Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

The story I tell today comes from two entirely different directions. It begins in Jacob, Illinois, meanders through Perry County for a short time, and moves up to St. Louis. A spouse’s life begins in Tennesseee, makes its way to Vancouver, Washington, and that life, too, ends up in St. Louis where these two individuals … More Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

Land for a Church

Our story for today begins in the Scheeβel region of Lower Saxony, Germany. Both the bride and groom in today’s couple were born there, and the bride was born on this day. However, I will begin this article by discussing the groom. Johann Oetjen was born on February 13, 1849 in Ostervesede, Germany. His parents … More Land for a Church

Angels’ Children

The Christmas season is the time of year when we hear of angels most often. That’s one of the reasons that I could not resist today’s story. You will read about a couple in which both the bride and groom were the children of angels. Of course, you must understand that in German, the word … More Angels’ Children

Mrs. Reinkensmeyer

There is a remote connection between yesterday’s story which took place in the Shawnee Township of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri and today’s story which has its beginning in the Fountain Bluff Township of Jackson County, Illinois. The connection can be found if you backtrack to the beginning of the Vogel family in Perry County. There … More Mrs. Reinkensmeyer

Drifting Darnstaedt

A while back, I wrote a story about a Darnstaedt who did some moving around during his lifetime. That post was titled, Joseph and Anna – To Illinois and Back. After you read today’s tale, you may come to the conclusion that Joseph Darnstaedt had nothing on his son, Ernst, when it came to moving around … More Drifting Darnstaedt

Mayor of Grand Tower

Friedriech Johann Wilhelm “Brooks” Arbeiter is today’s birthday boy. He was born on November 22, 1896, the son of Frederick and Magdalena (Heeszel) Arbeiter. John was the first child out of 9 that were born to Frederick and Magdalena. I don’t know where it originated, but our German Family Tree shows “Brooks” as his nickname. … More Mayor of Grand Tower

Killer Mules

Back in September, I wrote a post titled, A Killer Mule. That story included a death certificate that included a mule in a man’s cause of death. You will get a story with a similar end today, only this time there was more than one mule. Johann Wahlers was born on October 24, 1856 in … More Killer Mules