New book on German-Russian folk healing published
24 November 1998
The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State
University Library, Fargo, announces publication of the book, "Tender
Hands: Ruth's Story of Healing", by Ruth Weil Kusler with Peggy
Sailer O'Neil, both of Beulah, ND.
Ruth was born in 1908 near Beulah. Her mother, a midwife and faith
healer, taught her daughter, Ruth the family's healing methods and
home remedies. Ruth followed her mother's footsteps, massaging and
caring for the sick throughout her life. She feels blessed that
God gave her such "tender hands." Ruth dedicates her book to her
mother stating: "To my mother, who taught me the importance of praying
Ruth writes, "My fondest memories are taking care of the newborn
babies, giving them their first baths and getting them ready for
their mother. Helping people recover from illnesses gave me lots
of happiness. I hope that others will learn about healing, and the
history of faith healing with be remembered."
Working with Ruth in writing the book was her grand-niece, Peggy
Sailer O'Neil who comments, "Ruth gave me a new appreciation for
my ancestors, their struggles and their achievements. With the completion
of the book, I feel a great sense of accomplishment and proud to
be a part of Ruth's life-long goal. This book is Ruth's dream. What
a great tribute to a woman who spent her life helping other people!"
Carol Just Halverson, St. Louis Park, MN, writes: "The time is
coming when I can't do it anymore, and you will have to take over.
For Ruth Weil Kusler, these words from her mother, Katherine, left
no choice but to continue the healing gift that began previous generations
in her ancestral German villages of South Russia. Ruth and practitioners
like her have healed and comforted generations of souls on the Steppes
of Russia, and Dakota Prairie, all the while giving credit to a
The second half of this memoir includes remedies passed down to
Ruth. Ruth shares healing options for over 75 ailments, all the
while stressing the importance of and offering examples of prayers
to use with the remedies. Ruth shares the use of Wormwood, horseradish,
fresh camomile, and Knorr's Genuine Hein Fong Essence (Green Drops).
Additional information about Tender Hands, can be seen at the
following website page: http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/order/general/kusler.html
A book-signing and reception for Ruth Kusler will be held on Sunday,
December 6, 1998 from 2-4 pm at the Knife River Care Center, 106
4th St. NW, Beulah, ND (701-873-4322).
To order the book, the price is $14 plus postage and handling
($3 for shipping in the US and $5 for shipping to Canada). All orders
must be in US dollars. Make check or money order payable to NDSU
Library. Mail to: Tender Hands Book, Germans from Russia Heritage
Collection, NDSU Libraries, PO Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105-5599.
For further information, contact Michael M. Miller, Germans from
Russia Bibliographer, NDSU Libraries, Fargo (Tel: 701-231-8416;