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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 94 dtd Mat. 31, 2001
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2001 11:49:36 EST

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March 31, 2001
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-1 Corinthinans 10:1

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end of newsletter section "C". Introductions, notes and articles without a=20
by-line are written by the editor and reflect his views.=20

This first section of the 3 section newsletter contains:

* Search For Long Lost Dabelli Father
* New BB Search For Relatives
* Fourth Annual Minneapolis BB Picnic
* Project Schlaining (Stadtschlaining Reunion)
* Member Offers Free Austrian Book Service
* Questions
* Kipfel Recipe


Judy Smith( ) writes:

My mother, Frieda Smith, has asked me to reply to your recent e-mail to her=20=
(). She is 85 and just learning to use the computer. Below=
is a letter that she wrote:

In the spring of 1985, Frances (Dabelli) Adams and Rosemary (Dabelli) Quinn=20
and Joe and Margaret Samer visited Margaret's relatives in Austria. They=20
stayed in Litzelsdorf. While there, someone told them about the Tabelli=20
Family. They visited the Tabelli family where they met: Aunt Maria Tabelli -=
married to now deceased Karl Tabelli, uncle to Frieda, Frances and Rosemary.=
They also met: Karl and first cousins Ohtmar Tabelli and family including=20
Sonja and Elizabeth.

In September of 1985, Frieda and Fred Smith were invited to stay with the=20
Tabelli family in Litzelsdorf. Maria Tabelli took us to the cemetery where=20
there were two Tabellis buried. Karl Tabelli, uncle, and son Godfrey, killed=
in Crete during World
War II. We then went to the church where we discovered my mother's , Francis=
Gumhalter, christening record, date born and the entry of going to Buffalo,=20
New York and marrying Godfrey Tabelli. Maria then drove us around the villag=
where she showed us the Franciska Gumhalter home at an unknown house number=
Next she showed us a house where Karl Tabelli, Godfrey Tabelli (Hans Tabelli=
were born, house #262.

When went back to the Tabelli home, Frieda mentioned "now you have relatives=
in America", Maria's reply was "and in Italy, Switzerland and France."

Franciska Gumhalter and Godfrey Tabelli married in Buffalo, New York where=20
they had 4 children, Frances, Frieda, Godfrey and Rosemary. In October of=20
1918, Franciska was taken ill by the Spanish Influenza and died at the peak=20
of the illness. The whereabouts of the four children is unknown from the=20
death of their mother until listed in the 1920 Federal Census. Two of the=20
girls, Frances and Frieda, were "Boarders" of St Vincent Technical School an=
Asylum, corner of Elliott and Main Streets, Buffalo, NY. The youngest sister=
Rosemary, was adopted by another family and the boy became a ward of the=20
Department of the Poor. In March of 1922, both girls were taken to a farm in=
East Eden to become residents of a farm run by Barbara Schwanz.

The question remains, what happened to their father (Godfrey Tabelli)?=20
Searches of
Cemeteries and obituaries have been unsuccessful. Frieda Smith

Reply from BB: Perhaps we can get some answers concerning Godfrey Tabelli as=
well as some more ancestors. G. Berghold, Editor, BB News

Original Email to BB Editor and Reply:

FandFSmith writes:
<< Regarding TABELLI - we have visited Litzelsdorf and the Tabelli family.=20
The name Tabelli was found in the village church records. When the family=20
moved to Buffalo, NY, the T was changed to D, then becoming Dabelli. <<=20
GUMHALTER, SAMER and TABELLI (DABELLI) settled in Buffalo, NY 1910-15 >>

Reply: Village identity is everything. Yes, when I checked Litzelsdorf, I di=
find two Tabelli families still living at Nr. 139, also many Samer and=20
Gumhalter families. Litzelsdorf (Hungarian name L=F6d=F6s) is in the distric=
t of=20
Oberwart not far from Kemeten (record office for Litzelsdorf). That Tabelli=20
name may have originated in Switzerland or northern Italy as we have some=20
other names of people from those regions who migrated to the Burgenland in=20
the early 1800's. The first emigrant from Litzelsdorf was a Nikolaus Samer=20
who went to Buffalo in 1901. I know nothing more about him.

