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Regarding Rev Eldor Mickan and Other Things

Friday 21 September 2018 at 12:36 am

The following is an email conversation between Charles Wukasch and Dave Goeke about Eldor Mickan and other things following the announcement that Eldor Mickan had died.


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David Goeke and Theodore Schuetze

Monday 25 June 2018 at 8:35 pm

According to Dr Annett Bresan (dr. Annett Brězanec) of the Sorbian Institute in Bautzen, "Theodor Schütze was a well-known personality. If I'm properly informed, he will get in summer 2018 some tablet or monument in his birthplace.

Theodor Schütze / sorbian name: Božidar Šěca

* 15. 1. 1900 Rachlau (Czorneboh) / Rachlow pod Čornobohom    

† 16. 4. 1986 Bautzen / Budyšin teacher, scientist/biologist

Son of Karl Traugott Schütze / Korla Bohuwěr Šěca; Education as teacher in teacher training college in Bautzen;  1922 teacher in Großwelka / Wulki Wjelkow, 1925-1945 teacher in Großpostwitz / Budestecy

Nekrolog – Rozhlad 36 (1986) 6, str. 190-192


This picture by Jürgen Matschie (#79-27-39) was recorded in autumn 1979 in the park of Schmochtitz.

It was a guided excursion of the "Kulturbund der DDR" to monuments in Schmochtitz. Theodor Schütze was the district monument caretaker. On his left is Herbert Flügel and to his right is Erich Lodni (city archivist). The man with the hat to his right is unknown. The three gentlemen knew each other and have the same destinies. All attended the State Seminary in Bautzen and were trained as teachers. In 1933 they entered the NSDAP (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei - National Socialist German Workers Party or Nazi Party) as junior teachers and were no longer allowed to work as teachers after 1945. Due to their good training, they found work elsewhere. Jürgen Matschie

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Texas Wends and World War I

Saturday 27 May 2017 at 11:54 am

On this Memorial Day weekend, it causes one to wonder how the men who were sent overseas reacted to fighting against people from the Fatherland.

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From Wendish to German to English

Tuesday 06 September 2016 at 11:31 pm

This document was written by David Goeke in response to a question posed by Dr Charles Wukasch in his Blog, titled "Question on German Orthography." It is presented here because it merits its own place in Dave's blog.

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From Times Past...But Not Forgottten

Monday 29 February 2016 at 8:25 pm

Just came across this newspaper clipping from the September 10, 1981, Giddings, Texas News about the 1981 Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio. It used to be a four day affair, Thursday-Sunday. And we also had a time of worship on Sunday morning prior to the festival starting in the afternoon.

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St John Lutheran Church, Uhland, Texas

Monday 29 February 2016 at 7:39 pm

The members of St John's Lutheran Church in Uhland, Texas celebrated its 125th Anniversary. David Goeke, Deacon, and Tim Ristow captured the thoughts of two of its members in this thougthful and thought provoking interview. St John Uhland | 125

The Centennial Moment of 2006

Wednesday 27 January 2016 at 5:17 pm

At the Centennial Convention of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in 2006, David Goeke and Ron Lammert set up a mini museum of Texas Lutheran History.

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Accounts of some of Timothy Goekes's Ancestors

Tuesday 22 December 2015 at 6:50 pm

This article by Timothy Goeke first appeared in Stirpes, Texas State Genealogical Society, Volume 34, Number 1, March 1994, Frances Condra Pryor, editor, Journal/Magazine/ Newsletter, March 1994. It can be accessed digitally at the Portal to Texas History, University of North Texas. (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39868/:accessed December 10, 2015), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Genealogical Society, Tyler, Texas.

What follows is a portion of that account, slightly edited by Weldon Mersiovsky, to give you an example of fine and concise genealogical writing that would be of interest to a wide range of family and social historians. According to his father, David Goeke, Timothy did use some of his research, he also did much of his own research and he absolutely wrote the paper on his own.

Following the article is Timothy's Ahnentafel (Table of Ancestors).

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Of Beginnings and Other Stuff by Dave Goeke

Monday 16 March 2015 at 06:19 am

This article appeared in the April 2011 Newsletter of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society of Serbin, Texas. (www.texaswendish.org)

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Letter From Lusatia, 7 December 1947

Tuesday 03 February 2015 at 6:16 pm

The following letter was received from Mr. and Mrs. Johann Herzog in Copperas Cove, which was received from Germany and is, herewith, made public in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt.

It is presented here translated by David Goeke.

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David Goeke is of Wendish descent. By David Goeke

Tuesday 03 February 2015 at 6:08 pm

David Goeke is of Wendish descent. Interestingly, for a good portion of his life, he didn't know it.

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The Great Texas to Iowa to Missouri Excursion of 2010

Tuesday 03 February 2015 at 5:54 pm

A wonderful opportunity for two old Concordia University friends, David Goeke and Weldon Mersiovsky, to reconnect. Lots of potential plans made. The Lord kept us safe and blessed us with good times and new friends.

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"Schwarze Tunke" (Black Sauce)

Tuesday 03 February 2015 at 5:33 pm

Try This Authentic Wendish Recipe at Your Next Party. Source: Sorbisches Haus Gastlicher Tisch, printed by the Domowina-Verlag in Bautzen, p.12.

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Verschwundene - A Tale of Destruction

Tuesday 03 February 2015 at 5:10 pm

A shortened version of this article was printed in the January 2015 issue of the Newsletter of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society. It is printed here in it's entirety.

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Is There a Doctor In the House?

Friday 18 May 2012 at 12:44 am

It goes without saying that our Wendish and German forebearers encountered illnesses and maladies of all sorts. How did they deal with them?  Let's take a look at some of the remedies used to give relief and/or to bring about desired results for maladies, dating  from the days back in Germany, all the way into the 1940's here in Texas.  Hold on to your hats, because you may not believe that our forebearers could do such things.  In fact, you may even find some of the methodologies offensive.  But, what you are about to read contains both  documented material and oral tradition. So, as Ripley would say, "Believe It or Not."

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Friday 02 March 2012 at 10:05 pm

Every January 25th, the Wends go to the birds.  Want to know more?

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