If Benjamin Oswin Bock and Alma Brandes would be alive today, they would be celebrating 100 years of wedded bliss. These two were married at Grace Lutheran Church on October 12, 1919. I can just imagine some initials carved into an old oak tree somewhere in Union Township stating B.B.+A.B with a heart surrounding them. … More B.B. of Company B + A.B.
Karl August Alwin Frentzel was born on August 11, 1890, so he is our birthday boy today. In almost all the records for this person he is called Charles, so I will use that name. He was the son of Alwin and Elizabeth (Ruhkopf) Frentzel and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. Here is … More Bugler and Bock
Gustav Adolph Schaefer is the birthday boy for June 29th. He was born on this day in 1878. It is his story that I will tell today. Before I go on, let me state that he went by the name Adolph on most of the documents I found, so that will be the name that … More Schaefer and Bock
Peter Lohmann immigrated to the United States in 1866. He was one of many people who made the voyage to America aboard the ship, Carl. A post was written about that ship’s voyage titled, Carl’s Arrival. Peter was born on June 21, 1837 in Scheeβel, Germany. Here is his baptism record. When he came to … More Lohmann – The Altenburg Cobbler
Not long ago, the story was told with the title, Bock Beer. After seeing the surnames involved in today’s tale, I couldn’t resist using the term Bock Wein in today’s title. After all, wein is the German word for wine. So today, you will read about the marriage between a Bock and a Weinhold. It … More Bock Wein…………..hold.
Wikipedia describes bock beer as “a strong lager of German origin”. Also, the word, bock, in German means he-goat or ram. I will attempt to tell the story of several Bock’s today. Eventually, I will tell at least part of the story of four generations of Bock’s, three of which carry the name Michael Bock. … More Bock Beer
The surname Schubkegel is not to be found in our German Family Tree. Yet there is a connection to Perry County. I will attempt to tell this story today. Hedwig Schubkegel was born on February 24, 1901 in Blue Hill, Nebraska. Her parents were Rev. Charles and Ottilie (Herold) Schubkegel. Her father was the pastor … More The Saga of Hattie Schubkegel
In 1850, a young man by the name of George Amschler arrived in America aboard the President Smidt. This passenger list describes George as a coppersmith, and after he arrived in Perry County, he not only had that occupation, but was also described as a tinner and a gunsmith. Ten years earlier, a 6 year … More A.A.A. Hardware – Uniontown
I start today by showing the 1930 Altenburg census listing the family of Leo and Maria Lottes. Leo and Maria, according to this census, have no children of their own, but they have three children living with them who are part of their extended family. If we backtrack ten years to the 1920 census, we … More Let the Children Come to Us
The Ides of March (March 15th) in 1938 was a wild day up and down the Mississippi River Valley in Missouri and Illinois. There were several tornado outbreaks, some of them deadly. Altenburg did not escape without damage. A tornado also roared through Altenburg on that crazy day and caused some devastation, but no loss … More Ides of March Tornado Outbreak