Dollie Margarete Zimmerman (1885 – 1951)

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     My great-grandmother Dollie Margarete Zimmerman was born Lydia Margarete Story in Whittington, Illinois on June 23, 1885.  Her father was George W. Story.  Great Grandma’s mother was named Malinda.  I do not have much information on either of them.      Great Grandma found employment as a school teacher at Schrum School in Bollinger County, Missouri indicating she

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Julius Johannpeter (1875-1961)

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     Julius “Uncle Jules” Johannpeter was born in St. Charles, MO on March 5, 1875 to recent German immigrants Frederick William Johannpeter and Johanna Johannpeter nee Grieve.  “Uncle Jules” was seven years older than his sister Caroline Leah “Lee” Johannpeter, my great grandmother.      When Lee’s husband William Ellis died in 1917, Lee had the challenge of raising her two-year-old son Gilbert as

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John Riley Collects Poll Tax

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     My second great-grandfather John Riley Deweese served as Welch Township Republican Committee Chairman in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri for most of his adult life.  Besides holding party caucuses in his home, John Riley served as Road Commissioner in the 1910s.  Residents mostly traversed the roads by horse and buggy.      One of the mechanisms governments used to

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William D. Simmerman

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     In this episode, I discuss the recent genealogy discovery which confirmed my father’s paternal line.  For years, I was stuck at my 3rd great grandfather William D. Simmerman.  Recently, I confirmed William D. Simmerman was descended from John A. Simmerman.  The Simmerman (Zimmerman) family trace their lineage back to Johann Zimmerman, who came to Virginia in the early

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