Thekla Zepp

I present to you another surname that has not shown up on this blog before. The name is Zepp. I will also add that the surname, Zepp, does not show up at all in our German Family Tree. Then, when you add the fact that the Zepp groom married a bride by the name of … More Thekla Zepp

Leo and Lena

We have a birthday boy today by the name of August Leo Saupe, who went by the name of Leo. He was born on June 29, 1863, the son of Julius and Justine (Dietze) Saupe. Today would have been Leo’s 158th birthday. He was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri. His baptism record … More Leo and Lena

Carburetor Men

I will tell another story today about a man who was born and raised in Perry County, but upon becoming a young man, made the decision to move elsewhere to find a place to work and also found a wife in the process. Johann Heinrich (John Henry) Versemann was born on June 23, 1884, making … More Carburetor Men


For Father’s Day, today’s blog post is about my dad.  Actually, I’m going to start with this photo of my dad, my grandfather, and my great grandfather…..all Schmidts. Left to right:  Richard Schmidt, Emanuel Schmidt, and Gottwerth Schmidt My dad, Richard Heinrich Schmidt, was born on January 4, 1913 and baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran…