George’s Girls

George Bingenheimer was born on March 31, 1861, so today would have been his 159th birthday.  We do not have a baptism record for George, but there are a few documents that say he was born in Cape Girardeau County.  For what it’s worth, bingen means “bang” and heimer means “home” according to Google Translate. … More George’s Girls

Wirth-while Merchandise

Today would have been the 130th birthday for Hugo Wirth, who was born on March 25, 1890.  He was the son of George and Pauline (Schade) Wirth.  Hugo was baptized at Peace Lutheran Church in Friedenberg.  We are unable to see baptism records from that church because a fire destroyed them.  A later confirmation record … More Wirth-while Merchandise

Beulah’s Beauties

I was attracted to today’s story by a first name.  Buelah.  To be more complete, her name was Beulah Blanche Childs (or Chiles).  What were my first thoughts?  First, Beulah is not a German name.  Second, it is not a Lutheran name.  I was right on both counts.  So, how did Beulah make it into … More Beulah’s Beauties

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