From there we travel to Husum and ending our trip in Hamburg where we visit the famous fish market and spend some time at the Reeperbahn including an evening dinner at the Fischerhaus in St. We will be singing in several places including the Berlin Dom , a Liederabend in Potsdam , a possible concert on Sylt and a Liederabend in Hamburg. This promises to be the highlight for the singers in We hope to take part in the Saengerfest. We also thank Dr. Tom Schmitt , the longest serving Recording Secretary in the Teutonia history and also a 25 year singer in the Maennerchor.
We are truly fortunate to have singers taking an active part in the affairs of the Teutonia. The Singers will be serving their special Schnitzel Dinner on Sunday, February 22, from 1 to 6 pm. The ladies of the Damenchor, headed by Kay Schachner , are making the best Schnitzel you can get anywhere. The men will of course do their part in serving and taking care of kitchen chores. Bring the whole family and all your friends to enjoy an afternoon with good food and the ambiance of the Ratskeller.
The Bi-Annual Election on Wednesday, December 17, attracted a record number of members to cast their vote for the Board. Over came to vote and it lasted past 1 am to have all the votes counted. Thanks to the Election Committee for handling the large attendance in a timely fashion and a special appreciation for all the members who came to vote. At times the members lined up all the way to the entrance of the club. Your participation in the election proofs that our members are deeply committed to the preservation of the Teutonia Maennerchor for the future.
Our newly elected VP, Rich Hahn is an excellent Omelet cook and the rest of our kitchen staff and waitresses deserve our gratitude for their service. President Ralph Wagner opened the Membership Meeting at 2 pm and expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to serve the club since After regular club business it was time to install the newly elected Officers. This scribe was honored to administer the Oath of Office and with that the newly elected President John Erskine took charge of the meeting.
He installed 22 new members and admonished them of the opportunities the Teutonia offers its members, and especially the goal to preserve our German Heritage in Western Pennsylvania.
It was a time to welcome the new members and get to know them and also hope that they will enjoy the many avenues of service the club has to offer. We ask that they at all times support our aims in being the best German-American Club in Western Pennsylvania. He was a Life Member and a nuclear chemist for Westinghouse for 27 years. He was an avid Stamp Collector with stamps from around the world. We extend our condolences to the bereaved family. Charles H. Martin 93 passed away on January 3, He was a lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America where he received many awards and recognition.
Charlie retired from Bell Telephone after 40 years of service and he enjoyed amateur radio. Ham Radio To his large family we extend our deepest sympathy. We are looking forward to an exciting year at Teutonia and we are interested in your advice and help. You will be hearing from us for your input in what you would like to attend and enjoy at our club. Our board members have also been working on new events and to improve some of our old favorites. There are some exciting developments in the neighborhood of Deutschtown which welcomed so many of our forebears on their immigration to America.
We will be proud to be a significant landmark and a part of this resurgence. Your input will be requested soon in the format of a survey and we will also ask if you would like to be involved on a committee or with an event. We had a great evening this past Saturday and it was good to see everyone!
Thank you for supporting Teutonia and I hope everyone had a fun time. I will contact you in April to set that date. If you are interested in joining, please call our Manager, Tom Morgan. Membership requires a sponsor, initiation fee and annual dues. The members of the G. Viincent Archabbey, Latrobe.
Celebrate the start of German Week with the Alliance of Germanic Societies!
Also part of the service were the Teutonia Maenner- und. Damenchor, Schweizer Maennerchor and Bloomfield Liedertafel. The service commemorates all members of the German clubs of Greater Pittsburgh. It was again a very special recognition of our members and families who have passed and were recognized for their contributions to the German Community. Right after the service many of the attendees left for the Bloomfield Liedertafel for a wonderful dinner prepared by the Liedertafel Singers.
The Anniversary concert began at pm with the Liedertafel presenting a selection of songs. The evening was a total success and the Liedertafel singers were awarded with much appreciation by all who attended. Today the tradition is done with face and body protection but still is a difficult and precise procedure. Some of the choruses participated by singing the old student songs. It was a wonderful first such event at the Teutonia and we thank Alex Lau and Ed Graf for arranging it. Member Charles J. Gibson Jr. He is survived by his wife Rose Marie, children and ten Grandchildren.
Harry J. Heinl 79 past away November 2, He is survived by his wife Rachelle, children and grandchildren. We just received word from our Singer Rev. Mike Robinson that his father died after two strokes in Nashville. Mike lost both parents in the span of 10 months. Funeral services will be in Gastonia NC. Sunday December 21, pm. The service is conducted entirely in German Deutsch.
The service will be held in German and is always a wonderful way of celebrating Weihnachten as we remember from years past. As we are ending our Anniversary Year we can look back on a very special year. Starting in May with our We celebrated this milestone with a gourmet dinner and special cocktail hour. We also revealed the newly restored Murals in the Ratskeller, so not quite finished it is hoped that the work can be completed very soon.
With the Anniversary concert on November 15 we ended the year in song. Also our advertisers for making the Teutonia News possible. But most of all we are indebted to our Teutonia Officers who keep the club running throughout the year. The Teutonia has grown over the past years and we now are approaching close to members.
We often ask throughout the year and plead with our members to support our Building Fund. This year was no exception and much was improved because of the contributions by you the members. We have added a new compressor in the cooler, many improvements have been made in our kitchen and yet there is still more work to be done inside and on our outside properties.
In order to keep the Teutonia prospering and growing your help is needed. Please consider giving of yourself by making a donation to the Building Fund. Your dues alone will not ensure the upkeep of a Building that was erected in and now over years old and on the list of Historic sites in Pittsburgh. As we approach the end of our Anniversary year we are pleased to have celebrated this milestone with our friends in the Pittsburgh District on Saturday, November The Saengerhalle was beautifully decorated with flowers on every table donated by our singer Bill Benzer.
After Saengergruss by both Choruses, followed by the Schweizer Maennerchor Helvetia leading us in the Swiss National Anthems followed by the German National Anthem and the Star Spangled Banner we welcomed our guests and members with the Maennerchor singing several songs. Singer Peter Schurig who wrote a poem for this special Anniversary year recited it in German and the audience was able to follow it in translation in our program. The Damenchor President Alice Weinbrenner welcomed all with special remarks while the Damenchor added to the musical part of the program with several songs which earned them rousing applause by the audience.
