My mother’s ancestors were from Obermochel, Pfalz, Bavaria, Germany. They emigrated in1740, and they helped found America. Mother loved the snow and Christmas. Mother you are so loved and missed. I am so grateful that I was blessed with such a wonderful mother, and He allowed me to keep you for 58 years of my life. You only had your mother for 36 years, but I am so grateful that you were able to share your memories of her with me. I was only 9 when she passed and I never got a chance to know her. Enjoy your time with your family in heaven. I hope to be with you and them again.
Jean Marie (Linderman)Frederick Mancill
Dec. 3, 1927 Dubuque Dubuque County Iowa, USA
Mar. 9, 2012 Rosharon Brazoria County Texas, USA
Jean Marie (Linderman)Frederick Mancill, daughter of (Phylis at birth) Phyllis “Phyl” Eugenia(Palen) Linderman and Harry William Linderman. Her mother died when she was only 36 of Hodgekin’s Disease. She never really got over it, but just had to learn to live with it.Granddaughter of Frank Joseph Palen and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen, also of Edward Francis Linderman and Gudrun Ivara (Lund)Linderman of Dubuque, Iowa.First husband LeRoy “Lee” Eugene Frederick. Married 15 November 1947, Liberty, Texas. Divorced 1968. the Frederick homestead was at 1709 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, Texas 77029.
Six children together: Joseph Lee, Phyllis Jean, Sally Ann, Karl Thomas, Patricia Marie, and Sarah Kay Frederick. Mother was a very loving and creative woman. She taught me how to sew at 16, she made us a braided rug, she knitted, crocheted, needlepointed, and quilted.
Second husband Louis “Honey Lou” Clifford Mancill. Married 5 December 1968, Houston, Texas. The Mancill homestead was at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St, Houston, Texas.
My Mother and Dad made our house a home. We celebrated many a birthday, and all holidays at this home, at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St., in Houston, Texas.
He preceded her in death. No children of this union. One step son, Michieal Wayne Mancill, who was more like a brother. He was a part of our family.
She was the life of the party. She and my Dad loved music and dancing. Lou sang and played the guitar. She lived, she laughed and she loved. Lou called her his “satan pussycat”, and the “princess and the pea”. She was spoiled by my Dad. They spoiled each other. They were each other’s best friend. They were deeply in love.
Mother passed away at home surrounded with family that loved her. She just drifted off, and the angels came to get her. My consolation was she was not in pain, and not alone, and I was able to be there with her for her last six years of her life.
Mother just passed today, March 9, 2012, in Rosharon, Texas. She left us peacefully to be with Jesus. I am so grateful to have been able to spend the last six years living together with Mother. I am grateful that I was not working, so that I had the time to care for her. My sister, Phyllis and me took care of her at home just like she had wanted. We got to be even closer than ever.
She was blessed with a good life, and a good family. She really was always there with all of us six children, up until the last week of her life. She fell on Monday, and we think she had a mini stroke, she never was able to speak clearly after that. She passed away on Friday afternoon, in her sleep.
Mother left us just like she wanted to. She had dignity and respect from all who knew her. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a very giving person, and always was there for her six children. Our family was a very loving, close-knit family.
Burial followed at the same Oaklawn Cemetery, where Aunt Yvonne Linderman (Levesque), Uncle Kenneth Jackson, and Aunt Yvarra “Billie” Linderman (Jackson) are buried. Mother’s viewing was held on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 4-9pm. The funeral services were on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @11am @ Oaklawn Cemetery Pavilion, on Hwy. 36 in Somerville, TX. location at:, Strickland Funeral Home at 545 8th Street, SOMERVILLE, TEXAS 77879, (979)596-2133.
Enlisted in Civil War as Pvt. and promoted to Sgt. when he re-enlisted for the Union. A Yankee soldier. [ABRAHAM] A. LINDERMAN WAS A UNION [YANKEE] SOLDIER, ON 14 AUGUST 1862, A SERGEANT IN COMPANY F, OF THE 117th. ILLINOIS INFANTRY , ENLISTED IN CAIRO, ALEXANDER COUNTY, ILLINOIS; DURING THE CIVIL WAR BETWEEN 1862-1865, BOX #000539, EXTRACT # 0053, RECORD #0000169.
His ancestors settled in Germantown Twp., Pennsylvania in 1740. His ancestors helped found America. Our Linderman ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, American Civil War.
We are proud German descendants of the Linderman family, and the Hammell family were from England.
Abraham married Mary Hammell 26 November 1835 in Newfield, Orange County, New York.
Birth: 1768 Montgomery Orange County New York, USA
Death: 1848 Ballston Lake Saratoga County New York, USA
Son of Johann Jacob Linderman and Catherine (MacLean) Linderman.
First Spouse: Margaret Ridner/Redner/
Marriage: 28 March 1793 Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Shawangunk, Ulster, N.Y.
child 1: unknown /Linderman/ gender: Female birth 1811 (twin of Abraham) Cayuta Twp., Tioga, New York death 1811 child
2: Abraham /Linderman/ [my third great grandfather] gender: Male birth 1811 Cayuta Twp., Tioga, New York death 3 September 1891 Winona, Winona, Minnesota moved 1837 St. Charles, Kane, Illinois
child 3: Catherine /Linderman/ gender: Female birth 12 September 1799 Montgomery, Orange, New York death 29 January 1882 Courtland, De Kalb, Illinois
child 4:Nancy /Linderman/ gender: Female birth 9 July 1797 Montgomery, Orange, New York death 2 February 1878 St. Charles, Kane, Illinois
child 5: John Redner /Linderman/ gender: Male birth 15 January 1794, Orange, New York baptism 22 June 1794, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Crawford Twp., Orange, N.Y. death September 1877, Oakland, Michigan burial Sashabaw Cemetery, Sashabaw Plains Twp., Oakland, Mi.
child 6: Jacob /Linderman/ gender: Male birth 12 December 1795 Montgomery Twp., Orange, New York,
baptism 1796 German Reformed Church of Montgomery, Orange, N.Y. death 12 April 1872, Gun Plains, Allegan, Michigan moved, Cattaraugus, New York
child 7: Nicholas /Linderman/ gender: Male birth 22 November 1803, Wallkill, Orange, New York death 3 February 1887, Ischua, Cattaraugus, New York burial Fitch Cemetery, Ischua, Cattaraugus, N.Y.
Submission date: 12 Oct 2012 submission id: MMCZ-6DY
Notes: Seen as a Ridner in marriage record, then as a Redner in record of son John’s birth.
Mary Ann Miller
married 19 march 1839 Kane County, Illinois
Sources: 1820 U.S. Census 1830 U.S. Census 1800 U.S. Census 1825 State Census 1810 U.S. Census
Also U.S./Can. Book, 1850 U.S. Census Orange County Genealogical Society, Hopewell Presbyterian Church Records (Goshen, N.Y.:), Compiled by; Mrs Jean D. Worden, Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of Shawangunk, Ulster, New York (Goshen, N.Y.: , cir.1940) Compiled by ; Helen F. Lewis, New York’s Finger Lakes Pioneer Families (Rhinebeck, New York : Kinship, c.1980’s) Source Citation “Pedigree Resource File,” database, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.2.1/393B-LZ8 : accessed 28 October 2012), entry for Margaret /Redner/.
Over time the name was shortened to Ballston. Early settlers in this area feared attacks from Mohawks, who already inhabited the region and who resented the establishment of European buildings on their sacred grounds. One of Ballston’s historic sites is Indian Rock, a large boulder where Mohawk tribesmen reputedly took white captives (children, in some cases) to torture and kill them.
