The Buck Store

It seems like Dollar Stores are popping up everywhere across America.  Today I will tell the story of what quite possibly was the first “Dollar Store” to exist in Murphysboro, Illinois.  It was called Buck’s Grocery, and the couple involved in that store come right out of our German Family Tree. It all starts with … More The Buck Store

Martin and His Girls

We have another 150th birthday to celebrate today.  Jacob Martin Darnstaedt was born on December 8, 1869, the son of Johann and Christiane (Mueller) Darnstaedt.  The story of Martin’s parents was told in the post, Seelitz Sweethearts.  Martin was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here is his baptism record. Martin can be found … More Martin and His Girls

A Few of the Seemann Boys

One hundred forty-nine years ago, Theodore Ernst Seemann was born.  He was the son of Johann and Christiane (Grother) Seemann.  His mother was the sister of Johann Grother whose family has been included in several previous posts.  One was published recently titled, A Pair of Singles.  Today’s birthday boy was sometimes called Theodore, sometimes Ernst, … More A Few of the Seemann Boys

German Feather Trees

My friend, April Isbell Schneider inspired this post. She really likes German-style feather trees. If you research these beauties, you realize that historic ones are hard to find in proper condition to display, and the newly produced authentic ones are quite costly. I will show you April’s brilliant compromise at the end of this post. … More German Feather Trees

Bud and Edna

Theodore Fischer was born on this day back in 1897.  However, which Theodore Fischer was he?  One Theodore Fischer was born in 1902, and he became the doctor in Altenburg for most of his life.  He is not the Theodore Fischer who is today’s birthday boy.  Theodore Elmo Leo Fischer was born on December 3, … More Bud and Edna