Aus Kindern werden Leute, or children will grow into adults and hopefully the songs they learn will stay with them and maybe inspire them to join one of the choruses. Elisabeth Jaskot who joined the Damenchor in was to be honored for 25 years of singing, but had a short stay in the hospital and was unable to attend. Wir wuenschen Ihr schnelle Genesung. The award will be presented at a later date.
Both have been most loyal members of the chorus for 62 and 65 years. They both held office not only in the chorus but also in the Teutonia. She tells us that she is most proud of having been the driving force in fund raising to acquiring the Damenchor Flag during her tenure in Herb and Alice married in and celebrated their Wedding reception at the Teutonia and so it was a very special 60 th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends to celebrate again at the Teutonia.
For their dedication to Family and the Teutonia we are most proud and wish them good health and years of happiness in the coming years. A wonderful addition to the special Anniversary concert. After the concert the Peter Karsti Trio entertained for listening and dancing. We lost a member of the Greatest Generation today. A depression-era child, he later would recall some tough times during those years, living in small quarters. He shared a bed with his older brother and had boarders in upstairs rooms. At Christmas, he received an orange in his stocking. Times may have been tough, but he also remembered his loving mother bringing joy and music to the household.
In his teens, Ed had to quit school and work to help support his family. Showing an aptitude for electronics, he ran communication lines to the front lines between command posts. A musician, he was also the bugler for his battalion. The war was rough. He had to sleep in the ground on the hillside for many months. On his few times of war leave, interested in photography, he had a camera and would take photos in Italy. Because he could not send film home to be developed, he figured out how to develop it in the back of an army van and still has the photos to this day. Returning to Pittsburgh, Ed found work at Braunlich-Roessle in motor repair.
He met and married a daughter of Austrian immigrants , Ann Boelky. Together they scrimped and saved and built a family together. They had three children, Suzie, Eddie, and Jeffrey, and bought a house in the suburbs. Ed worked hard and provided for his family. Ed provided a stable home and modeled the value of working hard and getting a good education.
He sent all three of his children to college. He and his wife were able to visit the Old Country and reconnect with relatives there. Ed lost his dear wife Ann in In retirement, Ed remained active. He was always fixing things. He could fix or make anything. He could fix electrical, plumbing, housing, and automotive problems. He could make stained glass and furniture. He even made the tools he needed to use!
If Ed made it or fixed it, you knew it would last and work. In the summer of his 90 th birthday, he was still playing 9 holes occasionally. But more than anything, Ed loved music. He had a following! People loved to hear Ed play. He loved to dance too. He often danced at the Austrian Ball or German and Slovenian picnics with his dear friend, Dolores Rak, who was a very sweet companion to him in his later years. He loved them all dearly and would talk about them to his friends. Everyone was happy to celebrate him and his 90 years of life in July.
Ed was an amazing person. We lost our Dad and Grandpap and he will be greatly missed. With the end of October we also end our Annual Oktoberfeste in the Teutonia. These celebrations starting the last Saturday in September and every Saturday following in October were again a boost to our Annual Budget. We had a good attendance at our special Oktoberfest Buffets and our Kitchen Staff did an enormous job feeding all our revelers. The support by our members throughout the year is very important as we always try to schedule the most authentic events at the Teutonia, and your suggestions are always welcome.
The Teutonia Maennerchor will nominate prospective members to the Board of Directors on Sunday, December 7, at 1 pm. To be nominated for office the member has to be in good standing and have attended at least 3 meetings in the past year. The Constitution and By-Laws of the Teutonia Maennerchor have no provision to allow the presentation of a slate of Officers by a nominating committee and all nominations have to be made from the floor.
For this reason we urge our members to make every effort to attend this very important meeting. Exercise your right and your privilege to nominate your choice of candidates who will be able to provide a capable leadership for the continued progress and growth of our Club. Dinner will be served from 2 to 6 pm. If you have enjoyed this traditional dinner in the past you will want to make sure to be back again as it is only served in the Teutonia.
In case this is the first time you will partake you certainly will be pleasantly surprised and come back time and again during fall and winter. The Schlachtschuessel is celebrated in rural areas of Germany to this day, and harks back to a time when families had brought in the annual harvest, filled the wine and cider barrels. When the pigs were fat, farm folks and small town residents butchered them to have plenty of meat for the winter. It was always a special day when the first morsels of pork and Wurst were served and neighbors would stop in for a taste of Pork and Sausages as well as the first helping of Sauerkraut.
Ed was active in the Teutonia to the very end and attended his last Oktoberfest just a few weeks ago. The singers bade Ed farewell and eulogized him for his loyal support to the Teutonia and especially to the chorus. He was known for years for his musical talents, playing his accordion on many occasions and many attendants will always remember Ed for entertaining on the Friday Lunches. Ed was a member of the chorus for over 25 years and also served the Teutonia as handyman, whatever was broken Ed would fix it. Being an electrician by trade he solved many electrical problems in the club.
He also built the stage raisers for the chorus and was always there when needed. He was married for 39 years to his wife Ann who died in The Singers are invited to take part in the Gedenkgottesdienst at the Holy Ghost Church in Millvale at 4 pm and followed by the Anniversary of the Bloomfield Liedertafel on Saturday, November 8.
The Bloomfield Singers will provide Dinner and the concert will begin at The Singers are getting ready for the Anniversary Concert on Saturday, November The popular Peter Karsti Band will round out the evening for dancing and just enjoying their special brand of music. The Teutonia Maennerchor has a most proud history and we are celebrating this Anniversary to commemorate our proud history. The Teutonia is the oldest singing society and still keeps their commitment to the original charter of preserving the German love of singing, culture and traditions.
The following decades, as Pittsburgh expanded and developed into a large metropolis, many new singing societies sprang up and at one time some 70 different German speaking organizations were active in the Greater Pittsburgh area and Allegheny County. The Maennerchor is still after years a vibrant chorus with over 60 singers in the Maennerchor and the Ladies chorus which was founded in boasts 40 plus singers.
