If You’re Gonna Be a Fiedler, You Gotta Have a Schmidt in the Band

I believe that if you look at the family trees of folks that live in this area, you will eventually discover a Schmidt amongst the branches. We will be looking at the Fiedler family tree today, and, lo and behold, one of the Fiedler’s married a Schmidt. However, the Schmidt bride in today’s story did … More If You’re Gonna Be a Fiedler, You Gotta Have a Schmidt in the Band

Unmarked Graves

I happen to know that my church, Trinity Lutheran in Altenburg, is presently examining ways to correct some problems we have in our cemetery. There are broken or fallen gravestones, grave markers that are leaning, plus there are quite a few empty spots for graves that were never marked with a gravestone. Today’s story will … More Unmarked Graves

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

Winter Women

A few days ago, I referred to an earlier post titled, Surrounded by Good Lookin’ Women.  I know I can relate to the main character of that post, Joseph Weinhold, because I, too, am surrounded by good lookin’ women.  I would include my wife, my 3 daughters, and 5 granddaughters in that group surrounding me.  … More Winter Women

Adolph of Dresden

I live in the area that was originally named Dresden when the Gesellschaft arrived on the scene in Perry County in 1839.  Gerard Fiehler jokingly calls me the Mayor of Dresden.  That means nothing since there is no such place anymore.  However, there was a time when there was such a place.  The map below … More Adolph of Dresden