Blacksmith to Mechanic

I guess it makes sense.  A blacksmith was a person who worked with metal.  He often worked on pieces of equipment that were involved in transportation, such as wagons.  He worked with his hands.  So, when there was a transformation from horse and buggy days to automobiles and the internal combustion engines, workers were needed … More Blacksmith to Mechanic

The Cook and His Bird

First, an explanation of the title.  The married couple for today is made up of a Koch and a Vogel.  In German, Koch means “cook” and Vogel means “bird”.  Enough said. Lydia Vogel is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on September 15, 1890 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri.  She … More The Cook and His Bird

Palisch #10

Johann Gottlieb and Johanna Christiana Palisch came to America with six children in 1839.  In addition, Johanna was quite pregnant with her seventh child when she sailed on the Johann Georg.  That child, Martin Stephan Palisch, who was named after the leader of the immigration, was born on April 3, 1839 in St. Louis, only … More Palisch #10

Prof. Godfather

This record very early in the Trinity, Altenburg church books tells of one of the earliest births and baptisms to take place in Perry County after the original immigrants arrived.  The baby being baptized was Traugott Gotthilf Kaempfe who was born on this day, August 10, in 1840. It is the name in the red … More Prof. Godfather