We are looking forward to have our members join us for this Annual Free Concert. To make seating reservations please call Alice Weinbrenner at For Dinner Reservation please call the club at We would like to stress the importance of making reservations for lunches and special events in our Ratskeller as soon as practical. We have been experiencing a large number of guests without reservations which makes it very difficult to plan for and properly accommodate. The only exceptions to this are the Oktoberfest Buffets and the Schlachtfeste.
These events require no prior reservations as they are first-come first-serve. We are striving to serve you better and reservations will help us control costs as well as make your experience much more pleasant. We sincerely appreciate your help! Due to constantly rising costs, we will be increasing some of our pricing over the next two months. We will strive to make these increases as modest as possible. This increase will affect food costs as well as alcohol. We thank you for your understanding. These fraternities were active in the German Universities and elsewhere in Europe, for several centuries, up until this day.
At this event, we will recreate the atmosphere of old Heidelberg and the Mensur fraternities. With a presentation and demonstration duel, presented by the first and only fencing guild in the U. Mik Ludwig. Member Dr. Donald Warde was hospitalized and is recuperating at home. Tom Schmidt , our Recording Secretary, had a little scare and had to make a visit to the hospital, he is back with us and did not miss a meeting. Our Sergeant- at- Arms, Robert Gerthoffer , is celebrating his Our work with the children in the last couple of years has been very successful. We are now at a period when we need new members to continue our success story.
Fewer families send their young children to our organization due to scheduling conflicts with other activities. Singing is a great activity that benefits the children on multiple levels. It is great for the body, the mind, for social and language skills. Please pass on this information if you know of any families with kids in that age that might be interested in singing. We work on German repertoire with our German conductors and coaches. Knowledge in German is not required to become a member.
We are happy to teach the kids the language as well as singing skills. Sincerely, Brigitte F. The Singers are busy getting ready learning new songs and brushing up on old favorites. We are pleased to have some of our singers returning to the chorus after a short absence due to work scheduling or health reasons.
This will be a fundraising effort for the choruses. Our director, Ed Helgerman, who has been our leader for over 20 years is working hard to get us ready for our own Anniversary Concert. The singers are also entertaining guests for a luncheon at the Teutonia on December 3 and 9. We will be visiting Berlin, enjoying a boat tour and sing at the Berlin Dom. Further visits include Potsdam, the Spreewald area and the Holsteinische Schweiz.
We will tour the Island of Sylt with stops in Bremerhaven and ending our journey in Hamburg from where we will return home. Much planning needs to be done before we can embark on our concert tour. At present we are looking forward to our We have invited our local choruses and also hope to have an out of town special guest choir celebrate with us. We are again in the Fall Season and celebrating Oktoberfeste. The Ticket Sales in August were very successful and all Saturday Oktoberfest celebrations are sold out. Anyone still wanting to come to the Oktoberfest should call the club to find out if tickets are again available.
You also just can come on a Saturday for dinner and enjoy the atmosphere of our Ratskeller and celebrate Oktoberfest with your friends. In any case it is always great to meet and celebrate with your fellow Teutonians. Tom Morgan, our Club Manager, reports that August and September were busy months and things are looking good for the club in the month to come.
The Kitchen Staff has been preparing for the Oktoberfest season as well as the many special events being held at the club. We also have a new head cook in the kitchen, J. JR comes well qualified as he is a graduate of the Culinary Institute and has worked in several fine Restaurants before coming to Teutonia. Starting in September the club has been open on Sundays. If you are a Steeler Fan you might want to watch the game on our big screen, or come to the club after the game to enjoy a beer and sandwich. Rich Hahn has volunteered to serve as bartender with donating his tips to the Building Fund.
Speaking of volunteering, anytime you can give some assistance to the club call or speak to our Manager Tom, he might just have some special job for you. If you are a computer expert we can use your skills for our website. We also welcome Paul as one of the new members installed in September. Herzlich Willkommen. The Teutonia and its staff are looking forward to serve our members and guests. It is important that we constantly search for ways to keep our Teutonia in the black.
While the dinner was served and between short breaks Ed with the assistance of his grandson Max, told the story of Graf Zeppelin on the big screen and the development of lighter than air flight. The dinner was especially deliciously prepared by our kitchen staff and headed by Manager Tom Morgan. Lamm Braten and Kalbskotelett, or Heilbuttschnitte was served by the Singing Waiters and they even serenaded the guests on the Hindenburg with a few songs.
The Ratskeller was the perfect setting and all enjoyed this special event. A special thanks to Alexander Lau , who created the concept behind the event and help plan the night. The parade started at Allegheny commons and ended at the Teutonia with a stop on East Ohio Street where the Alpen Schuhplattler performed a plattler. The parade was well attended with many Antique Cars as well as some fine German cars and even a float and Boy Scout Troop along with the Teutonia Maenner und Damenchor marching proudly along the parade route.
Arriving at the Teutonia the Choirs rendered a few songs which were enthusiastically applauded by the audience. John Erskine welcomed everyone and introduced our special guests. The Rev. James J. He has contributed in so many ways to numerous events and through his efforts all have been most successful. Again celebrating the Anniversary of the Alpen Schuhplattler he personally made all the decoration for the Festabend as well as the Mass which was celebrated in the Saengerhalle.
There are so many more credits to his generosity to mention here, but he is truly deserving the honor of being named German-American for Peter Safar was the very special honoree for his year. Safar has been honored world-wide for improvements in medical practice and advances in medical science. Safar was chairman of the Anesthesiology Department, where he held the title of Distinguished Professor. Accepting his Honorary Award was Dr. We recently received two pictures from the past. Mary Weise of Bridgeville sent a picture taken in at the 50 th Anniversary of the Teutonia. The Photo was taken by the T.
Sonnenberg, Photographer at Cedar Ave. The picture in our Entrance Hall must have been the final picture and the one which we received was then used for a family portrait on the other side. This original photograph was therefore behind the family portrait and only came to light after the photo was removed from its frame. The game was played at Conneaut Lake Park on May 31, This picture was prominently displayed for years in the Ratskeller and was removed during clean up years ago.
