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Rev Joel Desch Druckenmiller
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1847
Berks County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Sep. 17, 1917
Moltke Township
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA

Rev. Joel Druckenmiller's father, Enos DRUCKENMILLER, was born 14 December 1821 in Hereford Township (Berks County), PA to Michael & Elisabeth nee MELCHING DRUCKENMILLER and died of apoplexy at Zieglersville, Lehigh county, PA on 29 March 1899. He was a mechanic and farmer all his life, and was an elder of Zieglersville Lutheran Church, where he is buried. It is recorded that he took a profound interest in the work of the church and Sunday-school, teaching in the latter for many years. Enos Druckenmiller married Elizabeth N. DESCH, daughter of George and Marguerite nee MARSTERRER DESCH, and to this union there were born children as follows:
1.Benneville DRUCKENMILLER,died of measles and brain fever, aged twenty-two years
2. Rev. Joel Densch DRUCKENMILLER settled in Presque Isle County, MI
3. Tilghman DRUCKENMILLER; married Barbara FREY.
4. Elizabeth DRUCKENMILLER; mnarried Milton KLEINSMITH
6. David DRUCKENMILLER; married Katie NUSS
8. Emma DRUCKENMILLER, died at age 6 of diphtheria.
9. Mayme DRUCKENMILLER; married (1) William WEISS; married (2) Hiram WELKER
10. Susanna DRUCKENMILLER; married Benjamin FREY.
11. Rosa DRUCKENMILLER; married Allen W. SHEIMER
12. Sallie DRUCKENMILLER; married John SWEITZER.
13. George DRUCKENMILLER; married Ella LERSH
14. Maggie DRUCKENMILLER; married William SHUBERT.
15. Laura DRUCKENMILLER; married Richard REESE.
16. Annie DRUCKENMILLER; married Allen SNYDER.

Joel Desch Druckenmiller came as a condidate from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO The Rev. Johannes Huegli, pastor of Trinity in Detroit and President of the Northern District of the LCMS (Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod) proposed that Candidate J. D. Druckenmiller be called as pastor to help Rev. Joseph Bohn serve the Lutheran congregations in Northern Michigan.

Rev. Joel was first housed in the Friedrich Christian HORN home (my g-g-grandfather) on First Street in Rogers City, as was the first Lutheran Pastor to Presque Isle County, Rev. Josef Antonius Bohn. In 1876, Friedrich Horn moved into the country in Rogers Township on his 80 acre farm and living in the Horn home on Erie Street were son Robert Horn and his wife, Mathilde (Wenzel) and their son, Paul Horn, born 1876. The Horns provided room and board with no payment expected.

Pastor Druckenmiller and Robert Horn became very intimate friends. Along with Friedrich Horn, the three held many theological discussions.

Pastor Druckenmiller's Call was similar to the one extended to the first resident Lutheran pastor, Pastor Bohn, namely, that no fixed salary was mentioned, but instead the comforting words "we will provide him with earthly things so that he will not suffer any want." This Call was not very promising or encouraging, especially for a candidate who had just graduated and acquired an education. The Call was accepted without opposition, and in mid-Setpember 1878 candidate Druckenmiller arrived in Rogers City, MI. Candidate Druckenmiller was soon ordained by Pastor Bohn and installed at Rogers and Moltke.

Pastor Joel served Immanuel (Moltke) and St. John's (Rogers City)for 38 years. He also served St. Michael's in Belknap until 1882 when Rev. Bruno Potzger, newly ordained from Concordia Seminary - St. Louis, MO, was Called to St. Michael's. Pastor Bohn at Belknap had requested a "leave" for health reasons. Pastor Druckenmiller was given a small Indian pony, Tommie by name, that served faithfully for many years and weathered many a storm and blizzard. Pastor Joel was a man of average height with a pleasing personality and a robust constitution. Except for a year, when he had to seek rest upon the advice of his physician because of a heart ailment, he dropped no services during his thirty-eight years of ministry because of illness. During his year of rest and recovery, the congregations were served by a Lay Reader and Theological Students. Besides having a strong physique, he was gifted with a pleasing voice which was used in leading the singing until the congregation procured its first organ in 1888, but even then he had to lead.

Notes from Carl Horn (brother to Robert Horn and youngest child of Friedrich Horn) mention that Pastor Druckenmiller's Epistle sermons were "often somewhat difficult, but his Gospel sermons and interpretations were quite intelligible, instructive and edifying. The Law was also preached in all its severity and sins of the day were reproved and rebuked without fear, and without respect of person."

