Bendel the Burier

A wedding took place on this day 121 years ago at Zion Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri.  The groom was August Bendel; the bride was Emma Kranawetter.  Their story is yet another case in which the people involved began living in Missouri, but spent most of their lives in Illinois. August Bendel was born on … More Bendel the Burier

Beulah’s Beauties

I was attracted to today’s story by a first name.  Buelah.  To be more complete, her name was Beulah Blanche Childs (or Chiles).  What were my first thoughts?  First, Beulah is not a German name.  Second, it is not a Lutheran name.  I was right on both counts.  So, how did Beulah make it into … More Beulah’s Beauties

Ben and Frieda

Today would have been the 121st birthday of Frieda Stueve.  She was born on October 28, 1898 and baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Frieda was the daughter of Peter and Mary (Engert) Stueve.  Here is her baptism record. Frieda was the 9th of 11 children in this Stueve family.  We find her … More Ben and Frieda

Gottfried’s Travels and Trials

Ernst Gottfried Weber would be celebrating his 150th birthday today because he was born on October 11, 1869.  As it turns out, Gottfried had quite the trip through life, spending time in several locations and experiencing some difficulties in the process. Gottfried (sometimes called Fred) was the son of Herman and Pauline (Braeutigam-Schroeder) Weber.  Gottfried’s … More Gottfried’s Travels and Trials