Martha Katharine Mahnken is today’s birthday girl, being born on March 21, 1889. She would have to blow out 133 candles on her birthday cake if she was still alive today. Katharine was the daughter of Johann and Maria (Versemann) Mahnken, the 6th of 9 children in this family. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran … More A Meier-Mahnken Match
A baby boy was born in Perry County 150 years ago. Sadly, this baby was born after his father had died previously during November of that year. That baby was given the name August Johann Peter Meier, born on November 27, 1871. August’s parents were Heinrich and Anna (Beckmann) Meier. August was baptized at Salem … More Longtown Blacksmith Gets Funke
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
Today would be the 147th wedding anniversary of a Uniontown couple. I’ll get to the marriage later. We will start by looking at the groom. His name was Ernst August Alvin Frentzel who was born on June 4, 1857. During his lifetime, he was called Alvin. His parents were Charles and Emily Frentzel. I can … More Frentzel – Not Just a Farmer
We begin today with the birth of Anna Maria Miesner on September 16, 1869, making today her 152nd birthday. She was the daughter of Johann and Maria (Meier) Miesner. Anna was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. An image of her baptism record is displayed here. Anna was only one year old when the … More Miesner/Meier to Meyer/Miesner
I did a search on this blog for the term “Twin Falls” and got 4 results, so today’s story that begins in Perry County and ends up in Twin Falls, Idaho is not the first such post on this blog fitting that pattern. The story begins with the birthday of Martin Peter Johann Meier which … More Another Twin Falls, Idaho Resident
It has been a while since I have written a post about the wedding photo shown below. Five previous posts have been written about people in the above photo. Stories from a Wedding Photo – Part 1 Stories from a Wedding Photo – Part 2 Stories from a Wedding Photo – Part 3 Stories from a Wedding Photo … More Stories from a Wedding Photo – Part 5
We will begin today with the birthday of Anna Maria Cordes, who was born on February 3, 1876, making today her 145th birthday. Anna was the daughter of Heinrich and Margaretha (Meier) Cordes. She was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri. Her baptism record is shown below. Anna can be found in the … More Richard, Anna, and Emma Fritsche
One of my search strategies when looking for a blog story is to see if anyone was born on a particular day 200 years ago. This year, those special birthdays would have occurred in 1820. I don’t often find such a special birthday, but I occasionally take a look in our German Family Tree to … More Happy 200th Birthday, Anna Gerken Meier!
Herman Mangels was born in Farrar, Missouri on March 11, 1875. He was the son of Johann Peter and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels. Herman’s baptism took place at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Below is his baptism record. Apparently, this record had some problems, and someone had to make all sorts of corrections that came out … More No Water for Coffee?