Help me solve my Mitchutz mystery?

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So I have an ancestor, Anna Wiederkehr, who married a William Borengasser.... at some point.

There is a 27 Feb 1906 record of a marriage between Will Borengasser and "Anna Mitchutz." The timing lines up with the birth of first known child Barbara Borengasser in about 1907, and the marriage was officiated by Fr. Placidus Oechsle of St. Mary's, the family's church. Barbara is with Will and Anna Borengasser on the 1910 Census. Also on the 1910 Census is a Bertha (?) Borengasser, listed as a "step-daughter" of William. Bertha is not on the 1920 or any later censuses.

From what I can tell, "Mitchutz" isn't really a name that anyone has, and I have literally no idea how to begin trying to track down a record of that first marriage (if it was a marriage). It's very clear that Anna Wiederkehr did marry William Borengasser - her obituary, those of her children, and her father's will all prove as much.

So where on EARTH does this "Mitchutz" business come from? Did Anna have a first marriage that ended quickly (the family's extremely Catholic, I assume that would mean the death of the husband)? Is this just the completely wrong marriage certificate for some... other Will Borengasser who was in this tiny rural Catholic parish?

Any and all help appreciated. Of course, links to sources and some more information at the profile.
WikiTree profile: Anna Borengasser
in Genealogy Help by Austin Ross G2G1 (1.3k points)

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Here's someone you might want to do more research on since he is a possible husband:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42036788/anton-michevtz

And here's the marriage record:

"Arkansas Marriages, 1837-1944", database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FQGR-F6N : 11 January 2020), Anton Mihevtz, 1902.

by Todd Murray G2G4 (4.2k points)
selected by Austin Ross
That's it! Thank you so much!

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