Herman the Brewer

I will begin today with an admission that there is some dispute about the birthdate of today’s main character. Our German Family Tree states that Herman Ludwig was born on January 22, 1859. However, his later death certificate not only states that his birthday took place on January 21st, but it also says he was … More Herman the Brewer

Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

The story I tell today comes from two entirely different directions. It begins in Jacob, Illinois, meanders through Perry County for a short time, and moves up to St. Louis. A spouse’s life begins in Tennesseee, makes its way to Vancouver, Washington, and that life, too, ends up in St. Louis where these two individuals … More Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

Louis and Nettie

Alois Gottlieb Reisenbichler was born on the day after Christmas in 1869, so if he was still alive today, he would be celebrating his 151st birthday. This boy would be called Louis during his life. He was the son of Gottlieb and Anna (Putz) Reisenbichler. One interesting fact we find in this Reisenbichler family is … More Louis and Nettie

The Journeys of a Sendling and His Son – Part 2

Fred Eggers authored this second installment to the Konemann story that was posted two days ago. Fred tells me he had some issues which kept him from getting this article written for yesterday. So, you are getting it today. I think you will find it worth the wait. ======================================== Yesterday I wrote about Teacher Detrich … More The Journeys of a Sendling and His Son – Part 2

Another Charles Rauh

Not long ago, Charles Rauh authored the book, One Furrow at a Time, a book that tells the tale of the 1839 Gesellschaft. It is what we might call a best-seller at our museum’s gift shop. He is a special friend of our historical society. Today, I will tell the tale of another Charles Rauh, … More Another Charles Rauh

Kasten Caretakers

The beginning place for this post is a birthday that took place on this day 150 years ago. Normally, such a starting point leads to that person finding a spouse, discussing a wedding, which is usually followed by the birth of several children, and ending with a husband and wife dying and being buried. This … More Kasten Caretakers

Pastor Q

I have not written may posts about people who have surnames that begin with a “Q”. For the record, our German Family Tree contains only 4 pages of information on surnames beginning with “Q”. I remember doing a post about a Michael Quast, and I vaguely remember someone married to a Quaas, but that’s all … More Pastor Q

The Hoeh Ride

The first thing I must do today is discuss the pronunciation of the surname Hoeh that you see in the title. Folks around here would pronounce this name as “hay”. We will be looking at the “ride” made by Carl Edward Hoeh as he made his journey through life. The homes he had throughout his … More The Hoeh Ride

Pretty Poppitz

The word schön in German means “beautiful”. The “Americanized” spelling used to eliminate the umlaut is schoen. Stories about people with the surname, Schoen, have shown up on this blog before. Today you will read a story about a Schoen who married a Poppitz, thus making her a Pretty Poppitz. Here is a photo of … More Pretty Poppitz