Herman and His Ladies

Herman Stemmermann and Anna Maria Heidt were married on this day in 1878.  Today would have been their 142nd wedding anniversary.  Before we discuss this marriage, let’s take a look at the early history of these two characters. Herman Stemmermann was born on December 7, 1854 in Germany.  According to a future census, Herman came … More Herman and His Ladies

Peter Blessed by a Crum

One hundred seventy-eight years ago, Peter Herman Stueve was born in Lamstedt, Germany.  Peter was born on June 5, 1841.  His parents were Carsten and Adelheid (Mangels) Stueve.  The parish located in Lamstedt is one of those churches whose records can be found on Ancestry.com.  We have Peter’s baptism record. It is reported that Peter … More Peter Blessed by a Crum

Name Changing

I was attracted to this story because of the name Gothard Pfennighausen.  As near as I can tell, this name means something like “penny house” in German.  He married Emma Hooss on June 9th at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville in 1890.  Gotthard’s trail led to many different places…..and several changes in names.  Plus, there … More Name Changing

A Man of Many Talents

The year was 1899.  Three years earlier, William Drumtra’s wife, Mary (Mueller) Drumtra had died, leaving him with with four children, ages 15, 13, 7, and 3.  Now on January 4th, William was getting married again, this time to Sarah Beyer, the daughter of Teacher Beyer at Trinity Lutheran School.  Sarah was 23 years old … More A Man of Many Talents