The story today begins with the birth of Adolph Gustav Gaebler on June 20, 1881.  That certainly sounds like a typical German name, but what attracted me even more to this story is his mother’s maiden name…..Zwickelhuber. How can you not write a story about a Zwickelhuber? The Zwickelhuber story is not without its scandal, … More Zwickelhuber

150th Wedding Anniversary

On June 19, 1866, Richard Petzoldt and Johanna Lindner were united in marriage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Rev. Theo. Koeberle performed the ceremony.  Today would have been their 150th wedding anniversary.  It appears to be only the second marriage performed by Rev. Koeberle after he replaced Rev. Schieferdecker in 1866. Richard arrived in … More 150th Wedding Anniversary

Funeral Home Fans

Here in Perry County, we have just been through a week in which the heat and humidity have been pretty brutal.  It makes one wonder how people around here managed to survive in the many years before air conditioning arrived on the scene. I remember the days before air conditioning.  When I attended St. Jacobi … More Funeral Home Fans

The 3R’s…Richter, Remembrance, Reunion

The photo shows a small group of people who visited our museum this past weekend.  They were in town for their regular Richter Reunion, a gathering of descendants of Johann Christian Richter.  This particular group of Richters were from Nebraska and Iowa.  They are standing in front of some of the museum’s artifacts which came … More The 3R’s…Richter, Remembrance, Reunion

Planning for the Future while Preserving the Past

Our mission of interpreting, promoting, providing educational opportunities, documenting, and preserving the history of the 1839 German-Lutheran immigration to Perry County, MO is a mammoth task that brings us challenges and joy each day.  We are committed to keeping our doors open 360 days a year while spreading the news of this early Mississippi River … More Planning for the Future while Preserving the Past

A New Seminary Home – 90 Years Ago

Ninety years ago today, Concordia Seminary dedicated its new campus located in Clayton, Missouri.  The dedication event was attended by a reported 75,000 people.  It was an amazing gathering of people who were excited about this new seminary campus which they prayed would continue to train young men to become pastors in the Lutheran Church-Missouri … More A New Seminary Home – 90 Years Ago

An Austrian Carpenter Marries a Local Girl

On June 12 in 1881, Rev. J.F. Koestering had the privilege of uniting Gottlieb Samuel Meyr and Anna Sarah Haecker in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Sarah’s father was one of the original immigrants, coming to America aboard the Olbers.  Gottlieb’s family immigrated to America from Austria in 1853.  Both Gottlieb and Sarah … More An Austrian Carpenter Marries a Local Girl