Holschen in Motion

Today’s main characters will give me the opportunity to highlight once again a small group of people who became part of the Gesellschaft in 1839.  This group has come to be known as the St. Louis Group, or as they are called in Zion on the Mississippi…..”Additions in St. Louis”.  This group was made up … More Holschen in Motion

Art and Tillie

July 9th was not only the birthday of Mathilde Gerler, it was her anniversary.  She was born on July 9, 1882.  Her birth record in the Immanuel Lutheran, Altenburg church records say that she was born in Friedland, which is another term for The Ridge.  She was the daughter of Louis and Emma (Thurm) Gerler.  … More Art and Tillie

Love Thy Neighbor

One does not have to spend too much time studying the family histories of people on The Ridge before realizing that the folks living there were not shy about loving their neighbors.   Over and over you find stories about Ridge residents finding their spouses at farm places not far away from their own homes.  I … More Love Thy Neighbor

That Thurm Throng

I never know what I am going to encounter when I travel to The Ridge to do a story.  Today’s account is no exception to that.  I find myself just shaking my head in disbelief.  In fact, today’s post will probably be just the first installment on what I discovered this time around.  It is … More That Thurm Throng