Schmeckfest documentary comments
Electronic mail message from Marci Mayer Radin, Englewood,
Colorado, December 29, 2005
My father was Lyle Vernon Mayer, born 1916 in Ashley, ND; his
parents, Hulda Becker (1886) and Emil Joseph Mayer; her father,
Becker. We have quite an interesting story from the North Dakota
Historical Society about Christian Becker settling in (a county
I don't remember off the top of my head) North Dakota and founding
the school and the town clerkship, etc. Hulda was one of about 8
- Stella Becker, the wife of Hulda's youngest brother, Enoch Becker,
alive at 105! and living in California.
LOVED the Schmeckfest tape - what an adorable bunch of folks! The
looked so yummy. My grandmother, Hulda Becker Mayer, was quite the
Unfortunately, we lived so far away that I didn't see her too often,
learn to cook from her, but I do have a memory of when she visited
Maryland - I would have been about 3 or 4 - and she made strudel,
using the entire
dining room table to lay out the dough. She would also make a sour
coffee cake that she couldn't make just one, she made 2, 3, 4 at
a time. My
grandfather was the manager of the Dakota Maid flour mill in Grand
Daddy says it was a long time before she finally admitted that store-bought
was OK. The one thing I do make is what we call "buttonlies"
- buttons, of
course - I don't know how the "-lies" got added on - but
we do a pot full of
those smothered in fried onions and served with pork ribs and sauerkraut.
mouth is watering just writing about 'em.
Thanks for everything - I'll be visiting your website again, I'm
New Year! - Marci
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