Gottfried’s Angels

From 1976-1981, there was a popular TV series called Charlie’s Angels.  Right now, there is a movie in the theaters by that title which attempts to recreate that show.  The show highlighted three ladies who teamed as crime fighters.  I have three daughters who have on occasion compared themselves to Charlie’s Angels.  They even recreated … More Gottfried’s Angels

Pott Heads

Arthur Friedrich Pott was born on November 18, 1886 in St. Louis.  He was the son of William and Elizabeth (Roth) Pott.  His father was a Lutheran school teacher in St. Louis when he was born.  If he was called Art Pott, then you could say he would be another person who could claim to … More Pott Heads

Man of Few Letters

I think it’s safe to say that German names are sometimes famous for being rather long.  I know that some of the ones that have been found around here over the years required plenty of letters to write.  Examples might include Lichtenegger, Bodenschatz, Bingenheimer, and my personal favorite…..Schimmelpfennig.  During the years when I was a … More Man of Few Letters

Death of a Doughboy

The story I tell today has very little connection to our German Family Tree, and today’s birthday boy did not even live till his 25th birthday.  Yet, I’m anxious to tell this tale.  It involves telling the story of some of the very first families to occupy areas of Perry and Ste. Genevieve Counties.  When … More Death of a Doughboy

Baltimore Boxdorfer

A marriage took place in Perry County on this date 150 years ago.  The Perry County marriage record for this wedding is shown here. As you can see, it was Henry Boxdorfer who married Elisabeth Rauh on that day.  The pastor who is listed, Rev.  F.C. Besel, was serving Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg at … More Baltimore Boxdorfer