Valentines Day Story: Flowers, Jewelry, and Her Mountain Man

I looked for a Valentines Day story.  I looked for a story that had some of the typical Valentine themes: hearts, flowers, cards, chocolate, jewelry, etc.  I think I found one.  If you read this blog regularly, you already know that I sometimes really have to stretch the meanings of people’s names to come up … More Valentines Day Story: Flowers, Jewelry, and Her Mountain Man

Hardware, Ice Cream, Mail, Merchandise, Food, Music, Beer

A marriage record shows up for April 12, 1896, and it began my search today.  Below is the marriage license. The bride and groom for this wedding were Caroline Horn and Adolph Weber.  The pastor was Rev. J. Stumpf.  The minister’s name had me stumped (or is that “stumpfed”) for a little while.  I eventually … More Hardware, Ice Cream, Mail, Merchandise, Food, Music, Beer

Hardware Rudy’s

You may have done business with a company called Hardware Hank.  It’s a company based in Minnesota and is a co-op of hardware store owners similar to Ace Hardware, True Value, or Do It Best. In days gone by, you might have done business with a hardware store that very well could have been called … More Hardware Rudy’s

JW

Today I will attempt to tell the tale of a family of Brunkhorsts who hailed from across the river in Jackson County, Illinois and were members of Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob for a while.  It is a story which involves several Johann Brunkhorsts, and I was confused for a short time.  I hope I … More JW

The Mud

Today is a good day to discuss the story of one of our historic buildings in Altenburg.  Nowadays, the building is usually just called “The Mud”. The first record I can find of this building’s use was as Weber’s Hardware Store.  I do not know exactly when it was built, but in 1900, it was … More The Mud