A Franke Discussion

I happened to be working at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum yesterday along with my buddy, Gerard Fiehler. We had finished assisting some guests from Illinois and North Dakota who had come to see our museum. I had already completed yesterday’s post and then began looking for a story for today. That process led … More A Franke Discussion

Lena Starzinger Joins the Neighborhood

A few days ago, in a post titled, Ed and Julie¬†Koenig, it was pointed out that a passenger list included the surnames Koenig, Koch, and Haertling, and several folks with those surnames ended up forming a “neighborhood” of farms in the Shawnee Township. That neighborhood remained intact over at least 3 census records…30 years. Today, … More Lena Starzinger Joins the Neighborhood

Ed and Julie Koenig

Before I get to today’s characters, I have this urge to show you a portion of a passenger list for the ship, Ella, that arrived in New Orleans on November 7, 1853. Take a look at this group of immigrants. I find this list fascinating. At the top and bottom are 3 names whose destination … More Ed and Julie Koenig

Martin and Martha

It seems like I am drawn to Shawnee Township in northern Cape Girardeau County to locate stories for this blog lately. That is the case once again today in which we find records in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells. Yesterday’s post, Martin and Phoebe, turned out to be a case in … More Martin and Martha