The first date that I had with my wife consisted of an evening of watching TV. Yes, I am a miserly old German. That evening included my wife making me dinner. I’ve been in love with her ever since. Believe me, there are countless reasons that I love my wife, not just her culinary skills, … More Winning His Heart through His Stomach?
According to my reckoning, a budding romance between two schoolkids began behind my barn back in the early days of settlement in East Perry County. That may sound a little risqué, but these two youngsters had plenty of chaperones. You see, this romance had its beginnings in the Log Cabin College. The two characters were … More A Budding Romance Behind the Barn
The year was 1867. Construction on the new church sanctuary in Altenburg was now complete. It was no longer necessary to haul heavy stones from a creek bed near Wittenberg. The furnishings, including the new altar, were finished. The pews had been installed. The time had come to dedicate this beautiful new building. It was … More The First Sermon
This record very early in the Trinity, Altenburg church books tells of one of the earliest births and baptisms to take place in Perry County after the original immigrants arrived. The baby being baptized was Traugott Gotthilf Kaempfe who was born on this day, August 10, in 1840. It is the name in the red … More Prof. Godfather
May 27, 1873, was the wedding date for a couple whose parents spent some of their early time after the immigration in Perry County. Both of the groom’s parents and both of the bride’s parents spent those early years in and around Altenburg. The groom was Ferdinand Gerhard Walther and the bride was Bertha Emilie … More A Special Wedding with Perry County Roots
Earlier this week, a discovery was made in Altenburg which our director, Carla Jordan, has described as finding the Holy Grail. The items discovered are a set of hand-drawn maps which show locations of some of the important historical sites in the Altenburg area. The photo below shows a small portion of one of the … More Altenburg’s Holy Grail
On March 1, 1916, one hundred years ago, Rev. Ernst Gustav Hermann Miessler (pictured above) died in Chicago, Illinois. He is known for his missionary work among the Chippewa Indians in central Michigan. His first wife, Johanna Pinkepank Miessler, is buried in the Bethany Lutheran Indian Cemetery. She died in 1857. Rev. Miessler changed professions … More Missionary in Michigan
On February 7, 1927, Theodore Wurmb died in St. Louis. Theodore has a connection to the Log Cabin College in Perry County. Theodore’s father, Theobald (von) Wurmb was one of the students in the very first class of the Log Cabin College in 1839. Theobald lived most of his life in St. Louis as a … More St. Louis Druggists