Martin and Magdalena – Lohmann’s from Alva, OK

Maria Magdalena Brunkhorst was born on January 13, 1892, so today would be her 131st birthday. Magdalena was the daughter of Johann and Magdalene (Mahnken) Brunkhorst. She was the 3rd and last child in this Brunkhorst family. Magdalena was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. An image of her baptism record from that congregation’s … More Martin and Magdalena – Lohmann’s from Alva, OK

Kipping Up with the Meyer’s and the Lohmann’s

Maybe in English communities, you can talk about “Keeping Up with the Jones’s”, but from our German community comes a story of “Kipping Up with the Meyer’s and the Lohmann’s”. We begin with a birthday girl. Augusta Maria Magdalena Meyer was born on October 2, 1897, so she would be celebrating a special 125th birthday … More Kipping Up with the Meyer’s and the Lohmann’s

Widowed in Winter – Joined during June in Jacob

There are four main characters in today’s tale. These four first made up two pairs, but when death came to their doorsteps, the two that remained became a pair. All four had their origins in the Hanover area of Germany. We have to travel across the Mississippi River to Jackson County, Illinois to find this … More Widowed in Winter – Joined during June in Jacob

Hattie Katt

You have no doubt heard the term, kitty cat. Today’s birthday girl has a name that reminds me of that term. Hedwig Katt was born on November 7, 1847 in Lamstedt, Germany. Before I move on, let me say that many German girls with the name Hedwig take on the nickname, Hattie, and that is … More Hattie Katt

In Farrar for Keeps

You will be reading another one of those stories that tells of a couple who were each born, baptized, confirmed, married, raised a family, died, and were buried at the same congregation. It all begins with the birth of a boy on November 6, 1887 by the name of Ernst Rudolf Miesner. His parents were … More In Farrar for Keeps

Crosstown Couples

Today is the anniversary of a couple that was married in Farrar, but then became members of Zion Lutheran Church in Crosstown for most of their lives. The husband, after his first wife died, would marry again at the Crosstown church. I will begin with that husband and discuss his early life. Johann Berthold Steffens … More Crosstown Couples