Otto, An Ahrens Boy

He may not have been an errands boy, but this Ahrens boy certainly was involved in several types of occupations during his lifetime.  And although his life began in Perry County, Missouri, he lived in a few other locations over the years.  I will tell his tale today. Otto Gottfried Heinrich Ahrens was born on … More Otto, An Ahrens Boy

Boehme’s in Frames

I took a different approach today.  Instead of looking for a story that corresponds with today’s date, I chose to highlight a donation that our museum recently received.  And yet, despite that approach, I still managed to find a trivial connection to today’s date. The donations we received are photographs from a Boehme family, so … More Boehme’s in Frames

Hardware, Ice Cream, Mail, Merchandise, Food, Music, Beer

A marriage record shows up for April 12, 1896, and it began my search today.  Below is the marriage license. The bride and groom for this wedding were Caroline Horn and Adolph Weber.  The pastor was Rev. J. Stumpf.  The minister’s name had me stumped (or is that “stumpfed”) for a little while.  I eventually … More Hardware, Ice Cream, Mail, Merchandise, Food, Music, Beer

Up and Down

I am going to attempt to tell the story about a woman who has definite roots in Perry County, Missouri, and a man that may have had his origins in the 1839 German immigration led by Rev. Martin Stephan.  One thing we do know is that there was some movement by these two up and … More Up and Down

Clara’s Car Guy

Carl Hugo Paffrath arrived in New York City in February of 1882 aboard the Vaderland.  We see his name on the passenger list shown below. Little did Carl know that his family would cross paths with a girl from Perry County roots.  It was that girl who is today’s birthday girl.  Her name was Clara … More Clara’s Car Guy