I have another sad story to tell today. It is one that illustrates the very difficult times that were so often experienced in the early days of the settlements in Perry County. The year was 1842. Dr. Ernst Eduard Buenger was about the only person living in the German Lutheran communities in East Perry County … More Urgent Trip with Deadly Consequences
Today’s article is the result of starting out looking for information on one story and ending up telling a different story. It all started with the birthday of Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse on May 27, 1811. Ferdinand was one of the original immigrants whose family decided to stay in St. Louis and not move to Perry … More A Census Hall of Fame
There seems to be some dispute about when the steamboat Clyde arrived in St. Louis with the immigrants that had voyaged across the Atlantic aboard the Johann Georg. However, an article in a St. Louis newspaper said that the Clyde had arrived on January 24, 1839, so that is the date that is agreeable to … More And Then There Were Two
This past November 3rd, we posted a story about the departure of two ships from Bremerhaven, Germany. That post was titled, The Voyage Begins. The Copernicus and the Johann Georg left on that day in 1838. On New Year’s Eve, we posted the story about the arrival of the Copernicus in New Orleans. That article … More Another New Orleans Arrival
When I got married in 1989, I immediately became the step-father of three girls. Then as they got married and started having children, our first four grandchildren were girls. Then we finally had a boy enter the family. Today, we found out that we have been blessed with another granddaughter who was born this morning. … More Surrounded by Good Lookin’ Women
If you asked either Rev. C.F.W. Walther or his wife, Emilie (Buenger) Walther, what was their anniversary date, how would they answer? There is a reason why I ask this question. If you look at the records of Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, you will find the following record: This record is probably written by … More When Was C.F.W.’s Anniversary?
On this day, July 6th, Linna (Schubarth) Bergt died in 1849. At that time, a major cholera epidemic was taking place in St. Louis. That disease reared its ugly head in Perry County also, because the cause of Linna’s death in Frohna, Missouri, was cholera. Linna Schubarth came to America in 1839 aboard the Johann … More Weaver’s Wife