Kassel-Koenig Kinship

It was August 20, 1892.  The setting was Farrar, Missouri.  Frank and Erna Kassel were blessed with their third child, a boy by the name of Karl Heinrich Kassel.  He would go through life using the name Henry.  Henry was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar.  Here is his baptism record. Every once in … More Kassel-Koenig Kinship

Oliver Follows Oregon Trail to Find Russians

Oliver Otto Schirmer was born on August 13, 1900 in Altenburg, Missouri, and later in November of that year, he was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was the son of Carl and Julie (Burns) Schirmer.  These Schirmers disappear from any church or census records from Perry County after 1900, so I suspect they moved … More Oliver Follows Oregon Trail to Find Russians

Uncle Joe

Back when the Schirmer twins were born on December 5th, their Uncle Joe may have been snapping his fingers, saying, “Oh, so close.  If they would have waited one more day, they would have shared my birthday.”  The story of the twins was told yesterday….The Roller Mills of Rudy, Reinhold, and Martin. Joseph Holt was … More Uncle Joe

The Roller Mills of Rudy, Reinhold, and Martin

It’s another birthday for twins.  This time, we will begin our story with the birth of Rudolph and Reinhold Schirmer on December 5, 1908.  Their parents were Martin Manuel and Emma (Holt) Schirmer of Altenburg.  Martin and Emma had been married in New Wells, Missouri in 1906. Over the years, Martin was involved in several … More The Roller Mills of Rudy, Reinhold, and Martin

Very Few Children

Most of the writing that I have done on this blog has been about people who have had numerous children, especially when in comparison with families today.  In the last few days though, the families that I have researched have had very few children.  That is the case with Caroline Sophia Anna Grote, who was … More Very Few Children