Happy Birthday to the Old Lutherans in Paitzdorf!

Some may look at this date, February 2nd, as being Groundhog Day.  Well, forty-seven years before the first Groundhog Day was celebrated in 1887, another memorable event occurred here in Perry County, Missouri.  In 1840, February 2nd was a Sunday, and on that day, the very first official worship service was conducted for the congregation … More Happy Birthday to the Old Lutherans in Paitzdorf!

Gruber Group Getaway

During the fall of 1839, not long after the original group of immigrants first arrived in Perry County, another group of German Lutherans were boarding a ship in Germany to join them.  In fact, this new group was boarding one of the same ships that had brought a load of passengers to America in late … More Gruber Group Getaway

A Census Hall of Fame

Today’s article is the result of starting out looking for information on one story and ending up telling a different story.  It all started with the birthday of Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse on May 27, 1811.  Ferdinand was one of the original immigrants whose family decided to stay in St. Louis and not move to Perry … More A Census Hall of Fame

Dos Cinco de Mayos

The Grubers of Uniontown managed to marry off two of their daughters on two different May fifths……even though the date of these weddings is up for debate.  Not only that, but they both married men who were pastors.  To add to that, there was a third daughter who also married a pastor, and two of … More Dos Cinco de Mayos