Jake and Mina

Wilhelmina Marie Christine Hellwege was born 163 years ago. Her birthday was July 1, 1858. This girl would most often be called Mina or something similar on future documents. Mina’s parents were Heinrich and Friedericke (Winter) Hellwege. A previous post was written about Mina’s father and his four wives titled, The Fourth Marriage. Mina was … More Jake and Mina

Leo and Lena

We have a birthday boy today by the name of August Leo Saupe, who went by the name of Leo. He was born on June 29, 1863, the son of Julius and Justine (Dietze) Saupe. Today would have been Leo’s 158th birthday. He was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri. His baptism record … More Leo and Lena

R.I.P. Rudy

Rudy Bodenschatz may have died this past Tuesday, June 1st, but his memories will remain with us. For many years, Rudy served the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum as a docent. When I first moved to Altenburg 11 years ago and became a docent myself, I would occasionally be paired with Rudy for a day. … More R.I.P. Rudy

Lena Starzinger Joins the Neighborhood

A few days ago, in a post titled, Ed and Julie¬†Koenig, it was pointed out that a passenger list included the surnames Koenig, Koch, and Haertling, and several folks with those surnames ended up forming a “neighborhood” of farms in the Shawnee Township. That neighborhood remained intact over at least 3 census records…30 years. Today, … More Lena Starzinger Joins the Neighborhood