Mama Wunderlich

Today, you are going to read the story of an amazing woman who gave birth to 13 children.  Yet she came short of outdoing her own mother, who had 15 children.  That mother may have to be a story for another day, but today we will tell the tale of Julia Kasten who is also … More Mama Wunderlich

The Cook and His Bird

First, an explanation of the title.  The married couple for today is made up of a Koch and a Vogel.  In German, Koch means “cook” and Vogel means “bird”.  Enough said. Lydia Vogel is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on September 15, 1890 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri.  She … More The Cook and His Bird

Bugler and Bock

Karl August Alwin Frentzel was born on August 11, 1890, so he is our birthday boy today.  In almost all the records for this person he is called Charles, so I will use that name.  He was the son of Alwin and Elizabeth (Ruhkopf) Frentzel and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.  Here is … More Bugler and Bock

Maid from Michigan

My last post highlighted a brother and sister who both remained unmarried during their lives.  Another story materialized for today which will highlight another unmarried person.  The story will also take us from Mecklenburg to Minnesota to Michigan to Missouri. We will begin this story by looking at the passenger list of the ship, Gessner, … More Maid from Michigan

Blacksmith to the End

Today would have been the 116th wedding anniversary for the main characters in today’s story.  Their wedding took place at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas on October 6, 1901.  That wedding would have taken place in the church building shown on the left in this photo. The groom for the 1901 wedding was Johannes Gottfried … More Blacksmith to the End