I will look at a character today whose life is not very well documented. He disappears from the records after the 1870 census when he was just 11 years old. Yet despite that fact, he managed to become the main character of a book that has been written. There are so many questions raised when … More Where Did You Go, Joe?
Today would have been the 162nd anniversary of Paul Martin and Anna (Lange) Estel. They were married at Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis on June 7, 1857. We have this marriage record, although it is just an entry in an Excel worksheet. I chose to write this story for a variety of reasons. … More Estel & Lange
Today I am going to revisit a story that was mentioned briefly in a previous post. I will add some more details to this story and look at it from a few other perspectives. The event that was mentioned in that previous post was the death of Linda Arbeiter, who died on February 27, 1911 … More An Interesting Pair o’ Docs
Rebecca Martha Estel is today’s birthday girl. She was born on December 31, 1841 and baptized the next day on January 1, 1842. Martha was the sister of Elias Estel, whose story was told on this blog this past December 17th. That post was titled, Elias Estel’s Early End. When her brother died tragically in … More When Did Martha Estel Die?
In Scripture, we find this passage in James 1:27: 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. You are going to be reading another story about how people in this … More Look After Widows and Orphans in Their Distress
An sad, but interesting, death took place on this date in 1851 in Altenburg, Missouri. This event caused me to do quite a bit of thinking and searching, and the end result is that this post will take quite a few side trips. The death involved a very young boy by the name of Elias … More Elias Estel’s Early End
A structure with historical significance to East Perry County history went down in flames yesterday in Altenburg. Back in the early 1900’s, this was the home of Dr. Theodore and Louisa (Neubeck) Estel. A few previous blog posts have been written about this Estel/Neubeck family. One was Dealer and Healer in Downtown Altenburg. That story … More Destruction of Doctor’s Dwelling
Sally Gustin sent me this blog post a while ago, and I have had it in my back pocket waiting for a day to publish it. I chose to do so today. Sally is a descendant of the Estel family that has been the subject of several stories on this blog. In fact, Sally has … More Tantes Lena and Anna’s Legacies
Ernst Rudolph Estel would have turned 147 years old today. He was born on July 30, 1871. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church, but he was probably born in Wittenberg. His parents were shown running a store in Wittenberg in the 1870 census. Here is his baptism record. Rudolph went by the name Rudi … More A Traveling Salesman Story
A marriage took place on this day, May 9th, in 1882. I suppose it could be argued that the wedding took place in either Altenburg or Wittenberg, but my best guess would be Wittenberg. A new school/church building had been constructed in Wittenberg on property which is said to have been donated by Joseph Weinhold … More Estel Marries the Eldest