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Leonard Frederick Finke

Leonard Frederick Finke was born November 29, 1925 and died March 21, 1990. I was in 4th grade, ten years old, when he passed away.
I do have more memories of Grandpa Finke. I remember being in the house by the post office with him, going to the post office and him talking with the lady working. I remember moving him out of that house and going through things in the house. I (think I) remember him sitting me on the kitchen table or the counter with ice on the side of my leg when I was scraped by the screen door at their house- and I have the scar from the stiches to prove it. I remember how he walked, not really with a limp, but sort of. I remember him coming to grandparents day at school. I remember his harmonica.
I remember playing on a pogo stick in the garage at Anne’s house and the auction there. I remember his wedding to my step-grandma Anne and singing Pass It On. I remember going in the motor home with him in the shed. I don’t ever remember being in the motor home when it was moving, but I remember being somewhere with Grandpa and Anne when they had gone on a trip in it, maybe visiting them when they were on vacation somewhere.
Another favorite memory is going up to the cabin in Perham, Minnesota, and going fishing with him. It was always an adventure to get the boat into the lift. Fishing, campfires, trips to the turtle races- so much fun! Grandpa would put the worm on my hook for me and if I had a fish on the hook he would make me take it off myself after he got tired of it. I have a very distinct memory of being at Anne’s house in Hamburg with the two of them and watching the Twins play in the 1987 World Series on TV. They moved to the Hamburg apartments across the street from the pond, and I remember that apartment, too. I think Anne’s mom, Great-Grandma Hoberg, had an apartment in that same complex.
I remember various visits to the hospital and playing a trick on him that we were bringing him McDonalds, but the burger box was filled with ketchup packets. Now that I think back to that, that really wasn’t nice, especially to someone who was having heart issues.  I remember bringing him diabetic cookies at the apartment in Hamburg. I remember he and Anne bringing me a package of sliced cheese for my birthday because I loved eating it at their house and we never had it at mine.
I must say that my all-time favorite memory of grandpa was falling asleep on his stomach and his tummy moving up and down when he was breathing.

When Jeff and I got married, my mom said, “I’m going to say the same thing to you that my dad said to me when your dad and I got married. We’ll never come and live with you if you never come back and live with us.” Grandpa lived in the house of his father-in-law until his father-in-law passed away. I have another whole entry with memories about that house.

Grandpa and Grandma Finke

So what should the world know about Leonard Finke? What are your favorite memories or characteristics?

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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CSA Week 3

***If you haven’t seen my post on Grandma Finke, be sure to check it out!!***

This week had all of the same items again. I was under the impression that it would be a variety of changing items each week, so I’m somewhat disappointed. Here’s what we got this week.

Red Tomatoes

Yellow Tomatoes

Watermelon

Peaches

Sweet corn

One of Jeff’s coworkers gave him some tomatoes as well, so I’m going to make some pasta sauce with the tomatoes this weekend. Otherwise, it’s all the same as last time.

Here are the “normal” prices.
Corn- $3.50

Watermelon- $4.00

Red Tomatoes- $5.00

Yellow Tomatoes- $5.00

Peaches- $5.00

For a total of $22.50- a savings of $7.50.

There are other things available there, but I’m trying to be cost effective. They have $1.00 eggplants, $2.50 cantaloupe, $2.50 cucumbers, but those don’t seem very cost effective, so I’ve been sticking to things that are $3 or more.  So far everything we’ve had has been delicious!

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Pearl June (Siewert) Finke

Here are just a few Grandma Finke memories to get us started. If you see any errors, please feel free to set me straight!

Leonard and Pearl Finke

Pearl June (Siewert) Finke was born on June 23, 1924. Her parents were Otto Siewert and Mary (Luehring) Siewert. She was the last of 13 children. I believe that Grandma Finke graduated from Central High School but I don’t remember hearing anything about Grandpa Finke and high school. I’ve been told that Grandma and Grandpa met at a potato factory out near Rogers, Minnesota, when Grandma lived with one of her sisters. I don’t have a marriage date handy. I think Grandma and Grandpa lived near Rogers for a year after they were married before they moved back to Hamburg. She and Grandpa (Leonard) had two kids, Debra and Larry, and nine grandchildren. As of right now, she has ten great-grandchildren. She died on April 25, 1985.

