Rev. Hermann Wilhelm Fiegenbaum
1824 — 1906
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Rev. Hermann Wilhelm Fiegenbaum,
pastor in the German Methodist Episcopal Church
Throughout his adult life, published sources, especially those associated with the German Methodist Episcopal Church, tended to identified him as Wilhelm or William.
Source: Jubiläumsbuch der St. Louis Deutschen Konferenz, edited by E. C. Magaret, Friedrich Munz, and Geo. B. Addicks (Cincinnati, Ohio: Jennings und Graham, [1905?]); page 392.
This photographic portrait accompanied a very spare autobiographical note Wilhelm supplied for a book published by the Methodist Church in about 1905, but I am of the opinion that the photo actually dates from an earlier period. For the book, Wilhelm wrote in part:
Four years ago my wife and I were able to celebrate our golden wedding anniversary....My wife and I are old and frail, and thus, world-weary, but we are blessed by God....Obsolete and decrepit, a superannuated preacher in his eightieth year, I am now sitting at home in the corner, but all is well.
When compared with the portrait of Wilhelm and Sophia (Gusewelle) Fiegenbaum on a card celebrating their 50th wedding annivsary in 1899, it strikes me that the Wilhelm shown here is not yet the hollow husk of his former self.