Otto, An Ahrens Boy

He may not have been an errands boy, but this Ahrens boy certainly was involved in several types of occupations during his lifetime.  And although his life began in Perry County, Missouri, he lived in a few other locations over the years.  I will tell his tale today. Otto Gottfried Heinrich Ahrens was born on … More Otto, An Ahrens Boy

The Premier Etzold

There is a birthday for today’s story, but it is not for the individual mentioned in the title.  Today’s birthday girl is Pauline Ernestine Jacob who was born on March 18, 1844.  She was the daughter of Michael and Marie (Hopfer) Jacob, who were two of the original immigrants that were part of the Gruber … More The Premier Etzold

Joseph Rathjen – What Goes Around, Comes Around

I call it an “act of God”.  Just a day or so ago, I received a message from a man with the surname Rathjen, who asked about his family’s connection to the Miesner family mentioned in the story, Perry County Percolating into Coffeyville.  This gentleman expressed an interest in finding out more about his family’s … More Joseph Rathjen – What Goes Around, Comes Around