My Aunt Evelyn Meyr

I welcome a new guest blogger today.  Her name is Pat Borgman.  She will tell you the story of one of her aunts, Evelyn Meyr.  Her Aunt Evelyn received her heavenly reward earlier this year, and she will receive special recognition in our immigration conference next week.  Evelyn was a member of the building committee … More My Aunt Evelyn Meyr

Shifting Schaefers

Today would have been the 91st anniversary of Herman and Thekla.  Or was it Benjamin and Onita.  On their Perry County marriage license we see them as Benjamin and Onita. On a gravestone, they are Herman and Thekla.  I am going to use Herman and Thekla. Not only did the names they used shift during … More Shifting Schaefers

Buck Butter Business

April twentieth was the wedding day for two young Altenburgers who lived not far from each other along Main Street on the east side of town.  It was a Sunday in 1913 when Ferdinand Buck was united in marriage with Alma Seibel at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Here is their Missouri marriage license. The license says … More Buck Butter Business

A Man of Many Talents

The year was 1899.  Three years earlier, William Drumtra’s wife, Mary (Mueller) Drumtra had died, leaving him with with four children, ages 15, 13, 7, and 3.  Now on January 4th, William was getting married again, this time to Sarah Beyer, the daughter of Teacher Beyer at Trinity Lutheran School.  Sarah was 23 years old … More A Man of Many Talents

The Schmidt Store

Since it is Thanksgiving Day, and since Thanksgiving has traditionally been a day for family, I am doing a post about my own family.  I have found out quite a bit about my own family only after I retired from teaching and moved to Altenburg.  Once I started spending time at the Lutheran Heritage Center … More The Schmidt Store