A Nativity Name

I was attracted to today’s story by a name.  I noticed the name a while back, but decided that I would wait to do the story on December 21st.  It was the birthday of a girl who was named Christliebe Marie Schoenborn.  As near as I can tell, the name “Christliebe” means “dear to Christ”.  … More A Nativity Name

Shoemaker to Carpenter

Herman Benjamin Kuntze is today’s birthday boy.  He was born on July 30, 1885.  Herman’s parents were Wilhelm and Susanna (Grosse) Kuntze.  His father was a shoemaker in Altenburg who had come to America around 1870 with his first wife, Wilhelmina, who died in April of 1877.  Wilhelm remarried later that same year in October … More Shoemaker to Carpenter

Pound the Hammer, Ring the Bell, Bang the Drum

The Perry County Lutheran Historical Society had its beginning in 1910.  Its original mission was to preserve the Log Cabin College which was the birthplace of Concordia Seminary.  This cabin was built in 1839, but by the early 1900’s, it was showing its age and in danger of ruin.  In 1912, this historic building was … More Pound the Hammer, Ring the Bell, Bang the Drum

Koestering Store

Today’s story begins with a photo.  This is a photo of the Koestering store and it came with a description that Gotthold Seibel was in the picture. I have to assume that Gotthold Seibel must be the one with his backside to the camera hoeing in the garden.  If that is Gotthold, then there is … More Koestering Store

Trinity’s Tischler

Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of its current church sanctuary in 2017.  If you have seen the exterior of this church, you immediately realize that there was plenty of masonry work done when it was built.  On the inside, there was plenty of carpentry to be done.  Whenever the … More Trinity’s Tischler