There are two men in the picture that we still can identify, one being a young John Krampf, uncle of Alice Krampf Weinbrenner, and the other is the Grandfather of Susan Franz in the background of the large group of people attending the game. We also received a donation of old books written in German and dating back over a years from the collection of Henry Weber and some from the George Lindner family, both members of the Teutonia.
The Teutonia is grateful for the donation of the books to our archives and thank Ms. Janet Lindner and Ms. Gerralyn Catanese for donating them. If you have documents or photos from the past we certainly would be happy if you can provide them for safe keeping and to remind future generations of our past history.
The caption read that the restoration project was done under the administration of the late Bill Franz. We should have reported that it was accomplished during the presidency of Howard Pfeifer with Bill Franz serving as Vice President. We always want to report historical facts correctly and apologize for our error. We do appreciate your continued support to keep the Teutonia the jewel of old Deutschtown and home of our German-American community.
We had a call from Mrs. Joan Lally that her husband of 56 years, James F. Lally , and member of the Teutonia passed away on April 14, Jimmy, as he was known, had a distinguished career in the Building Trades and for a time served on Pittsburgh City council. Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter Michelle and many godchildren. He is survived by his wife Trudy Schmiedecke and daughter Natalie Kosydar, and extended family.
Dorothy Suchma died August 24, Dorothea was a long time member of the Isartaler Schuhplattler and also sang with the Damenchor for many years. Robert Miller , died April 12, This is all the information we have at this time. To all the families we extend our deepest condolences. May they rest in peace. If you have not been able to get tickets to our Oktoberfeste starting Saturday, September 27 and following every Saturday through Oktober you have an opportunity to attend this very special authentic Oktoberfest.
Today there are 38 active members and their repertoire consists of marches, polkas and waltzes, modern pieces and dance music. In they performed in St. Paul, Deadwood, SD. The Teutonia is looking forward to their performance on Tuesday, October 7 in our Saengerhalle. Dinner is being served from 5 to 8 pm. We are hoping for a sold-out evening. Please make your dinner reservations on line or by calling the club.
For those still hoping to get a few Tickets for the Saturday Oktoberfeste please call and ask if any Tickets are available. Of course the Ratskeller is always a place where friends can enjoy an evening if the Saengerhalle Tickets are not available. Please contact Willi Banzhaf if you can take a couple. Contact : wbanzhaf verizon. They will be arriving on Monday, October 6 around 5 pm at the Teutonia and will be with us two nights leaving again on Wednesday morning.
Dinner will be served for them at the Teutonia on Tuesday. See poster below. Schedule of Events. The autos will be on the park side of the length of Union Avenue. The autos and loving owners will allow their prize possessions to be viewed as they wait for the beginning of the annual German parade through Deutschtown. It is free and open to the public. The Parade — 11AM to The parade will include the antique autos and dignitaries including the Presidents of the various German, Austrian and Swiss organizations, German Folk Dance groups and Singing Societies. Our own Council member Darlene Harris, will celebrate her German heritage.
Mayor Peduto and others are invited. Many groups will provide a short performance. Luncheon at Teutonia Mannerchor, Phineas Street — a luncheon and celebration from 12 to will include the recognition of a living person of German speaking heritage, who is James Falcioni and a Historic citizen of that heritage, who is the late Dr. Peter Safar. For information call John Erskine jerskine3 verizon. Here is an opportunity to learn a few of the dances most Teutonia Members enjoy.
Young and old are welcome to either learn for the first time or have a refresher course. This should be lots of fun and who knows you might win the next dance contest. Lessons by Bill and Jackie Dorfner will be on the following Thursday nights upstairs in the Teutonia Saengerhalle from p.
With the summer months almost over we look back on some exceptional events during August. Besides the Schuhplattler performing some of their favorite Plattlers and Laendlers Alex Meixner played some spirited Volksmusik and had the dance floor busy throughout the evening. Of course the stop at the Hofbrauhaus was great for a small lunch and refreshment. Returning to the Teutonia at around and a well-deserved dinner of Wurst and Schnitzel. Everyone agreed that it was another successful event and for sure will be repeated next year.
Alexander Lau and this writer planned the bike ride and Joanne and Tom Gruber and their son Brian as well as Nancy Ott and Jim Viel lead the Radler through the city and everyone returned safely to the Teutonia without any accidents. Saturday, August 23, another first at the club was the Hindenburg Air Ship Dinner which at this writing is still to come and we will report on the event in our next T-News. Special Entertainment will round out the evening. The club will be closed for the Labor Day weekend. We hope everyone will be able to have a last picnic or outing before we get ready for our fall season with the Annual Recognition Parade and Luncheon on Saturday, September Tickets for the Luncheon can be purchased at the club.
The parade will start at am and lunch will be served at noon. Howard Elbert comes to us with a background in Accounting and Finance. Welcome Howard and Thank you for taking on this important Job. Bill Benzer who held this position for many years and at present serves as a Trustee has done an exceptional service for the Teutonia. We thank him for the years of commitment, not only as Financial Secretary, but also for being a dedicated and committed member. We are certain that Bill will continue supporting the Teutonia in many ways.
Lawrence R. Werner 80 passed away June 2, at his home in Franklin Park. He had a distinguished career with United Press and several large corporations. We extend our condolences to his family. When their navy attacked Fort McHenry and 8, troops were carried in ships to land at North Point, the British officers were planning to eat their dinners in Baltimore that fatal day. The Penn brewery beer expert will explain the beer and why it works with the particular wing sauce. Of course full bottles of the Penn beers are available for purchase, along with our regular beer and spirits selections.
Remember this date and join us for an evening of fun, good beer and wings. This is also an opportunity to bring a friend and show off our very historic and unique club. Reservations a must! Fills fast and limited to the first people…! There will be lots of things happening in August, starting with the Teutonia Radler Bike tour on August 16th, from the Teutonia to the Hofbrauhaus for lunch and sights along the Three Rivers. After Radling through Pittsburgh we will return to the Teutonia for Buffet Dinner and to relax for some genuine Teutonia Gemuetlichkeit.
