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Volume 2, Issue 4

October 1, 1999


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Schoolhouse Salvage

Hans W. Nelson 1867-1948

Hot Air Balloons

Mennonite Relief Sale

Family Tree Update

Family Favorites - Drunken Pork

Photo Questions

Christmas & Holiday Ideas - Recipes

Christmas & Holiday Ides - Crafts

Hans W. Nelson

1867 – 1948

Hans Waldemar Nelson was born February 13, 1867 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He had two brothers, John and Anton.

Since his parents died while he was young, he was raised by Mr. And Mrs. Peter Rodian of Copenhagen. Hans worked in a chocolate factory , located next door to where he was raised, until he was about twenty.

Hans’ oldest brother, John, was raised by his Uncle, who had a flour mill in Kallumberg, Denmark. John became Superintendent of a “pest house”, or hospital.

Hans’ brother Anton had a hardware store in a suburb of Copenhagen and raised three boys.

Hans came over to America at about twenty years old and worked in a lumber camp in Iron Mountain, Michigan.

On November 29, 1893 in Chicago, Illinois, Hans married Selma Olive Nelson. Selma, born on May 2, 1858 in Sweden, had four daughters from a previous marriage.

Hans started a coal business in Chicago. While in Chicago Selma gave birth to Everett Waldemar on May 2, 1894 and Melvin Arnold Albin on June 29, 1896.

The family then moved onto a farm at Miller, Indiana where they proceeded to have two more children. Wendelin Albert on April 10, 1898 and Olive Walborg on April 30, 1900.

In 1905 Hans and Selma, and the family, moved to South Bend, Indiana. Hans started a dairy business and then later entered the coal business. The coal business was run by Melvin and Wendelin after the retirement of Hans. After the deaths of Melvin, and Wendelin the business was run by Richard and James Nelson (sons of Wendelin)

On April 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, Selma died and was buried in Graceland Cemetery, in Chicago.

Twenty-three years later on December 29, 1948, Hans also died. He was buried in Riverview Cemetery in South Bend, Indiana on New Years Day 1948.


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Schoolhouse Salvage

Work at the school has finally started. We took a good look at it and decided what we would like to salvage. We noticed that the main structure was splitting down the middle, with half of the building starting to lean. It would not be standing much longer.

Day 1. The work begins. We removed the trim from around the windows and the chalkboard. Then we removed the wainscot. Then came the arches to the closets and the door. This was a real challenge. The first arch was very difficult and did not come out in one piece. We saw that the side pieces went into the floor and needed to be cut first. After removing the arch we found that the arches were built in place before they started laying the brick. The other two arches came out much easier. We also removed the walls between the closet and the front door. The wood used for the wall was all

tongue and groove. We also got some good samples of the old soft square nails they used.

Day 2. Today we removed the windows. We started to take out the glass, then decided we could get them home in one piece and remove the glass later. Next came the weights for the windows and the frames. We removed a few of the bricks from the outside wall where students had carved their names. These will be sealed and put above the school desk in our house. We then started on the floor. It was three layers thick. After removing some of the top layer we decided the flooring was not worth salvaging. However the beams were, so out came the saws. We cut a section out of the floor on each side of the beam, then removed the floorboards to see if the floorbeams were good. We did save some of the hardwood floor pieces for use in doll furniture.

Day 3. Today starts the heavy work. The floorbeams were good, so we started cutting them out. After a couple of trips to the hardware store for more saw blades we managed to salvage quite a few floor beams. Then we saw the major floor support – a large hand hewn log. Boy that would be nice but it looks heavy and its three feet below the floor level. After a lot of muscle power, leverage, and ramps, the log was up and out on the truck. After that everybody was tired and decided it was enough for the day, but we still had to unload the trucks. The log ended up being the easiest thing to unload. Just tie a rope on it and drive the truck away. Unfortunately the floorbeams had to be unloaded by hand and stacked.

After three weekends it was nice to have a rest and think about how we will incorporate our find into our schoolhouse and woodworking shop.

