According to church records, there is some debate about whether Louis Gerler and Anna Lichtenegger were married on March 31st or April 1st. I lean toward the April date, but I choose to do their story today. I also choose to use this event in order to highlight two other characteristics that are part of … More One of the Ridge Gerlers
Trinity’s Tischler told the story of Carl Groh, the Altenburg carpenter who was responsible for the construction of several items in Trinity Lutheran Church, such as their altar and baptismal font. These items are still very special to this church as they are used for the most important aspects of our Lutheran worship….Word and Sacraments. … More Groh-klahoma!
Two things: People who know me are familiar with my rants in November about how people shouldn’t start playing Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. Certainly it is not anywhere close to being the time to talk about holiday music, but that’s the title for today’s story, yet there is a reason for it. I have … More Holiday Music
For years and years, I have planted a variety of bell pepper in my garden called California Wonder. It is a wonderful plant that produces large, sweet bell peppers. One of the favorite meals made by my wife is stuffed green peppers. California Wonder peppers are a chief ingredient for this wonderful dish. Today’s story … More California Wunder(lich)
After Widow Christiane Buenger brought eight of her children to America, they all started out in Perry County. In fact, she was the first owner of the property that I now own. However during the 1840’s, all of those Buengers had moved to St. Louis. Then, after Christiane died in 1849, two of her children … More One of the Last Perry County Buengers
On several occasions, I have written about Perry County personalities who crossed the river and became members of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. Today I will highlight a family name that shows up quite often in the Christ Lutheran church records, but it is a family that settled around Jacob after arriving in America … More The Original Gueterslohs
We once again have a post authored by Fred Eggers today. He is a fantastic researcher and brings us a fascinating Civil War story today. Gabriel Bronenkant was born on March 25, 1839. As far as I can determine his descendants are the only people with that surname anywhere in our area. Tracking him down … More When Gabriel Comes Marching Home!
Lindy (Mueller) Roth, who regularly feeds me breakfast at the Old Bank Coffee Shop (We affectionately call it the Bankery), has provided me a photograph which is the centerpiece of today’s story. Lindy was born in California when her father was employed by the Alta-Dena Dairy, so this is yet another story about the Stueves … More Got California Milk? NO!
I have met my match today. I took a look at this family tree which can be found on Ancestry.com and just threw my hands up in dismay. I am flabbergasted. Today is the birthday of Marie Fredericke Steffens who was born in 1883 on March 23rd. She can be found in the left … More Flummoxed by a Family
March 22nd was the birthday of Dr. Gotthilf Adolph Palisch. Dr. Palisch was the doctor serving the Frohna community for many years. He was the youngest child of Ernst and Juliane (Hofstetter) Palisch of Frohna. He was born in 1875. A little over a year after Gotthilf was born, his father died. He hadn’t even … More Frohna’s Doc