Otto Oswald was born on June 26, 1865 in Chester, Illinois. Anna Kaempfe was also born in Illinois. When she was born in 1875, her family was living in Millstadt, Illinois. However, when these two were married in 1893, their marriage took place in Frohna, Missouri because both of these families had moved to Perry … More An O-K Couple
There were ten children born into the Edward Fischer family between 1893 and 1913. Nine of them were boys. Sadly, the mother of this family, Katie (Kuennel) Fischer, witnessed the funerals of seven of her children before her own death. The reason this story hit my radar today is that one of those sons, Rudolph … More Fischer Heartbreak
June 24th was the birthday of Max Rauh. His given name was Martin Friedrich Rauh and he was born in 1906. His parents were Ernst and Emma (Wirth) Rauh. Early in his life, Max was a member of Peace Lutheran in Friedenberg where his parents had been married. Somewhere along the line, Martin started carrying … More Market Mates
We have an unusual artifact in our museum that really ought to be somewhere else. It is a tombstone. I choose to mention this tombstone today because it includes the death date of June 23, 1864. It is the tombstone of a person whom I have described as one of the prolific fathers of Perry … More A Misplaced Tombstone
Occasionally, I run across a man or woman who had two spouses who just so happened to have the same first name. That, in itself, is a pretty unusual thing. Today’s story takes this circumstance up another level. Joseph Henry Lorenz had two wives during his lifetime, and both of them were named Frieda Bachmann. … More Did Joe Really Marry Two Frieda Bachmanns?
We are entertaining two grandchildren at the Schmidt house these days, and today we have planned little trip to a place called Elephant Rocks which is located just outside the city of Pilot Knob, Missouri. Since I will not have much time to do research today, I choose to tell the story of a little … More Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pilot Knob
When I write stories for this blog, it is usually about people who lived and died a long time ago. When I do research for these stories, it is actually easier to do so because there are privacy laws which protect the public from getting at more recent records. For example, the last Federal census … More Shorty and Leona
Today I will attempt to tell the tale of a family of Brunkhorsts who hailed from across the river in Jackson County, Illinois and were members of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob for a while. It is a story which involves several Johann Brunkhorsts, and I was confused for a short time. I hope I … More JW
For Father’s Day, today’s blog post is about my dad. Actually, I’m going to start with this photo of my dad, my grandfather, and my great grandfather…..all Schmidts. Left to right: Richard Schmidt, Emanuel Schmidt, and Gottwerth Schmidt My dad, Richard Heinrich Schmidt, was born on January 4, 1913 and baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran … More Dad
The Herman Weber family has reunions at the old family place outside Frohna on a fairly regular basis. At one of those gatherings, the family had a booklet printed which related the history of this Weber family. Yesterday I wrote about Teacher Brockmann at Grace Lutheran School in Uniontown who was from West Point, Nebraska. … More As For Me and My House….