The Buck Store

It seems like Dollar Stores are popping up everywhere across America.  Today I will tell the story of what quite possibly was the first “Dollar Store” to exist in Murphysboro, Illinois.  It was called Buck’s Grocery, and the couple involved in that store come right out of our German Family Tree. It all starts with … More The Buck Store

Bud and Edna

Theodore Fischer was born on this day back in 1897.  However, which Theodore Fischer was he?  One Theodore Fischer was born in 1902, and he became the doctor in Altenburg for most of his life.  He is not the Theodore Fischer who is today’s birthday boy.  Theodore Elmo Leo Fischer was born on December 3, … More Bud and Edna

A Pair of Singles

Lutje and Anna Grother and three of their children arrived in St. Louis, Missouri shortly before the Gesellschaft did.  They sailed to America aboard the Sophie which arrived in New Orleans in November of 1838, about two months before the ships carrying the Gesellschaft members.  We find them on this passenger list.  Included on this … More A Pair of Singles

Engert-Gerler-Palisch

The story I tell today brings together three surnames that have shown up in this blog on many occasions….Engert, Gerler, and Palisch.  And the Palisch surname actually shows up twice in this story.  It all starts with the birthday of Gotthilf Engert, who was born on September 30, 1845.  He was the son of Friedrich … More Engert-Gerler-Palisch

Brewer’s Daughter; Coal Miner’s Wife; Baker; Laundress

Today’s birthday girl can be described using so many names, as indicated in the title of this post.  That list is not even complete, as you will later read.  This girl’s family could trace their ancestry back to the Gesellschaft in 1839, but by the time of her birth, her parents were living across the … More Brewer’s Daughter; Coal Miner’s Wife; Baker; Laundress

Rudy and Dora

Today’s couple reminds me of my aunt and uncle.  I had an Aunt Dorothy and an Uncle Rudy Schmidt.  As the title suggests, the couple I write about today were a Rudy and Dora, only their surname was Gerhardt.  Both Rudy and Dora had Perry County roots, but they managed to marry each other in … More Rudy and Dora