Kuehnert & Schmidt

If my cousin, Myrtle Kuehnert, could see the title of this post, it would certainly pique her interest.  However, she is not likely to have anything to do with a computer or the internet, so the likelihood of her seeing it is rather slim.  I know that Cousin Myrtle is moving past her 9th decade … More Kuehnert & Schmidt

Wife, Mother, Grandmother of the Noennig Clan

Today would have been the 155th birthday of Anna (Kuehnert) Noennig.  I have written a previous post about the Noennig family which included Anna.  It was titled, Apples and Appliances.  However, in that article, almost all the attention went to the men in the family.  Today, I hope to focus on Anna, the matriarch of … More Wife, Mother, Grandmother of the Noennig Clan

Gertie and Audie

Gertrude Emma Mathilde Bellmann was born on January 13, 1903, making her today’s birthday girl.  Her parents were Martin and Martha (Lohmann) Bellmann of Altenburg.  I do not have a photo of Martha, but I do have one of Martin. In fact, another post told Martin’s story.  It was titled, Pound the Hammer, Ring the … More Gertie and Audie

The Bold Immigrants

In the German language, the word kühn means “bold” or “daring”.  There were two surnames in the Gesellschaft that contained kühn, Kühn and Kühnert.  As time went by, many German names containing an umlaut had that umlaut eliminated and replaced by putting an “e” after the vowel with the umlaut.  So these two surnames became … More The Bold Immigrants

Pound the Hammer, Ring the Bell, Bang the Drum

The Perry County Lutheran Historical Society had its beginning in 1910.  Its original mission was to preserve the Log Cabin College which was the birthplace of Concordia Seminary.  This cabin was built in 1839, but by the early 1900’s, it was showing its age and in danger of ruin.  In 1912, this historic building was … More Pound the Hammer, Ring the Bell, Bang the Drum

Seelitz Soldiers

The story starts with Joseph Ferdinand Poppitz being born on February 15, 1893.  His life story led me to another story with a broader reach.  First, let’s take a look at a map of the Seelitz area in Perry County from about 1915.  It shows who owned land in that area. Joseph Ferdinand Poppitz was … More Seelitz Soldiers

Church Builders

Today, our story begins with the birth of Arthur Kuehnert on January 7, 1888, but we will take that story back farther.  Arthur was the great grandson of the Johann Christlieb Kuehnert, who brought his family to America in the 1839 immigration.  Johann’s son, Johann Christian Kuehnert, is shown in the middle of the front … More Church Builders