‘Zoldt and Holt

Herman Rudolph Petzoldt was born on March 24, 1879, making him today’s birthday boy. Herman was the son of Richard and Johanna (Lindner) Petzoldt, also making him a grandson of “The Face” Friedrich Florian Petzoldt. Herman was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. His baptism record is shown below. When Herman was just 1 … More ‘Zoldt and Holt

Frank the Koeberl Guy

When I first moved to Perry County about 10 years ago, I looked at the surname, Koeberl, and wondered how to pronounce it.  I soon discovered that folks around here make it very simple.  They pronounce this name the same as they pronounce “cable”.  This is also one of those names that was once spelled … More Frank the Koeberl Guy

Another Anna Marie

When I found today’s birthday girl and began researching her, I made this observation and asked this question.  “Another Anna Marie.  How many Anna Marie’s are there in our German Family Tree?”  So, I did a search.  When I placed the term “Anna Marie” in the search box, Microsoft Word came up with 302 results.  … More Another Anna Marie

Shawneetown Scholl

I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have mis-typed the word “school” over the years and ended up with “scholl”.  However, that is not what happened when I wrote the title to this post.  It really is spelled Scholl, and it a rather well-known surname in these here parts.  I hear … More Shawneetown Scholl

Mayor of Birmingham

Gerard Fiehler likes to call me the “Mayor of Dresden” (there is no such position), and I like to call him the “Mayor of Altenburg” even though he isn’t.  Today, I plan to tell the story of a man who I will call the “Mayor of Birmingham”.  This Birmingham is not the one in England … More Mayor of Birmingham