Winters on Route 66

One hundred thirty-five years ago, a set of twin boys was born in Altenburg, Missouri.  Their story, along with their mother and siblings, will take us on quite a trip, and also connect with another old post with an unexplained mystery. Ernst Rudolph and Johannes Friedrich Winter were born on July 2, 1885, the sons … More Winters on Route 66

Menfro Moldenhauer’s

I get to tell the tale involving a brand new surname for this blog today.  That name is Gerstacker.  Today’s birthday girl is Emma Gerstacker, the daughter of Johann George and Eva (Bergmann) Gerstacker.  She was born on June 29, 1882 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri.  On Ancestry.com, many of the … More Menfro Moldenhauer’s

Another Emilie Walther

In the early years of the German Lutheran immigration, Rev. C.F.W. Walther married Emilie Buenger.  We will discover another Emilie today that married a Walther, making her another Emilie Walther.  If you follow this blog regularly, you are probably already aware of the fact that there were some famous Walther’s who were pastors in the … More Another Emilie Walther

Bendel the Burier

A wedding took place on this day 121 years ago at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri.  The groom was August Bendel; the bride was Emma Kranawetter.  Their story is yet another case in which the people involved began living in Missouri, but spent most of their lives in Illinois. August Bendel was born on … More Bendel the Burier

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

Men Teachers

I am going to use today’s post to point out a big change that has taken place within the schools of America, including our Lutheran schools.  I will begin by using some common words often used to initiate stories.  “Once upon a time,…”  Once upon a time, America’s classrooms were full of men teachers.  In … More Men Teachers