Mama Kieninger

Esther Kieninger would have been 134 years old today.  She was born as Esther Mueller on November 8, 1885.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Mathilda (Buenger) Mueller and her baptism record can be found in the church books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  However, she may have been baptized in the church/school … More Mama Kieninger

Gottfried’s Travels and Trials

Ernst Gottfried Weber would be celebrating his 150th birthday today because he was born on October 11, 1869.  As it turns out, Gottfried had quite the trip through life, spending time in several locations and experiencing some difficulties in the process. Gottfried (sometimes called Fred) was the son of Herman and Pauline (Braeutigam-Schroeder) Weber.  Gottfried’s … More Gottfried’s Travels and Trials

Give Me Livery or Give Me Life (Insurance)

John Arthur Vogel was born on August 18, 1883 in Pocahontas, Missouri.  That would make today his 136th birthday.  He was the son of Theodore and Emilie (Happel) Vogel.  He was sometimes called John on records, sometimes Arthur, and sometimes J.A.  I will use Arthur.  He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, … More Give Me Livery or Give Me Life (Insurance)

Clara’s Car Guy

Carl Hugo Paffrath arrived in New York City in February of 1882 aboard the Vaderland.  We see his name on the passenger list shown below. Little did Carl know that his family would cross paths with a girl from Perry County roots.  It was that girl who is today’s birthday girl.  Her name was Clara … More Clara’s Car Guy