Litzelsdorf has its own church (built 1764, rebuilt 1823, large cemetery),=20
the records 1828-1896 are available as microfilm from the LDS as film no.=20
0700685. Civil records 1896-1921 are also available (village of Kemeten) as=20
no. 0700313-320. See our archives if you don't already know how to use LDS=20


Up to now, BB-members who wanted to find their relatives in Burgenland could
try to do so by placing a free inquiry in the "Oberwarter Zeitung", a local
weekly. Due to the rather small circulation of this paper only a few of the
published inquiries have been successful. We are now able to offer additiona=
or alternative free publishing of inquiries (photos can be included) in the=20
following newspapers:

* Neue Kronen Zeitung (Burgenland Edition): Largest Austrian daily newspaper=
The Burgenland edition includes a few pages of regional news, which is where=
your inquiry would be printed.

* Bezirksblatt G=FCssing / Jennersdorf: This is a weekly newspaper financed=20=
advertisments. It is sent to every household in the districts of G=FCssing a=
Jennersdorf for free.

* Bezirksblatt Oberpullendorf: Same as the above, distributed in=20
Oberpullendorf district.

If you want to have your inquiry published in one of these papers, please=20
contact Albert Schuch at .


Mark your calendars! Hap Anderson has made reservations for the picnic at=20
Wabun Park, adjacent to Minnehaha Park, in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the=20
Midwest chapter of the Burgenland Bunch. Same place as last year. Both side=
of the pavilion have been reserved. Please feel free to invite any other=20
family and friends you may wish to. If you'd like to receive more=20
information about the picnic, just drop a quick email to me at <
>. Here are the essentials:

Date: Sunday, August 12, 2001
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: Wabun Park (adjacent to Minnehaha Park), Minneapolis, MN
We hope to see everyone there and renew and make new friendships and
cousins!!! More details later!
Thanks, Hap and Susan

Newsletter 89A introduced a project which envisioned a reunion of former=20
Jewish inhabitants of Stadt Schlaining and their descendants. Regina=20
Espenshade informs us that plans are now well under way. The dates are June=20
14-22, 2001 with accomodation for the visitors at Hotel Burg Schlaining (hav=
you ever slept in a castle?). Regina writes:

The Schlaining Reunion Project has a web page in English and in German for=20
which I have forwarded the address below. I have had a few direct inquiries=
from Burgenland Bunch members and I replied to them. I thought perhaps you=20
might publish the address in the next bulletin for the general membership.

Plans are still being developed, but it is going well. The potential=20
attendance seems substantial. I have you and expecially Albert Shuch to than=
for being important catalysts for this event. Thanks again,


New member Hannes Graf offers to locate books available from European source=
and help purchase them. He and his wife have connections with a Viennese=20
publishing house and are familiar with European publishing. He writes:
For all members: We can deliver books which are available in western Europe.=
We can also search lists of second hand and antiquarian booksellers. If any=20
member wishes to contact me for a book, we need the following:=20
Author, title, publ=EDshing company, publisher and ISBN.

It would be better to have all of the above, but it is not absolutely=20
necessary. If I find the book, I'll send a notice about price and terms of=20
delivery. Then there are three ways to proceed:

1) If the publisher has a place of business in the USA, I can give the=20
customer the
information about it and he/she orders it in the USA.

2) If the publisher has his own mail order facility, I can supply their=20
E-mail-address to the customer and it can be ordered by Internet.

3) We can buy it and send it to the BB-member.

For Nr.3: The normal delivery period is between 8 to 10 days. To send it to=20
the USA takes between 3 to 6 WEEKS for normal postal delivery , air-mail is=20
much faster but also very expensive. The costs: the price of the book and th=
postal rates.

At the time we order the book, you send send a personal check, we deposit it=
after the book arrives in the USA and the customer sends a note to me that=20
it's been received. We send the books by registered mail and, if the custome=
wants, a note by other mail.

(ED. Note: I asked Hannes if he could locate a copy of Schmeller's "Das=20
Burgenland" for me. It's been out of print for some time. He located a copy=20
in an antiquarian book store, asked them to reserve it in my name and gave m=
their email address. I ordered the book and was able to use a credit card to=
pay for it. A very easy transaction.)

