This story started very simply. Find a February 16th birthday and start looking for information that may be interesting to our readers. I found a girl by the name of Lydia Hadler who had that birthday, so I started looking. One of the first things I look for is photographs. Stories are always better with … More Tracking the Elusive Hadlers
Heinrich Mahnken was born on September 26, 1846. Or was it Heinrich Mahnke who was born on this day? This question puzzled me as I looked into today’s story. One of these two was the grandfather of the woman who married Richard Popp, who was a teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in Altenburg for several … More Mahnken or Mahnke?
In our museum, we have this wonderful account of the family history of John Christian Mueller, a tiler who brought his family to America as part of the Gesellschaft in 1838-1839. Much of the information in today’s post comes from this binder. On Saturday, September 7, 1839, during the first year that the German Lutheran … More Tailor, Tiler, Teacher, Preachers
As the town of Wittenberg grew, especially after the arrival of the railroad, there became the need for a hotel. As people arrived into Wittenberg by steamboat, and later by railroad, they would look for a place to spend the night. Also, the railroad workers would sometimes need a place to stay. Susan Birner is … More Birner Hotel – Wittenberg
Ninety-seven years ago today, on August 28, 1919, Heinrich Joseph Mueller died. It was where he died that attracted my attention. He died and is buried in Monte Vista, Colorado. As I pursued this story, it kept leading me to more interesting places. In fact, this story just may lead me to write more … More Rocky Mountain Muellers
When I was much younger, there was a cartoon titled Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. Today we have the tale of Tennessee Telle. Josephine Tennessee Telle was born in Uniontown, Missouri on July 11, 1869. The Telle family had arrived in America in 1849 and settled in Perry County. Ten days before her 29th birthday, … More Tennessee Telle and Her Tale
Here is a bonus post for today, especially since we don’t plan to post a story tomorrow on Memorial Day. Are they twins? They certainly look like it. The man on the right would be celebrating his 171st birthday today if he was still alive. His name was Heinrich Theodore Hemmann. The man on the … More Twins??? Nope.