The Wiehe Pipe Organ

I am going to use a photograph as the centerpiece of today’s post.  I must admit this one made me chuckle.  The photo shows a South Dakota family’s children standing in a row with the caption, “S.D. Orgelpfeifen”.  Plus, it has a dog photo-bomber. Orgelpfeifen means “pipe organ” or “organ pipes”.  The children do look … More The Wiehe Pipe Organ

Koeberl and Leimer

I am not in Altenburg right now and will not be there until later this coming week.  That makes a little difference in the way I write these posts.  I do not have access to the church records that we have at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum.  I will not be able to display … More Koeberl and Leimer

Adolf the Blacksmith

There was a time around here when the name, Adolf, was pretty common.  Not anymore.  World War II and Adolf Hitler put an end to that name in America.  However, today’s main character was born before that time, and he is today’s birthday boy.  His name was Adolf Meyr. Adolf Meyr was the son of … More Adolf the Blacksmith

Pastor Paul

Marie Weinhold married Rev. Adolph Paul on March 10, 1904.  Or did she?  We have a few conflicting records for this wedding.  I will get to that issue later in this post.  First, let’s discuss the bride.  She is the only Perry County resident in this marriage, and she happened to be the older sister … More Pastor Paul

Mollie and Her Man

Molly was born 160 years ago.  Her full name was Amalia Wilhelmine Theresia Landgraf, but it appears that she was called Mollie during her lifetime.  She was born on March 9, 1860, the daughter of Herman and Mathilda (Naeser) Landgraf.  Her baptism record can be found in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, … More Mollie and Her Man