A Brand New Guy

The starting point for today’s post is the birthday of Louis Henry Edward Brand, who was born on August 15, 1889. The surname, Brand, has not previously shown up on this blog. Edward was the son of Friedrich and Lucie (Fritz) Brand. When I discovered that Edward’s family was living in the Randol Township of … More A Brand New Guy

Trinity’s Pastor #3

The first pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg was Rev. G.H. Loeber. The second pastor of that congregation was Rev. Georg Schieferdecker. Today, I will compose a post about Pastor #3, who also happens to be our birthday boy. Johann Paul Beyer was born on June 26, 1832 in Reinwarzhofen, Germany, which is a … More Trinity’s Pastor #3

Edible Concrete

Today’s post is, as promised, a continuation of yesterday’s story.  We told the saga yesterday of the Motz family of carriage makers who were part of the 1839 German immigration to Missouri.  We ended that story by telling how Henry and Laura Motz were buried in the Concordia Cemetery in St. Louis.  We said yesterday … More Edible Concrete

The Perilous Journey of Some Early Lamstedt Immigrants

The author of today’s post is once again Fred Eggers.  He is an outstanding researcher and has written this story with connections to his own family.  It is a fascinating tale of a man’s survival during the calamity of a steamboat burning on the Mississippi River.  This account also contains information that is important in … More The Perilous Journey of Some Early Lamstedt Immigrants