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Volume 1, Issue 1

April 1, 1998


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Family Past and Present

Ernst Herman Scope 1856-1924

1878 One Room Schoolhouse

Michigan's Science Olympiad

Family Favorites - Marlene's Meatballs

Photo Questions

  Ernst Herman Scope

1856 - 1924

 Herman Scope was born Ernst Herman Scope in Gepulzig (Zulpzig), Konigrich (Rheinland), Saxony, Germany on December 28, 1856 to August Heinrich Scope and Johanna Rosina Schlegel. Herman was confirmed in Gepulzig, Germany on April 6, 1871.

He was a Joiner in Prussia, located in northeastern Germany. He sailed out of Hamburg or Havre, Germany on the ship Herder and arrived in New York on October 29, 1879.

Herman applied for naturalization on September 13, 1880.

On February 13, 1883 in South Bend, Indiana, he married Henrietta Wiegand. Henrietta was born in Schedermukle, Selgummena, Zulicha, Prussia, Germany and came to the United States around 1880.

On March 27, 1884, their first child was born, Adolph Franz Scope and their second, Martha Augusta Scope, was born on February 9, 1886.

Tragedy struck the family on August 10, 1887, when their first child Adolph died at the age of 3.

On April 15, 1891, they had their third child, Arthur Herman Scope, and their fourth, Bertha Pauline Scope was born on August 1, 1893. They went on to have a fifth child, Otto Paul Scope on July 14, 1895, but tragedy struck again when their sixth child was stillborn on June 4, 1897. Their seventh and last child, Clara Linda Hedwig Scope, was born on August 26, 1898.

On July 15, 1904, Herman bought for $700 a lot in Samuel L. Cottrellís first addition to Town of Lowell, now part of the City of South Bend. A condition of this deed was that no building or house shall be erected on the premises costing less than $1500 and no such building or house shall be built or erected within 20 feet of the east line of Frances Street. This house is believed to be the address at 509 S. Perry, South Bend where he lived.

Herman received his naturalization on February 28, 1908 in South Bend and worked as a cabinet maker at the Singer company.

On February 12, 1916 Herman served as the Best Man in Claraís wedding to Peter Martin Andrew Keb. Hermanís wife, Henrietta, passed away on May 15, 1923, after an illness of 2 years.

On November 28, 1924, Herman passed away at the Epworth (Memorial) Hospital in South Bend, after and illness of 4 days following an operation for hernia.

Herman and Henrietta are buried in the City Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana.

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Family Past and Present

Family is a wonderful thing. Our ancestorís trials and achievements have made possible who we are and what we have today. They are a common bond that binds us together. Ancestors affect our lives and the lives of our descendants. Stories about our ancestors can make history come alive for us and tell us who we are.

We started this newsletter so we can get to know each other better and help share a part of our lives and yours. We learn from each others mistakes and celebrate each others joys.

This newsletter can share your stories, both past and present, and your joys with others in the family.

The Keb/Irish Gazette will cover both the Keb family (from my fatherís side) and the Irish family (from my motherís side). We plan to publish the newsletter quarterly and hope to be able to fill each section in each quarterly.

The history section will try to tell you a little about an ancestor. It may be a story or some facts about an ancestor. When did they come to America, where did they move to, or what was their life like?

The recipe section will include a relatives favorite recipe. Do you have a favorite recipe you would like to share with others? Something you cook for special occasions or just a recipe your family enjoys?

There will also be sections for births, deaths, and upcoming events. Do you know someone that will be getting married, having a baby, graduating, or any other special event? These will all be covered in upcoming events.

Do you have a picture of a relative, but donít know who it is or would just like to share a picture with others in the family. Send us a picture and we will include it in the next issue (if possible).

And we canít forget all the little ones. We are going to try to include a childrenís corner in each issue. Do your kids like to share stories or things to do. Let them write to us.

We need your help to keep the newsletter alive, because without your input we wonít have much to write about. Please send us your stories, ideas, recipes, births or any information you would like to share. Photos will be returned if requested. If you like the newsletter and would like to receive future issues let us know. Please include your address (so we know if we got it correct), your phone number (in case we have any questions), and the names and birthdates of each person in your family (so we can include you in the birthday list). If you know of others that would like to receive the newsletter just have them let us know or include their address in your reply. Donations to help cover costs will also be greatly appreciated.

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1878 One Room Schoolhouse

Chuck and Nancy Tubbs moved into a one room schoolhouse in Bristol, Indiana in October. The school was built in 1878 and was called White Brick School because it was built out of a very light color brick. About 9 to 12 students a year went to school there until 1929, when it was closed.

