Go West, Young Eggers Man (and Woman)

Once again, today’s post was authored by Cal Eggers.  Hang on tight!  He’s going to take you all the way to the West Coast today.       ================================================= Today would be the 153rd birthday of Herman Jacob Eggers who was born September 12, 1866, in Brazeau Township, near Altenburg, Missouri. Although his first name … More Go West, Young Eggers Man (and Woman)

Rudy and Dora

Today’s couple reminds me of my aunt and uncle.  I had an Aunt Dorothy and an Uncle Rudy Schmidt.  As the title suggests, the couple I write about today were a Rudy and Dora, only their surname was Gerhardt.  Both Rudy and Dora had Perry County roots, but they managed to marry each other in … More Rudy and Dora

Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

The life story I will tell today highlights a Hopfer.  Martin Hopfer was born on June 30, 1866.  He was the son of Gottfried and Catherine (Schaefer) Hopfer.  Yesterday’s character, Adolph Schaefer, would have called Martin’s mother, Aunt Catherine.  So Martin and Adolph would have been cousins.  Although I could find no direct connection in … More Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

Later Lehrer Lueders

A little over a year ago, I wrote the story of the couple made up of Martin Lueders and Agnes Fiehler.  That story was titled, Lehrer Lueders.  Just a reminder that Lehrer is the German term for “teacher”.  Martin Lueders spent much of his Lutheran teaching career in Kansas, although he was teaching in Fremont, … More Later Lehrer Lueders

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

No Water for Coffee?

Herman Mangels was born in Farrar, Missouri on March 11, 1875.  He was the son of Johann Peter and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels.  Herman’s baptism took place at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar.  Below is his baptism record.  Apparently, this record had some problems, and someone had to make all sorts of corrections that came out … More No Water for Coffee?