I will look at a character today whose life is not very well documented. He disappears from the records after the 1870 census when he was just 11 years old. Yet despite that fact, he managed to become the main character of a book that has been written. There are so many questions raised when … More Where Did You Go, Joe?
For one season, he was my coach. I was a scrawny little guy who loved to play soccer, and I thought that I could be a kicker for the Concordia Teachers College football team. I did just that. The football program listed me as being 125 pounds, tied for one of the lightest players on … More Congratulations, Coach Meyer
The life story I will tell today highlights a Hopfer. Martin Hopfer was born on June 30, 1866. He was the son of Gottfried and Catherine (Schaefer) Hopfer. Yesterday’s character, Adolph Schaefer, would have called Martin’s mother, Aunt Catherine. So Martin and Adolph would have been cousins. Although I could find no direct connection in … More Martin Hopfer D.D.S.
Back in the days right before the turn of the 20th century, a boy was born in Pocahontas, Missouri, just south of the Apple Creek in north Cape Girardeau County. Ferdinand Friedrick (Fred) Schirmer was born on May 24, 1896. He was the son of Wilhelm and Anna Marie (Putz) Schirmer. Fred was baptized and … More Apple Creek to Dry Creek
A little over a year ago, I wrote the story of the couple made up of Martin Lueders and Agnes Fiehler. That story was titled, Lehrer Lueders. Just a reminder that Lehrer is the German term for “teacher”. Martin Lueders spent much of his Lutheran teaching career in Kansas, although he was teaching in Fremont, … More Later Lehrer Lueders
Although today’s story was generated by first finding the birth of twin girls on this date, most of it will center on the life of a man whose short life was filled with plenty of accomplishments. Nora and Rosa Lueders were born on April 11, 1899. They were the daughters of Henry and Louise (Elbrecht) … More Fiehler’s Fateful Fall
I am going to tell a story today that fits in with a recurring theme in the annals of East Perry County history. The theme is as follows: “Get married; leave town.” I have found quite a few of these types of stories especially among those who got married right about the time of World … More Newlyweds Off to Nebraska
Before I proceed with today’s story, I want to inform you that we may now know how the sport of dartball entered Perry/Cape Counties. We heard from our friend and guest blogger, John Popp. John tells us that his father, Teacher Popp – My Pop, learned to play dartball when he lived in the Chicago … More The Aurich’s Pilger Brides
Several posts have been published about Perry County people moving to Nebraska. Some have been about those who settled in the western part of that state around Potter and Sydney. Others, like the ones in this story, settled in the northeastern part of Nebraska in the area shown by the map below. However, we have … More Henry Becomes a Husker
Johann Martin Pilz began his life on the hilly area of East Perry County referred to as The Ridge, also called Friedland. He would later make his way to the flatlands of Nebraska. It is his story that I will attempt to tell today. John was born on December 23, 1894, but was not baptized … More Pilz on the Prairie