Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

The story I tell today comes from two entirely different directions. It begins in Jacob, Illinois, meanders through Perry County for a short time, and moves up to St. Louis. A spouse’s life begins in Tennesseee, makes its way to Vancouver, Washington, and that life, too, ends up in St. Louis where these two individuals … More Steamboat Mate’s Daughter to Submarine Chaser’s Wife

Martin and Phoebe

Martin Walter Mirly was born on December 19, 1892, making today his 128th birthday. Martin was the son of Wilhelm and Marie (Steiner) Mirly. He was also the grandson of Matthias Mirly whose wife was yet another one of those Lehner girls, one who was a daughter of the Matthias Lehner who was born in … More Martin and Phoebe

Flora and Her Baker

A flower child was born on this day not long before the turn of the 20th century. Her name was Flora (which is Latin for flower) Suzanne Drumtra, the youngest daughter of William and Susanna (Mueller) Drumtra. We have this photograph of Flora’s parents. Flora was born on December 4, 1893 and baptized at Trinity … More Flora and Her Baker

Drifting Darnstaedt

A while back, I wrote a story about a Darnstaedt who did some moving around during his lifetime. That post was titled, Joseph and Anna – To Illinois and Back. After you read today’s tale, you may come to the conclusion that Joseph Darnstaedt had nothing on his son, Ernst, when it came to moving around … More Drifting Darnstaedt

The Cornehlsen Chronicles: Part II

Today’s post is a continuation of yesterday’s post, The Cornehlsen Chronicles: Part I. Yesterday, you heard about Martha Holschen and her first marriage with Heinrich Stelling. Today, you will learn about her second marriage. However, the main focus will be on her son, Theodore Cornehlsen, who was the main inspiration for these two stories. Following … More The Cornehlsen Chronicles: Part II