A Carpenter’s Son

Jesus was a carpenter’s son.  He went on to carry out the mission of his Heavenly Father.  Although I begin with the birthday of a girl in Perry County today, I will use that event to kick off the story of one of her sons.  That son was also the son of a carpenter, and … More A Carpenter’s Son

Blacksmith to Mechanic

I guess it makes sense.  A blacksmith was a person who worked with metal.  He often worked on pieces of equipment that were involved in transportation, such as wagons.  He worked with his hands.  So, when there was a transformation from horse and buggy days to automobiles and the internal combustion engines, workers were needed … More Blacksmith to Mechanic

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)