Rudy and Dora

Today’s couple reminds me of my aunt and uncle.  I had an Aunt Dorothy and an Uncle Rudy Schmidt.  As the title suggests, the couple I write about today were a Rudy and Dora, only their surname was Gerhardt.  Both Rudy and Dora had Perry County roots, but they managed to marry each other in … More Rudy and Dora

Becoming Americans

Americans consider this day to be special.  It is our country’s birthday, the Fourth of July.  Today I would like to share some thoughts about our ancestors’ arrival so many years ago.  A large group of Germans not only left their homeland, but left their German states to become Americans. Germany was not even a … More Becoming Americans

Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

The life story I will tell today highlights a Hopfer.  Martin Hopfer was born on June 30, 1866.  He was the son of Gottfried and Catherine (Schaefer) Hopfer.  Yesterday’s character, Adolph Schaefer, would have called Martin’s mother, Aunt Catherine.  So Martin and Adolph would have been cousins.  Although I could find no direct connection in … More Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

Schaefer and Bock

Gustav Adolph Schaefer is the birthday boy for June 29th.  He was born on this day in 1878.  It is his story that I will tell today.  Before I go on, let me state that he went by the name Adolph on most of the documents I found, so that will be the name that … More Schaefer and Bock

Kuehnert & Schmidt

If my cousin, Myrtle Kuehnert, could see the title of this post, it would certainly pique her interest.  However, she is not likely to have anything to do with a computer or the internet, so the likelihood of her seeing it is rather slim.  I know that Cousin Myrtle is moving past her 9th decade … More Kuehnert & Schmidt

Juliane’s Men

I will attempt to tell the story of Juliane Rabold today.  After all, today would have been her 152nd birthday.  As her life unfolded, she was always surrounded by almost entirely men and boys. Juliane was born on June 26, 1867 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  I am once again away from … More Juliane’s Men