I will tell the tale today of an East Perry County couple and their family. I would classify it as a fairly typical story for this blog. And like so many stories that I’ve told, there is a mystery that I cannot solve. In this story, that mystery will not show up until the very … More Who Is Elizabeth Hellwege?
A Valentine’s son found his sweetheart and was married on this date in 1905. Herman Fiedler married Emilie Popp on November 2, 1905 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri. Herman was the son of Valentine and Marie (Kasten) Fiedler and baptized at Immanuel, New Wells. He was born on March 30, 1878. Emilie … More Valentine’s Son Finds His Popp
It is going to be a busy morning. A bus tour of 45 people from Arnold, Missouri is coming for a tour at our museum. They will arrive when the local annual Vacation Bible School is taking place at Trinity Lutheran Church here in Altenburg. We have to make several unusual accommodations to make this … More A Cemetery Stumper Solution
In the year that Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States, Ferdinand Hellwege was born in Altenburg, Missouri. He is also today’s birthday boy because he was born on May 25, 1860. Ferdinand was the son of Henry and Fredericke (Winter) Hellwege. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. His baptism … More So Many Births; So Few Heirs
When Ferdinand Hellwege was married in 1886, the marriage record from Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna said that he was the oldest son of Heinrich and Fredericke Hellwege. He was not the oldest son of Heinrich Hellwege, and he was not the oldest child of Heinrich and Fredericke, but he was the oldest son of … More Fourth Hellwege Wife – Oldest Son
Peter Johann Heinrich Jacob Hellwege was born in Lamstedt, Germany on what we now call Groundhog Day, February 2, 1812. It is not often that I can share records from Germany, but in this case, I can show you a birth record for Heinrich. Before all was said and done, Heinrich was going to have … More The Fourth Marriage
The author of today’s post is once again Fred Eggers. He is an outstanding researcher and has written this story with connections to his own family. It is a fascinating tale of a man’s survival during the calamity of a steamboat burning on the Mississippi River. This account also contains information that is important in … More The Perilous Journey of Some Early Lamstedt Immigrants
An extremely unusual event occurred at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg on this day, April 14, in 1864, one hundred fifty-two years ago. Since the new church in Altenburg was not built until 1867, this event took place in the 1845 church which still serves as a gallery in our museum. The event was a … More Three in One at Trinity