More Ridge Gerlers

The birthday girl today is a Boehme.  I would describe her as a Farrar Boehme, as opposed to a Wittenberg Boehme.  Her name was Ottelea Helene Boehme and she was born on April 21, 1880 and was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  In 1902, at the age of 22, Ottelea married Herman … More More Ridge Gerlers

Black Jack Teacher

On October 30, 1924, a baby girl was born in Vincennes, Indiana by the name of Rosalie Antonia Kutscher.  Here is a photo of her birth certificate. As you can see, the parents of Rosalie were Paul and Helen (Reisenbichler) Kutscher.  It can also be noted that Paul was a parochial school teacher. Paul Gerhard … More Black Jack Teacher

Farrar Fastballs

September 29, 1935 was the day that Hilda Detjen married Walter Luehrs at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  This marriage drew my attention because when I attended Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, there were two young men attending there from Perry County, one of them named Gerald Luehrs, and the other named Dean … More Farrar Fastballs

Meyer-Meier Marriage

Meyer, Meier, and Meyr are three different family names common in East Perry County’s history.  Today we discuss the marriage between two of these familiies….a marriage of a Meyer and a Meier. Joachim Meyer was the groom.  His birthday occurred on this day, July 17 in 1863.  At that time, America was in the midst … More Meyer-Meier Marriage

Funeral Home Fans

Here in Perry County, we have just been through a week in which the heat and humidity have been pretty brutal.  It makes one wonder how people around here managed to survive in the many years before air conditioning arrived on the scene. I remember the days before air conditioning.  When I attended St. Jacobi … More Funeral Home Fans

The Birth of an Angel

Engel Sohpia Mangels was born on April 24, 1881 in Farrar, Missouri.  She was the daughter of Johann Peter and Engel (Mahnken) Mangels.  Both mother and daughter bore the name Engel, which in German means “angel”.  Engel Sophia would eventually marry Johann Claus Miessner and have seven children.  One tragic event took place when Engel … More The Birth of an Angel