Grosse Pfeiffer

I will begin with a discussion of German words today. The word, grosse, in German can be translated to the word large in English. I also found evidence that the German surname, Pfeiffer, can be translated as fifer, one who plays the fife. When I think of a fife, I think of a fife and … More Grosse Pfeiffer

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