Tickets can be purchased at the club in advance or on the day of the event. Can you believe it we are already half way through the year, after a cold and rainy spring we are now planning our Summer Vacations. Our Annual Teutonia Picnic a highlight of the summer has always drawn some members to the Croatian Center. We had a perfect day of good beer from the beer wagon as well as soft drinks and delicious food prepared by singer Volunteers.
It is always appreciated when members volunteer their time when needed. But with Hank Haller and his Orchestra the Pavilion was filled with dancers all day. The Kinder had their fun with playing games and a scavenger hunt, many of our members also made sure that they enjoyed the fun and games.
We recognize all the volunteers who year after year give their time and talents to make the picnic a very special day for everyone. Jubilaeum will certainly be remembered as the highlight of The members and guests were dressed in their finest. The Maenner- und Damenchor dressed especially for the occasion in black Tuxedo and the Damenchor in black skirt and white blouse. It gave the celebration of our founding in that very special ambiance. The festivities started by special invitation to a cocktail hour in the Ratskeller where Conservator Chantel Bernicky explained by video on the big screen the progress on the Mural Restoration and the delicate work that was performed to bring the Murals back to their original bright colors.
A process that took tedious work and is almost finished at this time. The special invited guests were impressed with what has been accomplished in preserving the Ratskeller Murals and it certainly will be part of the ongoing Restoration Fund of our historic building in the heart of Deutschtown. The celebration continued in our beautiful decorated Saengerhalle with a cocktail hour attended by many members who have been part of the Teutonia for many years.
Over members and friends came to celebrate Teutonia for the years of continued celebration of our heritage. President Wagner welcomed everyone and including our special guests for honoring us with their presence. Our kitchen staff and waitresses, headed by our Manager Tom Morgan, had outdone themselves by preparing and serving a first class dinner. In our memory it must have been a first for the Teutonia, remembering that our kitchen is not totally equipped to serve such a fine dinner.
The Damenchor opened the musical part of the evening with songs of the season and Damenchor Presidentin Alice Weinbrenner followed with special Remarks. This program was very befitting and rewarded the singers with much applause. Soon after dinner and the musical program acting as MC, I introduced our special guests of the evening. Council woman Darlene Harris honored us by reading a special Proclamation by Pittsburgh.
Ed Graf introduced Darlene Harris and welcomed her to the Teutonia. During his tenure the Teutonia Hall was named a Historical Landmark, many renovations were completed during the 14 years he served including acquiring property around the club and completing our Parking lot. Cor also headed our th Anniversary celebration in and the club almost doubled the membership during this period.
Together with his late wife Christel and her welcoming and warm demeanor they had an enormous impact on the Teutonia. Together with the Proclamation Cor received a plate of the Pittsburgh Skyline as a memento of the Overby is new to Pittsburgh, but speaks fluent German, French plus Arabic. Overby held many positions in well-known Corporations. In his remarks he congratulated the Maennerchor for years of preserving the Heritage of German Speaking peoples.
He especially recognized the poem by Singer Peter Schurig, which he wrote in German and was printed on the back of the Program. Paul Overby also became a member of the Teutonia, we welcome him and hope he will visit with us often. Gary lauded the long history of Teutonia and also presented a plaque for the Maennerchor to Ralph Wagner together with a special Photo from the Saengerfest in Milwaukee. We were indeed very much honored by having these distinguished guests for this very special celebration.
To round out the evening the popular Bill Dorfner Family gave everyone a chance to dance the night away or just sit back and enjoy the music while also having a chance to meet many of our guests and members of years gone by. The program will certainly be remembered as one of the finest in recent history. May we continue in our mission to have Teutonia be the leading Ethnic Club in south western Pennsylvania.
Over the years, keycards have been lost, broken or worn out and have been replaced and sometimes the new numbers were not input into the system. The Liquor Control Board requires that we keep control of our access and have a way of keeping non-members from using our Club without a current member present. Nor should you be embarrassed. They will write your name and card number down and get it to me.
If you are a paid-up member, I will then update the system and turn your card back on. Please be patient with this process. It is necessary and will take time, but the Club will be better off for the effort. As Treasurer of the Teutonia, one of my most important duties is to collect the annual dues. Dues are what keeps our prices down , and keeps the Club operating. So, I am about to send out a second notice to those for whom I show no record of payment. If you use the Lockbox envelope, also enclosed I get a copy of your check and the postcard which I keep for my records. Coming in in second place was Harry Imhof , with a score of points.
We had one new player, Bob Stokes , joining us on that date and we hope to have a lot more joining us between now and the beginning of a new season in August. We will have a report in the next T-News.enter
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The men also will elect a new slate of officers on Wednesday, May We received a note from Elmer Menhart who has been President of the Pittsburgh District that he will step back from the office as of May 18th. Elmer has been battling some health problems and feels he can no longer serve. Having been a long-time friend of Elmer and his late wife Anneliese and having introduced him to the former East Pittsburgh Saengerbund, we are truly grateful knowing Elmer and still enjoying our years of friendship.
He deserves our gratitude and admiration for so many years of serving the Pittsburgh German Community and especially his accomplishments as NASA President. We wish him the best and hope he will be with us for years to come. Wir wuenschen ihm einen gesegneten Lebensabend. We also will be taking part in the As in past years the Alpen Schuhplattler will join us for an afternoon of fun, good food and refreshments. Please bring your favorite covered dish. We will resume weekly rehearsal after Labor Day, Wednesday, September 3, to prepare for the two day Jubilaeum Concert celebration on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, Lots to plan and organize to end the Anniversary Year in style.
Wishing everyone a wonderful summer, this writer will spend a couple weeks in Germany and Austria, but we will see everyone at the Teutonia Picnic. See event listing. Our local German singing societies will also perform the songs of our ancestors. Your favorite Beer, Schnapps and other beverages are available for purchase during the performance. In the Teutonia Saengerhalle, dinner will be available from PM. Schweizer Maennerchor Helvetia the Swiss Singers will be celebrating their th anniversary with a dinner and concert at Teutonia on Saturday, June 7.
