Back in Kansas Again

Today, you may feel like Dorothy and Toto did at the end of the movie when they found themselves back in Kansas again. This is the third consecutive post that takes us from the Perry County area to the state of Kansas. Minna Petrina Engert is today’s birthday girl. She was born on February 5, … More Back in Kansas Again

Seelitz Sweethearts

You will read another one of those stories today about the parents of children who have been the subjects of previous posts on this blog. However, the story of the mother and father has yet to be told. Also, among the other names that I would call Seelitz names like Schlimpert, Kuehnert, and Degenhardt, you … More Seelitz Sweethearts

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

Pretty Poppitz

The word schön in German means “beautiful”. The “Americanized” spelling used to eliminate the umlaut is schoen. Stories about people with the surname, Schoen, have shown up on this blog before. Today you will read a story about a Schoen who married a Poppitz, thus making her a Pretty Poppitz. Here is a photo of … More Pretty Poppitz

Another Emilie Walther

In the early years of the German Lutheran immigration, Rev. C.F.W. Walther married Emilie Buenger.  We will discover another Emilie today that married a Walther, making her another Emilie Walther.  If you follow this blog regularly, you are probably already aware of the fact that there were some famous Walther’s who were pastors in the … More Another Emilie Walther