Double Friendship Star - Owensville, MO
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N 38° 20.876 W 091° 30.033
15S E 631026 N 4245483
On the front of an antique shop
Waymark Code: WM14NRB
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 08/02/2021
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Geo Ferret
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County of quilt & marker: Gasconade County
Location of marker & quilt: N. 1stSt & Sears Ave., SW corner, Owensville

Marker Text:

Double Friendship Star
Through genealogical searches many families of Owensville have found their German heritage links them to Altena in Westphalia Germany as ancestors immigrated and located in this area in the mid-1800's. In 2004, the German American Club named Altena as Owensville's friendship city.
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The German American Club

History of Mark:
Owensville Community German-American Friendship Club: Friendship between two cities is being fostered between Owensville and Altena, Westphalia Germany, with the purpose of promoting spirit of cooperation, understanding and sharing of common interests. The organization promotes and encourages German-American exchange, genealogical research and supports the values of our common heritage.

Why Altena? The Owensville area has a unique connection to Altena. In 1854, Rev. August Rauschenbusch of Altena led a group of about 100 from Altena, Neuenrade and other nearby villages to America abroad the sailing ship "Uhland". Many of these people settled in Mt. Sterling, Woolam & Owensville areas of Gasconade County. The passenger list shows several names that remain in the area today.

Altena is a town of 20,000 inhabitants in west central Germany on the eastern edge of the Ruhr industrial region. Since the 14th century, the dominant industry has been wire productions, thus it has a museum dedicated to the industry. Altena is also know as a "Burgstadt" because it has its own "Burg" or castle, "Burg Altena". The world's first youth hostel was created by Richard Schirmann inside this castle.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Rev Rauschenbusch's immigration party. Heinz Linke of Altena came to Owensville wishing to meet descendants of those immigrants. This reunion spawned the idea of a relationship connecting the two cities. Currently both cities have organizations with the goal to maintain a partnership city alliance. Since this September 2004 meeting, several of the Owensville community have visited Altena. Our German friends from the Altena club have been gracious hosts. The Owensville club has hosted a high school student for one month and a delegation of the Altena club membership for a week during the summer of 2008.

The Owensville German-American Friendship Club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.

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