Ballston Lake, BALLSTON, NEW YORK: The region was first settled around 1763. In 1775, the area became a District in Albany County. In 1780, British forces attacked the northern part of the town and took captives back to Canada. The area was originally called “Ball’s Town” and “Ballton.” The town was formed in 1785 while still in Albany County. The original owners of the town were the McDonald brothers. Eliphalet Ball bought the area of land from them and called it Ball’s Town. Ball also paid the brothers 1 barrel of rum for the e, a narrow, 3.7-mile (6.0 km)-long lake with a maximum depth of 120 feet (37 m) in the south of the region, was called “Shanantaha” by natives. It was known to early white settlers as Long Lake. The lake was part of the Mohawk River during the glacial age and archaeological digs have unearthed artifacts indicating settlement around the lake as early as 3,500 BCE. For a long time the depth of Ballston Lake was not determined, due to the multiple caves that prevented divers from going to the bottom. There has been an artifact found that is dated 2000 B.C. It is also believed that a lake monster exists within one of the hundreds of caves. That is called by the natives Big Tim and has been spotted by multiple people. Wikipedia
Parents: Johann Jacob Linderman (1720 – 1792) Catherine MacLean Linderman (1728 – 1792)
Spouse: Margarette Redner Linderman (1764 – 1839)
Children: Jacob Linderman (1796 – 1872) Abraham Linderman (1811 – 1891) Burial: Unknown Created by: TEXAS TUDORS Record added: Oct 29, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 99856384
Bavaria has 71 Landkreise (like our United States counties). There are 373 Gemeinden (like our United States townships). In addition, there are 23 Städte (cities). Each Gemeinde or Stadt is a local administrative division. They also have plus Kreisfrei Städte (big cities that are administered at a level similar to the county level).
The southern part of what is today the German State of Rheinland-Pfalz was actually once part Bavaria. Historically, this area has been known as as the “Rheinpfalz“, “Rhennish Pfalz”, “Rheinbayern” or “Palatinate” region. However, it is no longer a part of modern Bavaria.
Land in south eastern Germany, and former Duchy, Electorate and Kingdom, and one of the longest lasting political units in European history, though its borders have changed.
The present Land of Bavaria (Bayern) stretches northwards from the Allgäuer, Bayerischer and Salzburger Alps to lands beyond the River Main. In the northwestern corner is the city of Aschaffenburg on the River Main; in the northeast are the upper waters of the Rivers Saale and Eger (Ohøe in Czech), which are tributaries of the Elbe and so flow to the North Sea; in the southeast are the Alps around Berchtesgaden; in the southwest Bavaria has some miles of shore on Lake Constance (Bodensee), the lake through which the Rhine flows.
The rains that fall on the greater part of the Land however flow not to the North but to the Black Sea. The Danube flows across…
Birth: Dec. 3, 1927 Dubuque Dubuque County Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 9, 2012 Rosharon Brazoria County Texas, USA Jean Marie (Linderman)Frederick Mancill, daughter of Phyllis “Phyl” Eugenia (Palen) Linderman and Harry William Linderman.
Granddaughter of Frank Joseph Palen and Emma Elsie (Claussen) Palen, also of Edward Francis Linderman and Gudrun Ivarra (Lund)Linderman of Dubuque, Iowa. First huband LeRoy Eugene Frederick. Married 15 November 1947, Liberty, Texas. Divorced 1968. the Frederick homestead was at 1709 Cheston Drive, Jacinto City, Texas 77029.
Six children together: Joseph Lee, Phyllis Jean, Sally Ann, Karl Thomas, Patricia Marie, and Sarah Kay Frederick.Mother was a very loving and creative woman. She taught me how to sew at 16, she made us a braided rug, she knitted, crocheted, needlepointed, and quilted.
Second husband Louis “Honey Lou” Clifford Mancill. Married 5 December 1968, Houston, Texas. Our Mancill homestead was at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St, Houston, Texas. My Mother and Dad made our house a home. We celebrated many a birthday, and all holidays at this home, at 11039 Lafferty Oaks St., in Houston, Texas.
He preceded her in death. No children of this union. One step son, Michieal Wayne Mancill. She was the life of the party. My Dad sang and played the guitar for her. She lived, she laughed and she loved. Lou called her his “satan pussycat”, and the “princess and the pea”. She was spoiled by my Dad. They spoiled each other. They were each other’s best friend. They were deeply in love.
Mother passed away at home surrounded with family that loved her. She just drifted off, and the angels came to get her. We believe that the week before, she had some mini strokes, because after that she could not speak and was bed ridden. My consolation was she was not in pain, and not alone, and I was able to be there with her for her last six years of her life.
Mother just passed today, Friday, March 9, 2012, in Rosharon, Texas. She left us peacefully to be with Jesus. I am so grateful to have been able to spend the last six years living together with Mother. We got to be even closer than ever.
She was blessed with a good life, and a good family. She really was always there with all of us six children, up until the last week of her life. She fell on Monday, and we think she had a mini stroke, she never was able to speak clearly after that. She passed away on Friday afternoon, in her sleep.
Mother told us that she did not want to go, but she left us just like she wanted to. She had dignity and respect from all who knew her. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a very giving person, and always was there for her six children.Our family was a very loving, close-knit family.
Burial followed at the same Oaklawn Cemetery, where Aunt Yvonne Linderman (Levesque), Uncle Kenneth Jackson, and Aunt Yvarra “Billie” Linderman (Jackson) are buried.
Mother’s viewing was held on Monday, March 12, 2012 from 4-9pm. The funeral services were on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 @11am @ Oaklawn Cemetery Pavilion, on Hwy. 36 in Somerville, TX. location at:, Strickland Funeral Home at 545 8th Street, SOMERVILLE, TEXAS 77879, (979)596-2133.
Family links: Parents: Harry William Linderman (1903 – 1995) Phyllis Eugenia Palen Linderman (1904 – 1963)
Spouses: Leroy Eugene Frederick (1926 – 2006) Louis Clifford Mancill (1924 – 2002) Burial: Oaklawn Cemetery Somerville Burleson County Texas, USA
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS Record added: Mar 10, 2012 Find A Grave Memorial# 86532980
This is my favorite pic of all six of us with Mother, when she was still feeling well enough to travel. (left to right & back to front) Sally Tudor, Phyllis Hyden, Joseph Frederick, Karl Frederick, Jean Mancill (in pink), Sarah Moore, & Patricia Harrod.Mother’s six children: Sally Ann(Frederick)Tudor, Phyllis Jean(Frederick)Hyden, Joseph Lee “Joe” Frederick, Karl Thomas Frederick, Jean Marie (Linderman) Frederick Mancill, Sarah (Frederick)Moore, and Patricia (Frederick)Vanderford Harrod, April 15, 2011, Austin, Texas @ Justin & Allison Vanderford’s wedding. This is one of my favorite pics of us and mother. It was one of the last trips that she took with me. She loved to go “bye-bye”. –:)
Jean Linderman, Roy Nelson, & Michael Jackson, unknown friend, 1945, Crosby, Texas.
