John and Emilie – A Pair of Longtown Weinrich’s

As you can see on the passenger list for the ship, Minerva, the John Weinrich family arrived in America in 1853. There is some confusion about the arrival of the Weinrich”s because the Friedenberg Remembrances books says this family came to America in 1852 aboard the ship, Leonidas. However, this family is not found on … More John and Emilie – A Pair of Longtown Weinrich’s

Martin or Martha

The starting point for today’s story is a wedding that took place on this day in 1894. This may not seem significant, but today is the first day of a new church liturgical year. It is also the beginning of the season of Advent. Things have changed over the years, but the liturgical color for … More Martin or Martha

Herman and Hilda

Herman Gottlieb Gustave Pfeiffer was born on November 26, 1890, making him today’s birthday boy. He would have had to blow out 131 candles on his cake if he was still alive today. Herman was the son of Herman and Louise (Klaus) Pfeiffer. I’m not exactly sure if he is a genuine Herman, Jr., but … More Herman and Hilda

Reflections on Thanksgiving

I am going to cheat again today.  I have those typical Thanksgiving obligations to our family, so I’m pulling out an old blog post that was published three years ago.  At that time, I wrote this post after Thanksgiving was over.  I cannot believe it has been three years since this article was written.  I…

Wittenberg Winter

If I have it figured correctly, Teacher J.F.F. Winter, was the first person in the Winter family I will discuss today to arrive in Perry County. Teacher Winter is famous for being the first teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Altenburg, and he never married, so there were no Winter descendants coming from him. However, … More Wittenberg Winter

Gustav and Frieda

I am going to write a story about Gustav Wagner today. This is not the first time that I have written about a man named Gustav Wagner. Today’s Gustav was the grandson of the man I have written about before. That Gustav Wagner had married Theresa Palisch, and those two ran what was once called … More Gustav and Frieda