Hi! My Protzmanns came over earlier than yours and they stayed on the east coast. My dad's family is from the St. Louis area, and my grandmother still lives there. She lives in a part of town that was originally settled by a lot of German immigrants. There are still a lot of peoplewith German backgrounds who live there and some of the street names are German too. There's even a really good German restaurant there. I don't remember the name of the district - it's slipped my head - but the major street that runs through it is Gravois. It could be named after that, but that doens't seem right to me. If I remember I'll let you know. So, what Leo said about there being a friend or partner in the St. Louis area would be quite possible. I just wanted to share this with you. Hope it helps some!