My Darling, Clementine

One of the characters in my book, Mama Buenger: Mother of a Synod is Clementine Buenger.  She is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on June 15, 1823 in Etzdorf, Germany.  She was the daughter of Rev. Jakob and Christiane (Reiz) Buenger.  Her father died in 1836, so her widowed mother decided to become a … More My Darling, Clementine

Estel & Lange

Today would have been the 162nd anniversary of Paul Martin and Anna (Lange) Estel.  They were married at Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis on June 7, 1857.  We have this marriage record, although it is just an entry in an Excel worksheet. I chose to write this story for a variety of reasons.  … More Estel & Lange

Up and Down

I am going to attempt to tell the story about a woman who has definite roots in Perry County, Missouri, and a man that may have had his origins in the 1839 German immigration led by Rev. Martin Stephan.  One thing we do know is that there was some movement by these two up and … More Up and Down