Guetersloh-Rathjen

Before I begin today’s story,  I’d like to discuss pronunciation.  I have talked to several local folks about how to pronounce Guetersloh.  Although there is some difference of opinion, the pronunciation that gets the most support is Gitter-slaw.  In fact, the folks that use this pronunciation far outnumber any other pronunciation.  At least among the … More Guetersloh-Rathjen

Joseph and Anna – To Illinois and Back

Joseph Darnstaedt was born on 6/6/66…June 6, 1866.  It is his story that I will attempt to tell today.  Joseph was the son of Johann and Christiane (Mueller) Darnstaedt.  Johann and Christiane’s story was told in the post, Seelitz Sweethearts.  Joseph was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. We find Joseph in the 1870 … More Joseph and Anna – To Illinois and Back

The Eldest Worker

Today, I will tell you another story that takes place on both sides of the Mississippi River.  The highlighted event for today will be a marriage between a young man from Fountain Bluff Township in Jackson County, Illinois and a young girl from Altenburg, Missouri in Perry County.  It was the wedding of Henry Arbeiter … More The Eldest Worker

A Bird Lands in Byrd

Instead of leaving you wondering, I will begin today by explaining the title to this post.  In the German language, the word for bird is vogel.  We will tell the story of Ernst Heinrich Vogel today.  Although he lived in several locations in our general area, one of his landing spots was in Byrd Township … More A Bird Lands in Byrd