A Christmas song asks the question, Mary, Did You Know? I have to ask the following similar questions of Mary Bretscher. Mary, did you know whether you were born on December 31st or January 1st? Mary, did you know whether you were born in 1844 or 1845? I have to ask these questions because we … More Mary, Did You Know….Your Birthday?
Several years ago, Gerard Fiehler and I had one of those “Holy Cow!” moments. While looking through an Excel spreadsheet that shows the church marriage records for Old Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis (in the Soulard neighborhood), we saw the following note. It was added to a record for a marriage that took place … More The Wedding in My Pasture
I have often written about people who were in a clan that we refer to as the “Frohna Muellers”. There was another family that lived in Frohna that had three sons who became millers. This trio spent their lives operating flour mills in East Perry County. Two of them ran a large mill in Frohna, … More One of the Frohna Millers
Two days ago, I wrote a post about two Buenger siblings who shared the birthday of July 21st. Another sibling in that family had today as her birthday. In fact, not only is today her birthday, it’s her 200th birthday. Her name was Agnes Buenger. She was born on July 23, 1819 in Germany. Agnes … More Happy 200th Birthday, Agnes
I confess again today that I do not have much time to research and write my usual type of post. I am once again playing the role of Grandpa (In my case, I am called Grumps). This time, I have the additional task of puppy-sitting for a brand new addition to our family, Moxon, the … More Buenger Siblings Birthday Shared
I did a search on what the acronym, B/W, could mean. It had several possibilities. It could mean black and white, and I have referred to black and white wedding dresses in the past. It could mean “be with”. Or it could mean “between” or “better or worse”. I suppose all of these could somehow … More A B/W Wedding
I suppose if you had a lisp, today could be your pronunciation of “washer and dryer”, but it is an actual married couple involving people from East Perry County. I know when people do their laundry, they start with the washer, followed by the dryer, but I am going to start with the Dreyer today, … More Walther and Dreyer
If he was alive today, we would be celebrating the 127th birthday of Walther Theodosius Weinhold. Walther is shown on many documents as being named Walter, and my guess is that most people called him Walter during his lifetime. However, his given name was Walther. One may wonder if he was named after the famous … More Named After His Grandmother?
Today’s post was written by a new contributor to our blog. His name is Wayne Schuessler. He may be new to you, but he is a well-known person to us at the museum. Wayne is very familiar with the in’s and out’s of genealogical research. He is a great friend of our museum and our … More The Bowl Makers of Perry County
Mary and Joseph had a baby around Christmas time. But it’s not the one you may think. This one was a daughter, and her name was Martha. Her parents were Joseph and Mary (Bretscher) Weinhold of Wittenberg. Mary and Joseph not only had this daughter, but all eight of their children were girls. I have … More Mary and Joseph’s Daughter