Pastor’s Pancake

Today, I start with the beginning of a pancake. I must point out that, in German, the word for pancake is pfannkucken. Clara Martha Pfannkucken was born on October 3, 1879. Martha was the daughter of Wilhelm and Magdalene (Schuessler) Pfannkuchen. Martha was the 6th child of 7 born into this family, but she was … More Pastor’s Pancake

Pastor Q

I have not written may posts about people who have surnames that begin with a “Q”. For the record, our German Family Tree contains only 4 pages of information on surnames beginning with “Q”. I remember doing a post about a Michael Quast, and I vaguely remember someone married to a Quaas, but that’s all … More Pastor Q

An Epidemic Survivor

The summer of 1849 in St. Louis, Missouri, especially the month of July, bears a certain resemblance to the present-day coronavirus pandemic.  A previous post on this blog described what was happening during the Cholera Epidemic that devastated that city and especially the Lutheran church located there, Old Trinity Lutheran Church.  That post was titled, … More An Epidemic Survivor

Holiday Music

Two things: People who know me are familiar with my rants in November about how people shouldn’t start playing Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.  Certainly it is not anywhere close to being the time to talk about holiday music, but that’s the title for today’s story, yet there is a reason for it. I have … More Holiday Music