German Heritage 16 results

Jake and Anna Mueller Wedding Photo

My Grandma Raines' grandparents, Jake and Anna Mueller, were married on October 29, 1895 in Ava, Illinois. This wedding photo was nestled in a box of family portraits that Grandma kept on a shelf above her washing machine ... a likely place for family photos, eh?     Jake is the grandson of Jacob Heinrich Mueller who emigrated from Germany in 1828. Jake was born in 1870 in Turkey Hill, Illinois to Jacob and Dorothea Mueller. He was 88 years old when he died in 1958. Anna ...

#TBT Fritz Schuster and Family

My Grandma Raines kept all of the Schuster family photos in a box marked "trophies" on the top shelf of the linen closet.  She would often get it out and show me photos of long lost relatives that were completely foreign to me.  To her, however, they were memories of childhood and stories of the past.  We would sit for hours as she told me story after story.  I was fascinated but much too young to appreciate or even remember most of what she said.  I remember ...

52 Ancestors #10: Philip Schuster arrives in USA

Over 900,000 German men, women and children immigrated to the United States between 1845 and 1855. My 3rd great-grandfather, Philip Friederich Schuster was one of them. Philip was 13 years old when he arrived in New Orleans with his parents and younger sister.  Philip Friederich Schuster was born on September 16, 1838 in Hassloch, Germany to Johannes (1807-1867) and Anna Margarethe (Rieger, 1810-1884) Schuster.  Philip was the middle of three children. Jacob (1833-1911) and Barbara ...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #6 Marion Veronica Essler

One thing I find most frustrating about being relatively young and tracing family history is that I don't hold much of the actual history in my own memory.  Someday I will, I suppose.  Now, however, I rely a lot on older relatives and old books that have bits and pieces of the puzzle. Unfortunately, I'm at the age where I'm missing some of those key story tellers.  Why don't we ever think to write things down when we have the chance? It's always after we've lost someone that we ...

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #2: Jacob Heinrich Mueller

Jacob Heinrich Mueller is my 4th great grandfather on my mother’s side.  He was born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1798 to John George Mueller and Anna Maria Rhutz (1800-1844).  He immigrated to America in 1828 and settled in St. Clair County, Illinois. He was employed as a blacksmith after he arrived in St. Clair County. Jacob married Mary Margaret Weber in 1832 in St. Clair County.  Together, they had at least one child, John Jacob, my 3rd ...

Spaetzle with Onion and Mushroom Sauce

I'm continuing with my spaetzle (spätzle) adventure! After a bit of research on how this dish is typically served in Germany, I decided to mix the variations and ... well ... do my own thing!   Cheesy Spaetzle After you make your spaetzle, melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet and add your spaetzle, turning to coat.  Add about 1 cup of shredded Butterkäse.  If you can't find good German butter cheese, Havarti or Farmer's cheese will do just fine. Let this ...

How to make Spaetzle

I remember the first time I saw my mom make spaetzle ... I wasn't quite a teenager ... and I wondered what I had done to deserve such punishment! Spaetzle wasn't something I was overly fond of as a kid, I much preferred spaghetti and meatballs as my pasta of choice. I wasn't old enough to appreciate the German squiggly pasta or the tradition it represented in my family. Both of my parents have strong German roots ... ancestors from both sides came to the USA by way of the southwestern part ...

Applewurst and Kraut – an easy weeknight meal

German wurst (or wurste) canbe loosely translated as sausage ... and sometimes cold cuts.  There are many different varieties of wursts, but only a few are readily available to us in the US.  That's too bad, because they're all pretty amazing. My grandpa used to eat blood sausage (blutwurst), and there was pretty much every kind of sausage in his refrigerator known to man.  My dad was addicted, too, so I was always around it which resulted in my own slight addiction. The funny ...