Bendel the Burier

A wedding took place on this day 121 years ago at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri.  The groom was August Bendel; the bride was Emma Kranawetter.  Their story is yet another case in which the people involved began living in Missouri, but spent most of their lives in Illinois. August Bendel was born on … More Bendel the Burier

Martin and His Girls

We have another 150th birthday to celebrate today.  Jacob Martin Darnstaedt was born on December 8, 1869, the son of Johann and Christiane (Mueller) Darnstaedt.  The story of Martin’s parents was told in the post, Seelitz Sweethearts.  Martin was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Here is his baptism record. Martin can be found … More Martin and His Girls

Frohna Butcher

Rudolph Oswald would have been expected to remember that today was the birthday of his wife.  Margaretha Mangels was born on December 6, 1872 and baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  Her parents were Johann and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels. Rudolph Oswald was also born in 1872, but he was born across the Mississippi … More Frohna Butcher