Constable Henry

I start today with a family photo.  It displays the family of Carl and Johanna (Hopfer) Bodenschatz. One of the main characters in today’s story is the man standing in the back on the left, Henry Bodenschatz.  I chose him today because it was on this day that he married his wife, Louise Schmidt.  They … More Constable Henry

Bugler and Bock

Karl August Alwin Frentzel was born on August 11, 1890, so he is our birthday boy today.  In almost all the records for this person he is called Charles, so I will use that name.  He was the son of Alwin and Elizabeth (Ruhkopf) Frentzel and baptized at Grace Lutheran Church in Uniontown.  Here is … More Bugler and Bock

Hoeh Hemmann Hookup

I will begin today’s post with a pronunciation discussion.  A main character in today’s story is Paul Hoeh.  Around here, the surname Hoeh is pronounced “hay”.  I suppose it goes back to when the name was originally spelled Höh.  When the umlaut disappeared and an “e” was placed behind it, I’m sure it has caused … More Hoeh Hemmann Hookup

Lutherans and Catholics

I discovered in our German Family Tree a person with a birthday today who had the surname Unterreiner.  I must admit that the first thing that came to my mind was that this surname was a “Catholic name”.  The cemetery for our nearest Catholic church, St. Joseph Cemetery, has 44 entries on Findagrave.com that include … More Lutherans and Catholics

Fives are Wild

A birth took place on the (5)2 day of the month.  It took place in the year ’55.  And it was the 5th baptism to take place at Salem Lutheran Church in Farrar, Missouri.  The Math teacher still in me noticed a bunch of 5’s when I looked at a church baptism record found in … More Fives are Wild