Every once in a while, I have this thought that I am going to run out of stories to write for this blog. That thought usually doesn’t last long because when the time comes to look for another story to write, there always seems to be one there just waiting to be told. Our research … More Diamanda’s Dozen
When I was a boy growing up in St. Louis, I drank quite a bit of Pevely milk. If my memory serves me, the milk we drank out of the small milk cartons at school were from Pevely Dairy. I was unable to find a photo of one of the Pevely milk cartons from my … More Pevely Dairyman’s Six E’s
Today will be one of those rare days when I write the story of a woman who never married. I also find her story to be an amazing one. Emilie Weinhold is today’s birthday girl. She was born on October 17, 1878. She was the oldest child of Paul and Louisa (Hermann) Weinhold. Her full … More Kindermädchen Emilie
I will look at a character today whose life is not very well documented. He disappears from the records after the 1870 census when he was just 11 years old. Yet despite that fact, he managed to become the main character of a book that has been written. There are so many questions raised when … More Where Did You Go, Joe?
Martin Peter Bachmann was born on October 15, 1870. A year from today, he will be celebrating his 150th birthday, but I don’t feel like waiting till next year to write his story. You get it today. According to a family book we have that was put together by Wayne Schuessler, it indicates that Martin … More Martin and Martha
Today I tell the tale of a Perry County boy who became known as Panhandle Pete. Panhandle Pete got that name because of his exploits elsewhere, but before all was said and done, he ended up back here in Perry County. And one of the amazing things about him was the fact that his name … More Panhandle Pete of Perryville
If Benjamin Oswin Bock and Alma Brandes would be alive today, they would be celebrating 100 years of wedded bliss. These two were married at Grace Lutheran Church on October 12, 1919. I can just imagine some initials carved into an old oak tree somewhere in Union Township stating B.B.+A.B with a heart surrounding them. … More B.B. of Company B + A.B.
Ernst Gottfried Weber would be celebrating his 150th birthday today because he was born on October 11, 1869. As it turns out, Gottfried had quite the trip through life, spending time in several locations and experiencing some difficulties in the process. Gottfried (sometimes called Fred) was the son of Herman and Pauline (Braeutigam-Schroeder) Weber. Gottfried’s … More Gottfried’s Travels and Trials
If you drive across America these days, you may notice that something is disappearing. It is the front porch. Most newer homes have been built with little or no front porch. In its place, you find decks or patios, and those are almost always located in the back of those houses. Nowadays, when family members … More The Front Porch
It never ceases to amaze me how things manage to come through our doorways and what type of journey the museum objects take in order to return back home. You hear the word ‘provenance’ a lot in the research and museum world. We are experts here on the genealogy of people and places, but you might not hear as much about … More There’s No Place Like Home