Gruber Group Getaway

During the fall of 1839, not long after the original group of immigrants first arrived in Perry County, another group of German Lutherans were boarding a ship in Germany to join them.  In fact, this new group was boarding one of the same ships that had brought a load of passengers to America in late … More Gruber Group Getaway

A Census Hall of Fame

Today’s article is the result of starting out looking for information on one story and ending up telling a different story.  It all started with the birthday of Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse on May 27, 1811.  Ferdinand was one of the original immigrants whose family decided to stay in St. Louis and not move to Perry … More A Census Hall of Fame

Stephan’s Hill

If you are a member of a church like the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod that uses a traditional church year, then you probably know that today was Transfiguration Sunday.  The story for the day was the one where Jesus, along with Peter, James, and John, went to the top of a mountain where Moses and Elijah … More Stephan’s Hill

A Consequential Death

August 11th in 1839 became a very significant day in the lives of the new immigrants in East Perry County.  On that day, Johann Georg Gube died.  That fact may not seem important, but because of the circumstances, it was. Johann Georg Gube is described as being a rather wealthy farmer in Germany.  He was … More A Consequential Death

Tell It Like It Was

I am posting this blog under my own name today, not the Research Crew, because I will be stating some of my opinions, not just the facts. Today’s story begins with the fact that Friedrich Immanuel Estel was born on this day, April 30, in 1832, before he came to America as part of the … More Tell It Like It Was

A Guilty Conscience?

At the beginning of the book which contains the first of the church records of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg, you will find the Bible passage shown above.  It is written in Rev. Gotthold Loeber’s handwriting.  The passage comes from Psalm 85 verses 2-5.  Here is a King James Version translation of that passage: “2 … More A Guilty Conscience?