One of the regular visitors from out of town that we have at our museum is a man that we call Junior Doering. He has acquired that name because he and his father had the same name, Walter Doering. Today, I will write the story of William Doering whose father was named William Doering. So, … More Another Junior Doering?
When I was a boy growing up in St. Louis, I drank quite a bit of Pevely milk. If my memory serves me, the milk we drank out of the small milk cartons at school were from Pevely Dairy. I was unable to find a photo of one of the Pevely milk cartons from my … More Pevely Dairyman’s Six E’s
I will look at a character today whose life is not very well documented. He disappears from the records after the 1870 census when he was just 11 years old. Yet despite that fact, he managed to become the main character of a book that has been written. There are so many questions raised when … More Where Did You Go, Joe?
Before I tell today’s story, I want to point out that the facts I found while researching it may lead me to do some more research to solve a mystery. This post will mention the surnames of Blanken and Pfau as well as the locations of Perry County and Wentzville, Missouri. Those two surnames previously … More Emma – John’s Boss
Almost two years ago, I wrote a post for this blog titled, Roemer Reverend Roommates. That post highlighted a Roemer family that had four girls who all managed to find Lutheran pastors as their husbands. The couple I will focus on today was mentioned in that story, but today, I will attempt to add more … More Rev. Gustav and Agnes Wangerin
One hundred sixty-four years ago, a wedding took place in Frohna, Missouri with Ernst Eduard Burkhardt as the groom and Johanna Schuessler as the bride. The wedding took place on September 6, 1855. Both the bride and the groom had come to America aboard the same ship in 1839, but they were both young children … More Ernst Eduard’s Women
Yesterday’s post focused on a portion of the passenger list of the Republik showing people from the German city of Cahla (Kahla). I will show that image again. It was mentioned yesterday that Mary Susanne Koeppel’s second husband was Johann Gottlieb Shau. He was also a widower when that marriage took place. His first wife … More GG Grandma’s Other Friends
I think today is the birthday of my great great grandmother, Maria (Saalfeld) Schmidt. Why would I just think it is her birthday? It is because there is just one record that I can find that indicates when she was born, and ironically, that is on her death record in the books of Trinity Lutheran … More Great Great Grandma Maria and Her Friends
I have often written about people who were in a clan that we refer to as the “Frohna Muellers”. There was another family that lived in Frohna that had three sons who became millers. This trio spent their lives operating flour mills in East Perry County. Two of them ran a large mill in Frohna, … More One of the Frohna Millers
Maria Mahnken was born on August 14, 1886. She was the daughter of John and Marie (Heitmann) Mahnken. She was born in Germany and is said to have come to America with her family in 1889. The first record we find in our German Family Tree for Maria is her confirmation record at Salem Lutheran … More M.M. and P.P.