Eldest Girl Elda

Elda Hemmann is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on December 17, 1890, the daughter of Benjamin and Emma (Sachman) Hemmann.  For many years, her father was a teacher in East Perry County.  He taught at the Lutheran school in Wittenberg from 1892-1902.  Then from 1903-1925, he was the teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in … More Eldest Girl Elda

Pott Heads

Arthur Friedrich Pott was born on November 18, 1886 in St. Louis.  He was the son of William and Elizabeth (Roth) Pott.  His father was a Lutheran school teacher in St. Louis when he was born.  If he was called Art Pott, then you could say he would be another person who could claim to … More Pott Heads

Mayor of Birmingham

Gerard Fiehler likes to call me the “Mayor of Dresden” (there is no such position), and I like to call him the “Mayor of Altenburg” even though he isn’t.  Today, I plan to tell the story of a man who I will call the “Mayor of Birmingham”.  This Birmingham is not the one in England … More Mayor of Birmingham

Give Me Livery or Give Me Life (Insurance)

John Arthur Vogel was born on August 18, 1883 in Pocahontas, Missouri.  That would make today his 136th birthday.  He was the son of Theodore and Emilie (Happel) Vogel.  He was sometimes called John on records, sometimes Arthur, and sometimes J.A.  I will use Arthur.  He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, … More Give Me Livery or Give Me Life (Insurance)

Carl from Millstadt

I will begin today with a family photo that has shown up on this blog in several earlier posts.  It shows the Traugott Kaempfe family. Let me quickly summarize the history of this Kaempfe family and its connection to the Gesellschaft.  Johann Samuel Gottfried Kaempfe came to America aboard the Johann Georg in 1839.  Below … More Carl from Millstadt

Lichtenegger Market

The wedding day for August Theodore Lichtenegger and Ottilie Meyr was March 28, 1910.  Their wedding photo is shown here. Before I get any farther, let me describe the beginnings of the bride and the groom.  Ottilie Meyr was the first to be born.  She was born on March 7, 1888 in the New Wells … More Lichtenegger Market