I get to tell the tale involving a brand new surname for this blog today. That name is Gerstacker. Today’s birthday girl is Emma Gerstacker, the daughter of Johann George and Eva (Bergmann) Gerstacker. She was born on June 29, 1882 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri. On Ancestry.com, many of the … More Menfro Moldenhauer’s
In November of 2017, a post was published titled, Sandler the Smithy, that told the story of the couple made up of Peter Sandler and Margaretha Boxdorfer. That was not the first couple made up of a Sandler man and a Boxdorfer woman. Today, you will be told the story of the first Sandler/Boxdorfer marriage. … More Another Sand-Box Couple
Elizabeth Barbara Lewis is today’s birthday girl. Her birthday was April 17, 1869. Lizzie, as she would be later called, was the daughter of George and Rebecca (Phillips) Lewis. You might be thinking that these are not German names, and you would be right. However, we do find her being baptized at a Lutheran church. … More The End Comes to Lizzie
Fritz was a fairly common nickname around here for someone with the given name Friedrich or Frederick. Today, you will read the story of a man called Fritz, who is also the birthday boy. Since documents differ on whether Fritz was from France or from Germany, I will discuss whether he was Fritz from Germany … More Fritz from France, the Perryville Painter
I looked for a Valentines Day story. I looked for a story that had some of the typical Valentine themes: hearts, flowers, cards, chocolate, jewelry, etc. I think I found one. If you read this blog regularly, you already know that I sometimes really have to stretch the meanings of people’s names to come up … More Valentines Day Story: Flowers, Jewelry, and Her Mountain Man
John Hooss and Mary Magdalena Kiesler were married in Perryville 150 years ago. I will attempt to tell the tale of a prominent family in Perryville history. I will begin with documenting the early years of John Hooss. John Hooss was born on February 1, 1848, the son of Henry and Barbara (Fath) Hooss. His … More Hooss Celebrating Their 150th Anniversary?
My Aunt Dorothy was the last of the aunts and uncles on my father’s side of the family to die. She was a wonderful lady who loved to laugh. She was a pleasure to be around. The photo below shows most of my Schmidt aunts and uncles. Aunt Dorothy is kneeling in front on the … More Aunt Dorothy’s Uncle Lonnie
My head was really spinning for a while trying to figure out the personalities who were involved in today’s family. It all started with looking at the birthday of Mary Poehner, who was born on November 19, 1858. I often go to Ancestry.com once I find a person who would potentially be a character in … More Difficult Dippold Duo
The story I tell today has very little connection to our German Family Tree, and today’s birthday boy did not even live till his 25th birthday. Yet, I’m anxious to tell this tale. It involves telling the story of some of the very first families to occupy areas of Perry and Ste. Genevieve Counties. When … More Death of a Doughboy
One of the regular visitors from out of town that we have at our museum is a man that we call Junior Doering. He has acquired that name because he and his father had the same name, Walter Doering. Today, I will write the story of William Doering whose father was named William Doering. So, … More Another Junior Doering?