Especially since today’s main character was such an important contributor to the early years of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, it is surprising to me that his story is so full of documentary holes. By the time we get to the end of this story, we will still be faced with several unanswered questions. Martin Christian … More Martin Barthel – A CPH Original
I have mentioned before that I do not often look at dates of death when locating stories to tell on this blog, but today is such a case. In fact, for the individual we will look at today, the death record is all we have. We do not know a birth date, a wedding record, … More The Oldest Immigrant
Today’s post was inspired by a question we received at our museum. The question was asked by Tom Hirsch, a friend of our museum who hails from the Tirmenstein family. He asked, “Which of the original immigrants was the youngest when the German Lutherans left their homeland in 1838?” Implied in this question is the … More Who Was the Youngest?
Today’s article is the result of starting out looking for information on one story and ending up telling a different story. It all started with the birthday of Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse on May 27, 1811. Ferdinand was one of the original immigrants whose family decided to stay in St. Louis and not move to Perry … More A Census Hall of Fame