Guetersloh-Rathjen

Before I begin today’s story,  I’d like to discuss pronunciation.  I have talked to several local folks about how to pronounce Guetersloh.  Although there is some difference of opinion, the pronunciation that gets the most support is Gitter-slaw.  In fact, the folks that use this pronunciation far outnumber any other pronunciation.  At least among the … More Guetersloh-Rathjen

Ida and Charley

Karl Gottlob Fritsche would have been 126 years old today.  He was born on December 3,  1892, and baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois. He was the son of Robert and Magdalene (Darnstaedt) Fritsche.  This is his baptism record.  It stretches out over two pages, so I had to make two images. Carl … More Ida and Charley

Z to A

I confess.  The main reason I chose today’s story is the alphabet.  A Zerbst married an Amschler on this date in history, and she went from being a “Z” to an “A”.  The marriage took place on April 25, 1920 in Jacob, Illinois at Christ Lutheran Church.  It was the wedding of Alfred Amschler and … More Z to A