Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

The life story I will tell today highlights a Hopfer.  Martin Hopfer was born on June 30, 1866.  He was the son of Gottfried and Catherine (Schaefer) Hopfer.  Yesterday’s character, Adolph Schaefer, would have called Martin’s mother, Aunt Catherine.  So Martin and Adolph would have been cousins.  Although I could find no direct connection in … More Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

Schaefer and Bock

Gustav Adolph Schaefer is the birthday boy for June 29th.  He was born on this day in 1878.  It is his story that I will tell today.  Before I go on, let me state that he went by the name Adolph on most of the documents I found, so that will be the name that … More Schaefer and Bock

Two Men Sent from Perry County for a Purpose – Part 2

Today, ur museum’s friend, Cal Eggers provides the second part to his blog post about two men from this area who made important contributions to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.  Enjoy.     ============================================ The blogs of yesterday and today were inspired by the photo and article from the November-December 2018 issue of “The Lutheran Layman.” … More Two Men Sent from Perry County for a Purpose – Part 2

Nice Try, Adolph

We will be recognizing a man today who would have been celebrating his 125th birthday had he still been alive.  His name was Gottfried Adolph Telle, and he was born on August 26, 1893.  He went by his middle name, Adolph, and he was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri. Adolph was the … More Nice Try, Adolph

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

Edible Concrete

Today’s post is, as promised, a continuation of yesterday’s story.  We told the saga yesterday of the Motz family of carriage makers who were part of the 1839 German immigration to Missouri.  We ended that story by telling how Henry and Laura Motz were buried in the Concordia Cemetery in St. Louis.  We said yesterday … More Edible Concrete

Shifting Schaefers

Today would have been the 91st anniversary of Herman and Thekla.  Or was it Benjamin and Onita.  On their Perry County marriage license we see them as Benjamin and Onita. On a gravestone, they are Herman and Thekla.  I am going to use Herman and Thekla. Not only did the names they used shift during … More Shifting Schaefers

Pastor Schaefer – Tennessee’s Spirit-maker’s Son

Not long after the beginning of the twentieth century, a future pastor was baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri.  Heinrich Herman Schaefer was born on June 12, 1902.  His parents were Heinrich Carl and Josephine Tennessee (Telle) Schaefer who lived in the town of Old Appleton, just south of Uniontown.  Here are photos … More Pastor Schaefer – Tennessee’s Spirit-maker’s Son

Uniontown Names

Today, we will try something new.  Around here we sometimes refer to some names as being “Frohna names”, some as “Farrar names”, etc.  We ran across the confirmation which took place at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Missouri on May 6, 1883.  Many of these names are ones that we call “Uniontown names”. Arthur Höh … More Uniontown Names