Herman the Brewer

I will begin today with an admission that there is some dispute about the birthdate of today’s main character. Our German Family Tree states that Herman Ludwig was born on January 22, 1859. However, his later death certificate not only states that his birthday took place on January 21st, but it also says he was … More Herman the Brewer

Elmer and Ada Putz

Elmer Putz would have been celebrating his 125th birthday today. He was born on January 20, 1896, the son of Henry and Christiane (Ruehling) Putz. Elmer was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri. We have transcriptions of the records from that congregation, but I cannot display actual church records. Below is the … More Elmer and Ada Putz

Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

The story I tell today comes from two entirely different directions. It begins in Jacob, Illinois, meanders through Perry County for a short time, and moves up to St. Louis. A spouse’s life begins in Tennesseee, makes its way to Vancouver, Washington, and that life, too, ends up in St. Louis where these two individuals … More Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

Building Progress

Our museum’s great friend and neighbor, Sally Buerck, sent me a couple of photographs showing what is going on these days with our museum’s addition. I thought the least I could do today would be to share these photos with our readers. It has been a while since I’ve given an update on our progress. … More Building Progress

Gotta Get Better

I have debated for a few days whether I should write this short post explaining why I have not been very faithful in posting articles lately. The short answer to this question is that I am sick. For over a week now, my energy level has been so low that I just haven’t been able … More Gotta Get Better