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Salvaged Schoolhouse

Hot Air Balloons

Ever been or wanted to be on a hot air balloon? Wondered what it would be like to just drift along above the trees in peace and quite? Wanted to see a birds eye view of the land in your area?

We answered these questions in September. We wanted a sunrise trip, so up at 4:00 a.m. (maybe sunrise wasn’t a good idea) to get ready. Got to get that coffee, wake up, and get moving. At 5:00 a.m. we are off to Upper Wind Balloon Port in Union, Michigan.

The pilot arrives and unloads his balloon. Time to start inflating it. The balloon was half inflated when he ran out of gas for the fan, so off in his truck he goes. Is that a bad sign when the pilot leaves? Hope not. He does return, but by then the balloon had half deflated.

After inflating the balloon as much as he can with the fan, he then turns on the flame to heat the air so the balloon will tilt up. Someone has to hold a tether line attached to the top of the balloon to keep it from rising

and then falling over on the opposite side. Then someone has to hold the basket down so the balloon doesn’t rise.

It’s time to get into the basket. The nerves are running at full speed and wondering if this was such a good idea beings we are just depending on hot air to keep from falling.

The basket gently begins to rise and we didn’t even notice. Slowly we begin to rise and drift above the trees. The houses begin to look like toys. When the pilot turns on the flame, the dogs hear and bark and the deer run.

We go over a lake and the pilot descends so we can get a good look at the reflection of the balloon on the water. The distance to the water is very deceiving and we just skim the surface before we rise again.

We go up to 2,000 feet and drift northwest. The farms look like a patchwork quilt with sewing lines where the irrigation sprinklers were running during the summer. The fog rolling over the land looks like a very fine sheet of

fluffy cotton. The sunrise is beautiful and the clouds are glowing orange.

It is so quiet and peaceful just drifting along that you want to stay up in the balloon all day.

All things must come to an end, so it’s time to look for a landing place. The first choice was a large field. Bad choice. The ground crew said the herd of buffalo in the field would not appreciate it. Well, we wouldn’t want to argue with a herd of buffalo so we go back up and aim for the high school field.

The landing was very smooth. We barely bounced when we touched the ground. The ground crew held the basket as we got out. The we had to release the air out of the balloon and we laid the balloon on its side. After all of the air was out, it was time to stuff it back into the bag and load the bag and basket back onto the truck.

Yes, it was worth getting up at 4:00 a.m. I would love to do it again when the fall colors are in full bloom.

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Mennonite Relief Sale
This year we went to the Mennonite Relief Sale. On Friday we went and checked out the items that would be for sale at the craft, garage, plant sales, the old and new auction, quilt auction, and antique auction.


We also spent a great deal of time checking out all the food. They had just about every kind of food item you can think of. Some were ready to eat, like sandwiches, pastries, and drinks and others were for take-home, like cheese, honey, and cakes.

The quilts were beautiful and very well made. They even had a doll ensemble which included an amore, doll, shoes, clothes, and a miniature handmade quilt.


At the new and used auction we saw some piles of very large pieces of cherry, walnut, and poplar wood for auction. We would have liked to bid on that, but decided to spend Saturday at the antique auction instead.



Saturday there was no time to eat. We spent the day at the antique auction. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but you never do. We came home with a vendors cart and a plow which looks great out by our flag pole. For the house we got a corn grinder, copper boiler, a couple of crocks and a couple of old milk tins. And just for fun we got an old beam drill and an old croquet set.

It was lots of fun and we will be back next year.

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Family Tree Update

Still toiling away. My husband says it is an obsession. To me it is a fascination. We are always adding to the family tree. We are now at 20,391 individuals (including allied families). On another file we have another 10,221 individuals which  are

almost all allied families.

We have so far included 391 photos of family members, thanks to relatives that have shared there photos with us. Any photos shared are scanned, put on a disk, entered into the family tree, then

the photos are returned.

We are planning another trip to the Fort Wayne Library in the near future to do more research as the job is never done. The more you find out, the more questions you have.

