Hardware, Ice Cream, Mail, Merchandise, Food, Music, Beer

A marriage record shows up for April 12, 1896, and it began my search today.  Below is the marriage license. The bride and groom for this wedding were Caroline Horn and Adolph Weber.  The pastor was Rev. J. Stumpf.  The minister’s name had me stumped (or is that “stumpfed”) for a little while.  I eventually … More Hardware, Ice Cream, Mail, Merchandise, Food, Music, Beer

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