Hattie Katt

You have no doubt heard the term, kitty cat. Today’s birthday girl has a name that reminds me of that term. Hedwig Katt was born on November 7, 1847 in Lamstedt, Germany. Before I move on, let me say that many German girls with the name Hedwig take on the nickname, Hattie, and that is … More Hattie Katt

In Farrar for Keeps

You will be reading another one of those stories that tells of a couple who were each born, baptized, confirmed, married, raised a family, died, and were buried at the same congregation. It all begins with the birth of a boy on November 6, 1887 by the name of Ernst Rudolf Miesner. His parents were … More In Farrar for Keeps

Crosstown Couples

Today is the anniversary of a couple that was married in Farrar, but then became members of Zion Lutheran Church in Crosstown for most of their lives. The husband, after his first wife died, would marry again at the Crosstown church. I will begin with that husband and discuss his early life. Johann Berthold Steffens … More Crosstown Couples

Claus’s Wives – Two Thurm’s and a Koenig

One of the common first names for Germans from the Hanover area that settled in Perry County is Claus. Also, there are two churches in this area that had several men included in their membership with the name, Claus. Those two churches are Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altenburg and Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar. Today’s … More Claus’s Wives – Two Thurm’s and a Koenig

Hecht Hardships

Perhaps it is because I started my search in our German Family Tree where I left off yesterday. The end result is that I found another Hecht story to share with you today. The birthday boy for today is Immanuel Ernst Hecht who was born on February 10, 1885. Immanuel was the son of Heinrich … More Hecht Hardships

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

Confusing Two Heinrichs

Today’s post is a result of two researchers working together in an attempt to solve some confusion between two names that appear in our German Family Tree.  Those two researchers are very good friends of our museum and research library.  Those two are Dale Kirmse and Lori Adams.  Since Dale lives in Florida and Lori … More Confusing Two Heinrichs