The Emmas from Emma

The name Oetting has shown up in my own life on several occasions.  When I attended St. Jacobi Lutheran School in St. Louis, there was a Mr. Oetting that was a teacher there.  When I got to Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, a few more Oettings were professors and coaches on that staff.  Not … More The Emmas from Emma

Maybe They Should Have Been Named Law and Gospel

Rev. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was one of the original immigrants who was part of the Gesellschaft.  In fact, after the removal of Rev. Martin Stephan, Rev. Walther became probably the most prominent leader of this group.  He went on to become the first President of what would later be called the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. … More Maybe They Should Have Been Named Law and Gospel

Memorial Cabin

Today, October 8, 2016, the Saxon Lutheran Memorial in Frohna is conducting their annual Fall Festival.  If you happen to be in the neighborhood of East Perry County, Missouri, it is well worth your trip to attend this event. On the property of the Saxon Lutheran Memorial you can find a cabin once used by … More Memorial Cabin

Friedheim Records

Our research library has copies of church records from many local Lutheran churches which are often used by our visitors to study their family histories.  We are excited that we will soon also have the church records of Trinity Lutheran Church in Friedheim, Missouri, about twenty miles away from Altenburg. The majority of the work … More Friedheim Records

Last of the Second Generation: A Story of Two Maries

In the course of my research on the members of the first students at the Log Cabin College, I sometimes refer to the children of those first students as their second generation.  On March 8, 1984, the last of the second generation, Marie Brackman, died in Puyallup, Washington.  Her story is an amazing one.  Here … More Last of the Second Generation: A Story of Two Maries