Leroy & Jean (Linderman)Frederick, married November 15, 1947, Liberty, Texas
Linderman Family Genealogy~Dubuque, Iowa (texastudors.wordpress.com) My Maternal Grandfather, Harry William Linderman, German & Norwegian Ancestor (lindermangenealogy.wordpress.com) Edward Francis Linderman~My Maternal Great Grandfather~German Ancestor (lindermangenealogy.wordpress.com) My Third Great Maternal Grandmother~~Maria A. “Mary” (Hammell) Linderman (hammellgenealogy.wordpress.com)
Only grandson of Abraham & Mary (Hammell) Linderman of Winona, Minnesota. Only child of Mary Linderman. Father unknown. E. F. Linderman worked and lived on the Mississippi River all his life. He worked for the U.S. Lock & Dam in LaCrosse, Wisconsin; and Dubuque, Iowa. Married: Gudrun Ivarra Lund from Norway on 11 September 1902 in Winona, Minnesota. Edward & Gudrun had one son, Harry; and three daughters, Gladys Serene, Irene Mary, and Evelyn Frances Linderman. They all resided at 705 W. Third St., Dubuque, Iowa. Great Grandpa was in the I.O.O.F. in Dubuque, Iowa. He converted to Jehovah’s Witness after the death of his beloved wife, Gud. The children were raised as Lutheran and all baptized as Lutheran in the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 2025 Jackson Street, in Dubuque, Iowa. Edy was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the same cemetery as Gud, up on the hill, because the government told his family, that they couldn’t scatter his ashes in the Mississippi River where he wanted tobe. They said that it would pollute the river.Family links: Parents:
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS Record added: Aug 21, 2007 Find A Grave Memorial# 21069314
Edward, Gudrun, and Harry Linderman, 1905 Dubuque, Iowa
Harry, Mary, and Edward Linderman, Dubuque, Iowa, before 1924
Edward Francis Linderman Family, Brown State Park, Indiana. back row – left to right: Eppie and Arturo Ayala, Gladys Nelson, Edward, Harry, and Phyl Linderman.
front row: Anita Ayala, Yvonne Linderman, Richard Nelson, Patsy, Jean, and Billie Linderman, and Roy Nelson in front.
Mike Jackson, Edward Linderman, Galveston, Texas, 13 June 1947 Added by: TEXAS TUDORS
HARRY WAS RAISED LUTHERAN. HE WAS THE ONLY SON OF EDWARD & GUDRUN LINDERMAN. HIS FATHER NICKNAMED HIM “BILLIE”, AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIS FATHER” EDY”. EDWARD CALLED GUDRUN “GUD”. HE HAD THREE SISTERS, GLADYS, IRENE, AND EVELYN LINDERMAN. HARRY LINDERMAN WAS THE GRANDSON OF MARY LINDERMAN OF WINONA, MINNESOTA, GREAT-GRANDSON OF ABRAHAM & MARY LINDERMAN OF WINONA, MINNESOTA AND CRAWFORD, NEW YORK. HARRY WAS SUAVE, DEBONAIRE, WELL-MANNERED GENTLEMAN. HARRY MARRIED PHYLIS ADELE PALEN. HE WAS RAISED AT 705 WEST THIRD ST, DUBUQUE,DUBUQUE CO, IOWA. THE LINDERMAN CHILDREN WERE RAISED LUTHERAN. HE ATTENDED LINCOLN SCHOOL, DUBUQUE,IOWA FROM SEPT. 1909- JUNE 1915. GRANDPA’S GRADES WERE ALL A’S. HARRY GRADUATED FROM DUBUQUE HIGH SCHOOL IN JUNE 1921. HE WAS A VERY INTELLIGENT,WELL MANNERED GENTLEMAN. HARRY WAS A SUAVE, DEBONAIRE GENTLEMEN. HARRY WORKED AS DISTRICT SALESMAN,AND THEN SALES MANAGER IN THE REFRACTORY [FIRE BRICK] DEPARTMENT, AT HOUSTON BUILDER’S SUPPLY, AT 119 NORTH HAMILTON, HOUSTON, TEXAS. THEN, HARRY AND PHYLIS PALEN LINDERMAN, STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS IN HOUSTON,TEXAS, CALLED “LINBAR INC,” IN 1952, AND RAN IT UP UNTIL 1970. IT WAS INSTALLING FURNACES. HE WORKED FOR “FLEXIBLE WALLS,INC.” FROM 1970-1972. “DRYWALL INC.” FROM 1972-1977, AND “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC.” FROM 1977-1982. HARRY RETIRED FROM HIS BOOKKEEPING POSITION WITH “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC. AT THE AGE OF 80 IN 1982. HARRY & PHYL BOUGHT A HOME AT 4002 ARNOLD IN WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE, HOUSTON,TEXAS. THEY ALSO BUILT A SUMMER PLACE, AND A TAVERN IN GAYHILL, BURLESON CO, TEXAS. THE TAVERN WAS NAMED “SATURDAY’S TAVERN”. HARRY RAN THE BAR, PHYL PLAYED THE PIANO, AND AUNT PATSY LINDERMAN COOKE & UNCLE KENNETH JACKSON SANG IN THE TAVERN. OUR FAMILY LOVED THE “NIGHT LIFE”. GRANDPA WAS THE FAMILY BARBEQUER, AND HE BUILT A HUGE, BRICK BARBEQUE PIT. HARRY & PHYL LINDERMAN, JEAN & LEROY FREDERICK, PATSY & JAY COOKE, AND BILLIE & KEN JACKSON SPENT MANY A SUMMER WEEKEND TOGETHER IN THE COUNTRY. HARRY WILLIAM LINDERMAN WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF HARRIS COUNTY IN 1954. HARRY SOLD THE FAMILY HOME AT 4002 ARNOLD TO HELP PAY FOR PHYL’S MEDICAL BILLS. PHYLIS PALEN LINDERMAN DIED OF HODGEKIN’S DISEASE ON 27 DEC. 1963, IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.
HARRY’S SECOND WIFE WAS MARTHA BURDEN JOHNSTON. THEY MARRIED IN RICHMOND,FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ON JULY 13, 1966. HARRY AND MATTYE RESIDED AT 2727 DREXEL DRIVE, HOUSTON,TEXAS FROM 1966 TO 1995. THEY WERE MARRIED FOR TWENTY EIGHT YEARS. GRANDPA HARRY WAS THE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER, AND HISTORIAN. BETWEEN 1950 AND1960 GRANDPA TOOK ROLLS AND ROLLS OF 8mm. MOVIE FILM OF OUR FAMILY. MOST OF THE ROLLS WERE DESTROYED IN THE FLOOD FROM TROPICAL STORM ALLISON ON 8 JUNE 2001, AT 11039 LAFFERTY OAKS STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS. GRANDPA-HARRY WILLIAM & GRANDMA-PHYL ADELE PALEN LINDERMAN WERE ALWAYS THE GRACIOUS HOSTS. THEY WERE LOVED BY ALL. HARRY’S FATHER WAS GERMAN, AND HIS MOTHER WAS NORWEGIAN. HARRY’S WORD WAS HIS BOND. HE WAS HONEST,HARD-WORKING, AND RESPONSIBLE. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY! THIS LINDERMAN DESCENDANT IS VERY PROUD OF HIM.
written by Sally Ann Frederick Fallin Brown Tudor
Harry Linderman, Gladys Linderman Nelson , Irene Linderman Bender Weidner, & Evelyn “Eppie” Ayala. Children of E.F. Linderman & Gudrun Lund Linderman.
ALL Of My Ancestors Have Fought and Died To Save America FROM Communism! They Emigrated From Europe To Escape Socialism and Communism, for Freedom of Religion, and To Have A Better Life! They all came her legally, learned English, assimilated into American society, and pledged allegiance to the United States of America.
