Martin and Grace

Way back in 2017, I wrote the story of Martin and Angelina Palisch. That post was titled, Enjoying a Red Seal. Martin and Angelina were each born in Perry County, Missouri, but eventually migrated across the river to spend much of their lives in Jackson County, Illinois. They ended up in Murphysboro, where Martin worked for … More Martin and Grace

The Krause’s – John Julius, Martha, and Emily

The surname highlighted in today’s post is another one that brings up the topic of pronunciation. How do you pronounce Krause. I have known folks with that surname over the years and have heard it pronounced two different ways. One is to make it rhyme with “house”. The other is to pronounce it as Krau-zee. … More The Krause’s – John Julius, Martha, and Emily

Martin and Dora

Martin and Dora Brunkhorst would be celebrating their 105th wedding anniversary today if they were still alive. I will be attempting to tell their story today. In the case of Dora, I have already attempted to tell part of her story in a previous post, Seelitz to Jacob. However, I may not have gotten her … More Martin and Dora

G.G. and A.A. Seibel

I am calling Georg Gottlob Seibel today’s birthday boy, but there is a little confusion about his date of birth.  There are conflicting church records.  Based on Gottlob’s baptism record at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Missouri, he was born on February 28, 1865 and baptized on March 3rd.  Gottlob was the son of Jacob … More G.G. and A.A. Seibel

The Buck Store

It seems like Dollar Stores are popping up everywhere across America.  Today I will tell the story of what quite possibly was the first “Dollar Store” to exist in Murphysboro, Illinois.  It was called Buck’s Grocery, and the couple involved in that store come right out of our German Family Tree. It all starts with … More The Buck Store