Thanksgiving Love, Peace And Blessings From Maison Steinbuchel

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson The day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day of the year.  This true of all modes of transportation, but none more […]

Chance Encounters, Connections and History

I believe that I am guided by chance encounters. I believe in the miracle of chance encounters.   Paulo Coelho Recently while my husband was blowing off our sidewalks, he spotted a gentleman looking over our house from the curb.  This is not an uncommon occurrence, since the house, even in its current “need for a redo state”, […]

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 […]

Education

Education – The Stackman-Steinbüchel Children

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious – Albert Einstein on Education 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 Hahn.  I have been digging into the details of the three family lines that converged and […]

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 […]

How Does An Abstract Preserve History?

Abstract: A condensed history, taken from public records or documents, of the ownership of a piece of land. We have the original abstract of our Kansas Historic Landmark home dating back to the land grant of 160 acres from the Osage Land Trust.   It’s existence serves to preserve history far beyond  the handing off of property ownership. In past BLOG posts, I have told how three individual lives, immigrants from France and Germany, […]

Patent Medicines and Home Remedies in the Steinbüchel Home

In summer 1988, after moving into Maison Steinbüchel, we tackled a pile of rubbish and sand from under the apple tree beside the garage along the alley.  A trumpet vine had taken over the area, growing up into the tree,   masquerading what was in store. Once the vine and rubbish were removed, we discovered a large pile […]

The Joyland Carousel – Exposing Hidden Connections

I have never been to the Joyland Amusement Park founded by the Ottoways in 1949.  Although still active until 2004, I simply never had a reason to check it out.  As a child, my amusement park exposure was limited to school playgrounds,  county fairs and carnivals, but I loved the carousels. I also love seeing lost things […]