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?
I have known some women who hoped to receive a diamond someday. I imagine you could say that you have known such women. Maybe, if you are a woman, you may remember hoping to receive a diamond or are still hoping. Today I will tell the story of Ruben Klemp. Even though he was not … More Ruben Finds a Deimund
Today was Ida Mina Hooss’s birthday. Ida was born in Perryville, Missouri on June 24, 1877, making today her 142nd birthday. She was the daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Cadenbach) Hooss. Her father, over the years, was a hotel keeper and merchant in Perryville. Ida was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville. Below are … More Miss Hooss – Schoolmarm
Because I had an appointment today in Perryville, I had no intentions to compose a blog post. However, as it turns out, it is that appointment I attended that led to this story. The appointment I had was to a place that I had not previously visited. However, when my wife and I got there, … More Another Visit to the Hotel
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