We have some incredible bells within the landscape of the Lutheran Heritage Center: the beautiful historic bell at Trinity Church, and the First Church bell, cast in Spain near the same time as our country’s Liberty Bell. I also love the carillon tones from our beloved Immanuel Church in Altenburg. We have already told their … More I Heard the Bells…
Silly me. I just published this post without telling you that I did not write it. This article was written by our friend, Fred Eggers. He is an incredible researcher and happens to also be working at our museum today as a docent. As I have told you on several occasions, Fred is our “go … More A Christmas Birth in the Pfarrhaus in Farrar
I had the privilege of speaking at a Hemmann Reunion in Shawneetown, Missouri yesterday. It was a gathering of 72 folks who could all trace their ancestry back to one of J.G. Hemmann’s grandsons, Gustav Hemmann, who was born in 1850. I happened to run across another record in our German Family Tree that comes … More Hemmann Herd Member Marries Saddlemaker’s Son
Our birthday boy for today is Edmund Werre. Edmund is out of the ordinary for this blog because he was not born in Perry County and therefore not found in any of our church records. It is actually to my advantage today to discuss someone from elsewhere because once again I am not in Altenburg. … More Martha Ends Up Werre?
On October 22, 1866, Carl arrived in America. In fact Carl came to America many times. In fact, I found a list that said Carl came to America 18 times between 1858 and 1872. You see, Carl was a sailing ship with the name of Carl. When the Carl arrived in 1866, it was carrying … More Carl’s Arrival
On several occasions, I have written about Perry County personalities who crossed the river and became members of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. Today I will highlight a family name that shows up quite often in the Christ Lutheran church records, but it is a family that settled around Jacob after arriving in America … More The Original Gueterslohs
My dad, Richard Schmidt, grew up in Wittenberg, Missouri, and for most of his school years he had one teacher, George Stohs. I would like to tell his story today. Teacher Stohs did not have his roots here in Perry County. He was born on Valentine’s Day in 1893 in Bremen, Kansas. His parents were … More Teacher Stohs – Dad’s Teacher
For passengers aboard the Copernicus and the Johann Georg, November 3rd in 1838 must have been a day of apprehension and excitement. For many of these folks, the preparation for the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States had been going on for quite some time. It was finally the day for them … More The Voyage Begins