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Volume 2, Issue 1

January 1, 1999


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Memories of the Past

Frederick Macy Irish 1801-1875

1999 Is Here With a Bang

November Wedding

Appreciation for a Good Year

Family Favorites - Chicken Ribble Soup

Photo Questions

Frederick Macy Irish


Frederick was born in Hudson, New York of Quaker parents descended from Nantucket people.

At age 18 he ran away from home for a three yearsí whaling voyage in the Pacific. On that voyage Frederick reached San Francisco in 1818, and spent some time at the Sandwich Islands.

After a period of service as a New York harbor pilot he married Elizabeth A. Robinson and in his late twenties he migrated west to the new town of Terre Haute, Indiana.

There he went into partnership with William Wines and built the first foundry and machine shop in that territory. Mr. Wines lost money, failed in business and broke up the foundry firm.

Fredrick then sent his wife and their two infant sons back to her family in New York and left himself with a horse and twenty dollars.

He went westward on horseback to Flint Hills where Iowa Territory had just been created by Congress. He joined Robert Lucas, Governor of the new Territory to locate a capital for Iowa (now Iowa City). Frederick built a log house, plowed and planted, and sent for his wife and children. Here three more children were born.

Frederick Irish took a public-spirited part in the affairs of the new settlement. When the capitol was built, now the central building of the State University, it water table, in large monoliths, was quarried on Cedar river, near Gowerís ferry. All attempts to transport them had failed and the building could not go on without them. In this crisis, with his sailor knowledge of rope and tackle, he constructed the rig to sling the great stones, and with his ox teams transported them to the site of the building.

He was the friend and adviser of the early members of Congress, in promoting the ways and means to develop the new Territory. He was a leader in the ďClaims AssociationĒ which protected the pre-emptions of the first settlers from ďjumpers,Ē and in the tragedies of the frontier was looked to for a display of courage and judgment.

When about fifty years of age he became blind and passed the last quarter century of his life in darkness. This infirmity abridged his physical activities but little, and rather sharpened his mental powers, so that he remained, after the frontier period was over, a leading figure, until his death in 1875.

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Memories of the Past

We have all heard stories of the past. Listening to our grandparents or our parents stories about when they were young. Now most of us tell stories to our children about when we were young or tell our nieces and nephews about when there parents were young.

Some stories come first hand, while others are stories another has heard growing up, from reading letters, notes, or postcards sent by somebody, or from home movies and photographs.

Here are some of the stories we were told or remember. We will try to leave out names so you can hear the stories, but nobody will be embarrassed by showing their age.

Some relatives remember themselves or neighbors having ice boxes. They had to go and stand in line in the morning and wait to get their ice or go down to the lake and but their own.

One story heard very often is how they had to walk many miles to get to school because they did not get to ride

a school but or because they didnít have school buses then.

Remember black and white TV? We used to go to grandpaís house to watch The Wizard of Oz because he had a color TV and we didnít.

One remembers their house being moved by a team of horses, from one location to another on the same street.

A relative that came to the United States from overseas got so seasick on the ship that she hated to be on a ship after that.

Christmas used to be a time when all the relatives got together. It was like a family reunion.

There were so many kids in the family that their bedroom was like a dormitory and they all sat at benches in the kitchen to eat.

The best part of school was getting the glass milk bottle and punching a hole in the top for a straw.

Mom went after one of the boys with a pitchfork so he left home.


We got milk straight from the cow. We hated the taste. Then mom tried to save money by mixing powdered milk with regular milk. Boy, we could always tell the difference.

Dad used to always take us to his office in town and let us sit at the window to watch the parade.

Our car broke down in Chicago. We took in South Shore train to South Bend, then had to walk all the way home from there.

We would go over to grandpaís house and pick rhubarb right out of the garden and eat it raw.

We had to learn English on our own because everybody spoke German in the area.

We made the wine that the church use in there Sunday services.

We hung our clothes out on the clothes line. In the winter you had to take them off the clothes line when they were dry and break all the ice off of the clothes before bringing the clothes back into the house.

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1999 is Here With a Bang

We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Went visiting some of our relatives before Christmas that I havenít seen in a while and chatted about whatís happening and about other relatives. We headed home just in time for the first storm to hit and the roads to get slippery.

For Christmas I got to go up in a helicopter and see a view of the area where I live from the sky. The gentleman picked me up right at the house. That was really great. This summer I get to do it again in a helicopter and also in a Hot Air Balloon. I canít wait to go again.

