Out of Africa

There are several reasons that I wanted to write this story today, one of them being that today’s birthday girl was not born in or near Perry County, Missouri. Not even close. She was born in South Africa. Quite often a birth or wedding in Perry County leads us to faraway places in these blog … More Out of Africa

A Lowes-Ludwig Link

Henry August Lowes was born on June 9, 1874, so today would have been his 147th birthday. He was the son of Peter and Hannah (Fornkahl) Lowes and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri. Several other siblings in this family were also baptized at that church. An image of August’s baptism record from … More A Lowes-Ludwig Link

A Valentine Master

I don’t think I will ever be referred to as a Valentine master. For many years, my friends considered me a confirmed bachelor. I didn’t get married until I was 39 years old. Even after I became a happily married man, I don’t think people would consider me a man of great romance. I am … More A Valentine Master