For years and years, I have planted a variety of bell pepper in my garden called California Wonder. It is a wonderful plant that produces large, sweet bell peppers. One of the favorite meals made by my wife is stuffed green peppers. California Wonder peppers are a chief ingredient for this wonderful dish. Today’s story … More California Wunder(lich)
If you are a member of a church like the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that uses a traditional church year, then you probably know that today was Transfiguration Sunday. The story for the day was the one where Jesus, along with Peter, James, and John, went to the top of a mountain where Moses and Elijah … More Stephan’s Hill
I confess. When I see a reference to a brewery in someone’s family history, my research radar becomes very active. Today is one of those days. It starts with a baby girl being born on February 3rd in 1868 in Uniontown and ends with her husband working in a brewery across the river in Illinois. … More Enjoying a Red Seal
Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois was the location of a wedding ceremony on New Year’s Day in 1895. The two who were getting married were originally from Altenburg, Missouri. One was from Immanuel Lutheran Church, and the other was from Trinity Lutheran Church. The groom was Martin Groh, son of Carl and Sophia (Bier) … More New Year’s Nuptials
It’s another birthday for twins. This time, we will begin our story with the birth of Rudolph and Reinhold Schirmer on December 5, 1908. Their parents were Martin Manuel and Emma (Holt) Schirmer of Altenburg. Martin and Emma had been married in New Wells, Missouri in 1906. Over the years, Martin was involved in several … More The Roller Mills of Rudy, Reinhold, and Martin
Dresden, Germany was the home of Johann Samuel and Friederika Guenther. On December 4, 1831, a baby was born to this couple by the name of Martin. Before Martin was born, there were three other siblings…..Louise, born in 1808, Gotthold, born in 1811, and Immanuel, born in 1830. The fact that Immanuel was born 19 … More December 4th – A Seminary Holiday?
Around here, there are a few people who refer to the east side of Altenburg……past the downtown area, past the church and museum……as Lower Altenburg. It is just fun to say that you are from L.A. I happen to live in L.A. It is a part of town that is not as often visited because … More Old Time L.A.
Today would have been the 115th birthday of Nora Schmidt who was born on October 9, 1901. Unfortunately, Nora lived only a short 24 years. Cause of death: pulmonary tuberculosis. For a while, this disease was called White Death. Nora was the daughter of Martin Wilhelm and Elisabeth (Roth) Schmidt. This Schmidt family had seven … More Cause of Death – Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Another building is undergoing a transition in downtown Altenburg. Before I say anything about what is going on there, allow me to do what I do much better……talk about its history. The building shown above was once owned and operated by Martin H. Mueller. In the 1900 census, he is described as a tinner (a.k.a. … More A Building in Transition
Today we find out what happens when an orphan’s son marries a teacher’s daughter. On September 13, 1892, Martin Ernst Burroughs was born. Martin was the son of Frank and Maria (Schmidt) Burroughs. Frank and his brothers and sister have an interesting story. If you are like me, you look at a name like Burroughs … More An Orphan’s Son, A Teacher’s Daughter