Grandma Finke is the grandparent that I knew the least. She passed away when I was only five after battling breast cancer. I have very few memories about Grandma Finke, but I do remember being in the big white house by the post office in Hamburg with her. I have a memory of going out to the garage to look at their new green car. I remember her being able to drive because my other grandma couldn’t and I didn’t understand why one grandma could and the other couldn’t. I remember the big claw-foot tub in the bathroom upstairs and the tall bed that seemed so huge when I couldn’t even get up in it. I remember Grandma giving me a bath in that tub, and me being scared to be in the bathroom alone.
I think I remember visiting Grandma Finke in the hospital. I remember her visitation at the funeral home. I vaguely remember her funeral. I think I remember Grandpa Finke staying with us for a few days after she died. I’m sad that my memories about Grandma Finke surround her death.

Now here’s the same thing with all my extra commentary as well.

Pearl June (Siewert) Finke was born on June 23, 1924. Her parents were Otto Siewert and Mary (sometimes called Marie)(Luehring) Siewert. She was the last of 13 children. (but the 11th of Mary. Her two older sisters were daughters of Otto and his first wife, Emma Elling) I believe that Grandma Finke graduated from Central High School (I think my mom has a graduation picture of her.) but I don’t remember hearing anything about Grandpa Finke and high school. I’ve been told that Grandma and Grandpa met at a potato factory (name?) out near Rogers (?), Minnesota, when Grandma lived with one of her sisters(which sister?). I don’t have a marriage date handy. (Can’t find one in my house or on the computer… anyone have it??) I think Grandma and Grandpa lived near Rogers for a year after they were married before they moved back to Hamburg. She and Grandpa (Leonard) had two kids, Debra and Larry, and nine grandchildren. As of right now, she has ten great-grandchildren. She died on April 25, 1985.

Grandma Finke is the grandparent that I knew the least. She passed away when I was only five (I thought I was in kindergarten, but looking at the dates, I must have only been in nursery school) after battling breast cancer. I have very few memories about Grandma Finke, but I do remember being in the big white house by the post office in Hamburg with her. I have a memory of going out to the garage to look at their new green car. I remember her being able to drive because my other grandma couldn’t and I didn’t understand why one grandma could and the other couldn’t. I remember the big claw-foot tub in the bathroom upstairs and the tall bed that seemed so huge when I couldn’t even get up in it. I remember Grandma giving me a bath in that tub, and me being scared to be in the bathroom alone. For some reason I think I remember her putting her hand to her mouth when she was surprised or nervous about things. (like when I scraped my leg on the door to their house and needed stitches.)
I think I remember visiting Grandma Finke in the hospital. I remember her visitation at the funeral home (and getting scolded for playing around too much… and talking about her being an angel and my mom trying to explain that she’s WITH angels, but not exactly an angel herself…) I vaguely remember her funeral. I think I remember Grandpa Finke staying with us for a few days after she died. (????) I’m sad that my memories about Grandma Finke surround her death. (but I feel like I knew her just as much as my other grandparents because of my mom making sure I knew things about her…but sometimes I wonder how many of these “memories” I’ve really just imagined to be true.)

More memories on Grandpa Finke and the big white house to come.

What are your memories of Grandma Finke? Stories to share? What are the things future generations need to know about Pearl (Siewert) Finke??

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Misc.

So I started writing about Grandma and Grandpa Finke and I have so many memories. Once I started writing things down, more and more would come to me. I think it will take me a few more days to edit and consolidate.

So I had to throw away two of the peaches today. What am I doing wrong? All of our fruits and vegetables don’t last more than a day or two. The peaches were hard on Saturday when I brought them home, perfect on Sunday, and by Monday night starting to get mushy. Has anyone bought those green bags that claim to keep produce fresh? Maybe I should get those.

I read somewhere that you should store fruits and vegetables at home how they are displayed at the store. Maybe I shouldn’t listen and put everything in the fridge. Suggestions, anyone?

Here’s a picture of a tomato mozzarella dish that I made with the heirloom tomatoes. Good stuff! Fresh mozzarella was on sale, this is the first time I’ve bought fresh mozzarella since I lived in Jersey. It was good with the fresh, but I decided I like it just as much with the cheap mozzarella you can buy in a block. It tastes better than it looks! I should have taken the picture before putting the dressing on.

