Wittenberg Holschen’s

Whenever considering doing a story on Holschen’s, I automatically think that the story will focus on Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg. I think almost all the local Holschen stories I have told have been ones in which the characters were born, baptized, and buried there. That will not be the case today, even though the … More Wittenberg Holschen’s

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