A Diefenbach Duo

I have written several stories over the years that begin with a rather lonely church record and then proceed to take place beyond the confines of our German Family Tree. Today, you will read another one of those tales. The only record in our GFT for a man by the name of Ernst Andrew Diefenbach … More A Diefenbach Duo

White Pearl Maker

Karl Oswald Gerhardt was born on July 31, 1869, the final child of Julius and Amalie (Leine) Gerhardt. If he was still alive today, he would be celebrating his 153rd birthday. Oswald’s baptism record can be found in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. An image of that record is displayed below. Oswald … More White Pearl Maker

Pocahontas Blacksmith

Today would be August Johann Kutscher’s 125th birthday. He was born on March 24, 1897, the son of Martin and Diamanda (Leine) Kutscher. A previous post, Diamanda’s Dozen, told the story of August’s parents. August was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, but since I am away from Altenburg today, I am not … More Pocahontas Blacksmith

Ridge Braeuner’s

Herman Gottfried August Braeuner was born on February 7, 1872, making him today’s birthday boy. He would have been 149 years old today. I will attempt to tell his story in this post. Herman was the son of Herman and Caroline (Winter) Braeuner. We have this photo of Herman and Caroline. A post was written … More Ridge Braeuner’s

Diamanda’s Dozen

Every once in a while, I have this thought that I am going to run out of stories to write for this blog.  That thought usually doesn’t last long because when the time comes to look for another story to write, there always seems to be one there just waiting to be told.  Our research … More Diamanda’s Dozen

A B/W Wedding

I did a search on what the acronym, B/W, could mean.  It had several possibilities.  It could mean black and white, and I have referred to black and white wedding dresses in the past.  It could mean “be with”.  Or it could mean “between” or “better or worse”.  I suppose all of these could somehow … More A B/W Wedding