We begin today with an April 15th birthday in St. Louis, Missouri. Frederick Martin Grosse was born on April 15, 1845. Frederick was the son of Ernst Moritz and Wilhelmina (Hahn) Grosse and baptized at Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis. There were 5 children born to Ernst Moritz and Wilhelmina before Wilhelmina died … More Grosse Kirchen – Part 1
Back in October, when we were in the midst of preparations for our Immigration Conference, I ran across a story about Zion Lutheran Church in Prairie City, Missouri, celebrating their 150th anniversary as a congregation. Because of all the hubbub around here, I was unable to write a story on this blog about that anniversary. … More Prairie City Anniversary and Its Perry County Connection
Sophia Grass, if she were alive today, would be celebrating her 172nd birthday. She was born in 1846 in St. Louis, Missouri. Here is her baptism record from the Old Trinity Lutheran Church books. We do not have the originals of these records at our museum, but we do have an Excel spreadsheet that shows … More Emanuel Seibel’s Grass Roots
The story today begins aboard the Copernicus on its voyage to America and ends in a popcorn stand in Collinsville, Illinois. It involves several people and places in between. We find three Lorenz siblings listed on a passenger list of the ship, Copernicus. There was an older brother, Johann Gottlieb, and his two younger sisters, Johanne … More Gottfried’s Popcorn Stand
Normally when I see that a child was born to an original immigrant in December of 1838, I think that the baby must have been born aboard one of the ships coming across the Atlantic Ocean. Today’s birthday girl is an exception. She was born in New York City and her parents were already in … More A Lot of Grass Died
It was a Sunday in St. Louis, not too far from where Busch Stadium would later be built. But in 1842, it wasn’t a sports stadium that had been built. It was a church. Old Trinity Lutheran Church had finally been able to finish the construction of their new sanctuary, and they were going to … More 12/04/1842 – What a Day!
When Holy Cross Lutheran Church began in 1848, there were five families who were involved in its organization. Two of those five families had connections to Perry County. Those two were the Fischer and Grass families. Before I was done rounding up information about those two, I managed to find a few other Perry County … More From New York to Perry County to Collinsville