Biographical Information - Connie Dahlke
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Connie Dahlke was born in Walla Walla, Washington, the great-granddaughter of Joseph and Christina (Kessler) Rott, both born in Glückstal, So. Russia. Her mother and grandmother were born in Logan County, North Dakota.
"As a child, I remember my German-Russian grandmother speaking German with her brothers and sisters when they came to visit her in Oregon, but most of the time my grandparents spoke English once they moved to the West Coast," says Connie. "My grandmother did teach me to count in German, and it was 'oi, zwoe, droe' rather than the 'ein, zwei, drei' which I later learned in German language class in high school."
"When I was ten years old, it was my Dad's mother who taught me to crochet. My grandmother had English surnames, but it turns out that her maternal grandmother descended from the Wohlleben family who fled the Saarland, Germany area during the Palatinate Exodus of 1708-1709."
"On my German-Russian side, the Joseph Rott family immigrated from Glückstal, Russia to Eureka, South Dakota in October 1889. Joseph Rott arrived with US $300 in his pocket and a family group of four adults and four children to provide for. The next spring they filed on a homestead claim in Logan County, North Dakota. By that fall, Joseph Rott had become a Seventh-day Adventist and became a leader and supporter of the Adventist church in Logan County."
"I have looked many years for pieces of handwork which my great-grandmother or her daughters might have made, but have turned up empty-handed. Working on the crochet project for the bicentennial book, The Glückstalers in New Russia and North America: A Bicentennial Collection of History, Genealogy & Folklore, was personally rewarding - I even discovered that some of the photos sent in were of pieces crocheted by distant relatives of the Rott-Kessler families."
"My hope for this crochet project and the patterns is that this become part of a 'living history' which people can participate in and help preserve the accomplishments and history of our ancestors. I am truly indebted to all those who took the time and effort to photograph their collections of German-Russian crochet work."
Connie is a Registered Dietitian, having completed the Dietetic Internship at Loma Linda University in 1973. She is also compiling a German-English hymnal. She is married to Ron Dahlke and they have two adult children.