A Painter and a Friend

Two wonderful additions to our 2018 Immigration History Conference are the artist for this year’s conference, Dave Carter; and the conference will be dedicated in memory of Carol Lamm, longtime museum patron and friend.  Dave is a renowned painter of Missouri mills, and Carol is the multi-great granddaughter of our first Altenburg pastor, G.H. Loeber and … More A Painter and a Friend

Aunt Clara

My Aunt Clara Schilling would have been 116 years old today.  She was born on August 7, 1902 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church.  She was the daughter of Henry and Bertha (Mueller) Loebs who had a farm in Wittenberg.  Bertha Mueller was my grandmother, only I come by way of second husband, Emanuel Schmidt.  … More Aunt Clara

Windy City Wife

Rosina (Kluegel) Krahmer came to the United States as a divorced woman with a young baby along with the Gruber Group in the 1839 immigration to Perry County.  She divorced her husband in Germany because he refused to make the trip to America.  In 1843, she married again, this time to Julius Nitzschke, a merchant … More Windy City Wife