Category Archives: Frueh
Easter this year was a quiet day. With my older kids in far away lands like California and Florida there were just four of us at the dinner table with me, my husband, daughter and dear family friend. I fixed a very traditional Easter meal with ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, pineapple up-side-down cake, you know the drill. So after our delicious meal my daughter took off for parts unknown, her bedroom to be exact and the three adults reminisced about Easters past.
Coloring eggs, eggs hunts in the yard, new clothes were all talked about and then we hit on everyone’s all-time favorite – the canned ham!! Yes we all had memories of our moms at the kitchen counter with that oval shaped tin. Watching her delicately but deliberately rock that metal key back and forth to get it off the side. Then the task of hooking that key on the metal tab of the can. As kids we’d inch closer to see this sight but Mom would tell us to stand back!! Who knew what would happen if this canned ham went berserk!!
Lisa Alzo over at The Accidental Genealogist is posting a series of blogging prompts to Celebrate Women’s History Month in March. The daily prompts give us the opportunity to write about our female ancestors. Today’s prompt is:
Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.
Now let me tell you my mom was not the world’s greatest cook. She did all right. Our meals were good but she didn’t have a flair for cooking or the desire to try new or different things. I can say this because I am my mother’s daughter. I cook well enough but I don’t pursue many new recipes or leaf through cookbooks. It’s just not my thing. So cooking or a favorite recipe isn’t something I’d readily associate with my mom. Except for one dish.
My mom’s homemade noodles. Whether it was chicken and noodles or beef and noodles (although I preferred beef and noodles) they were delicious!
I can still see her in the kitchen cracking eggs at the counter. She would separate the egg white from the yolk by pouring it between the two egg shell halves. There would be a bowl where the whites would drop and the separated yolk would go into another bowl. Mom would crack and sift a dozen eggs, then add flour and salt. There may have been other ingredients added that I missed as a kid. My sister has mom’s recipe so I need to get a copy from her.
Mom then rolled that mixture out on the floured counter top adding flour to keep the egg mixture from sticking to the rolling pin.
My gg grandmother Nancy Estice Nance was the ancestor that was chosen and beside her vital information I could only come up with two facts about her. I really felt I’d let her down. So I’ve spent my available time doing some online research about Nancy Estice Nance.
I did know that both Nancy and her husband, my gg grandfather James W. Nance were born in Ohio. They lived in Washington Township, Jackson County, Ohio. They were married 18 Sep 1859 and were the parents of my g grandfather William A. Nantz (not sure yet why the surname spelling changed in this generation) and both died in Van Wert County, Ohio.
So I launch my research from these facts. Of course they don’t show up in several census’ (when is this supposedly simple step ever easy?) So I browse through the entire 1860, 1870 and 1880 census
This fabulously wonderful picture is my father’s side of my family. This is the only photo I have ever seen of my g-grandmother, Josephine Guellbert Frueh sitting, and only the second photo of my g-grandfather Adolph Frueh, next to her.
The second row is three of their four daughters. Anna Sammentiger, Louise Schoonover, Mary Neshelhauf.
The back row is three of their four sons Henry, Cameron, Louis Frueh.
Cameron is my grandfather. He’s a handsome devil, isn’t he? As I understand it he was quite the lady’s man.
The Frueh men remarkably looked alike through the generations. My father, as well as
I’ve been trying to clean out our basement. What a mess! We’ve lived here five years and have accumulated sooo much! It’s crazy but I’m trying to whittle our possessions down. Less stacked in the basement means less to manage.
So in the course of this adventure I find some genealogy papers tucked away in a bottom drawer, not seen by the human eye in several years. Why would I have some Frueh family papers in the basement and not in their binder? Good question, of which I haven’t a clue. But I enjoyed looking through everything again, especially this photo. As you can see if you squint, my grandfather is in it, some of his siblings, as well as my dad and a couple of his brothers. Lots of extended family. My guess is that this photo was taken in 1937 just before my dad married my mom.
The reason I’m showing this to you is because some clever person identified the people in this photo. See the other paper with names and arrows? Thank you very clever person! I would never, ever have known who some of these folks were, but since you put a name to each face I could look them up on my pedigree charts. Yay for you clever person!
So I have now added another thing to my to-do list. I NEED to make sure All my pictures are labeled. All of them! Which means if I start now I’ll be done by my 112th birthday. How about you?