Filming for the Germans from Russia Foodways Videotape
Prairie Public Television
Balta, Horace & Rugby, North Dakota
August & September, 1999
Joseph Ripplinger was born on 10 December 1910 at Balta, ND. He is
the son of Joseph Ripplinger and Pauline Bertsch. Joseph, Sr. was
born at Elsass and Pauline was born at Strassburg, both of the Black
Sea German Catholic Kutschurgan villages, South Russia (today Ukraine).
Agnes Bertsch Ripplinger was born on 13 September 1917, at Silva,
ND. She is the daughter of Jacob Bertsch and Anna Marie Deitz, both
from the Kutschurgan villages. The Ripplingers have three daughters
and one son. Joe has made cut out figures for more than 25 years using
Theresa Giesinger Jordan grew up at Fulda, ND. Her late husband
was Bryce "Boots" Jordan. She is the daughter of Jacob Giesinger
and Rosalia Ell, born in the Kutschurgan villages. Theresa has five
children. Clara Ebach grew up at Rugby. She is the daughter of Michael
Ebach, born at Baden, and Katherine Kloetzel, born at Mannheim,
Kutschurgan District, South Russia (today Ukraine). Caroline Weisbeck
Hoffert grew up at Knox, ND. She is the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth
Ripplinger Weisbeck. Peter and Caroline Hoffert have three daughters
and two sons.
|Joseph and Agnes Bertsch
Ripplinger at their home in Balta.
||Bob Dambach, producer at Prairie Public Television,
Fargo, visits with Joe and Agnes Ripplinger.
|Agnes made borscht soup which was then served
at her home. Tapio Kube, Prairie Public TV videographer is filming.
Persons seated left to right are: Theresa Ebach O'Connell, Palos
Heights, IL, Mary Ebach, Rugby, Margie Olson, Balta, Joe Ripplinger
and Agnes Ripplinger.
||(Left to right): Clara Ebach and
Theresa Giesinger Jordan, Rugby, preparing Plachenda with fresh
|(Left to right): Carloyn Weisbeck
Hoffert, Theresa Giesinger Jordan and Clara Ebach preparing
the dough for the Plachenda.
||Edna Goebel Johnson, Horace, and her sister,
Martha Goebel Jenner, Phoenix, AZ, making meat strudla. Their
parents were Frederick and Katherina Kessler Goebel. Frederick
was four years old in 1882 when his parents immigrated from
Glückstal, South Russia, to Dakota Territory. Katherina was
born at Eureka, SD.
|Edna serving the meat
strudla at her Horace, ND home.
||Edna Goebel Johnson's meat strudla. For thirty-five
years, Edna operated the Johnson Cafe at Lehr, ND. In Fargo,
she made German-Russian foods at the Downtown Street Fair for
over ten years.
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