Carl Kistenmacher – Fireman and Grocer

Three Kistenmacher brothers showed up in the church records of Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri in the 1880’s. All three of these Kistenmacher brothers also showed up living in the Fountain Bluff Township of Jackson County, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River, around the turn of the 20th century. One of these brothers was … More Carl Kistenmacher – Fireman and Grocer

Schuessler Stogies

Sometimes I run across stories that send me down a whole lot of rabbit holes.  Today is one of those.  By the time I was done searching, and believe me, there are even more rabbit holes I could have gone down, I think I tied together some Perry County families that had a common characteristic.  … More Schuessler Stogies

Wittenberg Beer Barrel Maker and Barkeep’s Boy

Gustav Adolph Spirz was born on January 18, 1875, so he is our birthday boy.  However, before I discuss his life, let me start with his parents.  His father was Charles Spirz, and his mother was Anna Sophia Heise.  Charles and Anna were married on November 26, 1869.  Their marriage is not included in any … More Wittenberg Beer Barrel Maker and Barkeep’s Boy

Selma’s Last

Selma Gemeinhardt must have been a pretty amazing woman.  During her life, she gave birth to 14 children.  Two of them died as infants.  Her home in Wittenberg must have been quite the active place, with the likelihood of having a dozen children all living in that house at the same time.  She gave birth … More Selma’s Last