Ralph Honas, President
Al Lang, Vice President
Joe Erbert, Secretary
Bernie Zerfas, Treasurer
(This copy of our Newsletter was called The
BULLetin when originally published in paper form)
Oren Windholz, Editor
Editorial response to
P. O. Box 1083
Hays, KS 67601-1083
Al Lang has accepted the chairmanship of the program committee and will work
with his people to put on a great convention. Two International Board members
have already written in to volunteer to give talks. Steve Parke has been working
on a project for some time, "Naming and Claiming Our Cultural Heritage:
Reflections on our Ethic Identity today." Aura Lee Fergason will give a
talk entitled, "Bukovina for Beginners", based on her experience. Work has
already begun on programs featuring cooking and other cultural activities.
The same band has been booked for the dinner and dance. July 14th through
the 17th are the dates and Ellis County is the place.
Dr. Bill Keel of the University
of Kansas brought out Professor Klaus J. Mattheier of the University of
Heidelberg to meet with the board of the society and visit with people who still
speak the German dialects of the immigrants from Bukovina. He was accompanied by
his wife, Gisela, and a graduate student from Heidelberg. Also part of the group
visiting the society were two graduate students from Kansas University.
Dr. Mattheier spent time at the
Center for Ethnic Studies at Ft. Hays University, location of the Bukovina
Society archives. He visited there with
Leo Weber and Al Lang.
During a special board meeting at the Ellis headquarters he and the
students talked to Martin Flax, Bertha Flax, and Bertha
specialist in socio linguistics, Dr. Mattheier was very pleased to make this
first contact with Bukovina Germans in America. He plans to cooperate with
Kansas University in creating a handbook for tracing German language. Dr.
Mattheier is one of a number of prominent scholars to visit the society.
[Picture not available: Professor Klaus
Mattheier, left, enjoyed his visit with Leo Weber during his visit.]
Stella Hryniuk of St. John's College at the University of
Manitoba is a historian Studying settlements of people from Bukovina in Canada.
She is interested in receiving information at her address in Winnipeg, MB Canada
R3T 2M5. She can read Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German and French. The society
has sent her materials and we hope to hear from her again.
Aura Lee Furgason was in Ellis visiting her father and
checked in at headquarters. She soon was involved in helping with the last
BULLetin mailout and attended the September board meeting.
The Deutscher family held a reunion on September 5th. They will celebrate 100
years in America in the year 2002. They plan to have a reunion every three years
and hold it during the annual Bukovina Society convention.
The Bukovina Society board appeared before the Ellis City Council on
September 28th to present a plan to enhance the Bukovina memorial in the city
park. Oren Windholz presented the society's proposal for lighting and requested
sidewalks to the site. The Schoenthaler family pledged a donation for the
lighting materials, society members will provide labor, and the City of Ellis
approved the installation of a sidewalk to the memorial. The support of Ellis
City council members in the establishment of the headquarters and ongoing
support was also recognized.
ABC of Brazil
Our good friend Professor Ayrton Goncalves Celestino wrote a
letter in early September giving a report of their third annual convention of
the Association of Bukovina German Culture. The 3a Semana Bucovina (3a
Haluschkifest) was a success with attendance all three days by the Romanian
General Consul in Brazil, Mr. Vasile Macovei, and a one day visit by the
Austrian Consul, Mr. Walter Jirascheck Ten young ladies of Bukovina descent vied
for the title of Bucovina Queen. Chosen was Janaina Schultz for 1993.
We received newspaper reports, memorabilia from the
convention, and a book on the history of Rio Negro which includes the element of
the Bukovina German migration there. We are to receive videotape and pictures
when they are processed. This will certainly be a highlight for the 1994
Bukovinafest. The Brazil Bukovina descendants enjoyed the slides and video of
the Bukovina district from Steve Parke and Larry Jensen tours. Prof Ayrton was
especially pleased to see the towns of Seewiesen (Javorna) where his great great
grandfather Wenzel Schödlbauer was born and Rehberg (Srni) where his great
grandparents Adolf and Maria Wolf were born.
The twin cities of Rio Negro and
Mafra in southern Brazil, are home to many of the descendants of the immigrants
from Poiana Micului in the former homeland of Bukovina. Rio Negro is exploring a
sister city relationship with Suceava in the Bukovina District. The mayor of Rio
Negro, Hon. C. R. Swarowski, has also expressed an interest to connect with
Ellis and Hays.
The Bukovina Society recently
mailed a videotape of our past festivals and the editor donated the book
Bohemian Germans in Kansas, A Catholic Community from
Picture not available:
This picture and many other articles on the 3a Semana
Bucovina were printed in the newspapers of Rio Negro/Mafra. Among the
dignitaries were mayors, diplomats and prominent scholars. Aryton Celestino
is pictured in the center.
- Vice-Mayor of Mafra:Alva(Speaking) The Mayor was out.
