Martha and Joseph

A few weeks ago, we published a story about Bertha Militzer from Frohna who married a Lutheran teacher and ended up in Wisconsin.  That post was titled, How the Hoeck, He Met the Militzer.  Today’s story is about one of Bertha’s sisters who also married a Lutheran church worker and spent most of her life … More Martha and Joseph

Ahner Enigmas

I was having trouble finding a story for December 1st when I ran across a fact in our German Family Tree that led me to write last year’s December 1st story.  While looking at the story I wrote a year ago, I began to ask more questions about it, and since I didn’t have the … More Ahner Enigmas

Mr. Martin Militzer

In February of 1856, Johann Christian Militzer married Caroline Wachter at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna.  They were married when Rev. Christoph Loeber was the pastor at that church.  This is an image of their marriage record in the Concordia books. After they were married, this couple began having children.  Their firstborn was Emma Militzer, … More Mr. Martin Militzer

Really Woeful Biehles

Johanne Fredericke Biehle was born on this day in Germany in 1802.  She and her husband, Friedrich came with the Gesellschaft aboard the Republik in 1839 along with six children.  Then the Biehle family experienced plenty of tragedy.  Johanne was pregnant when she boarded the ship in Bremehaven.  She attempted to give birth on March … More Really Woeful Biehles

Mama Lochner

Lately, my story ideas begin with a search for an event that took place on a certain day, and morph into a different story.  Today will be another of those.  We have a birthday boy by the name of Friedrich Wilhelm Schuricht, who was one of the original immigrants arriving in St. Louis in early … More Mama Lochner

My Bologna Has a First Name – It’s O-S-C-A-R

A rather obscure member of the 1838-1839 immigration was a furrier by the name of Johann Traugott Bolz.  On this day, January 17th, in 1841, he married Auguste Wirth.  Their marriage is recorded in the Old Trinity Lutheran Church books in St. Louis, but at that time, that congregation did not have its own church … More My Bologna Has a First Name – It’s O-S-C-A-R