Mrs. Reinkensmeyer

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

George Gerhardt – From Blacksmith to Selling Refrigerators

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

Texas Ted Palisch

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

Kaempfe’s Carriage

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

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