NONE of them Froze, and Bled, and Died to allow America’s Liberties and Freedoms to be REMOVED by the Demon-Rats, Socialists, and Communists! Our White House and our Congress have been INVADED by them. The “Enemy Within” is working for the Devil NOT God!
My Fifth GreatMaternal Grandfather, Johann Jacob Linderman, emigrated in 1740 to Pennsylvania and he helped to build these “United States of America”. He was in the Pennsylvania Colonial Army. He worked for everything that he got for our family. I am proud to be one of his descendants.
I will do whatever I am able to do~ to help save our beloved America from the “Enemy Within”, the Socialist=Demon-Rats=Communists trying to destroy the United States of America! We will not submit to their tyranny and we will not give up our guns or our “right to defend ourselves and our families and friends” from the evil ones.
Anyone who wants Communism needs to get the hell out of America, and go to a Communist country! There are plenty of them! Stop coming from your third world “shit-holes”, and trying to change our beloved country into the “hell-hole” you crawled out of! God bless America. God save America from the “Evil Within”!!
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer, artist, and politician. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; Wikipedia
I love Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe. I read his quote years ago when I was a SATP counselor with inmates in the Texas prison system. I had the best staff that I worked with. Our senior counselor was a wonderful man, and he helped thousands of inmates to learn how to live “One Day at a Time” . Me and the other counselors there learned to love the guys, and we learned that they were just “wounded” boys and were “acting out” their pain and anger. We treated them “like they could be~instead of what they were”~like Goethe’s quote.
I know without a doubt, that if we treated them like they were evil, bad, or worthless, it would not help them; and it would only serve to keep them sick and angry. It also would not help society either, because it would serve to keep the guys in the “vicious cycle” of anger, hate, lying, and blaming. It would reinforce the “revolving door“, and it would help empty the prisons; of course that is not what the investors who have built the prisons would want. It serves them for the guys to stay sick and keep coming back to the prisons, that they own. They are getting rich off other people’s suffering. In my opinion is if more people would “treat them as they could be”, and they received treatment and counseling more of them could recover and lower the recidivism rate.
1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms only of 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 9-inch round pans, using water, oil and eggs. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely.
2 In 3-quart heavy saucepan, mix sugar, butter, milk and egg yolks. Heat to simmering over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cook 9 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
3 Cut each cake layer horizontally into 2 layers. On serving plate, place 1 layer, cut side up. Spread with about 1 1/3 cups filling. Repeat with second and third layers and 2 2/3 cups filling.
4 With serrated knife, cut remaining cake layer into 1 1/2-inch-wide strips. Cut strips into irregular pieces. Place cake pieces randomly over filling to cover top of cake, pressing gently into cake and fitting snugly together. Refrigerate cake several hours before serving, if desired.
5 In small microwavable bowl, microwave frosting 10 seconds on High until thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle over top of cake. Store covered in refrigerator.
My favorite cake is German Chocolate, and I am going to make one for my own birthday. I turn 59 next week. Mother always made my birthday cake except for the last couple years. She went to be with Jesus on March 9, 2012. She always made Chocolate Cake with Coffee frosting (homemade by her). I never cared for or drank coffee, but I loved her coffee frosting. We Germans love our chocolate! My Grandfather loved his chocolate! He ate Chocolate Ice Cream and Chocolate Syrup with Pecans every night up until he died.
I know that life must go on. I have been telling my son that, he is 30. Mother was 84 and she lived a good life. She passed peacefully in her sleep. I am grateful for that. So, I am starting my own tradition this year.
“Christmas in Bavarian Alps. Bavaria , formally the Free State of Bavaria , is a state of Germany , located in the southeast of Germany. With an area of, it is the largest state by area, forming almost 20% of the total land area of Germany. Bavaria is Germany’s second most populous state (after North Rhine-Westphalia ), with 12.5 million inhabitants, more than any of the three sovereign nations on its borders. Bavaria’s capital and largest city is Munich , the third largest city in Germany.
I did not know that the National Tree of Germany is the Oak Tree. Mother loved the Oak Tree. I have always loved nature, and trees. I have done the Family Trees for our family. I love history and family genealogy.
Several of my ancestors emigrated from different parts of Germany. My Claussen, Kobel, Rabe, Koch, Linderman, and Frederick? also ( I believe that my paternal grandfather, Karel Fredrich, was born out of wedlock and maybe his father was Bohemian or German). His naturalization papers stated that he was born in Mala Lehota, Moravia. Malá Lehota is a village and municipality in the Žarnovica District, Banská Bystrica Region in Slovakia, in Southern Moravia. We will never know for sure. He took that secret to his grave. In that day and time the worst thing that you could be is German or illegitimate). (I believe that his mother was single. My daddy told me that his father, Karel was as dark as you could get, without being black, and that he believed that he was Bohemian. My paternal grandmother, said that Bohemians were like gypsies and roamed around and Moravians looked down on Bohemians).
This historical survey is meant to help the reader with eventual difficulties in understanding peculiarities in the texts offered in the decade 1782 to 1792. Most of the data were taken from W. Stein: Kulturfahrplan. Die wichtigsten Daten der Kulturgeschichte von Anbeginn bis 1795. F. A. Herbig Verlagsbuchhandlung, München-Berlin-Wien, 1976. The symbols * and \ mean birth respectively death.
Neuschwanstein Castle (German:Schloss Neuschwanstein) is without question one of the most beautiful castles in world. Built in the 19th century, this Neo-Romanesque masterpiece was commissioned by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria.Ludwig II was fascinated by sagas and fantasies. Many of the castle’s rooms and decor pay homage to the legend of the Knight of the Swan, a medieval tale that inspired the opera Lohengrin by one of Ludwig’s friends, the great German composer Richard Wagner.As time passed by, Ludwig II started to lead the life of a recluse inside the castle. With time he identified himself with Percival (German: Parzival), a legendary medieval figure who became the “Grail King” in honor of his purity and faith. This made Ludwig redesign the “Audience Room” and turn it into the Grail Hall, a sumptuous monument to kingship and the divine right of kings.However Ludwig’s constant desire to make the castle even more luxurious left him with a great number of debts. Finally in 1885, foreign banks threatened to seize his property, a situation to which Ludwig refused to react rationally. This in return took the Government to declare Ludwig insane and intern him in Castle Berg near Munich on 12 June 1886.
The next day, after Ludwig had gone for a walk with his psychiatrist Dr. Gudden, he was found drowned under mysterious circumstances in Lake Starnberg. He was together with Dr. Gudden and no one reported to have seen or heard anything. After Ludwig’s death, the castle and its entire splendor was opened to the public.
Nowadays, Neuschwanstein Castle, meaning “New Swan Stone” Castle, is the most photographed place in Germany with over 1.3 million visitors each year. The inspiration of Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and a global symbol of the era of Romanticism, this wonderful building and the story of Ludwig’s life are sure to remain in the hearts of people for a very long time.
Schloss Neuschwanstein, Dvorac Neuschwanstein, Ludwig II, king of Bavaria, Ludwig von Beethoven: Romanca For Violin&Orchestra Op.50
King Ludwig the Second (1845-1886) was known as the ‘Mad Monarch of Bavaria’ but left in his passing a series of fantastic castles that are visited by over 3 million people a year and recognized the world over. This is the unusual story of an ill-fated King and his tragic end, his strange relationship to the composer Richard Wagner and a first-hand visit to his famous creations. I also hoped to illustrate how the lush musical selections of Wagner conveying the beauty of the Bavarian mountains and countryside helped to shape the majestic fantasies of King Ludwig. Hosted by Munich’s own Octoberfest Queen, Ms. Brigitte Viez with observations, video and photography by Bruce Blank and Charlene Henning.
