Monthly Archive: October 2011

Oct 28

Recollections of Chattanooga, Ohio, Part 2

Zion Lutheran, Chattanooga. Frame church 1860-1917. (Photo c1912)

The following is the continuation of a narrative written by Rev. Reuben Valentine Smith in 1955. It is his personal account of his experiences as a pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, from 1899-1905. A Busy Preacher I was a very busy person. I had the school on my hands. I preached a German sermon every Sunday morning …

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Oct 25

Tombstone Tuesday–Friedrich P.M. Schinnerer

Friedrich P M Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Ohio

This is the tombstone of Friedrich P. M. Schinnerer, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. All that is readable on the gravestone is Friedrich P M, son of Friedrich & Margaretha. This tombstone is broken, weathered, and basically unreadable. I relied in part on the Van Wert County, …

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Oct 21

Recollections of Chattanooga, Ohio

Rev. Reuben Valentine Smith at the dedication of Zion's cornerstone, 1916.

The following narrative was written by Rev. Reuben Valentine Smith in 1955. It is his personal account of his experiences as a pastor at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, Ohio, from 1899-1905. How I Came to Chattanooga It is my belief that Providence directs our lives and that God rules His Church, although the human factors by which His Will …

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Oct 18

Tombstone Tuesday–M. Margaretha Schinnerer

M Margaretha Schinnerer, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio

This is the tombstone of M. Margaretha Schinnerer, located in row 4 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The gravestone is inscribed: M Margaretha, daughter of Friedrich and Maria Schinnerer, died 27 September 1861, age 5 years, 11 months, 18 days. This tombstone is weathered and very difficult to read. I relied …

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Oct 14

Bierbach–Jacob Müller’s Hometown

Bierbach, Germany, and the surrounding area

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the immigration of my great-grandfather Jacob Müller/Miller. He was born and lived in Bierbach, Kingdom of Bavaria (now Germany). What was the little village of Bierbach like during the time Jacob lived there? Bierbach was part of the Bavarian Pfalz, also called the Palatinate. It is located in …

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