June 25, 1997 |
Russia's Catherine the Great can take credit for an intriguing, little-known facet of California's ethnic cookery. During her reign (1762 to 1796), the former German princess was determined to civilize the lower Volga region, which was overrun with robbers and ruffians, so she opened the doors to German immigrants. She offered land, religious freedom and other incentives for them to settle in the Volga villages. Thousands responded, and all went well for about 100 years.
September 11, 1987 |
Question: Where can I find information about an ancestor who was a wagon master? He worked out of either Independence or St. Louis, Mo., and led wagon trains to California. Answer: Check with Society of California Pioneers, 456 McAllister St., San Francisco 94102 to see if they have any biographical material pertaining to him in their Overland Records collection. The State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry St., Columbia, Mo.
August 13, 1997
I want to thank you for the wonderful article on German cooking ("Children of Catherine the Great: the Germans From Russia," June 25). What a surprise to suddenly see a recipe for beerocks. It was so exciting to read another family's history so similar; my family's origin was from White Russia also. They traveled to settlements in South America and Canada and then finally settled in Oregon and Washington around 1910. My German grandmother passed away several years ago, and as with other families, the recipes were lost with her. I had tried on several occasions when I was a girl to get her to recite to me everything she did and added to the bowl, but when trying to cook from my old notes with a pinch of this and that, not much turns out right.
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February 9, 2004 |
Fritz Hirschberger, 91, a Holocaust survivor who in retirement depicted his memories of Nazi Germany in stark, angry paintings, died Jan. 8 in San Francisco of natural causes. When Hirschberger exhibited his work at Los Angeles' Heritage Gallery in 1988, a Times critic commented that the artist's "figuration is built from supple Teutonic dark lines that describe hollow eyes or resigned grimaces.
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May 30, 1996 |
It was 10 years ago that Carole Elliott's close friend and roommate, Robert Frazier, died of AIDS. She'd been living in a house in Huntington Beach with Frazier and two other gay men. "We were all just devastated," she recalls. One week he was found to have bronchitis, and two weeks later he was dead. Soon after that Elliott ran into a friend, Elizabeth Dorn Parker, who was about to begin duties as the one-woman staff for a fledgling group called AIDS Walk Orange County.
January 11, 1993 |
Behind a modern corporate face, the oil industry, the world's largest business, has always operated in an arena of adventure, global power and human eccentricity. Now, the latest blockbuster series from public television makes the industry accessible to everyone in eight hours of spellbinding TV.