G.G. and A.A. Seibel

I am calling Georg Gottlob Seibel today’s birthday boy, but there is a little confusion about his date of birth.  There are conflicting church records.  Based on Gottlob’s baptism record at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Missouri, he was born on February 28, 1865 and baptized on March 3rd.  Gottlob was the son of Jacob … More G.G. and A.A. Seibel

Schroeder and Vogt

Heinrich Hans Vogt is said to have been born on January 26, 1846 in Germany.  Some documents also indicate that Henry came to America in 1872.  Henry settled in the Fountain Bluff Township in Jackson County, Illinois.  The time he arrived was not long before the official formation of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois, … More Schroeder and Vogt

Teacher Noennig

My career was spent as a Lutheran educator.  I spent my days in several states, picked up a wife and family along the way, and served as both a classroom teacher and a principal.  The main character in today’s story followed pretty much that same pattern.  He also is today’s birthday boy. Paul Theodor Valentin … More Teacher Noennig

The Buck Store

It seems like Dollar Stores are popping up everywhere across America.  Today I will tell the story of what quite possibly was the first “Dollar Store” to exist in Murphysboro, Illinois.  It was called Buck’s Grocery, and the couple involved in that store come right out of our German Family Tree. It all starts with … More The Buck Store

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