A Huber/Hooss marriage took place in the bride’s home on All Saints Day 125 years ago in Perryville. I will be discussing the lives of the bride and groom, along with their connection to a few other individuals who were connected to this couple. Joseph Huber was born on May 16, 1867, the son of … More Huber and Hooss
I am sure most people can point to some aspect of their own childhood that helped prepare them for their future livelihood. I think one of today’s main characters was such a person whose childhood prepared her for her future as a housekeeper. Here is why. Selma Nennert grew up in a hotel/boarding house. She … More Selma’s Own Boarding House
John Hooss and Mary Magdalena Kiesler were married in Perryville 150 years ago. I will attempt to tell the tale of a prominent family in Perryville history. I will begin with documenting the early years of John Hooss. John Hooss was born on February 1, 1848, the son of Henry and Barbara (Fath) Hooss. His … More Hooss Celebrating Their 150th Anniversary?
The story today begins with the birth of Stella Bates on June 12, 1872 in Grafton, Illinois…or does it. Our German Family Tree says that she was born on June 12th, but after doing plenty of research on this story, I discovered that her gravestone and death certificate indicate that her birthday was on July … More Roy’s Ties to Stella’s Hotel
Right now, Perry County is gearing up for a very special event which will occur this August…..a total solar eclipse. People from all over our country and all over the world will be visiting our area for this astronomical phenomenon. These people will need places to stay. It is my understanding that all the hotels … More Keepers of the Hotels
I was attracted to this story because of the name Gothard Pfennighausen. As near as I can tell, this name means something like “penny house” in German. He married Emma Hooss on June 9th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville in 1890. Gotthard’s trail led to many different places…..and several changes in names. Plus, there … More Name Changing
As the town of Wittenberg grew, especially after the arrival of the railroad, there became the need for a hotel. As people arrived into Wittenberg by steamboat, and later by railroad, they would look for a place to spend the night. Also, the railroad workers would sometimes need a place to stay. Susan Birner is … More Birner Hotel – Wittenberg
We have already written several posts about the Wagner Hotel and the Wagner family. Just What Went on at the Wagner Hotel? More Hotel History A Lonesome Tombstone Today, the saga continues. And there is likely to be another post after today. Today’s story starts by looking at the death certificate of Martin Louis Wagner, … More From Hotel to Hospital
Yesterday, our blog, Just What Went on at the Wagner Hotel?, told some stories about the Wagner Hotel which was once located in Altenburg, Missouri. Today, we will look at a few more stories involving that establishment. We mentioned yesterday that Gustave Wagner and his wife, Theresa, first ran the hotel. For a while, Gustave, … More More Hotel History
The starting point for today’s blog is the marriage between Joseph Wagner and Fredericka Estel. They were married on August 26th in 1896 in Altenburg. Once I started looking into these characters, it led me to the Wagner Hotel shown below. Joseph Wagner was son of Gustav and Theresa (Palisch) Wagner. Early on, Gustav was … More Just What Went on at the Wagner Hotel?