Keepers and Tellers

Today is the birthday of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (except that was not its original name).  First of all, let me say that Perry County is not where the Missouri Synod started.  In fact, you could argue that many folks in Perry County fought against the formation of a synod, and there are no churches … More Keepers and Tellers

It Took Commitment

Today’s post from me is personal.  If you look at the same photo above that was in a previous blog post, you will see that two days after the death of Johann Christoph Weber, a young girl, Eve Magdalene Schmidt, died on March 31, 1839.  Eva was the two year old daughter of George Joachim … More It Took Commitment

He Almost Made It

On March 29, 1839, Johann Christoph Weber died at the young age of 44 and was buried in St. Louis, Missouri.  He had brought his wife and six children to America as part of the 1838-1839 immigration.  They had traveled aboard the Republic to New Orleans and then were transported up the Mississippi River on … More He Almost Made It

Good Friday Image

If you attend a worship service at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, you will see another item which came over on the ships in 1838-1839.  That item is shown in the photo above.  It is a wooden crucifix, and it still adorns the altar at this church.  Once again we will use some words written … More Good Friday Image

A Sacramental Artifact

Today is Maundy Thursday, a  day to remember the institution of the Lord’s Supper.  We thought it would be a good day to highlight a very precious artifact which was part of the 1838-1839 immigration.  That artifact would be the Communion Chalice that is property of Trinity Lutheran Church here in Altenburg.  Following are some … More A Sacramental Artifact

Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die?

The research crew at Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum recently identified a new answer to the above question.  According to an old article found in the Perryville paper, Gottwerth Schmidt who died on April 14, 1926, was the last of the original immigrants to die.  He also happens to be my great grandfather. We have … More Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die?

Reading Room Mysteries

Pictured clockwise are Lynn Degenhardt, Carolyn Schirmer, Charles Rauh, and Gerard Fiehler.  (photo by Warren Schmidt) Who was married to Magdelina Buenger Mueller?   Well, we know it was Christian Mueller, but not the Christian Mueller that we had documented in our library.  Lutheran Heritage Center research teamers:  Lynn, Carolyn, and Gerard got to the bottom … More Reading Room Mysteries