The Youngest of Joseph’s Good-Looking Women

A previous blog post is the starting point for today’s story. A photograph was the centerpiece of that post that can be found at the following link: Surrounded by Good-Looking Women That post included the photograph shown below which shows Joseph and Maria Weinhold along with their 8 daughters. The youngest of the Weinhold daughters … More The Youngest of Joseph’s Good-Looking Women

Schaefers Help Preserve Oklahoma History

When Ferdinand Rudolph Schaefer was born on February 13, 1866, his parents would certainly not have predicted that their son and his future wife would be so instrumental in the preservation of Oklahoma history. Heinrich and Maria (Hopfer) Schaefer had their newborn baby baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.  Here is the church record … More Schaefers Help Preserve Oklahoma History

Frohna Butcher

Rudolph Oswald would have been expected to remember that today was the birthday of his wife.  Margaretha Mangels was born on December 6, 1872 and baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  Her parents were Johann and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels. Rudolph Oswald was also born in 1872, but he was born across the Mississippi … More Frohna Butcher

Hardware Rudy’s

You may have done business with a company called Hardware Hank.  It’s a company based in Minnesota and is a co-op of hardware store owners similar to Ace Hardware, True Value, or Do It Best. In days gone by, you might have done business with a hardware store that very well could have been called … More Hardware Rudy’s

Fischer Heartbreak

There were ten children born into the Edward Fischer family between 1893 and 1913.  Nine of them were boys.  Sadly, the mother of this family, Katie (Kuennel) Fischer, witnessed the funerals of seven of her children before her own death. The reason this story hit my radar today is that one of those sons, Rudolph … More Fischer Heartbreak

Keepers of the Hotels

Right now, Perry County is gearing up for a very special event which will occur this August…..a total solar eclipse.  People from all over our country and all over the world will be visiting our area for this astronomical phenomenon.  These people will need places to stay.  It is my understanding that all the hotels … More Keepers of the Hotels

The Roller Mills of Rudy, Reinhold, and Martin

It’s another birthday for twins.  This time, we will begin our story with the birth of Rudolph and Reinhold Schirmer on December 5, 1908.  Their parents were Martin Manuel and Emma (Holt) Schirmer of Altenburg.  Martin and Emma had been married in New Wells, Missouri in 1906. Over the years, Martin was involved in several … More The Roller Mills of Rudy, Reinhold, and Martin

A Teacher’s Kid

June 29th was the day that Rudolph Johannes Meyr married Hedwig “Hattie” Josephine Schmidt at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg. The marriage took place in 1920. By 1921, Rudolph and Hattie were living in Detroit, Michigan where Rudolph was teaching at Concordia Lutheran School. While in Detroit, this couple had their only child, Vernon Meyr.  … More A Teacher’s Kid