Rudy and Dora

Today’s couple reminds me of my aunt and uncle.  I had an Aunt Dorothy and an Uncle Rudy Schmidt.  As the title suggests, the couple I write about today were a Rudy and Dora, only their surname was Gerhardt.  Both Rudy and Dora had Perry County roots, but they managed to marry each other in … More Rudy and Dora

Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

The life story I will tell today highlights a Hopfer.  Martin Hopfer was born on June 30, 1866.  He was the son of Gottfried and Catherine (Schaefer) Hopfer.  Yesterday’s character, Adolph Schaefer, would have called Martin’s mother, Aunt Catherine.  So Martin and Adolph would have been cousins.  Although I could find no direct connection in … More Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

The Premier Etzold

There is a birthday for today’s story, but it is not for the individual mentioned in the title.  Today’s birthday girl is Pauline Ernestine Jacob who was born on March 18, 1844.  She was the daughter of Michael and Marie (Hopfer) Jacob, who were two of the original immigrants that were part of the Gruber … More The Premier Etzold

Perry County to Idaho…with a Stop in Kansas

After finding today’s story, I have to ask, “Have there been such a thing as Palisch Potatoes?”  The life story of Richard John Palisch, who was born on March 3, 1891, makes me ask that question.  Richard was the son of Theodore Ernst and Josephine (Bruhl) Palisch.  I wrote a post especially about Josephine which … More Perry County to Idaho…with a Stop in Kansas

Another Teacher Popp

The blog post today was written by John Popp.  He tells the story of his mother.  Previously, John has shared a story about his father, Richard Popp, who was a teacher at Trinity, Altenburg for many years.  Today, you will read the story of the other teacher in John’s family.  I am so grateful for … More Another Teacher Popp

Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die? Part 2

In the process of making additions to our German Family Tree, our dedicated researcher and creator of that document, Lynn Degenhardt, has come across some information which leads us to consider the question again, “Which of the original immigrants was the last to die?” When I arrived in Perry County after I retired several years … More Which of the Original Immigrants Was the Last to Die? Part 2