Monday, May 30, 2011

June Chapter Meeting

The next Intermountain chapter AHSGR meeting will be June 18, at the home of Shawnette Malan and Carol Harless, 10001 Hook Drive, South Jordan. The time of the meeting will be different--we will meet at 2:00 P. M. Everyone will bring appetizers and we will eat during or before the chapter meeting. Sharon White and Dee Hert will be the hostesses.

We will have a work meeting starting at 10:30 P.M. We will work on things to be done for the convention.

Benzel Reunion

Calling all Benzel descendants to join the festivities being planned for a gathering the summer of 2012.

Our most senior Benzel to date is Valentin Benzel, born Engheim Germany and died
1798 in Kautz, Russia. Valentin married Anna Elizabeth Koch. The family also lived in
Kolb, Russia.

Known children are - Jacob, Anna K., Johann U, Phillip, Maria E, Maria M, Adam, Anna
M, and Georg A.

Please feel free to contact Dee Hert at 801-967-5915 for further details.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Worth Watching

On Guy Fieri’s Food Network TV show, “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” one of the eating spots featured will be “Lauer Krauts” in Brighton, Colorado. This is a German-Russian restaurant (now about five years old) that serves up “Krautburgers” (Volga German-style “Bierocks”), “Riwwel Kuga” (Coffee Cake), and other Old Country delicacies. The Lauers are of Volga German background and trace their ancestry to the colony of Rothammel [Pamyatnaya] in Russia.

The show that features “Lauer Krauts” will air on Monday evening, May 16. Check your TV listings as it will air at different times in different parts of the country (7 PM MST; 8 PM CST; etc.). The episode is titled “From Kraut to Cous Cous” and will be on the Food Network.

For more information about the restaurant itself, check out this site:

Friday, May 13, 2011

May Meeting

The next meeting is Saturday, May 21st, at the home of Shawnette Malan and Carol Harless, 10001 Hook Drive, South Jordan. We will meet at 12:00 noon and everyone will bring appetizers. We will eat during the meeting. Sharon White will provide the May raffle basket and will do the May "Bits and Pieces." Shawnette Malan will be the hostess.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Things That Are Precious

Maybe it's because I really don't have any family heirlooms from my father's side of the family that I am attracted to items discarded by other families who don't seem to know what treasures they have. Case in point is this chalk portrait I picked up for just $6.00 as a bid item at Deseret Industries years ago. I look at that little face and think, "Gee, someone ought to love you." So, I do. It is obviously old; even the little square nails in the frame attest to that.

Then there is this old quilt top that I found just last weekend in an antique shop in Colorado for just $20.00. It is unquilted and hand stitched- no sewing machine stitches at all. The fabric is vintage, and a little stained like someone left it in the sun and spilled something on it. Since I'm a quilter myself, I know how much love goes into a quilt top, and again, someone ought to love it.

Last but not least, is this little toy china cabinet made from a crate. I first saw it thrown in a heap with a bunch of junk. When I asked my neighbor about it, she told me it was made by her brother-in-law before World War II. He served in the Navy and died when his ship was sunk during the war. Several weeks later my youngest son pulled it out of the dumpster and brought it to me because he loved old things, just like me.
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So, where am I going with all of this? I guess I'm saying take care of your family treasures. Collect everything you've got, be it documents, photos, letters, or objects. Assess and archive those items as to purpose, for research or as part of your story. Then write the story, so that your treasures don't end up at my house.