The New York Guard is one of the largest and best organized State Guards in the United States. It is historically derived from Revolutionary and Civil War era state military units that were reorganized several times in American history in response to various international and domestic crises.
Organized under the Military Law, State of New York, the New York Guard cannot be federalized and cannot be deployed outside New York State without the consent of the governor.
Christmas Trees are very important in Germany. They were first used in Germany during the Middle Ages. If there are young children in the house, the trees are usually secretly decorated by the Mother of the family. The Christmas tree was traditionally brought into the house on Christmas eve, and during that evening the family would read the Bible and sing Christmas songs such as O Tannenbaum, Ihr Kinderlein Kommet and Stille Nacht (Slient Night).
Sometimes wooden frames, covered with coloured plastic sheets and with electric candles inside, are put in windows to make the house look pretty from the outside.
Christmas Eve is the main day when Germans exchange presents with their families.
In German Merry Christmas is ‘Frohe Weihnacht’.
A big part of the Christmas celebrations in Germany is Advent. Several different types of Advent calendars are used in German homes. As well as the traditional one made of card that is used in many countries, there are ones made out of a wreath of Fir tree branches with 24 decorated boxes or bags hanging from it. Each box or bag has a little present in it. Another type is called a ‘Advent Kranz’ and is a ring of fir branches that has four candles on it. This is like the Advent candles that are sometimes used in Churches. One candle is lit at the beginning at each week of Advent.
Germany is well known for its Christmas Markets where all sorts of Christmas foods and decorations are sold. Perhaps the most famous German decorations are glass ornaments. The glass ornaments were originally hand blown glass and were imported in the USA in 1880s by the Woolworth stores. The legend of the glass ‘Christmas Pickle‘ is famous in the USA, but it’s that, a legend. Most people in Germany have never heard of the Christmas Pickle!
In some parts of Germany, children write to the ‘Christkind‘ (‘The Christ Child’ in English) asking for presents. The letters to the Christkind are decorated with sugar glued to the envelope to make them sparkly and attractive to look at. Children leave the letters on the windowsill at the beginning of or during Advent.
The Christkind is often described as a young girl with ‘Christ like’ qualities. In Nürnberg a young girl is chosen every year to participate in a parade as the Christkind. She wears a long white and gold dress, has long blond curly hair and wears a gold crown and sometimes wings like an angel. This is similar to St Lucia is Sweden. (And it can seem a bit confusing calling the ‘Christ Child’, Jesus, a girl!)
The Nürnberg Christkind officially opens the Christmas market on the Friday before Advent starts. And before Christmas she has over 150 ‘official duties’ including visiting hospitals, old people’s homes and children’s nurseries! She also has to give TV interviews and visit other cities.
Santa Claus or Father Christmas (der Weihnachtsmann) brings the presents on December 24th. December 6th is St. Nicholas‘ Day and “der Nikolaus” brings some small gifts, such as sweets and chocolate, to the children. He comes in the night between the 5th and the 6th and puts the presents into the shoes of the children, who usually place them by their doors on the previous evening. In some regions of Germany, there is a character called “Knecht Ruprecht” or “Krampus” who accompanies Nikolaus (St. Nicholas) on the 6th of December. He is big horned monster clothed in rags and carries a birch. He will punish the children who were bad and will give them a birch as a present. He is usually the one who scares the little children. In other parts of Germany, St. Nicholas is followed by a small person called “Schwarz Peter” (Black Peter) who carries a small whip. Black Peter also accompanies St. Nicholas or Sinterklaas in Holland. In north west Germany Santa is joined by Belsnickel a man dressed all in fur.
Some people say that Santa/Father Christmas (Weihnachtsmann) brings the presents and some say it is Christkind!
At small work places and school parties, secret presents are often exchanged. A door is opened just wide enough for small presents to be thrown into the room. The presents are then passed around among the people until each person has the correct present! It is thought to be bad luck to find out who sent each present.
Another tradition is the Sternsinger (or star singers) who go from house to house, sing a song and collect money for charity (this is a predominantly Catholic tradition). They are four children, three who dress up like the Wise men and one carries a star on a stick as a symbol for the Star of Bethlehem. When they’re finished singing, they write a signature with chalk over the door of the house. The sign is written in a special way, so Christmas 2012 would be: 20*C*M*B*12. It is considered to be bad luck to wash the sign away – it has to fade by itself. It has usually faded by the 6th of January (Epiphany). The Sternsingers visit houses between December 27th and January 6th.
Carp or Goose are often served for the main Christmas meal. Stollen is a popular fruited yeast bread that is eaten at Christmas. Here is a recipe for Stollen.
Thank you to Céline Krimmel for her help in giving me information on Christmas in Germany!
The mosaic of ethnic backgrounds present in Amish Country have resulted in a rich tapestry of Old and New World Christmas customs. Many of the most interesting traditions are unique to our Pennsylvania German heritage.
Candles, of course, have always been a part of Christmas celebrations. In Old World Germany, Martin Luther is credited as being the first person to put candles on a tree, “to represent the glory and beauty of the stars above Bethlehem.” In Ireland, the old custom was to “leave a candle burning in the window to light the way for the Christ Child on Christmas Eve.” It is interesting to note the old tradition in Europe of “illumination,” whereby the birthday of a prince was celebrated by putting candles in the windows.
In the Windows
Visitors to Amish Country notice that we often have candles in our windows all year, not just during the holiday season. The year-round practice apparently started several years ago when a local tourist home left its Christmas candles in the windows as a sign of welcome. The idea seemed to catch on, as people found it attractive, especially in older homes. So now this nostalgic, warm look can be enjoyed by Lancastrians and visitors at any time of the year.
The beautiful 26-point Moravian Star has long been identified with Advent and Christmas. The star originated in the Moravian school handcraft sessions in Niesky, Germany, in the mid-1800’s. The simple 26-point version is quite common, seen hanging and lighted at night on porches in Lititz. Many people are surprised to learn that the first Moravian Star was red and white, not the lovely soft white color usually seen today.
The Moravian Church in Lititz may be the only place in America where you can see a spectacular 110-point star. While the 110-point star is rarely seen here, the design was obtained from Germany, reproduced in Lititz, and first hung in the church in 1980.
Nativity scenes are popular at Christmas, and the “putz” is the Pennsylvania Dutch interpretation of the crèche. Related to the old medieval mystery plays, the putz may have originated to help children better appreciate the Christmas story. The word “putz” is from the German “putzen” for “to decorate, especially to adorn a church.”
Originally, the putz consisted of wooden, clay, or tin figures arranged to depict the Nativity. There were other groupings displayed besides the Nativity scene, such as the Holy Family, the Annunciation, the shepherds in the hills, the three kings, and the flight to Egypt.
Today the making of the putz can be a family project. Decisions must be made on the background, which may involve live plants and paper painted to simulate rocks. There may be stars in the sky and angels suspended with black thread. The middle and foreground include the manger scene, often a cave, figures, animals, moss, and occasionally running water. “The aim is to depict a rolling countryside, a hillside town, and a lonely stable.”
The putz can become an elaborate display, centering on the birth of Christ, but bringing in many other themes. These added figures are usually religious, such as Sir Galahad searching for the Holy Grail, or a scene of the conversion of the Indians. Some include the use of electricity, music, and narration. But the “Putz” is not to be garish, the traditional end result should “evoke a hush of silent contemplation.”
