Mayor of Grand Tower

Friedriech Johann Wilhelm “Brooks” Arbeiter is today’s birthday boy. He was born on November 22, 1896, the son of Frederick and Magdalena (Heeszel) Arbeiter. John was the first child out of 9 that were born to Frederick and Magdalena. I don’t know where it originated, but our German Family Tree shows “Brooks” as his nickname. … More Mayor of Grand Tower

Papa Julius

When I wrote yesterday’s post about Hugo Hemmann, whose wedding anniversary was November 2nd, I didn’t realize that his father, Julius Hemmann, had a November 3rd wedding anniversary. In fact, his father’s first wedding not only took place on this date, but he was married in 1870, making today his 150th wedding anniversary. I cannot … More Papa Julius

The Kasten-Telle Couple

Several days ago, I wrote the post, The Kasten-Ludwig Couple. Today I will share a story with a similar title. However, the setting for today’s tale is different. The post written recently was set in Shawnee Township of northern Cape Girardeau County. Today, the story will be set in Union Township of Perry County. The … More The Kasten-Telle Couple

Meister Bauer

If you place the German words of today’s title into Google Translate, you will find the English translation to be “master farmer”.  A girl’s birthday led me to share the story of her and her husband, whose surname was Meister, a farmer from Frohna.  I will begin with the Meister. Emil Meister was born on … More Meister Bauer

Birner Beginnings

Our German Family Tree says that Johann Birner was born on this day back in 1815.  There are problems in definitively stating that today would have been his birthday.  First of all, John was born in the Bavarian region of Germany, so we do not have a baptism record for him that would have given … More Birner Beginnings

Another Juliane Bruhl

Yesterday’s story highlighted Juliane (Popp) Bruhl.  It just so happened that I ran across another story that includes a Juliane Bruhl for today’s post.  Today, Juliane’s maiden name was Juliane Bruhl, not her married name.  And she married today’s birthday boy, Christian Schaefer. Let’s begin with Christian.  He was born on July 17, 1835 in … More Another Juliane Bruhl

Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride

William Bingenheimer was born on this day, so he is today’s birthday boy.  As it turns out, William married a woman who had another long name that begins with a “B”…Bodenschatz. First, let’s take a look at the arrival of the Bingenheimer’s.  They arrived in 1848 aboard the Jaque Lafette.  William’s father, Phillip Bingenheimer, was … More Bingenheimer and His Bodenschatz Bride