Chuck Tubbs got a new wood lathe for Christmas but didnít get to use it yet. He found out there were to many holes in his wood shop to keep the heat in and had to try to cover the holes up. Well that worked all right until we got the blowing snow. He found out he didnít get all the holes

when he went out there and found snow on all his equipment. Guess we will have to rebuild it this summer.

Ricky Keb and most of his family came to South Bend, Indiana between Christmas and New Years and brought everyone up to date on whatís happening down in Texas and of course we had to let them know what was going on up here. We had Christmas at my dadís house in South Bend and it is the first time the whole family has been together in a long time. There was food, talking, pictures being taken of everyone and of course Christmas presents. Rickyís family wanted some snow so they could go sledding. Well we got it just as they were leaving.

Actually we enjoyed it. The roads were snowed in so we didnít have any traffic but the deer, squirrels and birds. We stocked up on water in case the electric went out and spent the weekend in a nice cozy house with the wood stove going. It was the

first time the dogs have seen snow and they loved jumping through the snow drifts.

Unfortunately Linda Detwiler lives to close to work and had to work double shifts all weekend. She works at a gas station and she said it was busier then ever with all the snow plows wanting gas.

Would like to see more snow (I love the snow), but I think I have had enough shoveling for one winter.

Just as the temperature dropped below zero they were finally getting the roads cleared (the plow got stuck so they had to use a front-end loader) and we all had to go back to work. Guess we canít live the easy life forever.

It was really great to see everyone again and talk with them. There never seems to be enough time to visit everyone we would like to visit. This year we will have to try to get out and visit a little more often.

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November Wedding

Ryan Schau and Donna Bunde were wed on November 7, 1998 at the Evangel Heights United Methodist Church in South Bend, Indiana.

The wedding was beautiful and very well done. The brideís dress was very elegant as

were the brides maids dresses. The church was also very well decorated.

Many family members and friends attended including those from out-of-town.

The reception was held at the FOP Lodge in

Mishawaka, Indiana. It was a large reception and was also very beautifully decorated, including the arch at the doorway. The music and the catering were very good. We wish them a very happy and long life together.


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Appreciation for a

Good Year

We want to thank everyone that has given us stories to help us write our articles. We also want to thank everyone that has let us borrow photos, birth certificates and other items from their past.

We have seen the most beautiful childs chair (the same one that was in the photo with the child in our first paper), an old light bulb, a bung mallet, and a book about the foundry at Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan.

We have also had the pleasure to see pictures

from back into the 1800ís to the present of the Keb family, the Anderson family, the Irish family, the Nelson family, the Chinlund family, and many individual relatives. We have also seen a great deal of pictures of relatives that have no name on the back (wish we knew who they all were). We got to copy a birth certificate from the 1900ís in the United States that was written in German.

We really appreciate the loan of the pictures and items and would love to hear from others. It makes our


past really come alive when you can put a face to a name.

Also we would like to thank those that have commented on our newsletter. So far they have all been positive (however we have had some people that didnít want the newsletter).

Hope to have another good year and to see and hear from more of you. Let your relatives know about us. We would be glad to send them a copy of the newsletter or any other info that would be of interest.

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Family Favorites

Chicken Ribble Soup


4-5 LB Chicken

2-1/2 cups flour

5 cups Minute rice


10 egg yolks

2 whole eggs

chicken base


Place chicken in large pot with enough water to cover chicken. Boil until chicken will fall off the bones. Remove chicken, saving broth. Remove skin and bones from chicken and tear meat into chunks. Return chicken meat to broth.

In separate bowl make the ribbles (small dumplings). Fold egg yolks and whole eggs together with a wisk until well mixed. Mix flour into eggs by hand until the mixture forms a crumbly ball.

Bring chicken and broth to a boil. Add 6 more cups of water and 5 tablespoons of chicken base. Stir in chicken base well to dissolve. Chunks of chicken base will make salty spots in soup.

Take very small stringy chunks (about 1/2Ē pieces) of ribble mixture off of the ball and drop in the soup. Turn down heat to simmer. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Stir in 5 cups of Minute rice. Turn off heat and let stand for 10 more minutes.

This is Chuck Tubbsí own recipe. He cooks it without measuring so I had to write it down as he made it. It is great on cold winter days as it really warms you up inside. Leftovers can be refrigerated or frozen to eat another day. It tastes even better on the second day.

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Photo Questions

The Keb Family about 1912

Top row; left to right: Adolph, Herman, Ann, Fred, and Andy.

Bottom row; left to right: Hilda, Erving, Andrew, Renata, Eva, Albert, and Henry

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