A Bird Lands in Byrd

Instead of leaving you wondering, I will begin today by explaining the title to this post.  In the German language, the word for bird is vogel.  We will tell the story of Ernst Heinrich Vogel today.  Although he lived in several locations in our general area, one of his landing spots was in Byrd Township … More A Bird Lands in Byrd

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

Wedig Wedding

Before I delve into today’s post, let me tell you about how I got some unexpected help in my research for it.  I am visiting some grandchildren this week, and my granddaughter Kaitlyn offered to help me.  Kaitlyn has been bugging me for a few years because she thinks she should have been included in … More Wedig Wedding

Reformation Vows

I have found that when I am researching for these posts, I will often be tempted to go down several rabbit holes.  I cannot go as far down these holes as I might want to because I simply do not have the time.  So I just start down some paths just to find out minimal … More Reformation Vows