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Family Favorites

Drunken Pork


Ingredients for 4 servings

2 Tbs. Vegetable oil

1 lb. Boneless pork loin, cut into 1” pieces

1/4 tsp. Pepper

1/4 tsp. Marjoram

1/4 tsp. Sage

2 medium apples, pared and sliced (about 1-1/2 lbs.)

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 large onion, cut into quarters

1 16-oz. Can tomatoes

1 12-oz can beer

1 tsp. Sugar


Preparation: Heat oil over medium heat. Add meat. Cook, stirring often, until browned. Add onion and cook about 5 minutes until tender. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients except apples. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat, 15 minutes. Reduce heat; cover. Simmer 1 hour or until pork is tender. Add apples to skillet during last 15 minutes of cooking time.

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Photo Questions

Both of these pictures say they are Gerald Scope. Does anyone know which Gerald Scope they are or approximately what year they were taken? Please let us know if you do.

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Christmas & Holiday Ideas - Recipes

Braided Egg Bread

3/4 tsp. Salt

1 Tbs. Sugar

1 pkg. Active dry yeast

about 3-1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 Tbs. water

3/4 cup Milk

3 Tbs. Butter or Margarine

3 eggs


1. In large bowl, combine sugar, salt and yeast and 1 cup flour. In 1-quart saucepan over low heat, heat milk and butter until very warm (120° to 130°F) with mixer at low speed, beat liquid into dry ingredients just until blended. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.

2. Reserve 1 egg yolk. To mixture in bowl, add egg white, remaining 2 eggs and 3/4 cup flour; beat 2 minutes. Stir in 1-1/4 cups flour to make soft dough.

3. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic. (about 10 minutes.) Working in more flour while kneading (about 1/2 cup); Shape dough into a ball and place in greased bowl, turning dough over to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place (80° to 85°F.) away from draft until doubled (about 1 hour.)

4. Punch down dough; turn onto the floured surface; cover with bowl and let rest 15 minutes. Grease a large cookie sheet.

5. Cut 2/3 of dough into 3 equal pieces. On floured surface, with hands, roll each piece into a 13-inch-long rope. Place ropes side by side and loosely braid, beginning in the middle and working toward each end. Pinch ends of ropes to seal and place braid on cookie sheet for bottom part of loaf.

6. For top part of log, cut remaining piece of dough into 3 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 14-inch-long rope; braid as above. Place small braid on top of large braid. Tuck ends of top braid under bottom braid, stretching top braid if necessary. Cover until doubled (about 45 minutes.)

7. Preheat oven to 375°F. In cup, beat reserved yolk with water. Brush loaf with yolk mixture. Bake 30 minutes or until loaf is golden, cool on rack. Makes 1 loaf.

Potato Casserole

1-1/2 pkgs. Frozen hash brown potatoes

1 tsp. Salt

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 can cream of chicken soup



2 cups crushed cornflakes

1/4 cup melted margarine

2 cups grated cheddar cheese (1 8-oz pkg.)

1/2 cup margarine

1/4 tsp. Pepper

2 cups sour cream





Thaw potatoes – combine margarine, salt, pepper, onions, sour cream, soup and cheese. Blend with the potatoes and pour in a 3 quart casserole. Melt margarine and mix with cornflakes. Sprinkle topping over potato mixture. Bake 45 minutes at 350°F.

Apple Crunch Pie

1-1/2 cup flour

2 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup oil

3-1/2 Tbs. Milk

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup flour

1 tsp. Cinnamon

4 cups sliced cooking apples

1/2 cup sour cream

1 cup crushed corn flakes

1/2 cup flour

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 cup butter or margarine (softened)


Combine flour, sugar, salt, oil and milk in medium bowl. Mix well. Pat in un-greased 9” pie pan. Combine 2/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 tsp. cinnamon, apples and sour cream in large bowl. Mix well. Spoon into unbaked crust. Mix together corn flakes, 1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, 2 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg, 1/4 cup butter in small bowl. Sprinkle over apples. Bake at 375°F for 40-45 minutes or until topping is golden brown and apples are tender.

