Where’s Gustav?

I am going to ask you to play a game today. I’m going to call it “Where’s Gustav?”, as opposed to “Where’s Waldo?”. I am going to display a photograph that was taken in 1917. It was a photograph taken on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Reformation. The photograph was taken in … More Where’s Gustav?

The Hoeh Ride

The first thing I must do today is discuss the pronunciation of the surname Hoeh that you see in the title. Folks around here would pronounce this name as “hay”. We will be looking at the “ride” made by Carl Edward Hoeh as he made his journey through life. The homes he had throughout his … More The Hoeh Ride

Pretty Poppitz

The word schön in German means “beautiful”. The “Americanized” spelling used to eliminate the umlaut is schoen. Stories about people with the surname, Schoen, have shown up on this blog before. Today you will read a story about a Schoen who married a Poppitz, thus making her a Pretty Poppitz. Here is a photo of … More Pretty Poppitz

Lydia of La Junta

Lydia Bruhl is today’s birthday girl. She was born on September 20, 1892, the daughter of Charles and Juliana (Popp) Bruhl. She was the firstborn child in this Bruhl family. Lydia was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri. Here is an image of her baptism record. We see evidence that the Bruhl surname … More Lydia of La Junta