Altenburg and Frohna, Missouri recently had a Christmas lighting contest called, Light Up the Towns. I discovered a birthday boy today that led me to a Light Up the Town story. The birthday boy was instrumental in bringing electricity to the town of Altenburg. George Ludwig (or Louis) Schweizer was born on January 2, 1895, … More Lights On in Altenburg
Before I begin with today’s story, let me say that for the next several days, I will not be in Perry County. When a granddaughter is having her 5th birthday, and Grandma says she refuses to miss the celebration, I say, “Yes, dear.” and head to Minnesota. So, I will not be able to display … More Yet Another J.G. Hemmann?
Yesterday, I told the story of Charles Hoehn, who was born December 10, 1871 near Friedenberg. One day later, another baby boy was born on December 11th near Frohna. That newborn was named Heinrich Benjamin Fiehler. That means that Henry would not only be celebrating his birthday today if he was still alive, but he … More Happy Birthday, Teacher Fiehler
I did not plan this, but I found another one of those stories today in which a birth date is debatable. The baptism record for Anna Dorothea Schlichting shows that she was born on September 27, 1882, so if that is the case, today would be her 139th birthday. Anna was the daughter of John … More A Fiehler-Schlichting Duo
We begin with the birth of a girl in Altenburg ,but the story ends in St. Louis. Christiane Augusta Grosse was born on August 28, 1876, making today her 145th birthday. This girl went by the name Augusta. Her parents were John and Magdalena (Petzoldt) Grosse. She was the second of 10 children born into … More Paul Fiehler – Blacksmith and Salesman
Today’s couple has been mentioned in a previous post, but has yet to be highlighted on their own. As near as I can tell, today’s pair was the first couple in this area to carry the surname, Amschler. This couple had 11 children, so they would have plenty of descendants. I did a search for … More The Initial Amschler’s
According to my reckoning, today’s birthday boy was the 17th child born to his father and the 8th to his mother. All together, his father had 21 children. Also, if I have it figured correctly, the father was almost 60 years old when today’s main character was born. That prolific father was Johann Gottfried Hemmann, … More A Hemmann-Fiehler Pair
I have already written two posts about men named Robert Fiehler. The one that is most remembered by local residents is Gerard Fiehler’s dad. The post telling his story was titled, Born on Mom and Dad’s Anniversary. Another Robert Fiehler originated here in Perry County but ended up living in Potter, Nebraska. The post about him … More The First Robert Fiehler
Nicholas Guth was a quite notable resident of Perryville at one time. Let’s take a little time to look at his life. He arrived in America sometime around 1851 and after his family first were found in Illinois, they soon made their way to Perryville. In 1857, he married Henrietta Karling. This couple would have … More What Happened to the Captain’s Grandchildren?
I am writing the story of some characters that did not have very long lives today. Normally, I cannot find enough information on such people and end up picking a different story, but that is not the case today. This story contains two interesting characteristics. A person that died 100 years ago (not exactly on … More Never Getting to Know a Parent