Montana Martin Mangels

Martin Mangels and Emily Vogel were united in marriage on April 13, 1902 in Frohna, Missouri.  This couple would have six children, one of which died in infancy.  But the early lives of these children was not without its drama.  Let me attempt to explain the Mangels saga.  But first, here is their wedding photo. … More Montana Martin Mangels


Trinity’s Tischler told the story of Carl Groh, the Altenburg carpenter who was responsible for the construction of several items in Trinity Lutheran Church, such as their altar and baptismal font.  These items are still very special to this church as they are used for the most important aspects of our Lutheran worship….Word and Sacraments.  … More Groh-klahoma!

Maybe They Should Have Been Named Law and Gospel

Rev. Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther was one of the original immigrants who was part of the Gesellschaft.  In fact, after the removal of Rev. Martin Stephan, Rev. Walther became probably the most prominent leader of this group.  He went on to become the first President of what would later be called the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. … More Maybe They Should Have Been Named Law and Gospel

A Zschoch-ing Wedding

Rev. William Zschoche became a pastor in 1866 after graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  His first call was to a church in Paola, Kansas.  Not long after graduating, he married Emily Richter.  After serving there, he took his next call to Atchison, Kansas.  Finally, Rev. Zschoche’s last congregation was Concordia Lutheran Church in … More A Zschoch-ing Wedding

Rufus….Herr Schneider

Rufus Schneider was the teacher in Wittenberg, Missouri from 1906-1912.  During his tenure here, Rufus found himself a bride.  He married Concordia Lueders, another Wittenberg resident.  A mention was made in Birner Hotel – Wittenberg that Rufus was a boarder at the Birner Hotel in the 1910 census.  I will attempt to give you a … More Rufus….Herr Schneider

Two Baptisms?

Erwin Heinrich Bremer was born in Frohna, Missouri on October 15, 1907.  He was baptized on October 27th at Concordia Lutheran Church.  There is also a record of his confirmation at that church in 1921. Before 1930, Erwin moved to a rural area near Wisner, Nebraska.  In the 1930 census, we find him as a … More Two Baptisms?