Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

The life story I will tell today highlights a Hopfer.  Martin Hopfer was born on June 30, 1866.  He was the son of Gottfried and Catherine (Schaefer) Hopfer.  Yesterday’s character, Adolph Schaefer, would have called Martin’s mother, Aunt Catherine.  So Martin and Adolph would have been cousins.  Although I could find no direct connection in … More Martin Hopfer D.D.S.

Selma’s Last

Selma Gemeinhardt must have been a pretty amazing woman.  During her life, she gave birth to 14 children.  Two of them died as infants.  Her home in Wittenberg must have been quite the active place, with the likelihood of having a dozen children all living in that house at the same time.  She gave birth … More Selma’s Last

The Advent of the Phone

Hugo Palisch’s birthday on January 7, 1892 will be the gateway for discussing some of the early developments in the history of the telephone.  First, let me tell you a little bit about Hugo.  After being born in Frohna, Hugo was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church.  His parents were Charles and Lydia (Engelmann) Palisch.  In … More The Advent of the Phone

Life in a Hard Hat

Today’s story was inspired by a post that was placed on Facebook recently.  That post was made by our friends at the Perry County Historical Society in Perryville.  They posted a letter that was printed in the Perry County Republican on May 8, 1919 that was from Otto Gerler to his father in Altenburg.  Before … More Life in a Hard Hat

Last of the Second Generation: A Story of Two Maries

In the course of my research on the members of the first students at the Log Cabin College, I sometimes refer to the children of those first students as their second generation.  On March 8, 1984, the last of the second generation, Marie Brackman, died in Puyallup, Washington.  Her story is an amazing one.  Here … More Last of the Second Generation: A Story of Two Maries