On a lark, when I started yesterday looking for a story for today, I decided to not just look for an event that took place on September 14th, but I went after an event that took place 100 years ago today on September 14, 1919. I was amazed that a search for that date in … More Perplexing Pair of Poppitz Partners
It may be Cinco de Mayo elsewhere in the world, but we Germans would say it is the fünfter Mai. And on the fifth of May in 1886, Clara Vogel was born in Jacob, Illinois. I knew that after looking in our German Family Tree, I was quite sure that I was not going to … More Clara Finds Justus in Jacob – Or Did Justus Find Clara?
The person whose story will be told today did not spend much of his life in Perry County. In fact, he did not spend most of his life in Missouri. Heinrich (Henry) Schuessler became a Lutheran pastor and spent almost all his life in the state of Michigan. We tell his story today because he … More Rev. Schuessler from Michigan
Cornelia Bundenthal was born on October 10, 1909 in Atchison, Kansas. You might immediately wonder how she would be connected to East Perry County. Cornelia was the daughter of Rev. Theodore and Concordia (Weinhold) Bundenthal. Concordia was one of the eight daughters of Joseph and Mary Weinhold of Wittenberg. The story of the Weinhold’s daughters … More The Travels and Travails of Cornelia
My last post highlighted a brother and sister who both remained unmarried during their lives. Another story materialized for today which will highlight another unmarried person. The story will also take us from Mecklenburg to Minnesota to Michigan to Missouri. We will begin this story by looking at the passenger list of the ship, Gessner, … More Maid from Michigan
A typical Lutheran pastor works very hard during the Christmas season, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This year, it is even more challenging because the Fourth Sunday in Advent also occurs on Christmas Eve. Today I will tell the story of a pastor’s wife who had her own version of labor on two … More Pastor’s Wife Gives Birth on Two Christmas Eves
I was having trouble finding a story for December 1st when I ran across a fact in our German Family Tree that led me to write last year’s December 1st story. While looking at the story I wrote a year ago, I began to ask more questions about it, and since I didn’t have the … More Ahner Enigmas
The birthday boy today is Rev. George Albert Schieferdecker. He was born on March 12, 1815 in Germany and was one of the original members of the Gesellschaft. He came to America aboard the Copernicus. On the passenger list, he is called a Candidate of Theology. In the early years, George served in teaching … More Schieferdecker Splits – Then Returns
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?
Today would have been the 206th birthday of Ottomar Fuerbringer. He was born June 30, 1810 in an area of Germany called Reuss. Ottomar’s chief claim to fame here in Perry County is the fact that he was one of the builders and also one of the first teachers of the Log Cabin College. He, … More Happy Birthday, Ottomar