Benjamin Hopfer and Emma Vogel were married on this date 114 years ago. Although Emma lived to the ripe, old age of 92, her husband, Ole’ Ben Hopfer, oulived her, making it into three-digit territory. We will take a look at this couple today. Benjamin Hopfer was born on November 10, 1882, the son of … More Ole’ Ben Hopfer
You will discover today that the life of Elizabeth Amalie Burroughs was a struggle from the beginning to the end. During her life, she could have been called an orphan (or an abandoned child), a foster child, a divorcee, a mother of two sets of twins, and a widow. There is also some indication that … More Lisette’s Labored Life
He may not have been an errands boy, but this Ahrens boy certainly was involved in several types of occupations during his lifetime. And although his life began in Perry County, Missouri, he lived in a few other locations over the years. I will tell his tale today. Otto Gottfried Heinrich Ahrens was born on … More Otto, An Ahrens Boy
Sally Gustin sent me this post a few days ago. Most of the words in this story are not Sally’s. She shares with us her uncle’s first-hand account of the Tri-State Tornado which, as the name describes, caused death and destruction over three states…..Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. They are the memories of an eye witness … More Fatal Funnel in Fountain Bluff
Martin Seible married Clara Arbeiter on May 1, 1921 at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. Otto Seibel married Bertha Ziegler on May 20, 1922 in Murphysboro, Illinois. What makes these two marriages special is the fact that Martin and Otto Seibel were identical twins. Martin and Otto were born on November 3, 1897 in … More Selfsame Seibels
A while back we told the story of how some Burroughs children came to Perry County. The post was titled, An Orphan’,s Son, A Teacher’s Daughter Today happens to be the wedding anniversary of Peter Burroughs and Elizabeth Atkinson in 1816. They were married in Virginia. Peter had a son named Robert who had four … More Perry County Connection to Booker T. Washington? Really?