroline Meinhardt, William Long, Back:
Johnny Hager, Louis Nordman, Julius Lennertz, Joe Kanngiesser,
Albert Schuetz, Edward Kunkel, Pete Schiltz, Martin Nordman,
Rudolph Nelson, William Becker, Father Didacus. (This photo is also in the Wien Yearbook.)
2. View of the brand new Schumacher Store
built in ____ by Mrs. Caroline Schumacher (married to Joseph
Schumacher who died in August 1885 during the epidemic).
Caroline's daughter, Catherine married Will Becker and the Becker family
lived with Caroline in the adjacent home and helped run the store.
3. A close up of the same building