The Laura Jungeblut Collection consists of seventy-seven pieces of correspondence, most written in German, between Lodi, California,
resident Laura M. Jungeblut (later Wiederrich) and relatives in Germany shortly after the end of the Second World War. The
letters discuss family news and afford insights into life under Allied occupation. The collection also includes lists of and
receipts for food, clothing, and other goods send to German relatives, as well as related newspaper clippings and various
Laura M. Jungeblut (1909-1999) was a daughter of one of the leading Protestant clergyman in early twentieth-century Lodi,
California, Johann Friedrich Jungeblut (1859-1931), and his wife, Marie A. Stark Jungeblut (ca. 1860-1913). Emigrating from
Germany to the United States in 1874, Johann settled in the Upper Midwest, attended Dubuque Theological Seminary, and in 1890
finished his studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. Ordained to the German Reformed Church, Jungeblut held a series of
ministerial positions in the Midwest for the next fifteen years before accepting the pastorate of Lodi's Hope Church in 1905.
At that time, the Jungeblut family included not only Laura and her parents, but also her three older siblings: Erna Irene
Jungeblut Mettler (1891-1969), Calvin Johann Friedrich Jungeblut (1892-1964), and Edna Elizabeth Jungeblut Bender (1895-1990).
The family was fluent in German and maintained contact with relatives in Germany, among them Otto Jungeblut and Annelise Uthoff,
apparently the nephew and niece of Johann Jungeblut, and Annelise's daughter, Marie-Luise Uthoff. For much of her adult life,
Laura worked as a bookkeeper at Lodi Memorial Hospital. In 1964, she married John R. Wiederrich, Sr., another resident of