Our modern Santa Claus, of course, evolved over many centuries to what he is today. December 6th was St. Nicholas Day in Catholic countries of Europe, and the Rhineland area became the center of a St. Nicholas cult. With the Reformation these saints days disappeared, and Protestants changed the focus to Christmas Eve and the arrival of Beltznickel (Belsnickel).
He was a figure to be feared, wearing a hat, wig, and long, heavy coat. In addition to his bag of goodies, he could also carry a switch to “punish” naughty children. In the old tradition, this figure could visit at any time during Advent, arriving with ringing sleigh bells and gifts of nuts, candies, and fruits for the children. John Joseph Stoudt describes the old tradition as follows…
He throws the gifts on the floor, demanding a “piece” performed by the children. They have prepared for this for months, and they say a poem or sing a song. He remains stern, with grim, forbidding countenance. When Beltznickel’s whip rattled the windows. the children were frightened and he was a creature to be feared. Sunday School Festivals in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside continue this tradition of saying a “piece” for him, even though he may not show up.
In 1822, Clement C. Moore’s verses for “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known today as “The Night Before Christmas,” presented the fat, jolly man arriving from the skies. In 1862, famed illustrator Thomas Nast gave him further touches, and by 1886 Santa Claus had basically become the character we know today. “Santa Claus” seems to have come from the New York Dutch settlers’ “Sinter Klaus,” or St. Nicholas.
Indeed, even “Kriss Kringles” really comes form the German for Christ Child (Christ- Kindel). In the 1800’s, children were told it was the Christ Child who brought gifts for them at Christmas. Children left baskets of hay for His mule at the door on Christmas Eve. Apparently many Pennsylvania Germans were displeased as the name and identity changed to become associated with Santa Claus.
Finally, let us return to the Christmas tree and its German beginnings. While it is doubtful Luther started the custom …
It was among Lutherans that the tree first became a Christmas tradition. The earliest written record of a fully decorated Christmas tree dates from 1605, when a citizen of Strasbourg wrote that “at Christmas they set up fir trees in the parlors and hang upon them roses cut from many-colored paper, apples, wafers, gilt-sugar, sweets, etc.”
These Old World Germans decorated their tree “with stars, angels, toys, gilded nuts, and candies wrapped in bright papers. Later they added tinsel and lighted candles.”
It is claimed that the first known written mention of a Christmas tree in America is found in the 1821 diary of Matthew Zahn, a Lancastrian! Undoubtedly, the Christmas tree tradition was brought to America by the German settlers, and trees were fairly common by the 1820’s. It may very well be that Lancaster is the home of the Christmas tree in America!
Regardless of your feelings concerning Christmas celebrations today, it is clear we owe a great deal to the Pennsylvania Germans who brought their customs to the New World. In understanding this heritage, perhaps we can better appreciate the real meanings and history behind the symbols and modern images so prevalent today.
Amish Country News Cover Article by Brad Igou (Winter 1998)
Several years ago I saw a delightful sight in Baden-Baden in southern Germany. It was December 6, so the Christmas season was in full swing. The Christkindl Market was in town and the mood was merry. It was a rainy, dreary evening as I walked from the public spa to the hotel. Chilled and anxious to get to the warmth of the hotel room, I was surprised to see a crowd gathered in the rain, looking upward. I followed the direction of their gaze and saw St. Nicholas perched on the second floor ledge of a corner building. He appeared to have stepped out onto the ledge through a window.He wasn’t going to jump. St. Nicholas was entertaining the crowd. As I recall, he was a tall, thin gentleman, wearing a long red coat and a long white beard. St. Nicholas Day was not a day that we observed in my family, but I had heard of the tradition. I surmised that this was St. Nick who filled children’s shoes with candy.
St. Nicholas was playful as he looked down on the crowd, making a striking figure. Soon two of his helpers stepped out on the ledge and stood beside him.
It was a delightful scenario and it left me wondering about the difference between St. Nicholas and Santa Claus. Here is what I found.
St. NIcholas & Santa Claus
St. Nicholas is a saint of the Catholic Religion. Although he is related to Santa Claus in appearance and function, there are important differences. Santa Claus is a secular figure who gives gifts on Christmas Eve on Christmas Day.
According to The History of Santa Claus on the website, The North Pole, St. Nicholas ws the patron saint of children and seafarers. In the Protestant areas of northern and central Germany, St. Nicholas later became known as der Weinachtsmass. In England he became known as Father Christmas. He made his way to the United States with Dutch immigrants, where Sinter Klaas become Santa Claus.
Religious reformer, Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant religion, is credited with starting the custom of giving gifts to children on Christmas Day. The gifts were supposed to be from the Christ Child, called Christkindl. Christkindl appeared much like an angel, wearing while robes and a golden crown. According to legend, Luther started to tradition of giving gifts on Christmas as a substitute for the Catholic saint day of December 6.
Germany has a facinating history in the Christian Faith. Catholicism was the state religion until the 1500’s, when the advent of the Protestant Reformation shook the world. Martin Luther translated the Latin Bible into German, meaning that the common literate man was able to read the Word of God for the first time.
Luther was not the first reformer to translate the Holy Bible. A century before Luther’s Day, Jan Hus translated the Bible into Czechoslovakian. Hus was a priest who was branded a heretic and burned a the stake in Constance in Southern Germany.
Historians know that the battle between Catholic and Protestant was a bloody one, as Catholics fought to maintain control and Reformers fought for the right to worship by reading a bible in the common language. There is an excellent movie about this subject, by the name of Luther, produced in 2003.
St. Nicholas, Santa Claus and Christkindl
Through the years, the traditions seemed to have merged, with the Santa Claus, appearing much like St. Nicholas, the bearer of gifts on Christmas Day.
Today the battles are forgotten by many. St. Nicholas, Christkindl and Santa Claus are all characters that are recognized as symbols of Christmas in Germany, and in other countries.
Christian Faith and Christmas
The Christian faith is based upon the belief that God came to earth and a tiny infant who grew to be a man who created the bridge too salvation. That is the real reason to celebrate Christmas.
Booths offer traditional Thuringian handcrafts and sweets and a big Ferris wheel stand at the Christmas Fair during heavy rain in front of the Mariendom (Cathedral of Mary), center left, and St. Severi’s Church, right, in Erfurt, central Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. The Erfurt Christmas Market is one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany. The square is decorated with a huge, candle-lit Christmas tree and a large, hand-carved nativity scene. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
A garden gnome or lawn gnome is a figurine of a small humanoid creature, usually wearing a pointy hat, produced for the purpose of ornamentation and protection from evil sorcery, typically of gardens or on lawns. These figurines originate in 19th century Germany, where they became known as Gartenzwerg (literally “garden dwarf“). The application of the term gnome in English is first attested in the 1930s.
Gnomes are often depicted as having beards and are typically males, and usually wear red hats and are known to smoke pipes. They are made in various poses and pursuing various pastimes, such as fishing or napping.
Gnomes have become controversial in serious gardening circles in the UK, and have been banned from the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show as the organisers claim that they detract from the garden designs. Gnome enthusiasts accuse the organisers of snobberybecause they are popular in working class and suburban gardens.
