Martin and Margaret

One hundred fifty-two years ago, Johann Martin Stelling was the firstborn child of Johann and Anna (Popp) Stelling. This child would go by the name of Martin throughout his life. Before I move on to tell Martin’s story, I feel the need to discuss the name of Anna Popp. Just a few days ago, I … More Martin and Margaret

Wittenberg Holschen’s

Whenever considering doing a story on Holschen’s, I automatically think that the story will focus on Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. I think almost all the local Holschen stories I have told have been ones in which the characters were born, baptized, and buried there. That will not be the case today, even though the … More Wittenberg Holschen’s

Killer Mules

Back in September, I wrote a post titled, A Killer Mule. That story included a death certificate that included a mule in a man’s cause of death. You will get a story with a similar end today, only this time there was more than one mule. Johann Wahlers was born on October 24, 1856 in … More Killer Mules

Ridge Romance Repeat

In the last month or so, I have already written two stories involving romances that took place on The Ridge. Today, you will get another one. In fact, in a way, you will be getting two of them. The tale today will involve the surnames, Holschen and Leimbach. There was a time when there were … More Ridge Romance Repeat