I think one of the great things about looking at old photographs like the one above is how many stories and questions arise by simply taking a good look at them. Yesterday, I asked one of our researchers, Gerard Fiehler, if he could find a photo containing Teacher Hemmann along with his students. If Gerard … More Reflections on a Photograph
Ninety-one years ago, on March 18, 1925, what became known as the Tri-State Tornado ripped through Perry County, Missouri. It remains to this day as the deadliest tornado in U.S. history, killing 695 people and leaving an incredible path of destruction. There is an amazing account of the Tri-State tornado which can be found here. … More The Deadliest Tornado
The research crew at Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum recently identified a new answer to the above question. According to an old article found in the Perryville paper, Gottwerth Schmidt who died on April 14, 1926, was the last of the original immigrants to die. He also happens to be my great grandfather. We have … More Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die?
Many of us have a bit of “political propaganda” fatigue, so this is my solution for a respite. I will create a series of spotlights on the folks who keep this amazing Historical Society and Heritage Center alive. My inaugural post will feature our Historical Society President and First Lady, Warren and Sandra Schmidt. I … More Meet Our President & First Lady
We have had a great time putting together the regional butchering exhibit. The “waste not, want not” philosophy of this culture since 1839 is still exhibited in the family winter butchering practices that continue in the region in January of 2016. It is important that we teach farm to table “ways” otherwise we are a “buy it on the … More Butchering History in Perry County
On March 10, I posted about the beginning of the Hemmann Herd. Today I switch to the last child born to Gottfried Hemmann. On March 16, 1864, Michael Benjamin Hemmann was born in Uniontown, Missouri. About three months after his birth, Gottfried died at the age of 72. One must sit back in amazement at … More The Last of the Hemmann Herd….Teacher Hemmann
My incredibly brilliant and talented nephew, Ace is visiting this week from Kansas. This is his second trip to Altenburg to help me at the museum. He is working on his photography skills. The landscapes here are perfect for photographers. Ace helped me design a historic padlock and key exhibit at the Cape County History Center last … More Ace is in the House!
As usual, I began today by looking for events which took place in Perry County on this day. I happened upon the birth of Alma Marie Ella Schuessler on March 14, 1890. She was baptized one week later on March 21. That was the end of the good news. As is shown in the photo … More So Many Causes of Death
March 11, 1856 was the birthday of Pauline Auguste Palisch. She was the third of nine children born to Carl Gottlieb and Augusta Emilie (Engert) Palisch. Sadly, Pauline’s time on earth was quite short. She died on October 30, 1857, living only one year, seven months, and nineteen days. She was buried one day later … More The Perils of Pauline (Palisch)
On March 10, 1820, Wilhelm Hemmann was born in Paitzdorf, Germany. He was the first child born to Johann Gottfried and Marie (Bachmann) Hemmann. He would not be the last child born to this man. When the German immigrants sailed to the United States in the fall of 1839 as part of the Gruber group, … More The Beginning of the Hemmann Herd