Gnomes may be made from terracottaclay slip (runny clay) poured into molds. This is allowed to set up and the excess emptied from the centre leaving a clay shell. The gnome is removed from the mold when firm, then allowed to dry and then fired in a kiln until hard. Once cooled the gnome is painted. More modern gnomes are made from resins and similar materials. source: Wikipedia
My mother was fond of Gnomes, but I had never thought anything of them, except that they were kind of cute. My husband has carved us Garden Gnomes out of wood from a tree that was blown down by Hurricane Ike. He even made me one with a Santa Claus suit.
My Linderman ancestor, my fifth great grandfather was Johann Jacob Linderman (Lindermann). He was 18, and EMIGRATED FROM ZWEIBRUCKEN, GERMANY TO ROTTERDAM, AMSTERDAM, [THE NETHERLANDS], ON 25 NOVEMBER 1740, ON THE SHIP: LOYAL JUDITH, CAPTAIN LOVELL PAINTER WAS THE COMMANDER, TO THE PORT OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA. IT WAS A TWELVE WEEK TRIP. Johann Jacob Linderman resided in German Flatts, Germantown Township, Pennsylvania in December 1740.
BY DAVID LEVINE PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 AT 03:48 PM
Signs of the past: Located on the Fingar Farm in Germantown, this house was built into the side of a hill, a style often used by the Palatines when they first arrived
Photographs courtesy of Germantown History Department
You don’t have to be smarter than a fifth-grader to know that this country’s first European settlers were the Dutch, Spanish, and English. But another country soon followed these pioneers and, in the end, sent more people here than any of the others. That country is Germany. It’s true. Ask your fifth grader — or just about anyone in the Columbia County town of Germantown. This month, Germantown celebrates the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the largest group of Hudson Valley settlers in Colonial times: farmers from the Palatine region of southwest Germany, who settled here in October 1710.
A little history: The German Palatines were natives of the Rhine Valley–Palatinate region of southwest Germany. Through much of the 17th and early 18th centuries, the region was fraught with war, famine, and devastation. Refugees were known as “the poor Palatines.” About 13,000 poor Palatines fled to Holland and then to England between May and November 1709, but the British government failed to integrate them successfully. So they transported nearly 3,000 refugees in about a dozen ships to New York in 1710. About 850 families settled in the Valley, primarily in what are now Germantown and Saugerties. Many of them first were assigned to work camps along the Hudson to pay off the price of their passage.
An early map shows “Palatine Town”
“The area around Germantown was known as East Camp then,” says Nadine Rumke, a ninth-generation descendant of the Palatines and cochair of Germantown’s 300th Anniversary Committee. Rumke’s ancestors were the Hovers (then called Haber), and her family tree takes up 10 square feet of wall space. (It will be on display this month at the Parsonage, home of the Germantown History Department and the oldest structure in town, built in 1746.)
Germantown grew from four hamlets, which were established by Rumke’s ancestors and those of other residents still living in southern Columbia County. Those family names, including Rifenburgh (originally Reiffenberger), Clum (formerly Klumm), Fingar, Coons (from Kuhn), and many others still fill the local phone book and adorn nearby street signs.
Indeed, Helen Coons Henderson, 98, grew up on land that has been in her family for generations. She remembers her father, James Snyder Coons, telling stories of the early Palatine settlers’ struggles to survive. “There are stories of them eating grass in 1712,” says Henderson, who assists the Columbia County historian with research and helps the anniversary committee. Henderson’s grandmother was a Snyder, another Palatine family, originally called Schneider. These two families still celebrate Thanksgiving together, Palatine style, with fresh pork and root vegetables cooked according to 100-year-old recipes.
Events celebrating this tercentennial include history seminars; discussion groups; performances by the Germantown Choir; an original play put on by the students of Germantown Central School; and a concert debut by Germantown resident Harold Farberman, a renowned composer and conductor. A ecumenical church service will take place at the Christ Lutheran Church; the same location houses a Nuremberg bible from 1755 that was used by the Palatines.
A unique sculpture, the Germantown Analemma, has been created by local artists Dea Archbold and Kurt Holsapple. An astrological sundial, the analemma replicates the sun’s pathway over the Palatine settlers during their first year in their new settlement. Archbold and Holsapple, third cousins, are 10th-generation descendants of the original Palatine settlers. Practical astronomy was crucial to the Palatine farmers, they say. “They had to be very aware of where the sun was in the sky, when to plan for the harvest,” says Archbold. Holsapple adds, “We want to mark, in stone, the actual time of the Palatines’ arrival and other significant events in Germantown history.”
The initial weekend places a focus on history and heritage, with discussions and visits from nationwide experts on genealogy, DNA, and Palatine history. The Germantown Oktoberfest, this year renamed the Palatine Oktoberfest, takes place the second weekend. Highlights include festivities at Palatine Park, including farming and crafts displays, a German oompah band, a petting zoo, food, and fireworks. “During the first weekend, folks who think they may have Palatine roots will be able to find out more and maybe take a DNA test,” says Rumke. “We will hear great music, learn more about the history of our town, and — during the second weekend — have a wonderful time at a traditional Oktoberfest.”
Splendid spires: Organized in 1728, the Reformed Church of Germantown has used three different buildings during its history; the current structure (shown) was built in 1880
Schedule of events:
Oct. 1 Germantown Central School
Presentation to students: The Palatines from Southwest Germany Henry Z. Jones, genealogist and historian; the Rev. David Jay Webber, historian and Palatine descendant
Oct. 2 Germantown Central School
11 a.m.: Aspects of Palatine History: The Palatines in Germantown Prof. Philip Otterness, historian and author ofBecoming German: The 1709 Palatine Migration to New York; Henry Z. Jones, genealogist; David Jay Webber, historian; Alice Clark, Palatine DNA Project 3-4:30 p.m. Seminar participants available to discuss genealogy
8-9:15 a.m.: Anniversary breakfast hosted by Christ Lutheran Church, Viewmonte 10 a.m.: Ecumenical anniversary worship service, Christ Lutheran Church 3 p.m.: Gala Palatine Concert, Reformed Church of Germantown. Premiere of commissioned work for voice and instruments by Harold Farberman, composer/conductor and longtime Germantown resident. Also features a performance of 18th-century hymns by the Southern Columbia Community Choir.
Oct. 8 Palatine Oktoberfest & Harvest Festival Kick-Off
The Palatine Parade, Main St. to Palatine Park: Wagons salute local farmers, town businesses, and GCS students, with music along the way.
Activities at Palatine Park: German, Austrian, Polish, and other varieties of music, food, crafts, demonstrations, and exhibits. Free horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides, community bonfire
Oct. 9 Palatine Oktoberfest & Harvest Festival
11 a.m.: Opening Ceremony at Palatine Park. German, Austrian, Polish, and other varieties of music; dancing; food booths (including German dinners); crafts; demonstrations; and exhibits. Evening dance for teens, free horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides, fireworks
Oct. 10 Palatine Oktoberfest & Harvest Festival
11 a.m.: German oompah band and other music, dancing, food booths, craft booths, demonstrations, exhibits, free horse- and tractor-drawn wagon rides 7 p.m.: Closing Ceremony
The Palatine Analemma: An original wall sculpture designed by Palatine descendants Dea Archbold and Kurt Holsapple Oral histories and historic documents: Germantown Library The Palatine Archeology Project: At the Parsonage, oldest structure in Germantown and home of the Germantown History Department. Excavation of artifacts led by Prof. Christopher Lindner, Bard College archeologist-in-residence. Field and lab school for Germantown School students and teachers; found artifacts to be displayed in June at the Germantown Library The Palatine Mural: Wall of the “Salt Shed,” Palatine Park: Anniversary Palatine mural on one side of the building, created by Germantown volunteers led by James Warhola, well-known children’s book author and artist. The Palatine Plaque: A listing of Palatine families (location TBA) For more information, visit www.germantownnyhistory.org or call 518-537-6687, ext. 30
“HARRY WAS RAISED LUTHERAN. HE WAS THE ONLY SON OF EDWARD FRANCIS & GUDRUN (LUND)LINDERMAN. HIS FATHER NICKNAMED HIM “BILLY”, AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIS FATHER” EDDIE”. EDWARD CALLED GUDRUN “GUD“. HE HAD THREE SISTERS, GLADYS, IRENE, AND EVELYN LINDERMAN.
