Pioneer Starzingers

The research library at the Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum is called the Starzinger Family Research Library, thanks to a generous donation from people that were descendants of that clan. Today, I hope to tell the story of the original members of the Starzinger family to arrive in our area. That means I have to … More Pioneer Starzingers

Longtown Hoehn’s

You will be reading in this post about a wedding that took place 126 years ago. This year is the 125th anniversary year of Zion Lutheran Church in Longtown. The family of the bride was especially involved in the establishment of that congregation. However, the marriage is not recorded in that church’s books because it … More Longtown Hoehn’s

Jonesboro Butcher

Today’s story will have its beginnings in Longtown, Missouri, but will eventually end up in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I also have two men by the name of Freidrich Schade to discuss. Before I go any further, though, let me remind you that around here, the surname, Schade, is pronounced “shoddy”. There have been quite a few … More Jonesboro Butcher

‘Zoldt and Holt

Herman Rudolph Petzoldt was born on March 24, 1879, making him today’s birthday boy. Herman was the son of Richard and Johanna (Lindner) Petzoldt, also making him a grandson of “The Face” Friedrich Florian Petzoldt. Herman was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. His baptism record is shown below. When Herman was just 1 … More ‘Zoldt and Holt

Hilda and Hieronymus

The story for today does not include an unusual surname. Instead, it includes a rather rare first name to show up in our German Family Tree. That name appears in today’s title, Hieronymus. I did a search through the German Family Tree and found just 5 men whose name included Hieronymus, and the majority of … More Hilda and Hieronymus

Brothers and Sisters

The sweet little clothes in this photo came in as an accession this week along with a scan of the photograph. This is Ruth Ann Feiste Roth and Roy Feiste. Their parents were Emma [Schade] and Delmar Feiste. Ruth has recently shared an accession of family textiles and other items. They will make a wonderful … More Brothers and Sisters