Wittenberg Characters

I have the privilege today to write the real story of a couple of individuals that are main characters in my two books, Wittenberg ’03: Coming of a Church and Wittenberg ’04: Coming of a Railroad. These two are Laura Gemeinhardt and Teacher Richard Kalbfleisch. The story of this couple is one that inspired me … More Wittenberg Characters

Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

The story I tell today comes from two entirely different directions. It begins in Jacob, Illinois, meanders through Perry County for a short time, and moves up to St. Louis. A spouse’s life begins in Tennesseee, makes its way to Vancouver, Washington, and that life, too, ends up in St. Louis where these two individuals … More Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

Mary and Simon

Maria Magdalena Schuessler is today’s birthday girl.  If she was alive today, she would be celebrating a very special birthday.  There would have been 150 candles on her cake.  I am once again not in Altenburg, so I will not be able to display any church records for this story.  I am out of town … More Mary and Simon

An Electrifying End

You might think that I would write the first post for 2020 about some sort of new beginning.  To a certain extent, that is the case, because we will be looking at a man who was born on the first day of 1890, making him today’s birthday boy.  However, when you look at his life, … More An Electrifying End