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I’m so excited!! Progress on German Handwriting

Over a year ago I wistfully blogged about the demise of handwriting in schools ( German Handwriting).  In it I made a plea for someone out there to transcribe the pages in Mom’s cookbook that were in her handwriting.

I googled “German Handwriting” around the first week of November 2012 and came across the website of “Sutterlin Stube Hamburg eV”. which appears, of course, in German.  Using the on-line translator, it showed the following information:

The Sutterlin Institute was founded in 1996 as a local working group for the transfer of old documents from German into Latin script by residents of the Old Centre Ansgar in Hamburg’s Long Horn. In subsequent years (there was) worldwide expansion of this volunteer activity. On 6 May 2009, the club  Sütterlinstube Hamburg e.V (was) founded as a nonprofit association. Members come from the city of Hamburg and surrounding areas.

The second paragraph:

Does your family have old handwritten documents, family documents or seals in loving grandmothers autograph book? And you can not read these family treasures? Maybe we can help you! …

Wow!  I didn’t waste any time sending my scanned pages and had a reply in a very short time.  The results came to me by email in the German language, but with the use of both Microsoft and Google translator, I am now making some sense of the writing.  I will be posting the results in the near future.

Stories are handed down in most families, and undoubtedly get warped over time.  I really warped this one about the cookbook!  Somehow, my story was that this cookbook (undoubtedly!) was a gift of Mom’s brother, Aloys, who was by trade a baker.  Uncle Aloys died in WWII.  Mom had said at some point that Aloys made a delicious “Butter Kuchen”.  So, my story goes that Aloys had given Mom the cookbook as a wedding gift with his prized “Kuchen” recipe among the beautifully handwritten pages.  This made sense to me because a number of the recipes had “Kuchen” in the title. Now, isn’t that just a lovely story?  But was it true?……

My sister Eleanor said “I don’t think so!  I think these are recipes that Mom wrote down, herself.  Remember, she worked in Holland for a doctor’s family and I think those recipes came from that time.”  Hmmmmmm…..I checked the family tree again.  When Mom and Dad married in 1929, Aloys would have been only about eleven years old!  Well, my story began to unravel!

Ellie’s story proved a lot more substantial than mine when Google identified some of the terms in the writings as “Dutch”!  Alas, I am inclined to believe that the writing in the cookbook was, indeed, my Mom’s. The handwriting looks to be done very carefully on the menus and recipes that were in black ink.  The handwriting on two pages in blue ink do not appear as carefully done, but I think they are also Mom’s and probably were added when she was a busy housewife and mother.

I think it’s ironic that my noticing an article about the demise of handwriting coincides with the mission of this group of German people.  I am really enchanted with their objectives and am posting them as revealed to me in the online translator:

Our statutory objectives

  1. Activation of the ability to read the Romanised and write. To do this the Club offers its own courses and action by individual members in the context of other educational institutions.

  2. Assistance in the transfer of historical documents from the German in the Latin script as a contribution to a meaningful life in retirement, for an understanding between the generations and (in some cases) to preserve world’s German heritage from oblivion and make it available to the wider research.

  3. Accompanying historical research that make a “history from below”, i.e. the history of the often forgotten culture of single people in the German-speaking world.

  4. On the basis of the transmitted texts (possibly in collaboration with other cultural), organization of exhibitions, readings and publication of written communications.

  5. Assistance in the establishment of similar institutions in other regions.

  6. Support for the publishing of publications and plays that have arisen from the transcriptions of the Sütterlinstube and still emerge.

  7. Promotion and cooperation with institutions which have similar or the same objectives.

  8. Support for projects of stationary care for elderly in non-profit organizations in connection with the purposes of 1-6.

Sounds like a win-win situation to me.  I am benefiting because my pages are finally transcribed; the people doing it are keeping their brains active and doing something they feel is useful.  Big smile here!




Roll Call Answers

Something that played a big part in Mom’s life was Sunflower club.  Here she was welcomed as another Kansas farm wife for the main purpose of just being social and good neighbors.  The club met monthly in one of the ladies’ home, and as hostess she was likely going to serve a light lunch at the end of the meeting consisting of delicate sandwiches, coffee or punch, a dessert and nut cups all on a glass hostess serving tray with cup.  

The meeting was called to order by the president and roll call was conducted by the secretary.  During the announcements at the end of the business meeting the hostess for next month would suggest the roll call question at her house. This was something you might think about during the month so that you could have something really “good” to answer when you name was called.  Where did those ideas come from?  Mom clipped one of Hope Needham’s columns to help come up with ideas when it came her turn.

Ideas for Roll Call Answers

Dear Hope:  Some one asked for roll call ideas.  Here are some:

• What frightens you most?
• The biggest thrill in your life.
• Who has the last word at your house.
• Recipe for ill temper.
• Strange but true.
• A discourtesy often seen in public places.
• Verse from an old valentine.
• Give a new decorating hint.
• Describe your wedding dress.
•A home courtesy.
• A lesson my mother taught me.
• What I can see from my kitchen window.
• My first day of housekeeping.
• How to remember my neighbor,
• My first day at school experience.
•The town I like to shop in and why.
•My most embarrassing moment.
• A person I have I have always admired.
• What I do when I do what I please.

— Mrs. James L Damery, Illinois.

Aren’t these just great conversation starters anyway?  I would love to hear answers to any of these questions.


Health Hints

When I was just a kid, Mom’s reading and utilizing home remedies for ailments seemed like “quackery” to me.  It’s amazing how my perspective changed now that I am “that age” myself.  I find myself attracted to natural ways to overcome flaws in my body or in my general health.  Now I completely understand Mom clipping something like this and wanting to save it.  I find Rose of Missouri’s cure for insomnia pretty incredible.  I can’t imagine that Mom actually ever used this remedy, unless of course, she was mad at Dad or us kids and wanted us to stay away!

Sends Helpful Hints

Dear Hope and Friends:  Howdy to all the friendly folks.  I like the Household just as it is–it’s very seldom I don’t find something to clip and save.

To those who ask for relief from gall bladder trouble, try filling a tall glass one-third full of pure unsweetened purple grape juice, then fill the glass up with sweet milk, and drink this about an hour before breakfast.  No sugar!  This has helped many, and if it doesn’t help, it sure won’t hurt, so it’s worth a try.

For those that have trouble sleeping:  In the morning slices or shave onions real thin, and in a pint jar put a layer of onion and a layer of sugar until jar is full, with sugar on top.  Put lid on and leave at room temperature till bedtime.  Use plenty of sugar to make a good syrup and you won’t mind the taste.  Take four good bites of onion and four or five good swallows of the syrup, than a good drink of water, and go to bed.l  You’ll get a good night’s sleep.  I’ve used this for years and it never fails.

A tall glass of unsweetened grapefruit juice daily will relieve sinus trouble and in many cases effect a real cure if kept up.  Drink it 45 minutes or an hour before breakfast.

Honey is one of the best remedies for colitis, also helps indigestion.  Just eat it by the spoonfuls or any other way.

Try the unsweetened grapefruit juice over a long enough period of time to make sure whether it would not help.  Vitamin C combats infection, and the unsweetened juice contains many other valuable minerals and vitamins.l  Be sure to keep covered tightly in refrigerator. –Rose of Missouri


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