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?

Fiehler/Wachter

We have a birthday girl today.  Her name was Martha Fiehler.  I will not waste any time telling you today that her husband was Ernst Wachter.  One of the nice things about today’s couple is the fact that both of these two characters are included in photos taken of their families including their siblings.  Let’s … More Fiehler/Wachter

Easter Hill

I know this is going to be quite a literary stretch, but I am always on the lookout for a play on words, and I could not resist sharing this one on this Easter Sunday.  A marriage took place on April 21, 1892, and one of the participants was a Bodenschatz.  Google Translate tells me … More Easter Hill

Rudy’s Grandma

Anna Josephine Wunderlich was born on December 12, 1876, so today would have been her 142nd birthday.  She was the daughter of John and Josephine (Bendel) Wunderlich.  Anna was the youngest child in the family.  We have this photograph of Anna’s parents. Anna was baptized on Christmas Eve in 1876, which was a Sunday.  This … More Rudy’s Grandma