Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die? Part 2

In the process of making additions to our German Family Tree, our dedicated researcher and creator of that document, Lynn Degenhardt, has come across some information which leads us to consider the question again, “Which of the original immigrants was the last to die?” When I arrived in Perry County after I retired several years … More Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die? Part 2

The Blancken Brood

September 1, 1878 was both an exciting and a sad day in the life story of Diedrich Blancken, only to be followed several days later by more sadness.  It is not often that I highlight a death date on my posts, but today is one of them. First of all, let me backtrack just a … More The Blancken Brood

Pastor Castor

Today would have been the 116th birthday of Henry Carmon Castor who was born on July 28, 1901.  His birthplace is not one that would be expected in a blog that focuses on Perry County, Missouri.  This boy was born in Concord, North Carolina which is located in Cabarrus County.  However, the area in which … More Pastor Castor

Mueller Millers

We have a Mueller wedding to talk about today.  This one took place on April 10, 1904 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  The groom was Henry Mueller and the bride was Wilhelmina Kuennell.  Here is their Missouri marriage license. Rev. Dr. A. Schorman performed the ceremony.  Here is their wedding photo. Henry was the … More Mueller Millers

Holiday Music

Two things: People who know me are familiar with my rants in November about how people shouldn’t start playing Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.  Certainly it is not anywhere close to being the time to talk about holiday music, but that’s the title for today’s story, yet there is a reason for it. I have … More Holiday Music

Family Photos

Heinrich Arbeiter was born on March 8, 1858 in Ittlingen, Germany.  He arrived in America in 1872, and he was living in Red Bud, Illinois in 1880 with a Rowold. In that same year, Henry married Caroline Rowold who was born in Horse Prairie, Illinois, a small community just outside Red Bud.  It was also … More Family Photos

Reducing Friction

Today, we will be telling a story about some folks that became part of the Gesellschaft for just a short time.  One of them ended up as the founder of a multinational company which still exists today.  That company is the Timken Company, a business that manufactures and sells bearings around the world. Jacob Timken, … More Reducing Friction

Junior, Judge, and Representative

Today’s blog was written by Clayton Erdmann, the fifth grade teacher at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Olivette, Missouri.  We thank him for his support of our museum and his contributions to this blog.   ================================ On this date, in 1861, my great great grandfather, Judge Heinrich (Henry) Ochs, Jr. was born near Friedenberg, Missouri. A … More Junior, Judge, and Representative