A Whole Lottes Jobs

March 11, 1874 was the birthday of Johann Eberhardt Lottes.  His parents were Gabriel and Ann (Doernhoefer) Lottes of Altenburg.  Here is the baptism record for John in the Trinity, Altenburg church books.  He was Gabriel’s firstborn child. It was not long before Gabriel would left alone with this young child.  Ann died in 1874, … More A Whole Lottes Jobs

Seelitz to Jacob

Dorothea Schlimpert was born on this day, March 9, in 1889 in Jacob, Illinois.  She was the adopted daughter of Joseph and Carolina (Schuerenberg) Schlimpert.  Actually, it is recorded in the church records that Dorothea was an illegitimate child of Zacharias Menard and Carolina.  After Joseph and Carolina were married in 1892, Dorothea was adopted … More Seelitz to Jacob

Fun with Flags

Every museum director should be blessed with a retired engineer on staff.  Lynn Degenhardt has made development dream after development dream come true for our site.  Today we completed the flag gallery exhibition in honor of our research library founder, Ken F. Craft.  Ken purchased 24 beautiful silk exhibit quality flags in 2014 to represent … More Fun with Flags

Family Photos

Heinrich Arbeiter was born on March 8, 1858 in Ittlingen, Germany.  He arrived in America in 1872, and he was living in Red Bud, Illinois in 1880 with a Rowold. In that same year, Henry married Caroline Rowold who was born in Horse Prairie, Illinois, a small community just outside Red Bud.  It was also … More Family Photos