Actually it doesnít have just one room anymore. There is now a small kitchen, a den, and a bathroom. It has a loft above the kitchen and a very small loft (which now houses our harp, dulcimer, and flutes) above the bathroom. The rest of the house is still one large room with a 25í high ceiling and roof beams a foot thick. With brick walls two feet thick and a chimney (for the furnace and wood-burner) in the center of the room, it really holds the heat well in the winter.

The school also has a little history from the towns in the area built right in. The front door came from an old church in Shipshewana, Indiana, the brick under the wood-burner (which has designs carved into it and makes a good foot massager when you walk across it) was the sidewalk brick in Wabash, Indiana. The brick walkway outside was at one time a street in Tippecanoe, Indiana and the large ceiling fan used to be in the old Myer grocery store in Bristol, Indiana (and it still works).

One section is being kept in the schoolhouse theme. It still has the white brick showing on the inside of the house and the original wainscot. An old double seat school desk sits if front of the wainscot with schoolbooks and supplies from the same time period displayed on the desk.

There is a shelf around the perimeter of the main room about 10í up the wall. This is perfect for displaying antique items and old pictures of family members. The floor is carpeted, but will be changed to a wood floor in the future. There are oil lamps everywhere (and some electric also) that get plenty of use, as they light up the house well, are cheaper to use than electric, and we just like the light they put out.

The kitchen is small (but Chuck will adjust) but it has a wonderful Hoosier Cabinet and a pie safe. The cabinet doors are built is such a way that when we get tired of looking at them we can just pop out the wood panels and insert stained glass or screen to match the pie safe. What a wonderful way to redecorate inexpensively and often.

We are planning to turn the den into a late 1800ís style office (except for the computer). We will be going to an auction at Jefferson School (where the students went to school after ours was closed) this summer to try to get some wainscot for the walls. There will be a wood floor and we put in an old style light with a circular carved ceiling piece around the light. We have an old foremanís desk and an old cabinet that was actually manufactured by the Tubbs (same as our last name) Manufacturing Company in Michigan and has the name Tubbs on all the handles and on a brass plate at the top of the cabinet. When this room is complete it will be like stepping back in time.

An extra heated one stall garage will serve great for Nancyís craft room. With a window to look out at the fields. An old shed is going to be converted into Chuckís woodwork shop. Both shops have large doors that can be left open in the summer.

With no close neighbors and the old flavor of the house, itís a great place to relax, watch the deer, and enjoy the evening. In the future it will be a great place to retire and reflect on the past.



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Michiganís Science Olympiad
James Warren, the son of Linda (Keb) Detwiler, was elected to be on the 1998 Science Olympiad Team in Michigan representing Brandywine School.

To be on the team the student must not only volunteer, but must also be recommended by the school and there are a limited number of students that can be on a team from each school. Students are recommended on the basis of science interest, problem-solving ability, responsibility, the ability to work with a group, and attendance at school.

The Science Olympiad is a non-competitive day filled with science related activities that are presented in an olympic-like atmosphere. Once a

week the team members have a meeting at school to learn, share with other students, and work on team events. They are also expected to do some independent work at home to prepare for certain events.


Some of the events might be Mining for Minerals, where they take different brands of raisin cookies, weigh the cookie, separate the minerals (the raisins) out, weigh the minerals, determine the percent of minerals in the sample, then make a graph showing the percent of minerals in each brand of cookies.


Another event (in which he took first place) is the Puff-Mobile. Each student is given a box of items (identical for each student) and must

construct a Puff-Mobile using all the materials but not adding any materials not included in the box. They must consider the surface area and rigidity of the sail, the friction of the wheels on a wooden floor, and the base size, among other things, to build the best vehicle. Then they blow on the vehicle for 5 seconds and points are given for distance in a straight line from the starting line.


In March they went to Lake Michigan College and the teams competed against teams from 27 other Michigan schools. The lower grades just competed for fun, but the upper grades compete for points.


Both Linda and James had a lot of fun.

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Family Favorites



1-1/2 LB Ground Chuck or Round

1 pkg. Onion Soup Mix

2 Eggs

1-1/2 C. Bread Crumbs


Mix above ingredients and form balls. Brown lightly in a small amount of oil.


1 can Sauerkraut

1 bottle Chili Sauce

1 can Jellied Cranberry Sauce

1/2 C Brown Sugar


Mix these ingredients and place in a shallow casserole dish. Add the meat balls and bake from 1-1/2 to 2 hours at 350 degrees.


This issues recipe is provided by Linda (Keb) Detwiler. This is a dish the ladies used to enjoy on their night out bowling. She said it really tastes great and everyone should give it a try.

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Photo Questions

Do you know these people? They are believed to be the Keb or Scope family. Photo A (left) was taken at McDonald Studio in South Bend, Indiana. Photo B (right) is a home photo but also believed to be taken in South Bend. Please send us your answer with the photo number and issue number or date. If you have a photo you would like to appear here, send it to us and if requested it will be returned.

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