Herman and Hilda

Herman Gottlieb Gustave Pfeiffer was born on November 26, 1890, making him today’s birthday boy. He would have had to blow out 131 candles on his cake if he was still alive today. Herman was the son of Herman and Louise (Klaus) Pfeiffer. I’m not exactly sure if he is a genuine Herman, Jr., but … More Herman and Hilda

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

Death of a Doughboy

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

Not Such a Jolly Band

Yesterday’s story about the Jolley Boys Band was a pretty uplifting type of post.  Today’s is not.  However, there is something similar about yesterday’s blog and today’s.  In both cases, the story started with a photograph.  Yesterday, a photograph showing a bunch of young men in a band clowning around just had to be used.  … More Not Such a Jolly Band

The Jolley Boys

As I usually do, I did start today by finding an event that occurred on this date, but in the process, I ran across the following photo.  It shows the Jolley Boys Band of Pocahontas, Missouri.  To me, this picture was just irresistible.  I just had to do this story just so I could post … More The Jolley Boys