The Concert is at and is free and open to members of the Swiss-American Society of Pittsburgh and guests. We will be joined by our other local German singing societies, who will also perform. The singers have however, remained active singing at many events in the Pittsburgh area. They now meet at Chestnut St on the North Side. Every three years the Alliance host a Song Festival Saengerfest in one of the members city, where choruses compete against one another in various categories.
The Pittsburgh club was a founding member of the Alliance in and has competed in most of the Saengerfests winning many first and second prizes. Pittsburgh hosted festivals in , ,and Last year we went to Kitchener Canada where we won a silver medal. We perform locally at many events and can be engaged by calling:. We also have traditional dinners being served by our kitchen. He enjoyed playing his Bass Fiddle and together with Eberhard joined us on trips to Germany where they entertained on many after-concert events. Hans enjoyed traveling and visiting every State in the Union.
Hans worked in Wiesbaden , Germany as a civilian employee where he met his late wife Inez. He is survived by 6 children, 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Clowns and a treasure hunt for the children. There were a few sing along and many Ein Prosits! It was delicious!!! There were approximately 50 steins entered in the stein contest and almost everyone was drinking bier out of steins!!! There were 4 prizes given out for different categories of largest, smallest, humorous, and historical.
In particular was one very small stein at about 1 inch tall, owned by Rhett Cherkin that was of great interest. All 4 winners won a stein and a t-shirt. A special thanks to Member Bill Boss for supplying the steins as a prize! The St. Pauli girl bier carrying contest was a tie with 7 women carrying 8 — one liter steins.
There was one attempt at 10 steins resulting in a major spill, but that is all part of the fun!!! All 7 girls received t-shirts as prizes thanks to Southern Wine and Spirits. We will be hosting this event again in spring of and hope to see lots of familiar faces again! We had some very special events in late April and May, starting with the Alpen Schuhplattler und Trachtenverein Stiftungsfest on April 26 and The evening was beautifully arranged by 1. Vorstand, Lisa Kreutzer Curcio, 1. It was planned and executed to perfection.
Lisa welcomed all to the Stiftungsfest and her brother, Gerhard Kreutzer, gave the opening prayer in both German and English. Dinner was served on time and the wait staff did a great service in feeding the hungry and thirsty. The dancers presented a program of dances from the past and a few new creations, choreographed by Renee. Much work went into planning the entire weekend event and all can be proud of their accomplishment.
Our Patenverein Bavaria Cleveland delighted the audience with songs and dances. Vorstand of Bavaria and 2. Gauvorstand Tom Vogt. Ken presented a gift and in return received a Commemorative Stein. For the Schuhplattler the evening was a complete success and we hope that the Verein will have a bright future. The mass was celebrated in German by Fr. Warren Murrman of St. He honored the Verein already at our Fahnenweihe in and we were pleased to have him celebrate mass with us. Adam is the grandson of Founding members Martin and Ursela Gerhard.
Much credit for this beautiful Mass must be given to our Ehrenmitglied and special friend, Jim Falcioni who spent many hours and his own funds to decorate the Saengerhalle to resemble a mass in Bavaria. Jim also donated the Spanferkel Pig roast for the brunch after the service. All the former and present Alpen Schuhplattler, too many to mention here, deserve our admiration for honoring their commitment to our heritage in such a beautiful way.
This is a special Immigrant story and we are proud of Kay for her endurance and positive outlook on Life, always with a smile, she is truly a survivor. The Life Member Dinner on May fourth was a little disappointing.
It is surprising that this Free Dinner for the new Life Members is not better attended. Hours are mostly mid-day am — pm and some weekend evenings. If you enjoy cooking or meeting people, please consider joining our staff as we watch the club grow! Please contact the manager at or manager pghmannerchor.
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We have received notices from several of our major suppliers alerting us to substantial increases; many have come in the past months and a few are due this summer. We appreciate your understanding in this matter and we will strive to keep our increases as modest as possible. Due to popularity, it has been necessary to close reservations for several events in the recent past which has disappointed some members.
Thank you! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped in making the Club beautiful for the summer. The flower planting and general clean up around the club took place on Friday, May 9. Those getting their hands in the dirt were:. Following the German way, shooting is done with a. As a special bonus, June 28 is also Radish Night! The Soviets had swept into her village in Yugoslavia the month before, riding ponies, and the Red Army began exacting revenge on the ethnic Germans living in what is now Serbia.
Joseph, he said, would return in a few hours. It was a lie. He was a kind man who loved his family. As sick as he was [with tuberculosis], he probably knew he would never see us again and wanted one last farewell wave. The family later learned the Soviets shot him after he collapsed while working on a bridge project in the mountains. He was This searing memory is one of many Kay Schachner carries with her from a childhood marked by hardship in the aftermath of World War II.
Hers is a Pittsburgh immigrant story like many others. But hers is also different because it illustrates the suffering of ordinary Germans after the collapse of the Third Reich. After an odyssey in which she lost her father and her grandparents, escaped from concentration camps and hiked to safety in Austria, she came to America in with her mother and brother, married, raised a family and built a life in Pittsburgh.
She told the story in pieces but finally decided to write it down. Darlene Lucas, a friend at the Teutonia Mannerchor on the North Side where Kay has been singing since she was 18, wrote the page memoir over the past two years from a series of recorded interviews. Lucas, 68, of Scott. She said the story resonates in this region because so many people here share German heritage. Born in , Kay grew up in the village of Tschestelek with her parents and brother, Matt.
Her father was a cabinet-maker and the family raised livestock and chickens, supplementing their food supply with fruits and vegetables from a garden and grains from family fields. She also met her husband, who came from the same village, here. They eventually returned to Yugoslavia and married.
Her favorite memories are snuggling with her parents on winter nights and playing with her prized baby doll. Then, in October , the Soviets arrived. Many local Yugoslavs capitalized on the change in fortune. Some Germans killed themselves rather than face rape or torture. The following month, Sepp was taken away. The Soviets also shipped her grandfather, Opa Pape, to a work camp.
