J.J. the Accountant

One of my boyhood friends was named Joel. Someone pinned him with the nickname “Jolly Joel” which appropriately described his character. As time went by, that nickname was shortened to “J.J.”. Today, you will read the story of another man who could have been called “J.J.”. I don’t know if he was, but I cannot … More J.J. the Accountant

Pastor Proofreader

We do not have a baptism record for today’s birthday boy.  In fact, we don’t even come close to looking at such a document.  That is because he was born in Ranchi, India.  The map below shows the location of Ranchi in East India. The boy born on August 5, 1846 in India was Bernhard … More Pastor Proofreader

Who Was the Youngest?

Today’s post was inspired by a question we received at our museum.  The question was asked by Tom Hirsch, a friend of our museum who hails from the Tirmenstein family.  He asked, “Which of the original immigrants was the youngest when the German Lutherans left their homeland in 1838?”  Implied in this question is the … More Who Was the Youngest?