In 1881 Pastor Joel married Alma KUHLMANN, daughter of Eduard Kuhlmann, one of the charter members and a leader in the church of Rogers City. Alma was a respected young lady in the congregation, and the fact that she was selected as the pastor's wife, brought no little joy to the members. Always modestly dressed, also friendly and respectful to young and old and ready to help where help was needed, she was a model pastor's wife. Notes from Carl Horn: "Yes, this dear spouse contributed much, that amid the hardship and official duties, in the service of the three congregations, during those primitive conditions, he did not break down completely. It seemed exceptional that the pastor was able at one and the same time to send two of his sons to study at the St. Louis Seminary with such a scant salary. Only through the frugal management of the pastor's wife was this made possible. Our dear Lord will in His time give her a gracious reward and adorn her with a crown of glory."

Notes from Rudolph Streich - charter member of St. John's Rogers City:
"If I call to mind the first official acts of Pastor Druckenmiller, it was the burial of my wife, Friedericka nee Papke, who died the fourth of September 1878, and was buried September sixth. Rev. Pastor Bohn had been released from the congregation at Rogers and had moved to Belknap. When I went to him to make preparations for the burial, he directed me to Rev. Pastor Druckenmiller, who had arrived only a few days previous. As I approached him the day before the funeral, he said to me, 'You will have to put up with wht I am able to prepare.' He had not yet delivered a sermon in Rogers and since he has recently graduated, he no doubt had not yet prepared a funeral sermon."
"The Call directed to Rev. Pastor Druckenmiller came from Moltke and when he married Miss Alma Kuhlmann, a house was built for him at Moltke and the young couple moved in and lived there. Coming from Moltke he also served the congregation at Rogers. I cannot remember that anytime any storm retained him, but at times, he came late, but still he came."
"The salary of the pastor reminds me of a story out of Prussia. There a pastor should receive eight 'grosh' (about a third of a dollar) for a confirmation. When the money was scarce, the peasant gave him a goose for every child confirmed. Later, when money was more plentiful and the geese went up considerably in price, the peasants wanted to change the process and pay with cash, but the pastor stayed with the goose-salary. Pastor Druckenmiller's experience was similar. He received very little cash money - Rogers gave one hundred and fifty ($150) per year - and Moltke still less. In Moltke, the pastor had the use of the parish farm land. The land was prepared in spring by the farmers of Rogers and in the fall the farmers of Moltke took care of the harvest. After the Rogers farmers plowed the land, I, Rudolph Streich, would take care of the sowing and planting."
"I once took a trip with Rev. Pastor Druckenmiller to the District Meeting in Bay City and this meeting is unforgettable because I was called back to bury my son-in-law's first wife."
Family links: 
  Enos Druckenmiller (1820 - 1899)
  Alma Mathilde Johanne Kuhlmann Druckenmiller (1858 - 1904)*
  Leonora Martha Agnes Druckenmiller Brege (1882 - 1954)*
  Leonora Martha Agnes Druckenmiller Brege (1882 - 1954)*
  Erhardt Enos Max Druckenmiller (1884 - 1924)*
  Arnold Bruno Edward Druckenmiller (1885 - 1962)*
  Joel Desch Druckenmiller (1847 - 1917)
  Benneville Druckenmiller (1847 - 1868)*
  Tilghman Druckenmiller (1850 - 1931)*
  Anna Elizabeth Druckenmiller Kleinsmith (1851 - 1912)*
  Henry Drukenmiller (1851 - 1927)*
  David D Druckenmiller (1854 - 1920)*
  Benjamin D. Druckenmiller (1855 - 1937)*
  Emmelina Druckenmiller (1857 - 1863)*
  Mayme M Druckenmiller Welker (1858 - 1932)*
  Susanna Druckenmiller Brey (1860 - 1918)*
  Rosa A Druckenmiller Shimer (1862 - 1941)*
  George Desch Druckenmiller (1864 - 1928)*
  Sally Ann Druckenmiller Nicholas (1865 - 1942)*
  Maggie Druckenmiller Schubert (1867 - 1918)*
  Annie C Druckenmiller Snyder (1871 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
Rogers City
Presque Isle County
Michigan, USA
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Record added: Apr 09, 2001
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Rev Joel Desch Druckenmiller
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Rev Joel Desch Druckenmiller
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He baptized my mother (Gertrude Wischnofske Wehnert) and all her siblings.
- Sue Wehnert Guss
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