HARRY LINDERMAN WAS THE GRANDSON OF MARY LINDERMAN OF WINONA, MINNESOTA, GREAT-GRANDSON OF ABRAHAM LINDERMAN AND MARIA A. “MARY” HAMMELL OF WINONA, MINNESOTA AND CRAWFORD, NEW YORK. HARRY WAS A SUAVE, DEBONAIR WELL-MANNERED GENTLEMAN.
HARRY MARRIED PHYLLIS ADELE “EUGENIA” PALEN ON FEBRUARY 27, 1823 IN CLAYTON, IOWA.
HE WAS RAISED AT 705 WEST THIRD ST, DUBUQUE,DUBUQUE CO, IOWA. THE LINDERMAN CHILDREN WERE RAISED LUTHERAN. HE ATTENDED LINCOLN SCHOOL, DUBUQUE,IOWA FROM SEPT. 1909- JUNE 1915. GRANDPA’S GRADES WERE ALL A’S. HARRY GRADUATED FROM DUBUQUE HIGH SCHOOL IN JUNE 1921.
HE WAS A VERY INTELLIGENT,WELL MANNERED GENTLEMAN. HARRY WAS A SUAVE, DEBONAIR GENTLEMEN. HARRY WORKED AS DISTRICT SALESMAN,AND THEN SALES MANAGER IN THE REFRACTORY [FIRE BRICK] DEPARTMENT, AT HOUSTON BUILDER’S SUPPLY, AT 119 NORTH HAMILTON, HOUSTON, TEXAS.
THEN, HARRY AND PHYLLIS (PALEN) LINDERMAN, STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS IN HOUSTON,TEXAS, CALLED “LINBAR INC,” IN 1952, AND RAN IT UP UNTIL 1970. IT WAS INSTALLING FURNACES. HE WORKED FOR “FLEXIBLE WALLS,INC.” FROM 1970-1972. “DRYWALL INC.” FROM 1972-1977, AND “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC.” FROM 1977-1982. HARRY RETIRED FROM HIS BOOKKEEPING POSITION WITH “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC. AT THE AGE OF 80 IN 1982.
THEY ALSO BUILT A SUMMER PLACE, AND A TAVERN IN GAYHILL, BURLESON COUNTY, TEXAS. THE TAVERN WAS NAMED “SATURDAY’S TAVERN”. HARRY RAN THE BAR, PHYLLIS PLAYED THE PIANO, AND AUNT PATSY (LINDERMAN) COOKE & UNCLE KENNETH EDWARD JACKSON SANG IN THE TAVERN. OUR FAMILY LOVED THE “NIGHT LIFE”.
GRANDPA WAS THE FAMILY BARBEQUER, AND HE BUILT A HUGE, BRICK BARBECUE PIT. HARRY & PHYL LINDERMAN, JEAN & LEROY FREDERICK, PATSY & JAY COOKE, AND BILLIE & KEN JACKSON SPENT MANY A SUMMER WEEKEND TOGETHER IN THE COUNTRY.
HARRY WILLIAM LINDERMAN WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF HARRIS COUNTY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS IN 1954.
HARRY SOLD THE FAMILY HOME AT 4002 ARNOLD TO HELP PAY FOR PHYL’S MEDICAL BILLS. PHYLIS PALEN LINDERMAN DIED OF HODGEKIN’S DISEASE ON 27 DEC. 1963, IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.
HARRY’S SECOND WIFE WAS MARTHA “MATTYE” (BURDEN) JOHNSTON. THEY MARRIED IN RICHMOND,FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ON JULY 13, 1966. HARRY AND MATTYE RESIDED AT 2727 DREXEL DRIVE, HOUSTON,TEXAS FROM 1966 TO 1995. THEY WERE MARRIED FOR TWENTY EIGHT YEARS.
GRANDPA HARRY WAS THE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER, AND HISTORIAN. BETWEEN 1950 AND 1960 GRANDPA TOOK ROLLS AND ROLLS OF 8mm. MOVIE FILM OF OUR FAMILY. MOST OF THE ROLLS WERE DESTROYED IN THE FLOOD FROM TROPICAL STORM ALLISON ON 8 JUNE 2001, AT 11039 LAFFERTY OAKS STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS.
GRANDPA-HARRY WILLIAM & GRANDMA-PHYLLIS ADELE (PALEN) LINDERMAN WERE ALWAYS THE GRACIOUS HOSTS. THEY WERE LOVED BY ALL.
HARRY’S FATHER WAS GERMAN, AND HIS MOTHER WAS NORWEGIAN. HARRY’S WORD WAS HIS BOND. HE WAS HONEST, HARD-WORKING, AND RESPONSIBLE. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY! THIS LINDERMAN DESCENDANT IS VERY PROUD OF HIM.”
My Great Aunt Glady Serene Linderman Nelson would have been 106 years of age today. She always remembered our birthdays, even nieces and nephews, that she had never met. She never forgot to send a birthday card with a dime or quarter. She did not have much, but whatever she could send she would. It impressed on my little mind growing up, that someone all the way up in Dubuque, Iowa was thinking about me.
It made me feel special.
Besides the fact that we didn’t get much mail, and when a letter was just for me, it was exciting. Aunt Glady was a Proofreader for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald newspaper for years. She was the strong matriarch in the Nelson clan. She divorced and moved to the Linderman Home place at 705 West Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa with her widowed father. Glady cared for her father up until his…
My maternal grandfather was Harry William Linderman born in Winona, Minnesota. My maternal grandmother was an artist and pianist. Her last painting was of some huge Sunflowers. She died from Hodgekin’s Disease at M.D. Anderson Cancer Hospital, in 1963 in Houston, Texas. My grandparents moved from Dubuque, Iowa to Indianapolis, Indiana to Houston, Texas in 1945. My grandfather had his own company, Linbar Inc. and he was a Combustion Engineer.
My maternal great grandmother was Emma Elsie Claussen Palen who married Frank Joseph Palen of Caledonia, Minnesota. The Palens emigrated from Bachlieden, Luxembourg in 1862. The Claussens emigrated from Hanover, Prussia, Germany in 1855.
The Lindermans emigrated from Obermoschel, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany in 1740 and helped to form these United States. My great grandmother, Gudrun Ivarra Lund emigrated from Namsos, Norway in 1896 to Ellis Island, New York, New York. She was only fifteen. She married Edward Francis Linderman in Winona, Minnesota.
I have over 12,000 people in my RootsMagic database now. I have been working on my husband’s and my family history since 1987. I have been unable to decide how to pull it all together. There is so much data, that I felt overwhelmed and procrastinated on putting my books together. I think that I have finally decided that if I don’t get this history down on paper or in books, that I will be gone and no one else is surviving in our family that would know the history that I do. I have collected so much information over these years. I will be adding more as time allows.