Leo and Lena

We have a birthday boy today by the name of August Leo Saupe, who went by the name of Leo. He was born on June 29, 1863, the son of Julius and Justine (Dietze) Saupe. Today would have been Leo’s 158th birthday. He was baptized at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri. His baptism record … More Leo and Lena

The Danz Instructors

A while back a post was written titled, Rudolph and His Danz Partner. It told the story of Rudolph and Lena Reisenbichler. Lena’s maiden name was Danz, and thus the title. I figure if Lena was a “Danz partner”, then her parents would be her “Danz instructors”. Today, you will be told the story of Lena’s … More The Danz Instructors

Copious Kasten Kids

The post today will tell the tale of two Heinrich Kasten’s, a father/son combo. I came across this story today as a result of Heinrich Johann Hermann Kasten being born on December 7, 1867, the son of Heinrich Johann Christoph and Theresia (Lueders) Kasten. We have this photo of Henry’s parents. Some Ancestry families call … More Copious Kasten Kids

Mama Wunderlich

Today, you are going to read the story of an amazing woman who gave birth to 13 children.  Yet she came short of outdoing her own mother, who had 15 children.  That mother may have to be a story for another day, but today we will tell the tale of Julia Kasten who is also … More Mama Wunderlich

Winter Women

A few days ago, I referred to an earlier post titled, Surrounded by Good Lookin’ Women.  I know I can relate to the main character of that post, Joseph Weinhold, because I, too, am surrounded by good lookin’ women.  I would include my wife, my 3 daughters, and 5 granddaughters in that group surrounding me.  … More Winter Women

Shawneetown Scholl

I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I have mis-typed the word “school” over the years and ended up with “scholl”.  However, that is not what happened when I wrote the title to this post.  It really is spelled Scholl, and it a rather well-known surname in these here parts.  I hear … More Shawneetown Scholl

When Was Rosa Born?

I put today’s mystery question in today’s title.  Rosa Landgraf is today’s birthday girl….or is she?  One birth date we have for Rosa was August 21, 1885.  As we work our way through this story, we will find two other alternatives.  Rosa was the daughter of Bernhard and Mary (Litzelfelner) Landgraf.  She was baptized at … More When Was Rosa Born?