Man of Few Letters

I think it’s safe to say that German names are sometimes famous for being rather long.  I know that some of the ones that have been found around here over the years required plenty of letters to write.  Examples might include Lichtenegger, Bodenschatz, Bingenheimer, and my personal favorite…..Schimmelpfennig.  During the years when I was a … More Man of Few Letters

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

It’s Pronounced Tice – Rhymes with Mice

Paul Joseph Ehregott Theiss (pronouced Tice) was born on October 27, 1882.  Paul was the son of Henry and Ernestine (Mueller) Theiss.  This Theiss family lived near Wittenberg right along the Mississippi River.  They owned property both on the hill near the river as well as some land in the bottoms. Here is a present-day … More It’s Pronounced Tice – Rhymes with Mice

An Only Child

Married couples with an only child are rather common these days, but among the people about whom I write, they were rather unusual.  Today, though, I will write such a story.  It also just so happens that today’s highlighted couple would be celebrating their 125th wedding anniversary today.  The bride and groom were Mary Gemeinhardt … More An Only Child

Kindermädchen Emilie

Today will be one of those rare days when I write the story of a woman who never married.  I also find her story to be an amazing one.  Emilie Weinhold is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on October 17, 1878.  She was the oldest child of Paul and Louisa (Hermann) Weinhold.  Her full … More Kindermädchen Emilie

Mayor of Birmingham

Gerard Fiehler likes to call me the “Mayor of Dresden” (there is no such position), and I like to call him the “Mayor of Altenburg” even though he isn’t.  Today, I plan to tell the story of a man who I will call the “Mayor of Birmingham”.  This Birmingham is not the one in England … More Mayor of Birmingham