Today’s post starts with the birthday of Emma Louisa Hoehn. Almost immediately upon looking at her life story, I became confused. One of my first puzzles was this: Did Emma marry William Gottlieb Boxdorfer or did she marry Gottlieb William Boxdorfer? This situation had my head swimming for a while, but I think I have … More William Gottlieb or Gottlieb William?
This story started very simply. Find a February 16th birthday and start looking for information that may be interesting to our readers. I found a girl by the name of Lydia Hadler who had that birthday, so I started looking. One of the first things I look for is photographs. Stories are always better with … More Tracking the Elusive Hadlers
I was not planning to write a story today, but I ran across one that I just could not resist sharing. It is not often that you run across a birthday in our German Family Tree that occurred 200 years ago. As you can figure, such a birthday must have occurred in Germany, not in … More Bicentennial Birthday
When Ferdinand Rudolph Schaefer was born on February 13, 1866, his parents would certainly not have predicted that their son and his future wife would be so instrumental in the preservation of Oklahoma history. Heinrich and Maria (Hopfer) Schaefer had their newborn baby baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Here is the church record … More Schaefers Help Preserve Oklahoma History
The story today begins aboard the Copernicus on its voyage to America and ends in a popcorn stand in Collinsville, Illinois. It involves several people and places in between. We find three Lorenz siblings listed on a passenger list of the ship, Copernicus. There was an older brother, Johann Gottlieb, and his two younger sisters, Johanne … More Gottfried’s Popcorn Stand
Our German Family Tree records 14 children born into the Martin and Magdalena (Noennig) Weinhold family. Arthur Joseph Weinhold was the 12th child, and he was born on this day, February 9th, in 1894. All of these Weinhold children were baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Arthur’s entire life was centered around mills. Here … More Run of the Mills
There are 15 pages in our German Family Tree that come from today’s birthday boy. His name was Gottlieb Boxdorfer. Gottlieb was born on February 7, 1820 in Weidnitz, a small village in Bavaria, a region of Germany. This is a map showing the location of Weidnitz. It also indicates the city of Dresden, where … More Burgeoning Boxdorfers
When today’s birthday girl was born in St. Louis on February 5, 1851, her family probably had no idea about how her future would end up in East Perry County, Missouri. Bertha Dellit was the daughter of Andreas and Theresia (Preusser) Dellit, and Bertha was baptized at Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis. Her … More F.E. Goehring & Son Store
An 87 year old bridge will soon be closed and be replaced by a new one. It happens to be on a very vital artery that serves our community and enables many of our patrons to visit our museum. When folks are heading west out of Frohna these days, they are seeing these two alternating … More The Indian Creek Bridge
Some may look at this date, February 2nd, as being Groundhog Day. Well, forty-seven years before the first Groundhog Day was celebrated in 1887, another memorable event occurred here in Perry County, Missouri. In 1840, February 2nd was a Sunday, and on that day, the very first official worship service was conducted for the congregation … More Happy Birthday to the Old Lutherans in Paitzdorf!