Rudy and Rosie

Rudolph Andreas Petzoldt was born on June 25, 1896, so he would have been celebrating his 124th birthday if he was still alive today.  Rudolph was the last child born to Charles and Theresia (Leimer) Petzoldt.  He was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri.  Below is his baptism record. When Rudolph was just … More Rudy and Rosie

Frank the Koeberl Guy

When I first moved to Perry County about 10 years ago, I looked at the surname, Koeberl, and wondered how to pronounce it.  I soon discovered that folks around here make it very simple.  They pronounce this name the same as they pronounce “cable”.  This is also one of those names that was once spelled … More Frank the Koeberl Guy

Adolf’s Ladies

I decided to write a story today about a couple that got married on March 28th.  I had gotten quite a way through researching this couple before I discovered that another couple not only got married on the same day, but at the same church.  Then I took a look to see if I had … More Adolf’s Ladies

Koeberl and Leimer

I am not in Altenburg right now and will not be there until later this coming week.  That makes a little difference in the way I write these posts.  I do not have access to the church records that we have at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum.  I will not be able to display … More Koeberl and Leimer

Adolph of Dresden

I live in the area that was originally named Dresden when the Gesellschaft arrived on the scene in Perry County in 1839.  Gerard Fiehler jokingly calls me the Mayor of Dresden.  That means nothing since there is no such place anymore.  However, there was a time when there was such a place.  The map below … More Adolph of Dresden

First Burial

I wrote yesterday that I do not often use an early death as the starting point for a blog post.  Now I am about to write my second post in a row that starts that way.  What attracted me to an early death today is the likelihood that this death led to the first burial … More First Burial