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 special equipment.
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.