Engert-Gerler-Palisch

The story I tell today brings together three surnames that have shown up in this blog on many occasions….Engert, Gerler, and Palisch.  And the Palisch surname actually shows up twice in this story.  It all starts with the birthday of Gotthilf Engert, who was born on September 30, 1845.  He was the son of Friedrich … More Engert-Gerler-Palisch

Birmingham, Missouri

I hinted yesterday that I might write about the Birmingham mentioned in the title of that story.  I will keep my promise.  Today, I will attempt to tell what little we know about a place that once existed on maps called Birmingham, Missouri.  Most of the information I have today is from a piece of … More Birmingham, Missouri

Mayor of Birmingham

Gerard Fiehler likes to call me the “Mayor of Dresden” (there is no such position), and I like to call him the “Mayor of Altenburg” even though he isn’t.  Today, I plan to tell the story of a man who I will call the “Mayor of Birmingham”.  This Birmingham is not the one in England … More Mayor of Birmingham

Life in a Hard Hat

Today’s story was inspired by a post that was placed on Facebook recently.  That post was made by our friends at the Perry County Historical Society in Perryville.  They posted a letter that was printed in the Perry County Republican on May 8, 1919 that was from Otto Gerler to his father in Altenburg.  Before … More Life in a Hard Hat

The Dogs of War

Wilson Gerler was born on July 13, 1909.  His story is another one, like yesterday’s post, that includes dogs. For those of you that follow this blog and read it regularly, you may remember that in the history of East Perry County, there are two basic groups of Gerlers…..the Lake Gerlers and the Ridge Gerlers.  … More The Dogs of War

Art and Tillie

July 9th was not only the birthday of Mathilde Gerler, it was her anniversary.  She was born on July 9, 1882.  Her birth record in the Immanuel Lutheran, Altenburg church records say that she was born in Friedland, which is another term for The Ridge.  She was the daughter of Louis and Emma (Thurm) Gerler.  … More Art and Tillie