Bruno’s Winesaps

Bruno and Maria were married on this day 122 years ago in Farrar. This couple was made up of some typical Farrar names. Quite a few posts have told stories of other siblings in these two families, but today we get to tell the tale of a bride and groom that bring these two families … More Bruno’s Winesaps

Katt Has Two Wives

You’ve heard that cats have nine lives. I found a story today in which a Katt has two wives. One of those wives is today’s birthday girl. I will begin by looking at her early years. Maria Theresia Lorenz was born on October 16, 1856, making today her 165th birthday. Theresia was the daughter of … More Katt Has Two Wives

A Franke Discussion

I happened to be working at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum yesterday along with my buddy, Gerard Fiehler. We had finished assisting some guests from Illinois and North Dakota who had come to see our museum. I had already completed yesterday’s post and then began looking for a story for today. That process led … More A Franke Discussion

Hecht Hardships

Perhaps it is because I started my search in our German Family Tree where I left off yesterday. The end result is that I found another Hecht story to share with you today. The birthday boy for today is Immanuel Ernst Hecht who was born on February 10, 1885. Immanuel was the son of Heinrich … More Hecht Hardships

Wittenberg Holschen’s

Whenever considering doing a story on Holschen’s, I automatically think that the story will focus on Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. I think almost all the local Holschen stories I have told have been ones in which the characters were born, baptized, and buried there. That will not be the case today, even though the … More Wittenberg Holschen’s

Lor and Dor

I’m taking liberties with pronunciation today. The name Doering is pronounced “daring” around here, but I know that this surname is often pronounced as “door-ing”. As a beginning teacher, my first principal, Orlyn Schlie, had a wife named Dorothy. Those two were affectionately called “Or and Dor”. As I started looking at today’s marriage between … More Lor and Dor