Barkeep’s Boy

August Arensburg is today’s birthday boy.  He was born on March 26, 1843 in  Kassel, Germany.  His father’s name was Frederick, but his mother’s name is not in any records that we have.  August had an older brother named Christoph, and his first two children died in 1857, and their death records can be found … More Barkeep’s Boy

A-Lert in Kansas

Emma Rosa Lungwitz was born on September 12, 1893.  Her parents were Herman and Mathilda (Meyr) Lungwitz of Altenburg, and Emma was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church.  I’ll skip right ahead to her marriage in 1912.  She married Robert Oehlert who had been born in Kansas.  We see this fact on this 1900 census for … More A-Lert in Kansas

Love Thy Neighbor

One does not have to spend too much time studying the family histories of people on The Ridge before realizing that the folks living there were not shy about loving their neighbors.   Over and over you find stories about Ridge residents finding their spouses at farm places not far away from their own homes.  I … More Love Thy Neighbor

That Thurm Throng

I never know what I am going to encounter when I travel to The Ridge to do a story.  Today’s account is no exception to that.  I find myself just shaking my head in disbelief.  In fact, today’s post will probably be just the first installment on what I discovered this time around.  It is … More That Thurm Throng

Another Fertile Father

Not long ago, we did a few blog posts concerning J.G. Hemman who fathered so many children.  J.G. came to America with the Gruber group in December of 1839.  There was another fertile father in the Gruber group.  His name was August Friedrich Wilhelm Engert.  I ran across his name today because his first wife, … More Another Fertile Father