Grandmother Buechler's Russian Rings
Mary Lynn Axtman, Fargo, ND, e-mail message to Michael Miller.
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
flour to make a stiff dough
Roll enough dough between hands to make a half-inch thick rope
about 6 to 8 inches long. Pinch ends together to form a ring. Cook
in boiling water for 10 minutes. Place on baking sheets and bake
in oven until brown.
About Grandmother Buechler:
Margaretha Reiter was born in 1869 in Kandel village, the oldest
child of Ludwig Reiter and Isabella Duttenhofer. Her mother later
died in childbirth and Margaretha took over responsibility for her
younger siblings. She was very literate and knew two books by heart
from cover to cover--her German fraktor Bible and a medical book.
She married Michael Buechler in Selz Church and accompanied him
on construction work in Bessarabia and Roumania, living in crude
construction camps along the way. They returned to Mannheim village
before immigrating to Orrin, North Dakota, USA in March, 1903 with
their 4 sons and Michael's niece, Katie Deringer. Margaretha was
a midwife and self taught medical practicioner in Russia and in
Pierce County, ND.
Since she frequently was away from home delivering babies and
caring for the sick, niece Katie was brought along to the US to
cook and keep her house going while she gone. Margaretha delivered
about 300-500 babies in the Orrin area, including her own set of
twins and all her grandchildren.
She was very busy during area outbreaks of diptheria, typhoid,
and the 1918 influenza. She was given a North Dakota Health Dept.
service citation for her work in an area that was 20 miles in either
direction from the nearest doctors. The Rugby doctor who supervised
her work trusted her medical judgement as to what she could do by
herself and when to call him for more serious situations. She used
local plants, herbs, and roots to prepare treatments for various
ailments both in Russia and in ND. Camomile tea and chicken noodle
soup also cured many ailments. When medicine failed, her great faith
and religious practice were a comfort to the families also.
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