Theodore Albert Bodenschatz would be celebrating his 159th birthday today. He was born on April 6, 1862, the son of Erdmann and Christiana (Wachter) Bodenschatz. I am able to display a photograph of Theodore’s parents. Theodore was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. His baptism record from that congregation’s books is shown below. The … More Ted’s Two Wives and Two Kids
One hundred thirty-five years ago, a set of twin boys was born in Altenburg, Missouri. Their story, along with their mother and siblings, will take us on quite a trip, and also connect with another old post with an unexplained mystery. Ernst Rudolph and Johannes Friedrich Winter were born on July 2, 1885, the sons … More Winters on Route 66
Yesterday, I told the story of a Gotthold who was born 150 years ago. Today, you will be told the story of another Gotthold. This one today was born 170 years ago. Gotthold Heinrich Ahner was born on February 21, 1850, the son of August and Johanna Maria (Groban) Ahner. He was baptized at Concordia … More Gotthold Got the Hecht out of Perry County
I have been looking for an occasion to use the church records we now have in our research library from Zion Lutheran Church in Alva, Oklahoma. Thanks to Dale Kirmse, a good friend of our museum who has also been a guest blogger, we have these records now. Zion, Alva is one of those places … More Henry and His Little Angel
I put today’s mystery question in today’s title. Rosa Landgraf is today’s birthday girl….or is she? One birth date we have for Rosa was August 21, 1885. As we work our way through this story, we will find two other alternatives. Rosa was the daughter of Bernhard and Mary (Litzelfelner) Landgraf. She was baptized at … More When Was Rosa Born?
In the last several months, I have told some stories about a branch of the Ahner family with Perry County origins. One story had to do with a Lutheran pastor who got involved with the establishment of a florist in the St. Louis area titled, A Flower Story for Mother’s Day. A second story came … More A Swiss Cook Gets an Ahner
I have been honored to write for this blog. However, that is not why I have composed the above title. Instead, there was once a Lutheran pastor who could have said after his wedding, “I have been “Ahner”ed.” (The surname Ahner is pronounced the same as the word “honor”.) And since his surname was Iben, … More Iben “Ahner”ed
I have not written a Poppitz story in a while. I found one today. A Poppitz girl was born on this day in Perry County. She would later be married and buried in this county. However, most of her life was spent elsewhere. So today I will tell the tale of Marie Poppitz. Marie Clara … More Born, Married, and Buried in Perry County
Herman Mangels was born in Farrar, Missouri on March 11, 1875. He was the son of Johann Peter and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels. Herman’s baptism took place at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Below is his baptism record. Apparently, this record had some problems, and someone had to make all sorts of corrections that came out … More No Water for Coffee?
I discovered that Anna Margaretha Miesner was born on February 13, 1883, so I decided to see where her story would lead. Her story would lead me to another discovery, and I will attempt to share that discovery in this post today. Right away, I ran into a little difficulty. It just so happens that … More Perry County Percolating into Coffeyville