We will be taking a look at another person that would be celebrating her 150th birthday if she was still alive today. She was a Palisch, and she would go on to marry a Fischer. This was not the first time that a Palisch woman would marry a Fischer man. When I do stories on … More A More Recent Fischer-Palisch Pair
There is a remote connection between yesterday’s story which took place in the Shawnee Township of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri and today’s story which has its beginning in the Fountain Bluff Township of Jackson County, Illinois. The connection can be found if you backtrack to the beginning of the Vogel family in Perry County. There … More Mrs. Reinkensmeyer
I will drift away from my normal story strategy today. Instead of telling the tale of one family, I am going to give brief attention to three people that are not related to each other in any family way. What they do have in common is a connection to Reformation Day, October 31st. Two of … More Reformation Roundup
I think the story of Friedrich Bodenschaz contains two fairly distinct chapters. One chapter includes his life from birth to the year 1890, and the second chapter takes his life from that point until his death in 1929. You may understand that distinction by the time I get to the end of his story. Ernst … More Friedrich Bodenschatz’s Two Lives
A baptism record in the books of Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna presents us with a bit of a puzzle. This record shows a boy by the name of Leo Herbert Wagner being born on October 3, 1897. He was the son of Samuel and Margarethe (Sommer) Wagner. I will display that record here. The … More When Was Herbert Born?
Heinrich Albert Pilz was born on July 10, 1864, so he is today’s birthday boy. Although I will call him Henry today, I really ought to call him Henry A. because there were two boys named Henry Pilz that were born around the same time and were both members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. … More Pilz or Piltz; Henry A. or Henry C.
Today’s post once again sent me off on some more tangential research (down some extra rabbit holes). This time, I was off on a journey to learn the history of refrigeration and tractor trailers. I had actually done some of this research a while back on refrigeration when I was writing my Wittenberg ’03 book. … More George Gerhardt – From Blacksmith to Selling Refrigerators
I debated whether to write this story today. I found a birthday for February 4th, but it did not take me too long to see it might be a challenge. Here are some reasons I came up with for not doing this story. I only found one record in our German Family Tree for this … More Texas Ted Palisch
The original Kaempfe family arrived aboard the Johann Georg as part of the Gesellschaft in 1839. I wrote a post about the early years in Perry County for the Kaempfe’s that was titled, Prof. Godfather. These Kaempfe’s eventually had a farm in Millstadt, Illinois, and one of their sons, Traugott, moved back to Perry County, … More Kaempfe’s Carriage
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