A Wirth-y Carpenter

John Wirth was born on March 29, 1854.  Or was he?  According to the records of Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg, there was another John Wirth born on July 24, 1857.  Since they were both sons of Peter and Anna (Adler)(Newberry) Wirth, these two would have been brothers.  Before I attempt to explain this, I … More A Wirth-y Carpenter

Devastated by Disease

A birthday will lead us to a family story that is full of sickness.  It will give me an opportunity to discuss a particular disease that once caused much death in America….tuberculosis (TB).  January 16, 1885 was the birthday of Elizabeth Boxdorfer.  She was the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Rauh) Boxdorfer.  She was baptized … More Devastated by Disease

Walter and Wilma

Walter Dickmann was born on July 5, 1891, so that makes him today’s birthday boy.  Walter was the son of William and Augusta (Schalk) Dickmann.  Although we do not have any church records for his baptism, several documents indicate that he was born in Arnsburg, Missouri, which is located in the northern part of Cape … More Walter and Wilma

Lang-Rauh Connections

Yesterday, one of the characters was Anna Lang. Not long after she arrived in America in 1840, her mother, Magdalena (Harz) Lang, died.  Her father remarried.  His second wife was Anna Marie Fassold, and she blessed John Lang, Sr. with 7 more children.  The youngest of those children will be a major character in today’s … More Lang-Rauh Connections