Teacher Noennig

My career was spent as a Lutheran educator.  I spent my days in several states, picked up a wife and family along the way, and served as both a classroom teacher and a principal.  The main character in today’s story followed pretty much that same pattern.  He also is today’s birthday boy. Paul Theodor Valentin … More Teacher Noennig

Eldest Girl Elda

Elda Hemmann is today’s birthday girl.  She was born on December 17, 1890, the daughter of Benjamin and Emma (Sachman) Hemmann.  For many years, her father was a teacher in East Perry County.  He taught at the Lutheran school in Wittenberg from 1892-1902.  Then from 1903-1925, he was the teacher at Trinity Lutheran School in … More Eldest Girl Elda

Easter Monk

I am taking a little bit of liberty with the German language today.  The name Oster could refer to “Easter”, and the name Muench could mean “monk”.  Today I tell the story of a marriage between an Oster and a Muench, and thus, the title, Easter Monk.  One thing that attracted me to this story … More Easter Monk

A Winter’s Tale

Martin Traugott Winter was born on November 21, 1866 in Altenburg, Missouri.  He was the son of Friedrich and Christine (Jahn) Winter.  We have photos of Martin’s parents. Before I move on to Martin’s story, allow me to discuss the Winter,s that lived in this area.  First of all, there were two Winters to arrive … More A Winter’s Tale

Martin and Martha

Martin Peter Bachmann was born on October 15, 1870.  A year from today, he will be celebrating his 150th birthday, but I don’t feel like waiting till next year to write his story.  You get it today.  According to a family book we have that was put together by Wayne Schuessler, it indicates that Martin … More Martin and Martha

Gottfried’s Travels and Trials

Ernst Gottfried Weber would be celebrating his 150th birthday today because he was born on October 11, 1869.  As it turns out, Gottfried had quite the trip through life, spending time in several locations and experiencing some difficulties in the process. Gottfried (sometimes called Fred) was the son of Herman and Pauline (Braeutigam-Schroeder) Weber.  Gottfried’s … More Gottfried’s Travels and Trials

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)