Maid from Michigan

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

Pastor’s Wife Gives Birth on Two Christmas Eves

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

Ahner Enigmas

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

A Teacher’s Kid

June 29th was the day that Rudolph Johannes Meyr married Hedwig “Hattie” Josephine Schmidt at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. The marriage took place in 1920. By 1921, Rudolph and Hattie were living in Detroit, Michigan where Rudolph was teaching at Concordia Lutheran School. While in Detroit, this couple had their only child, Vernon Meyr.  … More A Teacher’s Kid

Missionary in Michigan

On March 1, 1916, one hundred years ago, Rev. Ernst Gustav Hermann Miessler (pictured above) died in Chicago, Illinois.  He is known for his missionary work among the Chippewa Indians in central Michigan.  His first wife, Johanna Pinkepank Miessler, is buried in the Bethany Lutheran Indian Cemetery.  She died in 1857.  Rev. Miessler changed professions … More Missionary in Michigan

Valentine Wedding

On Valentine’s Day, 1886, Rev. C.F.W. Walther united Rev. John Jacob Trinklein and Sarah Buenger in marriage in St. Louis, Missouri.  In doing so, Rev. Walther was officiating at the wedding of his niece, the daughter of his wife’s brother, Herman Buenger, a druggist in St. Louis.  Rev. Walther was getting up there in years … More Valentine Wedding