The Hansers: (left to right) Hugo, Franz, Otto

Hanser Family Collection, 1800-1965.

Collection Number: M-0020 Collection Size: 2.7 linear feet Biographical Note Carl Johann Otto Hanser was born on 7 September 1832 in Schopflohe, Bavaria, Germany, as the sixth child of Pastor Franz Hanser and his wife, the former Euphrosyne Johanna Renger. He was educated at the local public school as well

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Herman A. Bielenberg

Herman A. Bielenberg Scrapbook, c.1938.

Collection Number: M-0103 Collection Size: 0.8 linear feet BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE Herman Bielenberg was born on 13 December 1899 in Staten Island, New York, to Albertus and Carolina (Lehnert) Bielenberg. Albertus was a fabric colorer who encouraged his son to join the clergy. Herman graduated from Concordia College (Bronxville, New York)

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Gertrude A. Simon (1900–1966) Collection (1926–1996)

Collection Number: M-0061 5 boxes, 2 linear feet : Correspondence, Manuscripts, Printed Publications, Documents, Personal Diaries, and Photographs BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Gertrude Simon was born on July 13, 1900, in Zachow, Wisconsin. She graduated from Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing in Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1926. Later she took graduate courses

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Johann Andreas August Grabau (1804-1879) Family Collection, 1840-1866.

Collection Number: M-0110 Collection Size: 2 Folders Biographical Sketch Johann Andreas August Grabau was born 18 March 1804 in Olvenstedt, Saxony, in the Kingdom of Prussia, the son of Johann Andreas Grabau (d. 1822) and Anna Dorothea Grabau née Jericho. J.A.A. Grabau had a brother John and a sister Lisette.

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John W. Behnken

John W. Behnken (1857-1968) Family Collection, c.1875-1973.

Collection Number: M-0003 Collection Size: 10.4 linear feet RESTRICTIONS The collection is open for research under the normal access policies of the Institute. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE The Rev. George William Behnken was born on 30 March 1857 in Baden, Hannover. Both of his parents died when he was a young child:

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Wilhelm Sihler Collection, 1801-1937.

Collection Number: M-0019 2.3 linear feet BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: Wilhelm Sihler was born on November 1801 in Bernstadt, Silesia, Germany. He entered the University of Berlin in 1826 after being discharged from the military, where he had obtained the rank of lieutenant at age 18. He graduated with a doctor of

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German Evangelical Lutheran Church (Napa, California) Minutes, 1892-1897.

Collection Number: M-0300 Collection Size: 1 ledger Microfilm #1672a Microfilm The original ledger in the collection was microfilmed in 1986 by the LDS Church. Historical Note The German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Napa, California, was organized on 4 September 1892. It held services in the building of the German Reformed

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Edward L. Arndt

Edward L. Arndt (1864-1929) Papers, 1864-1995.

Collection Number: M-0005 Collection Size: 9.3 linear feet BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE Edward L. Arndt was born on 19 December 1864 in Bukowin, Pomerania. He came from a strongly Lutheran family that left Pomerania (the Polish Corridor) to improve their living standard in America. They settled on the west side of Chicago

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Saxon Immigration Collection, 1811-1962.

Collection Number: M-0015 3.3 linear feet HISTORICAL NOTE: In the first half of the ninetieth century, rationalism–an attempt to apply a new line of reasoning to religion–was very strong in the Kingdom Saxony in Germany. Rationalism was an effort to make theological truth self-evident by human reason. Confessional Lutheran doctrines

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Ottomar Fuerbringer (1810-1892) Collection, 1810-1992.

Collection Number: M-0023 Collection Size: 1.7 linear feet Biographical Sketch Ottomar Fuerbringer was born on 30 June 1810 in Gera, Thuringia, Germany, as the son of Wilhelm Fuerbringer and his wife Christine Ernestine Graef. He studied theology in Leipzig from 1828 to 1830, during which time he was strongly influenced by

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