Mama Kieninger

Esther Kieninger would have been 134 years old today.  She was born as Esther Mueller on November 8, 1885.  She was the daughter of Joseph and Mathilda (Buenger) Mueller and her baptism record can be found in the church books of Trinity Lutheran Church in Altenburg.  However, she may have been baptized in the church/school … More Mama Kieninger

It’s Pronounced Tice – Rhymes with Mice

Paul Joseph Ehregott Theiss (pronouced Tice) was born on October 27, 1882.  Paul was the son of Henry and Ernestine (Mueller) Theiss.  This Theiss family lived near Wittenberg right along the Mississippi River.  They owned property both on the hill near the river as well as some land in the bottoms. Here is a present-day … More It’s Pronounced Tice – Rhymes with Mice

First Burial

I wrote yesterday that I do not often use an early death as the starting point for a blog post.  Now I am about to write my second post in a row that starts that way.  What attracted me to an early death today is the likelihood that this death led to the first burial … More First Burial

The Wittenberg Muellers

There is an event that took place on this date 140 years ago.  Although I have written previously about that special occasion, I choose to revisit the couple that would be celebrating their 140th wedding anniversary today.  I wrote the blog post titled, Yet Another Mueller Question, but it was written back in the early … More The Wittenberg Muellers

Wise Man Schmidt

Although you do not find their names in the Bible, church tradition says that the names of the Wise Men were Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthasar.  Today, we tell the story of Balthasar.  Balthasar Schmidt, that is.  Today was date that Balthasar Schmidt married Friedericke Schade.  They were married on June 19, 1861 at Immanuel Lutheran … More Wise Man Schmidt