Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

William Bingenheimer was born on this day, so he is today’s birthday boy.  As it turns out, William married a woman who had another long name that begins with a “B”…Bodenschatz. First, let’s take a look at the arrival of the Bingenheimer’s.  They arrived in 1848 aboard the Jaque Lafette.  William’s father, Phillip Bingenheimer, was … More Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

Otto and Josephine

Otto Bodenschatz is our birthday boy today.  He was born on February 10, 1887, the son of Frederick and Rosalie (Mueller) Bodenschatz.  This Bodenschatz family originally lived in Altenburg but would later relocate in Shawnee Township in Cape Girardeau County.  Otto was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here is his baptism record. Otto’s … More Otto and Josephine

York Chapel Hoffman’s – With One “n”

I will eventually get around to including a character from our German Family Tree to today’s story.  In fact, that German Lutheran will be today’s birthday boy.   However, before I get to him, I want to tell the story of his wife’s family….the Hoffman’s.  I have told stories on this blog about Hoffmann’s in the … More York Chapel Hoffman’s – With One “n”

Constable Henry

I start today with a family photo.  It displays the family of Carl and Johanna (Hopfer) Bodenschatz. One of the main characters in today’s story is the man standing in the back on the left, Henry Bodenschatz.  I chose him today because it was on this day that he married his wife, Louise Schmidt.  They … More Constable Henry

When Was Rosa Born?

I put today’s mystery question in today’s title.  Rosa Landgraf is today’s birthday girl….or is she?  One birth date we have for Rosa was August 21, 1885.  As we work our way through this story, we will find two other alternatives.  Rosa was the daughter of Bernhard and Mary (Litzelfelner) Landgraf.  She was baptized at … More When Was Rosa Born?