Martin and Margaret

One hundred fifty-two years ago, Johann Martin Stelling was the firstborn child of Johann and Anna (Popp) Stelling. This child would go by the name of Martin throughout his life. Before I move on to tell Martin’s story, I feel the need to discuss the name of Anna Popp. Just a few days ago, I … More Martin and Margaret

Wirth and ‘Witz

I will eventually get around to a girl who was born on March 29th, but first, I will discuss a boy that was born on our nation’s birthday, July 4, 1850. His name was Peter Wirth, Jr. As you can conclude, his father was also named Peter. His mother was Anna (Adler) Wirth. We have … More Wirth and ‘Witz

Sale or Soul?

I asked some local experts for some advice for this post. I was wondering about a surname that shows up in today’s story. That name is spelled, Soehl. My question had to do with how that name is pronounced. It turns out that my local experts said that it all depends on who you ask. … More Sale or Soul?

The Cornehlsen Chronicles: Part II

Today’s post is a continuation of yesterday’s post, The Cornehlsen Chronicles: Part I. Yesterday, you heard about Martha Holschen and her first marriage with Heinrich Stelling. Today, you will learn about her second marriage. However, the main focus will be on her son, Theodore Cornehlsen, who was the main inspiration for these two stories. Following … More The Cornehlsen Chronicles: Part II

Killer Mules

Back in September, I wrote a post titled, A Killer Mule. That story included a death certificate that included a mule in a man’s cause of death. You will get a story with a similar end today, only this time there was more than one mule. Johann Wahlers was born on October 24, 1856 in … More Killer Mules