I have been looking for an occasion to use the church records we now have in our research library from Zion Lutheran Church in Alva, Oklahoma. Thanks to Dale Kirmse, a good friend of our museum who has also been a guest blogger, we have these records now. Zion, Alva is one of those places … More Henry and His Little Angel
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)
“Let me take you down ‘Cause I’m going to Strawberry Fields” The next line of this Beatles song goes, “Nothing is real”. But today I’m going to take you to Strawberry Fields for real. “Strawberry Fields forever” Our story starts out in Altenburg, Missouri, but eventually takes us to the fields of Strawberry. I do … More Strawberry Fields Forever
In the last several months, I have told some stories about a branch of the Ahner family with Perry County origins. One story had to do with a Lutheran pastor who got involved with the establishment of a florist in the St. Louis area titled, A Flower Story for Mother’s Day. A second story came … More A Swiss Cook Gets an Ahner
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
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.
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
Johann Carl Wunderlich would have been 159 years old today. He was born on April 23, 1860 and his was one of the early baptisms recorded in the church books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri. Carl was the son of Johann Gottlieb and Maria (Bendel) Wunderlich. We have a photo of Carl’s … More Wayfaring Wunderlichs
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
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?