Like yesterday, today you will read a story about a birthday girl who was called “Lena”. Caroline “Lena” Josephine Engelhart was born on March 19, 1879. Before I move on, let me discuss the spelling of this surname. I have seen it spelled either Engelhardt or Engelhart, with the “d” or without. Most go without … More An Engelhart-Kasten Couple
Diedrich Hadeler brought his family to America in 1868, and his descendants are still quite numerous in East Perry County to this day. The spelling of this surname has gone through a few changes over the years since that family arrived. First, let’s look at Diedrich’s baptism record from Lamstedt, Germany. He was born on … More Hadeler, Hadler, or Hatler?
Herman Leimer has just one record in our German Family Tree. That record indicates that he came to Perry County from Prairie City, Missouri to get married in 1881. Below is an image of Herman’s entry in our GFT. There are 7 pages of Leimer’s in our German Family Tree, but the above entry is … More Likely Leimer Link?
I mention Gerard Fiehler quite often in my blog posts. He is such an important asset for our museum and assists me so much when I am researching for these posts. Today, you will read the story of one set of his great grandparents. We might describe them as the Schilling great grandparents. Also, from … More Gerard’s Great Grandparents
Elmer Putz would have been celebrating his 125th birthday today. He was born on January 20, 1896, the son of Henry and Christiane (Ruehling) Putz. Elmer was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pocahontas, Missouri. We have transcriptions of the records from that congregation, but I cannot display actual church records. Below is the … More Elmer and Ada Putz
Frank married twice. His first marriage was the infamous $15 wedding that was described in the post with that title, The $15 Wedding. Then, his second marriage, the one involving Frank and Minnie, took place on this day, so that couple would be celebrating their wedding anniversary today if they were still alive. I urge … More Frank and Minnie
Yes, today is yet another story about a bride and a groom with roots on The Ridge. The Ridge is a hilly, rural neighborhood located north of Altenburg near the Mississippi River. Residents of The Ridge were predominantly members of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. The couple that will be discussed today is another story … More Return for Ridge Romance
Several days ago, my head was spinning over the Lehner family from Alkoven, Austria. I now have access to an updated version of our German Family Tree which includes several additions which have been made on the Lehner surname. I think I now have a better handle on this situation. It turns out that there … More Lehner-Birner-Wachter
Wilhelm Traugott Schirmer was born on November 28, 1860, so today he would have been 160 years old. Wilhelm was the son of Conrad and Hermine (Petzoldt) Schirmer. His baptism record can be found in the books of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg, Missouri. I am unable to display any church records today. Let me … More Maria’s Schirmer Men
Not long ago, Charles Rauh authored the book, One Furrow at a Time, a book that tells the tale of the 1839 Gesellschaft. It is what we might call a best-seller at our museum’s gift shop. He is a special friend of our historical society. Today, I will tell the tale of another Charles Rauh, … More Another Charles Rauh