I start today with a family photo. It displays the family of Carl and Johanna (Hopfer) Bodenschatz. One of the main characters in today’s story is the man standing in the back on the left, Henry Bodenschatz. I chose him today because it was on this day that he married his wife, Louise Schmidt. They … More Constable Henry
Yesterday’s post focused on a portion of the passenger list of the Republik showing people from the German city of Cahla (Kahla). I will show that image again. It was mentioned yesterday that Mary Susanne Koeppel’s second husband was Johann Gottlieb Shau. He was also a widower when that marriage took place. His first wife … More GG Grandma’s Other Friends
I think today is the birthday of my great great grandmother, Maria (Saalfeld) Schmidt. Why would I just think it is her birthday? It is because there is just one record that I can find that indicates when she was born, and ironically, that is on her death record in the books of Trinity Lutheran … More Great Great Grandma Maria and Her Friends
A while back, a post was written titled, Stories from a Wedding Photo – Part 2. In that story, the wedding tradition involving men called hochzeitsladers (or wedding inviters) was described. The paragraph below was included in that post. I found a photo showing what a present-day hochzeitslader might look like. The wedding photo which … More One of the Hochzeitsladers
Before I begin today’s story, I’d like to discuss pronunciation. I have talked to several local folks about how to pronounce Guetersloh. Although there is some difference of opinion, the pronunciation that gets the most support is Gitter-slaw. In fact, the folks that use this pronunciation far outnumber any other pronunciation. At least among the … More Guetersloh-Rathjen
I have written previously about a Henry Lohmann. I just took a look in a monstrous family tree in Ancestry.com which was produced by a friend of our museum, Lori Adams, and found 10 different men who had Heinrich along with their Lohmann surname. The one we will look at today is sometimes referred to … More This Henry Lohmann Married a Steffens
Please join us during the Perry County Community Fair, the best little Fair in the land! The energy is beginning to blossom for our favorite event of the year! We will be featuring a special exhibition by artist, Vicki Outman. Vicki is renowned for her beautiful soft pastel landscapes. I happen to personally own some … More An Artist in the House!
I have often written about people who were in a clan that we refer to as the “Frohna Muellers”. There was another family that lived in Frohna that had three sons who became millers. This trio spent their lives operating flour mills in East Perry County. Two of them ran a large mill in Frohna, … More One of the Frohna Millers
I put today’s mystery question in today’s title. Rosa Landgraf is today’s birthday girl….or is she? One birth date we have for Rosa was August 21, 1885. As we work our way through this story, we will find two other alternatives. Rosa was the daughter of Bernhard and Mary (Litzelfelner) Landgraf. She was baptized at … More When Was Rosa Born?
Henry is today’s birthday boy, but before I tell his story, let me explain that in the German language the word for bird is vogel. Yesterday’s post highlighted a Vogel, and another Vogel will show up today. As I have researched the Vogel name in this area, I have found that the first Vogel’s in … More Henry’s Love Bird **Updated