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April 26, 2024 By: Web Master
Outrages & Terrors - the King Boys 1880
During the Civil War, bushwhackers made Montgomery County a terrifying place, as shared by Riggs in his diary. A prime location for cutting railroad ties, the southern part of the County again found itself terrorized, this time by the itinerant laborers known as “tie hackers.” In 1880, the King brothers preyed upon the Germans in Loutre township. By self-admission, the German wine turned them vicious. A story of rape, murder, and general despicable behavior was followed by the newspapers of the time. 
The story is summarized and enhanced with genealogy information in this article. It includes details about the main characters’ later lives. MCHS is grateful to the volunteer who shared background research and asks readers “What can you share?” 
We are reminded of the concept that “history repeats itself” as it reads like a TV crime series. There was a political element due to an apparent rivalry to determine which party had the most criminal members. The Democrat reporter took delight in pointing out that the King’s were Republicans. Click here for the full article.
January 27, 2024 By: Web Master
The German School in Hermann

A volunteer found “lost” Montgomery County children on the 1880 census as “boarders at school” with a widow in Hermann. Another researcher of the “Rhineland Germans” suggested they were likely attending “The German School.” She shared an article from The Advertiser-Courier, dated 12 February 1990, by Ed Steinhardt. Click here for a transcription. This article follows the school from 1867.

If a reader can share historical details from earlier in time, we will happily publish. We are always grateful when researchers are willing to share their findings with our website visitors!
January 15, 2024 By: Web Master
Hermann Volksblatt Newspaper
This newspaper often reported on the Rhineland German news.  It is in German.
Links to digitized copies:
History of the newspaper:
January 13, 2024 By: Web Master
Johann Bockting: A German Emigrant
Last year, MCHS received a query from a German researcher about Johann Bockting who emigrated about 1851. A MCHS volunteer shared what we could find from local and online resources. He married Elizabeth Wickers at St. Martin’s in 1855. Johann, his wife and a daughter were buried at Starkenburg. 
The effort culminated in an excellent article, explaining many historical facts about German emigrants and how Johann avoided military service by emigrating to the USA. This motivator is often a supposition, but here we have documentation! The original illustrated in color article in German and a Google Translate version have been graciously shared by the author, Paul Gossens, who lives south of Wesel near the Rhine River. A translation of the "Judgement" is found here.
Mr. Gossens' original question was the location of the residence of Johann Bockting, which we were unable to answer. If any reader has information to share with our German colleague, please email, so we Americans can “return the favor.”

November 24, 2023 By: Web Master
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See also this link for other details about Rhineland and its founding families.