Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

William Bingenheimer was born on this day, so he is today’s birthday boy.  As it turns out, William married a woman who had another long name that begins with a “B”…Bodenschatz. First, let’s take a look at the arrival of the Bingenheimer’s.  They arrived in 1848 aboard the Jaque Lafette.  William’s father, Phillip Bingenheimer, was … More Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

Ole’ Ben Hopfer

Benjamin Hopfer and Emma Vogel were married on this date 114 years ago.  Although Emma lived to the ripe, old age of 92, her husband, Ole’ Ben Hopfer, oulived her, making it into three-digit territory.  We will take a look at this couple today. Benjamin Hopfer was born on November 10, 1882, the son of … More Ole’ Ben Hopfer

Man of Few Letters

I think it’s safe to say that German names are sometimes famous for being rather long.  I know that some of the ones that have been found around here over the years required plenty of letters to write.  Examples might include Lichtenegger, Bodenschatz, Bingenheimer, and my personal favorite…..Schimmelpfennig.  During the years when I was a … More Man of Few Letters

Constable Henry

I start today with a family photo.  It displays the family of Carl and Johanna (Hopfer) Bodenschatz. One of the main characters in today’s story is the man standing in the back on the left, Henry Bodenschatz.  I chose him today because it was on this day that he married his wife, Louise Schmidt.  They … More Constable Henry

Lutherans and Catholics

I discovered in our German Family Tree a person with a birthday today who had the surname Unterreiner.  I must admit that the first thing that came to my mind was that this surname was a “Catholic name”.  The cemetery for our nearest Catholic church, St. Joseph Cemetery, has 44 entries on Findagrave.com that include … More Lutherans and Catholics