Tomato, basil, and mozzarella with dijon mustard vinaigrette, serve with crackers!

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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CSA Week 2

This week all of the same items were available at the CSA.  The prices I’m listing are if someone walked off the street and bought the same things I did. I paid $15 for it. ($16.32 with tax)

Watermelon- $4.00

Peppers- $4.00

Corn- $4.00

Heirloom Tomatoes- $7.00

Peaches- $5.00

Total: $24.00

That’s a savings of $9 this week! Good deal! If I calculate correctly (Remember- I don’t teach math anymore! hehe) That’s a savings of 37.5%.

I can’t wait to cut in to this watermelon!

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I’m thinking fajitas with the peppers this week, we’ll see!image

I hope the sweet corn is as good as it was last week! It was pre-packaged instead of being about to pick out your own ears from the bin this time. I wasn’t too thrilled about that. To me that says that it’s less fresh. Hopefully I’m wrong. image

What to do with heirloom tomatoes? Hmnn…image

This week there were 11 peaches in the container instead of nine. They are still a little hard, so when they ripen a little bit they’ll be really yummy.

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Posted by on July 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Ancestry

One of the things I’ve been doing to keep busy this summer is work on family ancestry. I’ve always been interested in ancestry. My mom could tell you about when I was a little girl and I would spend hours looking through a Klaustermeier Family Tree book we had.

The Klaustermeier side of the family is not really much of a mystery to me, but every other side of the family is a little bit mysterious. I always knew a lot about the Klaustermeier side because I was the 5th generation to live on the Klaustermeier farm. My dad’s great-grandfather was the one who settled on that land. I also have a Klaustermeier book that’s nearly 450 pages of family history and ancestry.

I also knew a little about the Siewert side because of their prominence in Hamburg. I remember being little and my mom telling me about how so-and-so lived here or there or going to the cemetery and looking at headstones from relatives, etc.

Jeff’s family is another story. Jeff knows his grandparents names and that’s about it. So I set out to do some research of my own. His mom and aunts have been pretty helpful on his mom’s side of the family, but I don’t have nearly the availability of the extensive records on my side of the family. One of the things I’ve been spending so much time on ancestry.com is looking through census records. It never ceases to amaze me how many Frederick Finke’s there were born around the same time, or how many Jim Lewis’s (Jeff’s side) there could be married to Lizzie Ross’s. It’s made for quite a puzzle of things to put together. There should be census information out there on his family somewhere, at least back until the 1870 census, but it’s been a huge, frustrating, challenge. When I start to get frustrated I take a step back for a while but always get sucked back in! I know there’s a piece to that puzzle that will fall into place soon and things will start to come together if I stick with it.

So when my cousin, Gina, emailed me and asked about ancestry, I thought that maybe the best way to go about things would be to blog a little at a time about each person or married couple I’ve found. That way, those of you who are “in-the-know” about those people in our history could comment and add your own info, and we could all benefit.

Here’s a paragraph from an email I sent Gina a few minutes ago:

One of the things that has been the most confusing for me is the names. For example, on the Finke side we have:
Leonard Frederick Finke. Then we have William Frederick Finke. Then we have Frederick Finke (whose middle name was probably William). Frederick Finke had a brother named William Finke. Their mom’s name is Elisabeth. Frederick Finke also had a daughter, Lizzie, but she was probably “officially” named Elisabeth, too. Try keeping it all straight!

What do you think? Is that something you are interested in reading about? And adding to?


 
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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Mary's Entries

 

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CSA Meal

This is one of the stuffed peppers I made with peppers and tomatoes from the CSA, which really stands for Community Supported Agriculture, not alliance as I stated in my last entry. I also found out that it only lasts for 8 weeks, not 10, so I’m a little bummed. Their ad claims CSA members save 30% over the retail prices, so I’m really going to test that out!

Jeff is away in Green Bay this week for work, so I decided instead of trying to eat all of those tomatoes and peppers myself I would cook them. The ground beef and onion I used in here were from my mom and dad’s farm, too. Hooray!

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The whole meal. Yummy!

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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