Edible Concrete

Today’s post is, as promised, a continuation of yesterday’s story.  We told the saga yesterday of the Motz family of carriage makers who were part of the 1839 German immigration to Missouri.  We ended that story by telling how Henry and Laura Motz were buried in the Concordia Cemetery in St. Louis.  We said yesterday … More Edible Concrete

The Blancken Brood

September 1, 1878 was both an exciting and a sad day in the life story of Diedrich Blancken, only to be followed several days later by more sadness.  It is not often that I highlight a death date on my posts, but today is one of them. First of all, let me backtrack just a … More The Blancken Brood

A Census Hall of Fame

Today’s article is the result of starting out looking for information on one story and ending up telling a different story.  It all started with the birthday of Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse on May 27, 1811.  Ferdinand was one of the original immigrants whose family decided to stay in St. Louis and not move to Perry … More A Census Hall of Fame

Another Initial Pastor

When you study the early years of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, you cannot help but notice that many of the personalities involved in that history have names which are given with initials.  The first president of the Synod, Rev. C.F.W. Walther is a prime example.  The second president of the Synod was Rev. F.C.D. Wyneken.  … More Another Initial Pastor

Wedig Wedding

Before I delve into today’s post, let me tell you about how I got some unexpected help in my research for it.  I am visiting some grandchildren this week, and my granddaughter Kaitlyn offered to help me.  Kaitlyn has been bugging me for a few years because she thinks she should have been included in … More Wedig Wedding

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

Papa Buenger

The year was 1836.  It was two years before the Saxon immigrants would leave their German homeland to journey to the United States to establish a new home.  Rev. Jakob Buenger lived in the little town of Etzdorf where he was the pastor.  Also living with him in the church’s parsonage were his wife, Christiane, … More Papa Buenger