Bertha and Paul

Bertha Agnes Thauwald was born on this day 140 years ago, making her today’s birthday girl. She was born on August 8, 1881, the daughter of Carl and Caroline (Schneider) Thauwald. Bertha was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri. An image of her baptism record from that congregation’s books is shown below. Even … More Bertha and Paul

The Danz Instructors

A while back a post was written titled, Rudolph and His Danz Partner. It told the story of Rudolph and Lena Reisenbichler. Lena’s maiden name was Danz, and thus the title. I figure if Lena was a “Danz partner”, then her parents would be her “Danz instructors”. Today, you will be told the story of Lena’s … More The Danz Instructors

The Other Christian Reisenbichler

In a previous blog post titled, Pocahontas Undertaker, the main character was Christian Reisenbichler. The “Pocahontas Undertaker” was Christian Ernst Reisenbichler, the son of Gottlieb and Anna Marie (Pilz) Reisenbichler who was born in 1874. Today, you will read the story of Christian E. Reisenbichler’s older cousin, Christian Johann Reisenbichler, who is today’s birthday boy. … More The Other Christian Reisenbichler

Louis and Nettie

Alois Gottlieb Reisenbichler was born on the day after Christmas in 1869, so if he was still alive today, he would be celebrating his 151st birthday. This boy would be called Louis during his life. He was the son of Gottlieb and Anna (Putz) Reisenbichler. One interesting fact we find in this Reisenbichler family is … More Louis and Nettie

Pocahontas Undertaker

I’m going to begin with a little mathematics today. Today is September 2nd, or as is shown with just numbers, 9/2. 9 x 2 = 18. Also, 9 “squared” is 81. So, for my crazy mathematical brain, 9/2/1881 carries with it a special mathematical significance. And 9/2/1881 is the birthday for one of the main … More Pocahontas Undertaker

Blacksmith to Mechanic

I guess it makes sense.  A blacksmith was a person who worked with metal.  He often worked on pieces of equipment that were involved in transportation, such as wagons.  He worked with his hands.  So, when there was a transformation from horse and buggy days to automobiles and the internal combustion engines, workers were needed … More Blacksmith to Mechanic