Clara and Paul

In my upcoming book, Wittenberg ’04, two weddings that occurred in July of 1904 will be highlighted. Another 1904 marriage will be the centerpiece of today’s blog post. That wedding took place in August. In fact, it took place on this day in August making today this couple’s 116th anniversary. Today’s groom was a member … More Clara and Paul

Menfro Moldenhauer’s

I get to tell the tale involving a brand new surname for this blog today.  That name is Gerstacker.  Today’s birthday girl is Emma Gerstacker, the daughter of Johann George and Eva (Bergmann) Gerstacker.  She was born on June 29, 1882 and baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Perryville, Missouri.  On Ancestry.com, many of the … More Menfro Moldenhauer’s

The Frohna Schade’s

As I have studied East Perry County surnames, I have noticed that most folks with the surname, Schade, were found living in Altenburg and were members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.  However, there is a branch of the Schade family tree that resided near Frohna and were members of Concordia Lutheran Church.  I will tell the … More The Frohna Schade’s

Charles and Tillie

We will celebrate a wedding anniversary today.  Charles Fiehler and Clothilde “Tillie” Boehme were married at Trinity Lutheran Church on October 17, 1897.  Thus, today would have been their 121st anniversary. Clothilde was the daughter of two original immigrants that were part of the Gesellschaft.  Both of her parents arrived here as relatively young children.  … More Charles and Tillie

Old-Time Engineer

I have seen the term “engineer” given in the occupation column of several censuses from Perry County from back in the 1880’s and early 1900’s.  That term does not have the implication that one would have for the word “engineer” nowadays.  This definition can be found in a modern dictionary. “A person who designs, builds, … More Old-Time Engineer