A Hemmann-Fiehler Pair

According to my reckoning, today’s birthday boy was the 17th child born to his father and the 8th to his mother. All together, his father had 21 children. Also, if I have it figured correctly, the father was almost 60 years old when today’s main character was born. That prolific father was Johann Gottfried Hemmann, … More A Hemmann-Fiehler Pair

Mrs. Reinkensmeyer

There is a remote connection between yesterday’s story which took place in the Shawnee Township of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri and today’s story which has its beginning in the Fountain Bluff Township of Jackson County, Illinois. The connection can be found if you backtrack to the beginning of the Vogel family in Perry County. There … More Mrs. Reinkensmeyer

Roth Reappearance

The story you will read today is one in which a man is born and raised in this area and later leaves and lives much of his life in Nebraska. He would come back to this area for a while, only to return to Nebraska, and then reappear around here to spend his last years … More Roth Reappearance

Papa Julius

When I wrote yesterday’s post about Hugo Hemmann, whose wedding anniversary was November 2nd, I didn’t realize that his father, Julius Hemmann, had a November 3rd wedding anniversary. In fact, his father’s first wedding not only took place on this date, but he was married in 1870, making today his 150th wedding anniversary. I cannot … More Papa Julius