Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

William Bingenheimer was born on this day, so he is today’s birthday boy.  As it turns out, William married a woman who had another long name that begins with a “B”…Bodenschatz. First, let’s take a look at the arrival of the Bingenheimer’s.  They arrived in 1848 aboard the Jaque Lafette.  William’s father, Phillip Bingenheimer, was … More Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

Winters on Route 66

One hundred thirty-five years ago, a set of twin boys was born in Altenburg, Missouri.  Their story, along with their mother and siblings, will take us on quite a trip, and also connect with another old post with an unexplained mystery. Ernst Rudolph and Johannes Friedrich Winter were born on July 2, 1885, the sons … More Winters on Route 66

Menfro Moldenhauer’s

I get to tell the tale involving a brand new surname for this blog today.  That name is Gerstacker.  Today’s birthday girl is Emma Gerstacker, the daughter of Johann George and Eva (Bergmann) Gerstacker.  She was born on June 29, 1882 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri.  On Ancestry.com, many of the … More Menfro Moldenhauer’s

Rudy and Rosie

Rudolph Andreas Petzoldt was born on June 25, 1896, so he would have been celebrating his 124th birthday if he was still alive today.  Rudolph was the last child born to Charles and Theresia (Leimer) Petzoldt.  He was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri.  Below is his baptism record. When Rudolph was just … More Rudy and Rosie