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

JW

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

Dad

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

Longtown’s Hair Hacker – The Next Generation (Funke Haircuts)

Yesterday, I asked the question, “Who cuts a barber’s hair?”  It took me just one day to find a possible answer.  An answer in the case of the village of Longtown is that you train your nephew to be a barber and let him cut your hair. Today’s story begins with the birthday of the … More Longtown’s Hair Hacker – The Next Generation (Funke Haircuts)

Longtown’s Hair Hacker

We hear plenty in the news these days about hackers.  There are hackers in America.  There are hackers in foreign countries.  They make the news when they have succeeded in their hacking.  Hackers are a relatively new phenomenon.  The advent of hackers only occurred with the advent of computers and the internet.  However, you may … More Longtown’s Hair Hacker

Pastor Schaefer – Tennessee’s Spirit-maker’s Son

Not long after the beginning of the twentieth century, a future pastor was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri.  Heinrich Herman Schaefer was born on June 12, 1902.  His parents were Heinrich Carl and Josephine Tennessee (Telle) Schaefer who lived in the town of Old Appleton, just south of Uniontown.  Here are photos … More Pastor Schaefer – Tennessee’s Spirit-maker’s Son