Edited by Ann Chrissos
Henry Prestien (1868-1958) came to the United States in 1883. He married Catherine Kaiser (1872-1965), who was native born. They had five children: John (1893-1975); Anna Marie Catherine (1894-?); Emma (1896-1896); Henry (1896-1897); and Ida (1899-?). Around 1893, the Prestiens began worshipping at St. John’s Evangelical & Reformed Church. This church became the backbone of the Prestien family for five generations. John was confirmed there on 24 March 1907. John and his wife Elizabeth (1894-1987) had three children: Clarence Christian (1920-1990), Irene (1925-?) and Grace (1929-?). John and Elizabeth shopped at Castillon’s and Meyer’s stores. For clothing, they shopped in Maplewood and at Famous Barr in St. Louis. Louis Koch’s tavern and ice cream parlor was a favorite place for the entire Prestien family. The adults drank beer and the children ate ice cream.
John’s son, Clarence Christian, married Margaret Augusta Henrietta Anna Staas (1921-?). They had three sons: Harold H. (1951), Charles W. (1956), and Donald W. (1959). Harold married Yvonne Raddas and they had one child: Tyler. Charles married Pamela Grimm and they had two children: Kimberley Lauren and Timothy Charles. Donald married Joan Crowley and they had two children: Benjamin John and Kylie Katherine.
John’s sister, Irene, married William Aldrich. They had two children: Karen and Lee Ann. Karen married Michael Lindner and they had three children: John, Paul and Matthew. Lee Ann married Philip B. Defani and they had two sons: Richard and William.
John’s and Irene’s sister Grace married Busch Warren and they had three children: Mary Lee, Jeanne L. and Susan. Mary Lee married George Biederman and they had two sons: Bradley and Geoffrey. Jeanne married John Buechner and they had two children: Amanda and Eric. Susan married Kenneth Buster and they had three children: Brian, Jason and Klye.
The following Prestiens are buried at St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery: Henry, Henry’s infant son also named Henry, Henry’s infant daughter Emma, Clarence, Elizabeth, John and Margaret.
Irene Prestien Aldrich and Margaret Staas Prestien were interviewed by Arland Stemme on 7 March 2001.