She later learned he and others were lined up and shot. Some were still alive when the Soviets dumped acid on the bodies to dissolve them. In December, soldiers herded the women into the town square. Those 18 to 29 were shipped to Siberian mines. When the local priest objected, the Soviets shot him.
The Soviets again rounded up the remaining women and children. This time the Jost home was turned over to Bosnians. Kay, Matt and Oma Pape were jammed into a wagon to be taken to Romania, while her mother was ordered to stay behind and cook. After three days of wandering in Romania, Kay and her family were sent back to Tschestelek while the Soviets prepared the town of Rudolfsknad, 75 miles away, as a prison camp.
Some 23, refugees ended up in Rudolfsgnad, crammed into houses 20 to a room. Oma got sick within weeks, probably because she was giving some of her rations to the children. One night in February, lying between Kay and Matt, she died. She was Oma was among some 13, Germans who died in the camp and were buried there in mass graves dug by Germans. No mention that those men, women and children had left a footprint on this earth.
Eventually, taking advantage of the lackadaisical guards and disorganization in the camp, she just stayed. They endured the camp until the spring of , when Anna decided it was time to escape. They waited for dark one night and then bolted, crawling under the camp fence. But it was a sadistic game. Instead, they were forced to walk back to the camp, where the Soviets confined them in a pit with no food, light or blankets. After several days there, they returned to their normal quarters. Anna began planning a second escape. One summer night, they again crawled under the fence and walked from dusk until dawn, slipping among the corn rows.
Kay held onto her baby doll, as always. During the day, they stayed out of sight in the woods or in haylofts. Then, along the Romanian border, Romanian soldiers caught them. A guard escorted them back to the Yugoslav border. For a month, the trio trudged through Romania toward Budapest, walking by night, hiding by day and eating what they could find in the fields. Sometimes, people gave them food, risking their own freedom. Eventually they reached Budapest, where they hid in a hayloft.
Anna spoke with some local women who told her that the camp in Budapest was bad and that she should go to Vienna. Anna said no. They started off, Kay again clutching her baby doll, and followed the Danube River to Austria. They finally arrived in a refugee zone in the French sector of Vienna. They set up in a schoolhouse, 20 to a classroom, with bunk beds.
They had ration cards and waited in line to cook on a hot plate. Kay remembers eating a lot of horse ghoulash and fish stew. While Matt took to begging, their mother got a job in a hat factory and bought new shoes for the children. Kay and Matt started school; the family attended church for the first time in years.
They soon sent packages from America. As the trio prepared to leave for America, refugees were still arriving at the schoolhouse. Among them was a little girl who had nothing. Kay gave the girl her battered baby doll. The family boarded a ship in France, endured seasickness and arrived at Ellis Island, where the Red Cross put them on a train to Pittsburgh. He owned a beauty shop and gave her a perm. Her mother and Matt got makeovers, too, and new clothes. The children lived for a while near Conneaut Lake while their mother worked in a meat-packing plant, and the family settled on the North Side in She also met Konrad Schachner, a bricklayer who came to America from Bavaria in He was six years older, but the two began dating.
They got engaged and Konrad began building a house. He and Kay married in in a double ceremony with Matt and his first wife, Esther. One, Ricky, died in at 32; the others, all with families of their own, are still in the area. Konrad died in Kay still reveres her for her gumption after the war. History has not forgotten the Danube Swabians. There are memorials in Cleveland, Cincinnati and other U. Kay has traveled to Germany many times with her family and with the German club, but she has never returned to her hometown.
The memories of those hard times are difficult. She remains fiercely proud of her family and her heritage. Bob Miller , died in April. He was a big supporter of the Teutonia and made many special contributions to the Teutonia. Bob was one of the long time Lunch attendees and always kept a friendly disposition overcoming a handicap which made his visits to the club difficult, but he tried hard to meet his many friends at the club. Bob was born in Pittsburgh of Schwaebische Parents and would always greet this writer with a few words in the swabian dialect.
We will miss him and keep him in our memories. Henry K. Sobczak , 88, of Coraopolis passed away March 27, at home with his family at his side. We extend our condolences to the bereaved families. At the membership Meeting on Thursday, April 17, 23 new members were inducted. This was the largest group of new members in recent history.
President Ralph Wagner informed the new members of the aims of the society and to follow the rules of the society as stated in the By-Laws and also to support the Teutonia in every possible way. The President then pronounced them as regular members of the Teutonia. We certainly are happy that we now finally are enjoying some more seasonable temperatures. He sang a few Jodlers which was much appreciated by all in attendance. The evening was lots of fun and enjoyed by all who attended. Both events were in the Ratskeller and attracted a limited amount of members.
The Verein was founded in and they have been part of the Teutonia Family since We will have a report in the June issue of the T-News. We are hoping that by now you have decided on helping the Teutonia celebrate years since its founding in The celebration of our Teutonia Maennerchor is an opportunity to look back at our long history and show our pride in our German Heritage when we commemorate this special Anniversary on Saturday, May 17, This will be a milestone event and we are pleased to have some very special guests.
The Teutonia Choruses will present a short concert and the evening promises to be a very special event adding to the long history of the Teutonia. It is still time to make reservations, but please do not delay, since this special celebration of years will only have reserved seating. If you are unable to attend please send a generous donation to the Teutonia Building and Mural restoration fund.
Meet with our special guests and have our artist Chantal Bernicky explain her work and restoration efforts of our Teutonia Murals. The Teutonia Maennerchor with its year history has been home to many immigrants over the past years, this writer included. The Teutonia is indebted to those pioneers for the dedication of preserving a heritage they held dearly. In my 50 years as a member I have known many of the pioneers of the Teutonia.
These men were dedicated Teutonians, beginning with Henry Robel, who served the club as President for 23 years. Paul Wiegand served for ten years as President and Jakob Wuerstlein who was appointed club steward in served the club for 43 years. One of the most respected and devoted man was our former editor of the Teutonia News, Fred Hornberger. Fred researched the history of the Teutonia in old German Newspapers finding surviving minutes of the club, which were handwritten in the old German script and records in the Carnegie Library.
