Lor and Dor

I’m taking liberties with pronunciation today. The name Doering is pronounced “daring” around here, but I know that this surname is often pronounced as “door-ing”. As a beginning teacher, my first principal, Orlyn Schlie, had a wife named Dorothy. Those two were affectionately called “Or and Dor”. As I started looking at today’s marriage between … More Lor and Dor

Clara and Paul

In my upcoming book, Wittenberg ’04, two weddings that occurred in July of 1904 will be highlighted. Another 1904 marriage will be the centerpiece of today’s blog post. That wedding took place in August. In fact, it took place on this day in August making today this couple’s 116th anniversary. Today’s groom was a member … More Clara and Paul

Nebraska Art

One hundred twenty-five years ago, the 13th child in the household of Henry and Katherine (Baum) Schuessler was born in Frohna, Missouri. That boy’s name was Arthur Moritz Schuessler. He was born on August 17, 1895 and baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Below is his baptism record. Arthur shows up in the 1900 … More Nebraska Art

Mary and Simon

Maria Magdalena Schuessler is today’s birthday girl.  If she was alive today, she would be celebrating a very special birthday.  There would have been 150 candles on her cake.  I am once again not in Altenburg, so I will not be able to display any church records for this story.  I am out of town … More Mary and Simon

Welcoming Non-Germans

The main characters in today’s story are not of the variety that are normally highlighted on this blog.  Because the history of East Perry County, Missouri is almost exclusively the history of a German Lutheran settlement in this area, almost all of the stories on the blog are about people of German origin.  Not so … More Welcoming Non-Germans

George Gerhardt – From Blacksmith to Selling Refrigerators

Today’s post once again sent me off on some more tangential research (down some extra rabbit holes).  This time, I was off on a journey to learn the history of refrigeration and tractor trailers.  I had actually done some of this research a while back on refrigeration when I was writing my Wittenberg ’03 book.  … More George Gerhardt – From Blacksmith to Selling Refrigerators