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.
Fern Ridge School
Fern Ridge School, 1926. Clarence Prestien is on the right end of the first row. Courtesy of Margaret Prestien.
Irene Prestien Aldrich and Margaret Staas Prestien were interviewed by Arland Stemme on 7 March 2001.