The Wiehe Pipe Organ

I am going to use a photograph as the centerpiece of today’s post.  I must admit this one made me chuckle.  The photo shows a South Dakota family’s children standing in a row with the caption, “S.D. Orgelpfeifen”.  Plus, it has a dog photo-bomber. Orgelpfeifen means “pipe organ” or “organ pipes”.  The children do look … More The Wiehe Pipe Organ

1890 Census Problem

Today’s story comes out of this curious set of records found in our German Family Tree. These records indicate six Bischoff confirmations that occurred between 1888 and 1895 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Gerard Fiehler even pulled the original records out of our vault, and we found no parents associated with these confirmands.  If … More 1890 Census Problem

Otto’s Oda

Two prominent families in the city of Wittenberg, Missouri during its heyday were the Lueders and Weinhold families.  Previous stories have been written about both these families.  Today’s birthday girl was the product of a marriage between members of these two families.  That couple was made up of Otto Lueders and Lydia Weinhold.  Although Otto … More Otto’s Oda