About two months ago, I wrote a story that introduced the readers of this blog to a new name…Thorp. That post was titled, Rauh-Bergmann-Thorp-Fassold. Today, I will tell the story of a Thorp that comes in the next generation. That baby boy was born on this day 125 years ago, so today would be a … More Dayton and Victoria – The Thorp’s
The first pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg was Rev. G.H. Loeber. The second pastor of that congregation was Rev. Georg Schieferdecker. Today, I will compose a post about Pastor #3, who also happens to be our birthday boy. Johann Paul Beyer was born on June 26, 1832 in Reinwarzhofen, Germany, which is a … More Trinity’s Pastor #3
I found a birthday girl for today, but was not sure I could find enough information about her because she was single all her life. When there are not marriage records or lists of children in their family, it is sometimes hard to come up with enough of interest for a complete story. However, in … More Wukasch Single Sisters
The month of March is celebrated as Women’s History Month. In addition to that, some Lutheran schools in the United States still celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week during this week in March. I know our local Lutheran school is celebrating this week. I ran across a character today that may just fit into both of … More Granddaughter a Music Teacher in Chicago
A search on our blog for the surname, Burfeind, produces 14 results, so today’s Burfeind story is by far not the first one describing this family. You are going to discover that this story got its beginning with the birthday of the first wife of today’s Burfeind. So, we will begin with her. Catherine Margaretha … More Rev. Burfeind and His Wives
I began to look into a girl who was reported to be born on May 27th. I was excited to do her story for a variety of reasons. However, after gathering all sorts of information for this post, I discovered the day of birth was incorrect. I decided to write the story anyway, mainly because … More Born May 27th…Or Was It March 27th?
There have been quite a few occasions during my time volunteering at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum when events transpire that I cannot explain in any other way than calling them “Acts of God”. The circumstances of my last few days have led me to plan more than one post telling the stories that … More Acts of God – Part 1
Nicholas Guth was a quite notable resident of Perryville at one time. Let’s take a little time to look at his life. He arrived in America sometime around 1851 and after his family first were found in Illinois, they soon made their way to Perryville. In 1857, he married Henrietta Karling. This couple would have … More What Happened to the Captain’s Grandchildren?
I am going to use today’s post to point out a big change that has taken place within the schools of America, including our Lutheran schools. I will begin by using some common words often used to initiate stories. “Once upon a time,…” Once upon a time, America’s classrooms were full of men teachers. In … More Men Teachers
I certainly had some struggles with today’s post. Even when I’m finished with this story, there will be unanswered questions. However, the story has some interesting characteristics, including the fact that there is a chance today’s main character spent time living on the property that I now own. So, here we go. Emilie Wilhelmine Neumueller … More Emilie and the Unattached