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Christmas & Holiday Ideas - Crafts

Apple Votives

A flotilla of apples bobbing in a steel tub evokes memories of headlong dunks into icy water. Carved into holiday candleholders, they are a prize for the eyes alone.

Every apple will float differently, so see how they balance in water before marking their tops with a dot. Place a tea light over the dot, and trace around its circumference with a utility knife, inserting the knife vertically as deep as the tea light is tall. Set aside the light, cut the circle into sections, and scoop them out with a spoon. Squeeze lemon juice onto the cut surface to keep the apple from turning brown. Insert a tea light.

Just before guests or trick-or-treaters arrive, float the little lanterns in a basin (tub or pail) of water, and set their wicks aglow.

Ice Bowls

To make these elegant ice sculptures, you don’t need a chisel or a blow torch. You will need two glass or stainless-steel bowls; one should fit inside the other with 1/2 to 1 inch of space between them.

Scatter edible flowers, herbs, or citrus slices in the large bowl and place the smaller bowl inside. Tape so tops of bowls are flush. Pour water between bowls to 1/2 inch from top; add more flowers and arrange them with a skewer. Freeze overnight.

To unmold, let bowls stand at room temperature on a dish towel for 10 to 20 minutes; do not run under water. Untape, lift out top bowl, and invert ice bowl out of mold. Freeze until ready to use.

Experiment with different used and shapes; A bowl with dill sprigs can hold boiled shrimp; floral bowls are good for ice cream or sorbet. A fluted bowl can be made using two brioche molds.

Easy Decorations

Purchase plain self-adhesive dots at the stationery store. Working in a well-ventilated area, color dots with wide felt-tip markers (or purchase colored dots). Designed can also be drawn on the dots. Stick them back to back, onto button thread and use as cheerful garlands for the tree or mantle. Make a few extra dots and stick them to tissue-paper wrapped gifts.

Gift Ideas

Share your favorite pie – without doing any baking. In a pie pan bundle together essential tools and ingredients, such as fresh fruit, dough wrapped in waxed paper, a rolling pin, and crunch topping; tie with a kitchen towel. Make sure you tuck a written or printed recipe into the package. Try this with cookie ingredients and a cookie sheet, or cake ingredients and a cake pan.

This can also be used as dinner kit. Line a galvanized-steel pail or a basket with a dish towel, then fill it with everything needed to make dinner: spaghetti, tomatoes, fresh basil, crusty bread, mozzarella and Parmesan, and flowers for the table.

Not just for holidays, this idea can be used for any occasion. For the gardener, use a pail or planter, add a pack of seeds, a bag of potting soil, and a small shovel. For the baby shower, try a diaper bag with a baby outfit, a pack of diapers, a bottle, and a couple of toys. For someone moving into a new home try a pail with cleaning supplies (good for the teenager moving out), an easy to make meal (good for moving day), or a small supply of items that you always seem to need like pens and paper.

Ever see all those small sample items at the store of soap, shampoo, lotion and other items. These also make a great basket. Or how about car items for the new car owner. Add a tire gauge, a spring loaded center punch (great emergency item for breaking the window), fire extinguisher, and other items you never seem to think about.

Gift Bags

A few artful techniques can be used to transform plain paper bags into custom-made gift wrap, especially convenient for odd-shaped, hard-to-wrap gifts.

1. Use a hole punch to make two small holes in the bag’s flap. Poke a sprig of juniper or other greens through the holes to secure the flap, and tie a ribbon around the sprig.

2. Seal the bag with vintage holiday stamps, and tie with string.

3. Make lengthwise slits along the flap of the bag and lace ribbon through. Knot each ribbon end.

4. Stitch two pretty buttons to a bag, and wind a length of colorful twine between them.

5. Make two buttonholes in ribbon so that when it’s draped over a folded bag, the buttonholes line up on the front and back; cut a small hole in the bag where the buttonholes fall, and secure with a cuff link. Glue the ends of the ribbon to the bottom of the bag.

6. Make two holes in the flap of a bag, and lace ribbon through from the back. Tie a millinery fruit or other small, decorative object into the knot.

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