Henry Bimpage was quite an important character involved in the settlement of the Gesellschaft in Perry County. However, when you look in our German Family Tree for records for this character, you only find one date. That was his marriage which took place on March 1, 1840, not long after the German Lutherans arrived on … More Henry Bimpage – Realtor
I am writing a different type of story today. Usually I make an attempt to give you a person’s life history from cradle to grave. I cannot do that today. I cannot even come close. The main character in today’s story was in the United States for only two years, after which he and his … More Mourning Marbach Matron
I have already written a few posts that have included Bernhardt Palisch. Just this past week, I wrote the story, Lichtenegger in Altenburg, which told of one of his daughters marrying a Lichtenegger. That is not the only story on this blog which has mentioned Bernhardt as the father of a story character. Another story … More Two Wives – Two Dozen Children
This record very early in the Trinity, Altenburg church books tells of one of the earliest births and baptisms to take place in Perry County after the original immigrants arrived. The baby being baptized was Traugott Gotthilf Kaempfe who was born on this day, August 10, in 1840. It is the name in the red … More Prof. Godfather
An event took place on this day that had a great impact on the immigrants here in Perry County, but also had results which are evidenced today throughout the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. And that event occurred here in Altenburg (although I still argue that it took place in Dresden, Missouri and should be called the … More The Altenburg Debate: Who Won?
Johanne Fredericke Biehle was born on this day in Germany in 1802. She and her husband, Friedrich came with the Gesellschaft aboard the Republik in 1839 along with six children. Then the Biehle family experienced plenty of tragedy. Johanne was pregnant when she boarded the ship in Bremehaven. She attempted to give birth on March … More Really Woeful Biehles
April 20, 1841 was the second day of the Altenburg Debate. The two debaters, Adolph Marbach and Rev. C.F.W. Walther, decided on April 15th that there was the need for another day in order to debate further issues, so they set April 20th for their second day. They once again met at the Log Cabin … More The Altenburg Debate – Day 2
One hundred seventy-five years ago, the Altenburg Debate began. The debate took place over two days, April 15 and April 20 in 1841, and it took place in the location pictured above where a monument has been placed to mark the spot where the Log Cabin College was originally constructed. It is my honor to … More The Altenburg Debate…..What Does This Mean?
At the beginning of the book which contains the first of the church records of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, you will find the Bible passage shown above. It is written in Rev. Gotthold Loeber’s handwriting. The passage comes from Psalm 85 verses 2-5. Here is a King James Version translation of that passage: “2 … More A Guilty Conscience?
Two weeks from today, we will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the beginning of what came to be known as the Altenburg Debate. This debate is now recognized in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod as a very significant event in its history. In the present climate where we are in the midst of a Presidential campaign, … More The Dresden Debate