‘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

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

Engert #21

Today’s birthday girl, Elizabeth Engert, led me on an interesting research trail today despite the fact that she only lived 44 years.  Her story leads to several interesting questions.  One has to do with her birth date.  Another has to do with the time of service of some pastors.  Another has to do with marriage … More Engert #21

Wise Man Schmidt

Although you do not find their names in the Bible, church tradition says that the names of the Wise Men were Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthasar.  Today, we tell the story of Balthasar.  Balthasar Schmidt, that is.  Today was date that Balthasar Schmidt married Friedericke Schade.  They were married on June 19, 1861 at Immanuel Lutheran … More Wise Man Schmidt