Martin or Martha

The starting point for today’s story is a wedding that took place on this day in 1894. This may not seem significant, but today is the first day of a new church liturgical year. It is also the beginning of the season of Advent. Things have changed over the years, but the liturgical color for … More Martin or Martha

Land for a Church

Our story for today begins in the Scheeβel region of Lower Saxony, Germany. Both the bride and groom in today’s couple were born there, and the bride was born on this day. However, I will begin this article by discussing the groom. Johann Oetjen was born on February 13, 1849 in Ostervesede, Germany. His parents … More Land for a Church

Joseph Rathjen – What Goes Around, Comes Around

I call it an “act of God”.  Just a day or so ago, I received a message from a man with the surname Rathjen, who asked about his family’s connection to the Miesner family mentioned in the story, Perry County Percolating into Coffeyville.  This gentleman expressed an interest in finding out more about his family’s … More Joseph Rathjen – What Goes Around, Comes Around