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

Double Double-U

Today I will share the story of W.W……..Wilhelm Wachter.  His story is not without its puzzles.  I hope I get it right.  I tell his story today because December 29th was the date of his second marriage in 1870.  But before I get to that, let me go back. Wilhelm came to America when he … More Double Double-U

No More Boden, Honey

During recent months, I have been noticing that there seemed to be quite a few young ladies from the East Perry County area, especially around Wittenberg, who married young men who came to town to work on the railroad.  The Frisco railroad came through Wittenberg beginning in 1904, with work beginning on it several years … More No More Boden, Honey

Hauling Rock

Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg is one year away from the 150th year anniversary of the dedication of their present-day church sanctuary.  It was dedicated on Reformation Sunday in 1867.  This church is used for the congregation’s worship every Sunday. If I have this figured out correctly (and I suppose I could be wrong), I … More Hauling Rock

Trinity’s Tischler

Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its current church sanctuary in 2017.  If you have seen the exterior of this church, you immediately realize that there was plenty of masonry work done when it was built.  On the inside, there was plenty of carpentry to be done.  Whenever the … More Trinity’s Tischler