Shoemaker to Carpenter

Herman Benjamin Kuntze is today’s birthday boy.  He was born on July 30, 1885.  Herman’s parents were Wilhelm and Susanna (Grosse) Kuntze.  His father was a shoemaker in Altenburg who had come to America around 1870 with his first wife, Wilhelmina, who died in April of 1877.  Wilhelm remarried later that same year in October … More Shoemaker to Carpenter

Teacher Foelber

Two marriages are recorded in the Trinity Lutheran Church records for July 26, 1891.  I will focus most of this post’s attention on one of them, but the other one brings up some interesting questions.  That marriage is the one between Herman Foelber and Ida Bischoff. The church record and the Missouri marriage license that … More Teacher Foelber

Not What They Seem

I will start today’s post by sharing images of two census records from 1850.  Both of them are from the city of St. Louis, Missouri.  First, we have this one: Then this one: Both of these records are, as the title suggests, not as they seem.  The top record seems to be Frederick Schuricht’s family … More Not What They Seem

Name Changing

I was attracted to this story because of the name Gothard Pfennighausen.  As near as I can tell, this name means something like “penny house” in German.  He married Emma Hooss on June 9th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville in 1890.  Gotthard’s trail led to many different places…..and several changes in names.  Plus, there … More Name Changing

More Ridge Gerlers

The birthday girl today is a Boehme.  I would describe her as a Farrar Boehme, as opposed to a Wittenberg Boehme.  Her name was Ottelea Helene Boehme and she was born on April 21, 1880 and was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  In 1902, at the age of 22, Ottelea married Herman … More More Ridge Gerlers