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

Brewer’s Daughter; Coal Miner’s Wife; Baker; Laundress

Today’s birthday girl can be described using so many names, as indicated in the title of this post.  That list is not even complete, as you will later read.  This girl’s family could trace their ancestry back to the Gesellschaft in 1839, but by the time of her birth, her parents were living across the … More Brewer’s Daughter; Coal Miner’s Wife; Baker; Laundress

Old Town and Low Town

I am going to share a story today with plenty of plot twists.  I hope I can keep it all straight.  It all starts with the birthday of Pauline Holt on November 28, 1873.  She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Wilhelmina (Mueller) Holt.  … More Old Town and Low Town

Selfsame Seibels

Martin Seible married Clara Arbeiter on May 1, 1921 at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Otto Seibel married Bertha Ziegler on May 20, 1922 in Murphysboro, Illinois.  What makes these two marriages special is the fact that Martin and Otto Seibel were identical twins. Martin and Otto were born on November 3, 1897 in … More Selfsame Seibels