Three Ways Stories Empower And Strengthen

Stories Empower And Strengthen:  “What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?”  – Orison Swett Marden Stories are everywhere.  The earliest records of mankind come in the form of story.  Whether you draw from the Genesis narrative, Egyptian hieroglyphs or […]

How A Dugout House Demonstrated Wisdom

“Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.”  ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬ My mother’s paternal great grandfather, Frederick Konrad Regetmeyer, immigrated from northern Germany in the mid 1860’s.  How that came about is told in a series on circles.  After he was naturalized as a US Citizen, through the network […]

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A Family Summer Picnic, A Castle And Providence

This weekend I will be joining my mother, her brother and members of three of the seven branches of my maternal grandfather’s siblings for a family picnic near Boise Idaho.  Sometime in the 40s or 50s three of  my grandfather’s six siblings moved from Kansas to this area so I only knew them by name. […]

How Martin Luther Affected All Of Our Destinies – A Tribute

We do not become righteous by doing righteous deed but, having been made righteous, we do righteous deeds.  Martin Luther I am not a Lutheran.  Although I appreciate much of their theology, I attended a Methodist Church growing up.   A movement that grew out of the Anglican church and although much removed from its roots – the […]

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Finding Lost Family Members – Or Not….

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing – Wernher von Braun In a post about a circa 1907 family reunion on the Rightmeier homestead in Jewell County, Kansas, I mentioned a great great uncle, August, we had lost track of.  A friend who has a gift for finding lost family  on the Internet […]

Discerning Fake News – Family History Style

The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities. – Jeremy Hardy In a recent post about a circa 1907 family reunion on the Rightmeier homestead in Jewell County, Kansas, I mentioned a great great uncle, August, we had lost […]

Grosspapa And The Funeral – A Lesson In Loss and Life

Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life. – Anne Roiphe Herr von Bernard Karl Steinbüchel, “Grosspapa” died on October 4, 1900.  Maison Steinbüchel, a Kansas State Historic Landmark and our home, is named for the family of Herman Frederick Steinbüchel , the second husband of Marie-Louise […]

Was ist das Steinbüchel? (What is this Steinbuchel?)

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.   Marcus Garvey   I have been diving into the histories of the several families which converged and eventually made their home at Maison Steinbüchel.  this is the Kansas Historic Landmark where we have made our home […]

A Blended Family: The Steinbüchels and Stackmans

“Sometimes love isn’t fireworks, sometimes love just comes softly.” ― Janette Oke, Love Comes Softly Maison Steinbüchel, a Kansas State Historic Landmark, our home, is named for the family of Herman Frederick Steinbüchel , the second husband of Marie-Louise Hahn.  I have been digging into the details of the three family lines that blended into one and […]