Wittenberg Characters

I have the privilege today to write the real story of a couple of individuals that are main characters in my two books, Wittenberg ’03: Coming of a Church and Wittenberg ’04: Coming of a Railroad. These two are Laura Gemeinhardt and Teacher Richard Kalbfleisch. The story of this couple is one that inspired me … More Wittenberg Characters

Rev. Professor Schmidt

Today’s tale does not spend much time in Perry County, Missouri, but it has its beginning here. You will be viewing only one church record and two census records for the main character in today’s story that come from Missouri. This tale gives me the opportunity to discuss two themes that come out of the … More Rev. Professor Schmidt

M.M. and P.P.

Maria Mahnken was born on August 14, 1886.  She was the daughter of John and Marie (Heitmann) Mahnken.  She was born in Germany and is said to have come to America with her family in 1889.  The first record we find in our German Family Tree for Maria is her confirmation record at Salem Lutheran … More M.M. and P.P.