Give Me Livery or Give Me Life (Insurance)

John Arthur Vogel was born on August 18, 1883 in Pocahontas, Missouri.  That would make today his 136th birthday.  He was the son of Theodore and Emilie (Happel) Vogel.  He was sometimes called John on records, sometimes Arthur, and sometimes J.A.  I will use Arthur.  He was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Wells, … More Give Me Livery or Give Me Life (Insurance)

Lutherans and Catholics

I discovered in our German Family Tree a person with a birthday today who had the surname Unterreiner.  I must admit that the first thing that came to my mind was that this surname was a “Catholic name”.  The cemetery for our nearest Catholic church, St. Joseph Cemetery, has 44 entries on Findagrave.com that include … More Lutherans and Catholics

Rudy and Dora

Today’s couple reminds me of my aunt and uncle.  I had an Aunt Dorothy and an Uncle Rudy Schmidt.  As the title suggests, the couple I write about today were a Rudy and Dora, only their surname was Gerhardt.  Both Rudy and Dora had Perry County roots, but they managed to marry each other in … More Rudy and Dora

Iben “Ahner”ed

I have been honored to write for this blog.  However, that is not why I have composed the above title.  Instead, there was once a Lutheran pastor who could have said after his wedding, “I have been “Ahner”ed.”  (The surname Ahner is pronounced the same as the word “honor”.)  And since his surname was Iben, … More Iben “Ahner”ed

Off to Ulm

You may want to read the blog post, Orphan Marries Orphan before reading this story.  That post highlighted the life of Henry Voerster.  I will tell the tale of Henry’s brother, George, today.  These two brothers spent much of their early lives in Perry County, Missouri, but they both ended up in Arkansas.  You might … More Off to Ulm