Elmer and Ada Putz

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 and Minnie

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

Another Charles Rauh

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

Pretty Poppitz

The word schön in German means “beautiful”. The “Americanized” spelling used to eliminate the umlaut is schoen. Stories about people with the surname, Schoen, have shown up on this blog before. Today you will read a story about a Schoen who married a Poppitz, thus making her a Pretty Poppitz. Here is a photo of … More Pretty Poppitz

A Killer Mule

It would have been Herman Carl Koenig’s 155th birthday today. He was born on September 8, 1865 in Korbussen, Germany. He was the son of Zacharias Lorenz and Marianne Louise (Ackermann) Koenig. Below is a map showing the location of Korbussen. It is about 30 miles from Kahla, which was mentioned in yesterday’s post. Herman’s … More A Killer Mule