Lydia of La Junta

Lydia Bruhl is today’s birthday girl. She was born on September 20, 1892, the daughter of Charles and Juliana (Popp) Bruhl. She was the firstborn child in this Bruhl family. Lydia was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri. Here is an image of her baptism record. We see evidence that the Bruhl surname … More Lydia of La Junta

Days of Their Lives

I just cannot think of a better term for today’s type of post than “soap opera”. This tale has so many plot twists. Some of the behaviors of the people involved in the story are quite commendable. Others I would describe as quite inappropriate. I will begin by referring back to a previous post that … More Days of Their Lives

Meister Bauer’s Boy

Not long ago, the post titled, Meister Bauer, was published. In that story, it was pointed out that there was only one boy from the Meister family who lived to adulthood. That boy will be the highlighted character in today’s post. Rudolph Theodor Meister is today’s birthday boy. Rudi was born on August 29, 1893, … More Meister Bauer’s Boy

Clara and Paul

In my upcoming book, Wittenberg ’04, two weddings that occurred in July of 1904 will be highlighted. Another 1904 marriage will be the centerpiece of today’s blog post. That wedding took place in August. In fact, it took place on this day in August making today this couple’s 116th anniversary. Today’s groom was a member … More Clara and Paul

What the Fiedler-Mahnken Couple Had in Common

Maria Margaretha Mahnken was born on August 9, 1882.  She was actually a third-generation Maria Margaretha Mahnken.  Her grandmother, Maria Margaretha Miesner, had married Peter Mahnken, so she became a Maria Magdalena Mahnken.  That couple had a daughter by the name of Maria Margaretha Mahnken.  Then we get to today’s Maria Margaretha Mahnken, who has … More What the Fiedler-Mahnken Couple Had in Common

Meister Bauer

If you place the German words of today’s title into Google Translate, you will find the English translation to be “master farmer”.  A girl’s birthday led me to share the story of her and her husband, whose surname was Meister, a farmer from Frohna.  I will begin with the Meister. Emil Meister was born on … More Meister Bauer