Marshal Penny

Robert Cullen Penny was born on this day. His birth and baptism record are not included in our German Family Tree. In the case of Robert Penny, we find his birth documented in a Penny Family Bible. His name is indicated by the white arrow in the image below. As you can see, Robert Cullen … More Marshal Penny

The Buck Store

It seems like Dollar Stores are popping up everywhere across America.  Today I will tell the story of what quite possibly was the first “Dollar Store” to exist in Murphysboro, Illinois.  It was called Buck’s Grocery, and the couple involved in that store come right out of our German Family Tree. It all starts with … More The Buck Store

The Eldest Worker

Today, I will tell you another story that takes place on both sides of the Mississippi River.  The highlighted event for today will be a marriage between a young man from Fountain Bluff Township in Jackson County, Illinois and a young girl from Altenburg, Missouri in Perry County.  It was the wedding of Henry Arbeiter … More The Eldest Worker

Buck Butter Business

April twentieth was the wedding day for two young Altenburgers who lived not far from each other along Main Street on the east side of town.  It was a Sunday in 1913 when Ferdinand Buck was united in marriage with Alma Seibel at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Here is their Missouri marriage license. The license says … More Buck Butter Business

Old Time L.A.

Around here, there are a few people who refer to the east side of Altenburg……past the downtown area, past the church and museum……as Lower Altenburg.  It is just fun to say that you are from L.A.  I happen to live in L.A.  It is a part of town that is not as often visited because … More Old Time L.A.