Fischer Heartbreak

There were ten children born into the Edward Fischer family between 1893 and 1913.  Nine of them were boys.  Sadly, the mother of this family, Katie (Kuennel) Fischer, witnessed the funerals of seven of her children before her own death. The reason this story hit my radar today is that one of those sons, Rudolph … More Fischer Heartbreak

Market Mates

June 24th was the birthday of Max Rauh.  His given name was Martin Friedrich Rauh and he was born in 1906.  His parents were Ernst and Emma (Wirth) Rauh.  Early in his life, Max was a member of Peace Lutheran in Friedenberg where his parents had been married.  Somewhere along the line, Martin started carrying … More Market Mates

Shorty and Leona

When I write stories for this blog, it is usually about people who lived and died a long time ago.  When I do research for these stories, it is actually easier to do so because there are privacy laws which protect the public from getting at more recent records.  For example, the last Federal census … More Shorty and Leona


Today I will attempt to tell the tale of a family of Brunkhorsts who hailed from across the river in Jackson County, Illinois and were members of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob for a while.  It is a story which involves several Johann Brunkhorsts, and I was confused for a short time.  I hope I … More JW


For Father’s Day, today’s blog post is about my dad.  Actually, I’m going to start with this photo of my dad, my grandfather, and my great grandfather…..all Schmidts. Left to right:  Richard Schmidt, Emanuel Schmidt, and Gottwerth Schmidt My dad, Richard Heinrich Schmidt, was born on January 4, 1913 and baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran … More Dad