Remembering a local bridge builder

And a racial terror lynching in Catawba County, North Carolina

If he had died in the 1860s, Andrew (Andy) Loretz Ramsour might still be mentioned in the history of the Catawba River Valley in North Carolina. Born in old Lincoln county in 1817, this third cousin five times removed operated an iron forge, gristmill, and sawmill on the Catawba River. He was the most…



A frank, independent, and courageous look at my German-American heritage, history, and current events with a deep aversion to sham and pretense wherever it appears.

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Wilhelm Kühner

Pruning the “tangled thicket” of Kühner (Keener) Genealogie in Amerika and reflecting on its relevance to current events.