Menfro Moldenhauer’s

I get to tell the tale involving a brand new surname for this blog today.  That name is Gerstacker.  Today’s birthday girl is Emma Gerstacker, the daughter of Johann George and Eva (Bergmann) Gerstacker.  She was born on June 29, 1882 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri.  On Ancestry.com, many of the … More Menfro Moldenhauer’s

Hometown Preacher

Yesterday, I wrote about a native from East Perry County who went off to school to learn a profession only to return back to his home to serve that community.  I have a similar story today.  This time it is not a doctor, but a preacher.  This story has its differences.  One big one is … More Hometown Preacher

Easter Monk

I am taking a little bit of liberty with the German language today.  The name Oster could refer to “Easter”, and the name Muench could mean “monk”.  Today I tell the story of a marriage between an Oster and a Muench, and thus, the title, Easter Monk.  One thing that attracted me to this story … More Easter Monk

Martin and Martha

Martin Peter Bachmann was born on October 15, 1870.  A year from today, he will be celebrating his 150th birthday, but I don’t feel like waiting till next year to write his story.  You get it today.  According to a family book we have that was put together by Wayne Schuessler, it indicates that Martin … More Martin and Martha