Double Double-U

Today I will share the story of W.W……..Wilhelm Wachter.  His story is not without its puzzles.  I hope I get it right.  I tell his story today because December 29th was the date of his second marriage in 1870.  But before I get to that, let me go back. Wilhelm came to America when he … More Double Double-U

July 14, 1887

Rev. J.F. Koestering served Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg from 1864-1887.  For the first thirteen years of that time, from 1864-1877, he also served as pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  During those years, the church in Altenburg dedicated a new church sanctuary in 1867, and the church in Frohna dedicated a new sanctuary … More July 14, 1887

Fischer Follow-up

Yesterday’s story was about some Fischers and Palisches.  Today, I found two different Fischers who were born on July 11th.  One of them was the character mentioned in yesterday’s story, Friedrich Ferdinand Fischer.  He was born on July 11, 1832.  He was only six years old when he arrived in America aboard the Republik in … More Fischer Follow-up

Buck Butter Business

April twentieth was the wedding day for two young Altenburgers who lived not far from each other along Main Street on the east side of town.  It was a Sunday in 1913 when Ferdinand Buck was united in marriage with Alma Seibel at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Here is their Missouri marriage license. The license says … More Buck Butter Business

Mueller and the Mail

April nineteenth was the birthday of Albert Mueller. He was one of the many sons of Anton Mueller.  Another post told the story of one of these sons who served in the military titled, One of Anton’s Army.  Being born in 1891, Albert had the distinction of being the oldest of Anton’s children.  As was … More Mueller and the Mail

Koestering Store

Today’s story begins with a photo.  This is a photo of the Koestering store and it came with a description that Gotthold Seibel was in the picture. I have to assume that Gotthold Seibel must be the one with his backside to the camera hoeing in the garden.  If that is Gotthold, then there is … More Koestering Store

Schmidt nee Schmidt

A few of our locals were recently lamenting that those with the name Schmidt around East Perry County are becoming more aged and less numerous.  I daresay, however, that there are some in the community who think that this is a good thing.  There are fewer and fewer younger Schmidts around.  In fact, there are … More Schmidt nee Schmidt

Farmer Becomes Pastor after Marrying His Pastor’s Daughter

Right as the Civil War was coming to an end, a boy was being born in Altenburg by the name of Traugott Ernst Heinrich Schuessler.  He was born on this day, May 28th in 1864.  He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church on June 8th.  He may have been baptized by Rev. J.F. Koestering who … More Farmer Becomes Pastor after Marrying His Pastor’s Daughter