When I was a boy growing up in St. Louis, I drank quite a bit of Pevely milk. If my memory serves me, the milk we drank out of the small milk cartons at school were from Pevely Dairy. I was unable to find a photo of one of the Pevely milk cartons from my … More Pevely Dairyman’s Six E’s
I am going to attempt to tell the story about a woman who has definite roots in Perry County, Missouri, and a man that may have had his origins in the 1839 German immigration led by Rev. Martin Stephan. One thing we do know is that there was some movement by these two up and … More Up and Down
Our story today centers around the birth of Frederick Hoffmann in 1842. He was born in St. Louis, and his baptism took place at Old Trinity Lutheran Church in that city. His family’s story, however, takes a path through New York City and Perry County (and likely northern Cape Girardeau County) before they finally settled … More Frederick the Stone Cutter
In the early days of this blog, I wrote a post titled, The Beginning of the Hemmann Herd. As was the case with many of those early posts, it was very short. I have gotten “wordier” as time has gone by, and now WordPress tells me a typical post is over 800 words long. Today, … More The Beginning of the Hemmann Herd -Part 2
The church record shown below indicates a marriage that took place on May 14, 1854 at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown. It shows the marriage between a Frentzel and a Hopfer. Before I go on, I must say that not long ago, another post was written about a marriage between two people with the same … More The Frentzel-Hopfer-Hemmann-Hoffmann Hodgepodge
Some may look at this date, February 2nd, as being Groundhog Day. Well, forty-seven years before the first Groundhog Day was celebrated in 1887, another memorable event occurred here in Perry County, Missouri. In 1840, February 2nd was a Sunday, and on that day, the very first official worship service was conducted for the congregation … More Happy Birthday to the Old Lutherans in Paitzdorf!
Today’s account begins with a wedding which took place on this day in 1857. The bride was Maria Anna Mueller, daughter of Gottfried Heinrich and Maria (Rothe) Mueller. Her brother, Zacharias Mueller has been a character in several posts on this blog in the past. The groom was Charles (Carl) Hoffmann. His parents are unknown … More Where Was She Born?
For old Math teachers like me, March 14 (3.14) is Pi Day or π Day. So I was hoping to find some sort of evidence of Pi in the German Family Tree. I think I have found the ingredients for baking up the almost perfect Pi, except for the fact that I had to cross … More Baking Up a Good German Lutheran Pi
An interesting event took place on Sunday, August 25th in 1839. Five people were confirmed on that day at the camp church which at that time was located in the area of Perry County known as Dresden. Two of the five were also baptized. All five of these people had come to Perry County as … More Camp Church Confirmations
On this day, June 23, in 1864, as the Civil War was getting close to its end, Johann Gottfried Hemmann died. He was one of the most productive fathers in the history of Perry County, Missouri. Right before the immigration to America in 1838, Gottfried’s first wife, Maria (Bachmann) died. This couple had had eight … More A Prolific Father