Johannes and Henrietta Kutscher would be celebrating their 160th anniversary today if they were still alive. I will attempt to tell you what I know about this couple today. This couple was married in Altenburg, but they spent most of their lives in the New Wells area. Let’s start by looking at the bride. Christiane … More The Kutscher-Krause Couple
I will begin today with an admission that there is some dispute about the birthdate of today’s main character. Our German Family Tree states that Herman Ludwig was born on January 22, 1859. However, his later death certificate not only states that his birthday took place on January 21st, but it also says he was … More Herman the Brewer
Today’s post once again sent me off on some more tangential research (down some extra rabbit holes). This time, I was off on a journey to learn the history of refrigeration and tractor trailers. I had actually done some of this research a while back on refrigeration when I was writing my Wittenberg ’03 book. … More George Gerhardt – From Blacksmith to Selling Refrigerators
Today’s couple reminds me of my aunt and uncle. I had an Aunt Dorothy and an Uncle Rudy Schmidt. As the title suggests, the couple I write about today were a Rudy and Dora, only their surname was Gerhardt. Both Rudy and Dora had Perry County roots, but they managed to marry each other in … More Rudy and Dora
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?
Today, I am going to start the story with a death certificate. The individual who died was Julius Gerhardt. He was 83 years old at the time of his death. His death took place in Kennett, Missouri in 1943. The death was a result of a automobile accident. This form says that Julius was “struck … More Generations of Gerhardt Builders
Is it possible that another connection between a Perry County native and a famous American has been found? While I was looking for an August 6th event that took place in the German Family Tree, I ran across Edna Luella Gerhardt, who was born on that day in 1906. The only thing that is found … More Mrs. Daniel Boone
I never know what I am going to encounter when I travel to The Ridge to do a story. Today’s account is no exception to that. I find myself just shaking my head in disbelief. In fact, today’s post will probably be just the first installment on what I discovered this time around. It is … More That Thurm Throng