Michelle Ernst writes (edited): Is there a person I should be writing to=20
besides yourself? I have been to several different dictionaries and I can no=
find the word S=F6llner. What does this word mean? I also would like a recip=
for kipfels.=20
You can write to me or any of the staff. Many questions can be answered by=20
using the newsletter archives search mechanism. For instance you'll find a=20
definition for "Sollner" at newsletters 18, 24, 27A, etc. It means someone=20
with a house but no tillable land. Rather than farming (other than a house=20
garden plot) they would work for someone else or as a craftsman. One of my=20
blacksmith ancestors for instance was listed as a "s=F6llner living in a ren=
Roots Web BB newsletter archives index and threaded search facility is at:=20
With 700 readers, we can't be answering every question although if it is=20
something new, I often make an article out of my answer. I'll do that with=20
your Kipfel request. Do you like n=FCssen (nut) or marmaladen (jelly) best?=20=
the same, you just fill them differently. Then there are raised dough kipfel=
(I could eat one right now!) and non-raised dough-some use sour cream in the=
dough-some don't. Many variations.
When the BB was a small group, we used to pass mail around. Can't do this fo=
so many so one way is to make an article of the question and see if someone=20
has an answer. But how to put hundreds of questions in one newsletter? This=20
is why we now have the WGW Query Board. Here too you can ask questions.=20
I try to answer every question I receive. If it is only a comment or thank=20
you, always appreciated, I rarely reply. If you want to be sure of an answer=
put your questions by themselves as: Questions? What does "Sollner mean"? Do=
you have a kipfel recipe?

The legend is that these were first made by a Viennese baker following the=20
defeat of the Turks after the first siege of Vienna. They were formed in the=
shape of a crescent to commemorate the end of the siege. We found it was=20
easier not to form the crescent (tubes break if not done just right) althoug=
you can try it. Do not confuse kipfels with vanilla crescents which have no=20
filling, the dough containing crushed almonds. These are easy to form into=20
crescents. Here is our favorite recipe:
Cream: 1/2 lb Butter (can be half shortening), 4 Tbsp Sugar, 3 Egg Yolks-sav=
whites, Pinch Salt, Rind of 1 Lemon, 1 cup Sour Cream. Add: 4 cups Flour, 2=20
tsps. Baking Powder, 1 tsp. Baking Soda
Knead well and chill 20 minutes or longer. Make 4 balls and roll out in half=
confectioners' sugar and half flour (about 1/8 inch thick). Cut rolled dough=
into 2.5 inch wide strips. Fill center of each strip (lengthways), roll side=
together and seal, cut strips into about 3 inch lengths (size you want kipfe=
to be). Place on cookie sheet with sealed side down (ends can be open if=20
filling is not too moist, or pinched shut). A nice touch is to brush with=20
beaten egg white and sprinkle lightly with sugar before baking. Traditional=20
way is to dust with powdwered sugar before serving. (Do not store with=20
powdered sugar-it will take on moisture and pastry will get soggy). Bake 15=20
minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown.
Nut Filling:
1 lb. (more or less) English walnut meats (or almonds) ground with 2/3 cup=20
sugar (use fine grind). Add enough warm milk to make moist and hold together=
Spoon and form filling into center of dough strips using just enough to fill=
and allow bringing sides together into a tube. Some variations include addin=
rum or honey to the nut mixture instead of milk.
Marmalade Filling:
Use same dough as above but cut into 2.5 inch squares. Put 1/2 tsp stiff jam=
(apricot is nice) in center of each square. Pinch 2 opposite corners=20
together, sealing with beaten egg white. Bake in 325 degree oven. If jam is=20
too thin, it will run out into sheet and may burn. To thicken, cook jam over=
a double boiler or make a stiff filling using sugar and cooked dried=20
apricots. You can also fill with "Lekvar" (prune butter). Sprinkle with=20
powdered sugar before serving.
Store in covered tin to keep from drying out. Should be soft inside, firm=20
outside. (Newsletter continues as No. 94A)

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