Drummer Boy

Theodore Mueller would have been 143 years old today.  He was born on December 23, 1874 and baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  Theodore’s parents were Christian and Magdalena (Buenger) Mueller.  That made Theodore a grandson of Dr. Ernst Eduard Buenger, the longtime doctor in Altenburg.  His father was the owner of the Altenburg … More Drummer Boy

The First Sermon

The year was 1867.  Construction on the new church sanctuary in Altenburg was now complete.  It was no longer necessary to haul heavy stones from a creek bed near Wittenberg.  The furnishings, including the new altar, were finished.  The pews had been installed.  The time had come to dedicate this beautiful new building.  It was … More The First Sermon

Fischer Heartbreak

There were ten children born into the Edward Fischer family between 1893 and 1913.  Nine of them were boys.  Sadly, the mother of this family, Katie (Kuennel) Fischer, witnessed the funerals of seven of her children before her own death. The reason this story hit my radar today is that one of those sons, Rudolph … More Fischer Heartbreak

Frohna Machine Shop

Today we say, “Happy Birthday” to Theodore Heinrich Kassel who was born on June 5th 128 years ago in 1889.  His most notable accomplishment in Perry County was as the owner and operator of the Frohna Machine Shop.  I wish I was at home to get some local input for this story because there are … More Frohna Machine Shop