Lefse

Lefse, the Norwegian take on a crêpe, is just as delicious—and versatile—as its French cousin. Lefse is made from potato dough that is rolled into large, thin circles and cooked on a hot griddle. Topped with butter or cinnamon and sugar, golden-brown lefse are often served as dessert; wrapped around meats and cheeses, they work just as well as appetizers or a main course. This recipe calls for Russet Burbank potatoes, which are grown in Idaho and throughout the Midwest. ...

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Quick cookies

These have long been an Elcik family favorite.  John and Michelle like to make them together to give as Christmas presents. 

Place together:

4 cups of sugar
½ lb. Butter
1 cup milk
½ cup powdered coca
 

Boil above for 30 seconds., then Add:

6 cups rolled oats
2 cups peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
 

Drop on waxed paper.

Makes 5 dozen cookies.

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Thomas E. Gruhl, 80

Thomas E. Gruhl of Zionsville, and Sanibel Island, Fla., died unexpectedly on June 8, 2015, at the age of 80.
If you look up the term community leader in the dictionary, you will see a photo of Tom Gruhl — he lived everyday as a leader, activist, philanthropist and truly made a difference in the lives of many people.

Born in Hope, Ind., the only child of Pearletta Gruhl Hitchell, Tom graduated from Hope High School, Franklin College and the Banking ...

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Ferne W. Adams, 94

Ferne-Adams-bw-copy-185x300NAPLES — Ferne W. Adams, 94, of Naples, died Saturday, May 9, 2015, at Bridgton Health Care Center after a short stay.

Ferne was born on Nov. 29, 1920, in New Brunswick, Canada, a daughter of Frederick J. and Letitia (Scammell) Whitlock. She was the second of 10 children. Her family moved to Portland in 1923, and then ...

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Charles H. Adams Jr., 71

Charles H. Adams, Jr.Charles Harry Adams Jr., 71, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Maine Medical Center in Portland after a short bout with stomach cancer.
He was born on Sept. 28, 1941, the third child, second son of Charles H. Adams Sr. and Ferne Whitlock Adams.

He attended local elementary schools and ...

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Tracing Our Roots

The search might begin with a desire to know more about names written in fading ink in an old family Bible.  Or perhaps it starts with a child’s school project.  As the search continues, the details of your family’s past begin to unfold like a fascinating story, and you can’t wait to discover the next chapter.

We are collecting stories regarding the following surnames:  Adams, Byrus, DeRosa, Duryea, Elcik, Gamache, Gruhl, Jorgenson, Karkos, Lawler, McClanahan, Passarelli, Pruitt, Skillin, Strand and Wentworth.  ...

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Sophia & John Strand‏

I have not sent out any little stories for a while….here is another

Sophia and John Strand were George Strand’s parents and my grandparents. John had been the choir director at United Lutheran Church, but I do not remember him doing that. By the time I remember, they lived in Hopkins, Michigan in a small two bedroom in farming country They also had a hump back trailer that was pulled behind or used in Michigan for extra sleeping quarters.

They took the ...

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Grandmas

My grandmother, Martha Surland DeRosa, was the oldest girl child in her family of eight children. Her family was a lady’s tailor for Marshall Fields. He brought home all the extra material. Once their cat had kittens in the box where it was kept. Grandma Dee was such a wonderful sewer, she would stand me on a table and cut a paper pattern and make me an outfit.

He husband, Michael, played the harp in a dance band that played tea ...

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Grandma Dee

Grandma Dee was such a regular person, but she had a strange family. Her father was a ladies’ tailor for Marshall Fields. Grandma’s mother was his second wife….don’t know what happened to the first, but there were two half sisters. Grandma’s oldest brother, John, was an alcoholic artist. He was married to Tess and when Grandma and I visited, we always had Italian sausage sandwiches. Because I liked them, Tess let him eat them….by the way, they were Norwegian. Next ...

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Karen Lawler’s “Extended” Family

My dad used to ride the bus to work everyday in Chicago. He always carried a leather bound version of the “Complete Works of Shakespeare.” He is the one who developed my love of reading and history.
My mother who had very little education, about 2 years of high school, also loved to read….she just read love stories very slowly. She was very smart for her limited education.
Here is a list of “all my children”:
Marcus Hinton 58
Aaron ...

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