Today would have been the 176th birthday of Sarah Elizabeth Kramer. She was born on February 9, 1844 in Altenburg, Missouri. Her parents were Johann Gottlob and Rosine (Sittner) Kramer, but Sarah never got to know her father. When she was just 7 months old, he died. The next year, her mother married again. Her … More Sarah Kramer Marries the Teacher
I will look at a character today whose life is not very well documented. He disappears from the records after the 1870 census when he was just 11 years old. Yet despite that fact, he managed to become the main character of a book that has been written. There are so many questions raised when … More Where Did You Go, Joe?
It is hard to imagine a story that really did not last long could involve so many surnames. The story today will include the names Jacob, Roediger, Hinkelmann, Kramer, and Burroughs. Parts of today’s saga were already told in a few previous posts, but I will focus on parts that have yet to be told. … More A Story with So Many Names
Today’s story had so many twists and turns. For a while, I even considered not telling it. However, as you can see, I did end up writing and sharing it. And now that I have finished researching it, I conclude that it is an amazing tale. Emma Christiana Maria Lueders was born on August 1, … More Emma’s Heartbreaking End
The story I have to write today will give me the opportunity to share with you a new resource that we have available in our research library. I hope to also tie two people found in our German Family Tree together by looking at some of these German records. First let me show you what … More First Buck; Last Buck
Teacher George M. Beyer served Trinity Lutheran School for 43 years. Not long after he arrived in Altenburg, he married Sarah Kramer as part of a very unusual triple Kramer wedding in 1864. A post was published telling that tale titled, Three in One at Trinity. George and Sarah had 11 children according to our … More Add G.J.S.B. to the Alphabet
The Johann Gottfried Kramer family in Paitzdorf, Germany must have been going through preparations for a dramatic move from their homeland to America during that year of 1838. Johann Gottfried was a cartwright….a wagon maker…..and must have had to sell his business and many of his tools before their anticipated trip. They must have had … More Just One Kramer Left
Jesus says in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Well, that is certainly true, but the Theodor Gottlob Kramer family of Frohna, Missouri, was an exception to the rule. The laborers were not few. … More The Laborers are Plentiful
The year was 1899. Three years earlier, William Drumtra’s wife, Mary (Mueller) Drumtra had died, leaving him with with four children, ages 15, 13, 7, and 3. Now on January 4th, William was getting married again, this time to Sarah Beyer, the daughter of Teacher Beyer at Trinity Lutheran School. Sarah was 23 years old … More A Man of Many Talents
Yesterday’s blog post brought about some lively discussion, especially with regard to this black and white photograph which supposedly showed Santa. So today, after becoming much more informed regarding the character shown in this photo, we will discuss this matter more thoroughly. Yesterday afternoon, we received a phone call from Rev. Roger Moldenhauer, a dear … More Nick or Knecht?