One of the regular visitors from out of town that we have at our museum is a man that we call Junior Doering. He has acquired that name because he and his father had the same name, Walter Doering. Today, I will write the story of William Doering whose father was named William Doering. So, … More Another Junior Doering?
Every once in a while, I have this thought that I am going to run out of stories to write for this blog. That thought usually doesn’t last long because when the time comes to look for another story to write, there always seems to be one there just waiting to be told. Our research … More Diamanda’s Dozen
Today will be one of those rare days when I write the story of a woman who never married. I also find her story to be an amazing one. Emilie Weinhold is today’s birthday girl. She was born on October 17, 1878. She was the oldest child of Paul and Louisa (Hermann) Weinhold. Her full … More Kindermädchen Emilie
I will look at a character today whose life is not very well documented. He disappears from the records after the 1870 census when he was just 11 years old. Yet despite that fact, he managed to become the main character of a book that has been written. There are so many questions raised when … More Where Did You Go, Joe?
Today I tell the tale of a Perry County boy who became known as Panhandle Pete. Panhandle Pete got that name because of his exploits elsewhere, but before all was said and done, he ended up back here in Perry County. And one of the amazing things about him was the fact that his name … More Panhandle Pete of Perryville
You may want to read the post titled, Seelitz Sweethearts, before reading this one. That post told the story of Johann George Gotthold Darnstaedt, Sr. who was married twice. His first marriage was to a woman who was about 17 years older than him who had several children. After she died, he married a woman, … More Baby Darnstaedt and His Bride
A marriage took place on this day 151 years ago in Altenburg, but most of the rest of this story takes place across the river in Jackson County, Illinois. The bride and groom had been in America for just a year or two. I will start with the groom who arrived in 1866. Joachim (John) … More Joachim’s Scheeβel Spouses
The story I tell today brings together three surnames that have shown up in this blog on many occasions….Engert, Gerler, and Palisch. And the Palisch surname actually shows up twice in this story. It all starts with the birthday of Gotthilf Engert, who was born on September 30, 1845. He was the son of Friedrich … More Engert-Gerler-Palisch
This post will have four major themes: A character would have been 200 years old today. A mother gives birth to three different sets of twins. All but one of the girls in this family who lived to adulthood never married. A name disappears. Johann Christian Friedrich Saalfeld was born on September 28, 1819. That … More Trios of Twins and Spinsters
Theodore Wachter was born on September 27, 1886 so today would have been his 133rd birthday. He was the son of Wilhelm and Ernestine (Bodenschatz) Wachter and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here is his baptism record. When Theodore was rather young, he was included in a Wachter family photo taken in front … More Ted and Thekla at Two Trinity’s