Much of this research is the result of what we know today about the history of the Teutonia. Fred edited the Teutonia News for 35 years after he took over from the first editor Frank Riedel who started the Teutonia News as a very small two page Newsletter in Since her passing in it has been the present editor to continue this work. It is impossible to mention the many officers, singers, and regular members who have contributed to the development and growth of the Teutonia Maennerchor through the years.
Many of them have unselfishly given their time and expanded their efforts to make the Teutonia what it is today. To this list of dedicated members we certainly would add past President Cornelius Van Maurik who has led the club for 15 years. We will be forever grateful for their dedication and hope that the Teutonia will be a home for Americans with a love and appreciation of German culture and song to continue for generations to come.
The singers are finally on a regular schedule for rehearsals and are looking forward to the We have been working diligently on a special program for the Anniversary on Saturday, May 17 when we celebrate the founding of the Teutonia Maennerchor in We also received an invitation from the Schweizer Maennerchor celebrating their Anniversary on Saturday, June 7, in the Teutonia Saengerhalle.
The Singers will hold their Annual Election of Officers on Wednesday, May 21 to elect the officers for the — 15 season. Plans are under way for another German Tour in This will be the 5. A detailed travel schedule will be available shortly. The singers will be traveling in a 75 passenger double decker bus.
The Teutonia summer picnic will be on Saturday, June 14, and we will open the picnic with a few songs and then the singers will be in charge of the kitchen. We hope for a great day to enjoy with members and friends as well as good food and the popular Beer Wagon. Please make reservations and bring mom to the club for a delicious dinner. It is a way to thank our moms and grandmothers for always being there for us, giving their love and encouragement throughout the year.
Mothers are the most important people in our life, honor her by taking her away from the daily chores and have a great day at the club. Dinner music will be provided by our very talented and always ready for a song, Ed Prem. If you want to introduce your friends to this popular event this should be a great evening to let them experience our Teutonia Gemuetlichkeit.
You will not want to miss this evening of fun, good friends and Gemuetlichkeit as you only can experience in the Teutonia. We will be singing some of the old Wirtshaus Lieder accompanied by our German speaking musician Bill Dorfner. Many of you have observed the conservation work on our priceless murals in the Ratskeller. She will discuss the historic importance of the murals and her work on them. We only had around Revelers come out to celebrate the last big event before Lent. The enthusiasm of the masqueraders was exhilarating with many dressed in costumes, from the fifties punk rockers to witches, nuns and soldiers as well as groups depicting the Wizard of Oz and Toy Story.
Add to that the music of our always popular Peter Karsti Band and you had the perfect combination for a fun filled celebration. Please help us by taking advantage of this new system and make your reservations today! Please try to make all reservations at least 24 hours in advance whenever possible. Our long history takes us back to the presidency of Franklin Pierce We have been part of the American dream and have contributed mightily to our new country never forgetting our roots and our heritage.
From our earliest times in , the first President of Karl Weitershausen to Ralph Wagner today there have been men and women who have devoted time and efforts to keep the Teutonia moving forward. In , the attempt was made to build their own Vereinsheim , a dream that seemed impossible. But preservation and the efforts of then President Henry Bergmann lead to an earnest search for a suitable home for the Teutonia Maennerchor.
Members were limited to 10 shares. As late as , coal stoves were still in use. Gas lines were installed in that year and the coal cellar is now being used for compressor and pop and beer storage. In the Teutonia choirs celebrated the th Anniversary with gusto with Henry Robel at the helm. Some of our older members still can recall this celebration with pride. Many prominent members come to mind like Joe Sauer who was the father of Henry Sauer , singer with the Maennerchor.
Going over some of the records from the past we see many names which still today appear on our roster. Paul Wiegand who was President for 10 years and our immediate past President Cor Van Maurik who was the longest serving President merit mention. During the years in when Regis Knapp served as president we made our first attempts to restore our building when we celebrated the Jubilaeum of the Teutonia Vereinsheim.
This effort has continued to this day and we are still making improvements to the club. In recent years, the kitchen saw new equipment and stainless steel shelving. This is only possible due to our members supporting our ongoing efforts to constantly improve the Building and Saengerhalle. At our Anniversary , a three day celebration, just a short, 10 years ago, we welcomed three Vereine from Germany, our local Gesangvereine as well as choruses from Washington DC, neighboring Ohio and Michigan.
It was the largest celebration in recent history. Anniversary will be celebrated with much appreciation for those who came before us. Please support our efforts to do our part in preserving what our forefather have given us. We hope you will join us for our Jubilaeum and Konzert on Saturday, May 17, but also ask you to support your club with a generous donation to the Building and Mural Restoration Fund. The transformation of the downstairs hall into an authentic German Ratskeller , took place in , and has added a unique touch to the German ethnic makeup and atmosphere of the Teutonia.
It had a very favorable impact not just on members, but also on visitors from abroad. Members of that time were also responsible for the wonderful murals which now after 80 years have shown their wear and are now being restored to the former beauty by Chantal Bernicky who is almost finished. We hope that on your next visit to the club you will take a look at the vibrant colors after removing 80 years of grime and smoke. See the flyer in this issue and make your reservations by May 1, to help us celebrate another milestone in the history of Teutonia.
Should you not be able to attend we ask you to consider a donation to the Building Fund and we will list your name in the Program. We also will welcome special guests from the local German Organizations. Wow what a cold and nasty few months, it has been a struggle to get enough rehearsals for our upcoming events. Then we had the sad duty to say farewell to our singers Dave , Jim and Artur.
This has been very difficult for the singers and the loss of their voices is deeply felt by all of us. We are certain they are now part of the heavenly chorus. Jubilaeum on Saturday, May The singers also will sing for our Life Members on May 4 and taking part in the Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe. Martin Andiel, Ein Weiblichkeitsbild fiel mir bei der Lekture der Mannschen Erzahlungen und der anschliessenden Diskussion im Seminar ganz besonders auf: die femme fatale," verkorpert durch Gerda von Rinnlingen in Der kleine Herr Friedemann.
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