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

Ben and Frieda

Today would have been the 121st birthday of Frieda Stueve.  She was born on October 28, 1898 and baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Frieda was the daughter of Peter and Mary (Engert) Stueve.  Here is her baptism record. Frieda was the 9th of 11 children in this Stueve family.  We find her … More Ben and Frieda

Gottfried’s Travels and Trials

Ernst Gottfried Weber would be celebrating his 150th birthday today because he was born on October 11, 1869.  As it turns out, Gottfried had quite the trip through life, spending time in several locations and experiencing some difficulties in the process. Gottfried (sometimes called Fred) was the son of Herman and Pauline (Braeutigam-Schroeder) Weber.  Gottfried’s … More Gottfried’s Travels and Trials

Getting Used to Girls

I will be discussing a Miesner/Heins couple today.   To begin with, let me say that these two names can easily cause research issues.  There were Miesner’s and Heins’s who were found on both sides of the river, both here in Perry County, Missouri and across the river in Jackson County in Illinois.  Just this morning, … More Getting Used to Girls