Today’s post begins behind my barn and ends in Los Angeles. Back when I retired from teaching and moved to Altenburg, I was asked to look into what happened to the 11 members of the first class of the Log Cabin College that was built behind my barn. That research resulted in the publication of … More So Much Romance Behind My Barn
Two events that are part of the immigration story that is so important to our area took place on this day in 1838. The two events took place a great distance away from one another. One event took place in Bremerhaven, Germany, while the other took place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The map below illustrates … More The Sophie and the Republik
Today’s birthday girl, Clara Julie Estel, does not show up in our German Family Tree, but maybe someday, more records from Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis will be included. Five of her older siblings are found in the GFT, but several others who were born later, including Clara, are not. Since Clara’s father … More Prairie Pastor and His Pi Partner
Rev. Gotthold Heinrich Loeber has been mentioned on this blog on many, many occasions. Several posts have been written about him and his family members. However, he will get special treatment today for one of those birthdays that deserves to be celebrated. Since Gotthold Heinrich Loeber was born on January 5, 1797, he would be … More Happy 225th Birthday, Pastor Loeber
The first date that I had with my wife consisted of an evening of watching TV. Yes, I am a miserly old German. That evening included my wife making me dinner. I’ve been in love with her ever since. Believe me, there are countless reasons that I love my wife, not just her culinary skills, … More Winning His Heart through His Stomach?
According to my reckoning, a budding romance between two schoolkids began behind my barn back in the early days of settlement in East Perry County. That may sound a little risqué, but these two youngsters had plenty of chaperones. You see, this romance had its beginnings in the Log Cabin College. The two characters were … More A Budding Romance Behind the Barn
The year was 1867. Construction on the new church sanctuary in Altenburg was now complete. It was no longer necessary to haul heavy stones from a creek bed near Wittenberg. The furnishings, including the new altar, were finished. The pews had been installed. The time had come to dedicate this beautiful new building. It was … More The First Sermon