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

150th Wedding Anniversary

On June 19, 1866, Richard Petzoldt and Johanna Lindner were united in marriage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Rev. Theo. Koeberle performed the ceremony.  Today would have been their 150th wedding anniversary.  It appears to be only the second marriage performed by Rev. Koeberle after he replaced Rev. Schieferdecker in 1866. Richard arrived in … More 150th Wedding Anniversary