I asked some local experts for some advice for this post. I was wondering about a surname that shows up in today’s story. That name is spelled, Soehl. My question had to do with how that name is pronounced. It turns out that my local experts said that it all depends on who you ask. … More Sale or Soul?
Herman Stemmermann and Anna Maria Heidt were married on this day in 1878. Today would have been their 142nd wedding anniversary. Before we discuss this marriage, let’s take a look at the early history of these two characters. Herman Stemmermann was born on December 7, 1854 in Germany. According to a future census, Herman came … More Herman and His Ladies
Yesterday’s story included Emma Jungclaus, whose mother was Gesche (Stueve) Jungclaus. I will be telling a story today which includes a character, Maria Anna Stueve, who would have been Emma Jungclaus’s first cousin. Maria’s father, Herman Stueve, was Gesche’s brother. Emma’s marriage to Albert Weber was a Ridge wedding. Maria Stueve’s marriage would be another … More Pilz/Stueve: Another Ridge Couple
One of the lessons I have learned since I began researching people from the past in East Perry County is that the name “Claus” is a very common name around Farrar. Claus Steffens, Claus Miesner, Claus Mangels, Claus Stueve, and the list goes on. To add to that, there were several folks around Farrar who … More Yet Another Claus from Farrar
Frederick Miesner was born on May the Fourth. Since he was born in 1861, that would make today his 158th birthday. Fred was not born in the United States. He was born in Germany in the Hannover area. Fred’s parents were Heinrich and Maria (Bellmann) Miesner. When Fred was 5 years old, his family was … More May the Fourth Fred Miesner
I am once again away from Altenburg for a few days, so I am at the disadvantage of not being able to use the resources we have in our musuem’s library. I’ll have to just use online sources to find information in the meantime. As for today’s story, I think our guest blogger, Wayne Schuessler, … More Just the Two of Them
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
I confess right away. I wrote today’s title just to get people’s attention. However, it is incredibly misleading. That is because today’s post is about the first marriage to be recorded in the church books of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. I will confess also that today’s post will not fit the mold of … More Christ’s First Marriage
April 6th was the birthday of Carl Heinrich Wichern in 1892. His parents were Daniel and Maria (Leimbach) Wichern. He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. Here are photos of the parents. Daniel Wichern had purchased some property along the Mississippi River in the 1880’s. The area where he purchased this land was … More Holschen’s Landing
I live in L.A. That is, I live in Lower Altenburg. This area of the metropolis of Altenburg is that section of town which is located east of Trinity Lutheran Church…..toward the river. L.A. was discussed in a previous blog post titled, Old Time L.A. In that post was this photo showing a portion of … More Groh Up in L.A.