He is a Bucovinian descendant.
- Mr. Frof. Antonio Jose Sandmann-President Institut
Cultrual Brazilian Germany (Institut Joethe) in Joethe) in
- Peter Froter Longe Schofwschek. He celebrated the Mass.
He is Bucovinian descendant.
- Ayrton Jameles Celestino.
- The general consul of Romania-Prof Vasile Marovei
- Mrs Dommitra Russu-President of the Romanian Institut
- Mr. Walter Jiroschek -Austrian Consul
- Mr. Alceu Ricardo Swanowski - Mayor of Rio Negro
- Mr. Henrique Popp - Professor of the University of
- Mrs. Hoda Salamuni- Govenor of Parone Representant
- Mr. Riad Salamuni-Prof and ex-Rector of the university
Nemechek Neunionby: Steve Parke
September 4, 1993, was the occasion of an historical event
for the descendants of Ferdinand and Agatha (Aschenbrenner) Nemechek. Possibly
for the first time since the immigrant family lived and farmed together in Ellis
County, representatives of the remaining nine of twelve family lines gathered in
Hays, Kansas, for worship, food, fellowship and family history sharing, and of
The event, attended by 166 people from as far away as
California and Michigan, was hosted by Anna Denning of Hill City. Getting the
group together was quite a feat as Ferdinand had 12 children, 72 grandchildren,
250 great grandchildren and many more descendants still being counted today.
Guest of honor was Ferdinand's youngest daughter, Theresia (Nemechek) Smith, who
at age 88 is the only living member of the homesteading family. The day included
Mass celebrated by Fr. Damian Richards at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church,
dinner at the American Legion Hall, family group pictures, and a slide
presentation covering my 1991 trip to Bukovina and Fürstenthal.
Ferdinand, Agatha and seven children accompanied by
Grandmother Francisca (Hoffman) Nemechek came from Fürstenthal, Bukovina,
Austria, to the United States and homesteaded just south of Ellis in 1898 to
their economic situation. Bukovina church records show that
glassmaker Mathias Nemechek, his wife Barbara Stark and two of their children,
Adelbert and Elizabeth, were in Bukovina by May of 1811 when Barbara, the third
of nine children, was baptized in Cacica. Mathias came from Bohemia as did other
Fürstenthal logging and glassmaking settlers. His son, Adelbert, begat Ambrose
who begat Ferdinand who married Agatha, daughter of Joseph Aschenbrenner
and Rosalia Stadler (Stöhr?). Ferdinand's family emigrated but many Nemecheks
remained in Fürstenthal. Nemechek descendants are reportedly in Germany today
but we have been unable to contact them.
Oktoberfests Ellis and Hays were a great success. The weather
was outstanding in Ellis and the board and helpers sold out their supplies of
Hemetschwangers. In Hays, though cold and windy, all products were sold
including a special batch of Zwieback made by Martha Armbruster. Glass mugs, T
shirts and hats also sold well.
The board provided the opening. ceremonies in Ellis with the
able assistance of Francis Schippers, chairman of the Hays Oktoberfest
committee, and Larry Werth of the Volga German Society who has several Bukovina
[Picture unavailable: President Ralph Honas tapped and
poured beer from the first keg for the board members who led the singing.]
Our goal is to never have an issue of the newsletter without
additional lifers, and to fill the plaque in the lobby of the headquarters in
1994. We are pleased to announce the following and greatly appreciate their
investment in the future of our society.
BUKOVINA SOCIETY COMMITTEES
The following will
be directing some of the work of the society and if you want to give them
an idea or a helping hand please do.
PROGRAM: Al Lang, Chair, Ray Haneke and Darrell Seibel
MEMBERSHIP: Ernie Honas and Bob
GENEALOGY: Al Lang
FINANCE: Bernie Zerfas
PUBLICITY: Oren Windholz HOSPITALITY: Shirley Kroeger and
- MUSEUM: Ray Schoenthaler
The board is sending out a
call for the donation of a pot belly or similar heating stove. The
museum room still has the chimney intact from the original stove. We do not
need it for heat, but would make a great attraction to the room.
The notice in the last newsletter brought an offer for an
air conditioner from Frieda Massier of WaKeeney. This has been picked up and
brought to the headquarters by Ray Haneke and Ray Schoenthaler and will be in
use next summer in the chapel
side for programs. A second air conditioner was donated by Lifetime member
Mary Agnes Lang-Wagner and it will be helpful because the chapel room really
needs two units to cool it off. Also thanks to Bernadine Linden from Alden for
donating glass shelves and counter tops to the museum.
Submitted by Julie Honas
Put in crock 10 gal. water and let set
Add 1 can warmed malt, 6 lbs. sugar,
1/2 pack yeast, 1 tbl. pickling salt.
Let ferment until it stops bubbling.
Bottle, adding 1/2 tsp. sugar to pint
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