Man of Few Letters

I think it’s safe to say that German names are sometimes famous for being rather long.  I know that some of the ones that have been found around here over the years required plenty of letters to write.  Examples might include Lichtenegger, Bodenschatz, Bingenheimer, and my personal favorite…..Schimmelpfennig.  During the years when I was a … More Man of Few Letters

Death of a Doughboy

The story I tell today has very little connection to our German Family Tree, and today’s birthday boy did not even live till his 25th birthday.  Yet, I’m anxious to tell this tale.  It involves telling the story of some of the very first families to occupy areas of Perry and Ste. Genevieve Counties.  When … More Death of a Doughboy

Baltimore Boxdorfer

A marriage took place in Perry County on this date 150 years ago.  The Perry County marriage record for this wedding is shown here. As you can see, it was Henry Boxdorfer who married Elisabeth Rauh on that day.  The pastor who is listed, Rev.  F.C. Besel, was serving Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg at … More Baltimore Boxdorfer

Mama Kieninger

Esther Kieninger would have been 134 years old today.  She was born as Esther Mueller on November 8, 1885.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Mathilda (Buenger) Mueller and her baptism record can be found in the church books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  However, she may have been baptized in the church/school … More Mama Kieninger