Rudy’s Grandma

Anna Josephine Wunderlich was born on December 12, 1876, so today would have been her 142nd birthday.  She was the daughter of John and Josephine (Bendel) Wunderlich.  Anna was the youngest child in the family.  We have this photograph of Anna’s parents. Anna was baptized on Christmas Eve in 1876, which was a Sunday.  This … More Rudy’s Grandma

Theilig Trio Teaser

Today, I might just ask more questions than I answer.  I have found references to three different people with the surname Theilig in the early records of East Perry County.  One of them happens to be my great great grandmother, so this name always gets my attention when I see it.  The big question is … More Theilig Trio Teaser

A Census Hall of Fame

Today’s article is the result of starting out looking for information on one story and ending up telling a different story.  It all started with the birthday of Friedrich Ferdinand Grosse on May 27, 1811.  Ferdinand was one of the original immigrants whose family decided to stay in St. Louis and not move to Perry … More A Census Hall of Fame

Another Initial Pastor

When you study the early years of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, you cannot help but notice that many of the personalities involved in that history have names which are given with initials.  The first president of the Synod, Rev. C.F.W. Walther is a prime example.  The second president of the Synod was Rev. F.C.D. Wyneken.  … More Another Initial Pastor