Teacher Noennig

My career was spent as a Lutheran educator.  I spent my days in several states, picked up a wife and family along the way, and served as both a classroom teacher and a principal.  The main character in today’s story followed pretty much that same pattern.  He also is today’s birthday boy. Paul Theodor Valentin … More Teacher Noennig

Iben “Ahner”ed

I have been honored to write for this blog.  However, that is not why I have composed the above title.  Instead, there was once a Lutheran pastor who could have said after his wedding, “I have been “Ahner”ed.”  (The surname Ahner is pronounced the same as the word “honor”.)  And since his surname was Iben, … More Iben “Ahner”ed

Oliver Follows Oregon Trail to Find Russians

Oliver Otto Schirmer was born on August 13, 1900 in Altenburg, Missouri, and later in November of that year, he was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was the son of Carl and Julie (Burns) Schirmer.  These Schirmers disappear from any church or census records from Perry County after 1900, so I suspect they moved … More Oliver Follows Oregon Trail to Find Russians