S: THE FULLEST MEASURE Family History Cookbook 2012
BC: If you're related to me, this book was meant for you! | Sheri Lynn (Takacs) Essian 1963.
FC: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure I Peter 1:2 | 2012 | By Sheri Lynn Essian | Family History Cookbook 2012
1: I always liked the idea of a family history/memoir project. My daughter-in-law Jen asked for a cookbook when she married in June 2011, and after several versions of cookbooks, a genuine family-history-cookbook was created. The historical notes cover the Heard-Takacs (my family) and the Ludwig-Essian (my husband's) families. As I pass down these recipes, facts and stories about family members with bits of family history, I hope you'll be inspired to pass down the faith, too! | Psalm 78 "...we will tell the next generation..." | Those are my son-in-law Brad's hands measuring the sugar on the cover. He, Jessi and I worked together making strawberry jam for their bridal shower August 2011 when I snapped the shot. | so many fun things happen in the kitchen and around food! | content copyright @ 2012 Sheri Lynn Essian - All rights reserved. Published by Sheri Lynn Essian Bad Axe, Michigan Printed in the United States of America by Mixbook.com | Jen Essian
2: Note from the author.... The stories and histories herein are told from my perspective, as if I was talking to my family. I've garnished information from my own experiences, various family members, vintage documents, photos, and memorabilia, plus Internet searches. The recipes are in no particular order, as in appetizers first and desserts last. Many recipes were not written down but have been passed down. I apologize ahead of time for the inevitable error in recipe or history, and ask for your understanding and grace. | 1986 - Sheri Lynn and Justin | 1991 - Jessi | 1992 - Justin outside, Katie inside | 1997 - Pat with foster baby Rebecca | Pat had the "Jesus Loves You" pumpkins idea on our first Halloween that we were married, 1983. Twenty eight years later, still carvin'...a small effort to turn hearts toward Jesus! | Roasted PUMPKIN SEEDS There are many ways to bake the seeds. I clean them up and let them soak in water with a little oil. Drain. Then, I bake them in a shallow lipped pan, watching them carefully at 350' for 10 minutes or so. Stir them up, salting as you do, and allow to bake until they are your preferred crispiness.
3: Table of Contents RECIPES | Pumpkin seeds......................................................................3 Ginger Cookies....................................................................4 Chicken Noodle Dumpling Soup........................9 Hot Toddy................................................................................10 Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies.......12 Buttercream Icing..............................................................12 Best Ever Butter Cookies............................................13 Texas Sheet Cake.............................................................14 Carrot Cake.............................................................................15 Strawberry Jam.....................................................................17 Strawberry Shortcakes>.................................18 & 19 Pistachio Chocolate Cake.........................................20 Roast Beef..................................................................................22 Mashed Potatoes and Gravy................................23 French Toast...........................................................................24 Tuna-Noodle Casserole..............................................25 A Happy Family..................................................................26 Spaghetti.....................................................................................27 Hamburger and Gravy................................................28 "Air"...................................................................................................29 Potato Soup...............................................................................30 White Bread.............................................................................31 Baked Beans...........................................................................32 Green Bean Casserole.................................................32 Buttermilk Waffles..............................................................33 Armenian Stew......................................................................35 Chocolate Fudge................................................................36 Green Pepper and Tomato Gravy...................37 Puppy chow..............................................................................38 | Lemonade Cake................................................38 Cranberry Relish, Sauce, Bread.........39 Turkey Heap..........................................................40 Bologna Fun Cups............................................41 Lasagna........................................................................42 Bread..............................................................................44 Rice Pilaf......................................................................45 Grapeleaves............................................................46 Chicken Enchiladas..........................................47 Traditional Raisin-Oatmeal cookies..48 Homemade Applesauce...............................49 Kick The Can Ice Cream.............................50 Doggie Treats..........................................................51 Gourmet Chicken Salad...............................52 | Jesus is the reason for the season! | 2003 | 2011 | 3
4: Dorothea Christine Heard/Wundrow/Mayo December 30, 1911 - August 16, 2005 | Nana | I can still hear Gramma sing at the top of her lungs, "How Great Thou Art" in church! It was her favorite and she was unashamed to blast it out! | "The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs into it and is safe." Proverbs 18:10 | I once baked these Ginger Snap recipes and entered them into a Cookie Contest for Pioneer Sugar...and won first place! | SL NOTE: I add up to a teaspoon of Tabasco Sauce for a bit more zing! Got that idea from an elderly couple when we lived in Petoskey!
5: My Great Aunt Margaret (L) and Gramma Heard were twins born December 30, 1911. My dad is in the middle! Gramma outlived two husbands. I still have that letterholder hanging in the background. Photo taken about 1960. | This Ginger Snap recipe was given to me by my mom's mom, Gramma Heard/Wundrow/Mayo...also known as Nana. This is her recipe typed out for me on an ancient typewriter! I received it about 1986, since she was Gramma Wundrow then (see on recipe card). Just after Justin was born, we went to visit them in Wisconsin and I suspect I got it on that visit! | Marguarette Louise Allen December 30, 1911 - May 7, 1979 | I've seen Aunt Margaret's name spelled a few different ways....her grave reads, "MARGUARETTE", baptismal papers read "MARGUARITE" and in a newspaper article "MARGARET" - see next page! | 5
6: Aunt Margaret, as we always called her, had no children of her own. She was married to Bill Byers, but I don't remember him. I remember her second husband, Uncle Donald Allen, who was a retired Detroit Policeman. He had diabetes and had to give himself a shot, which is a memorable event for a kid! We visited them in Elkton occasionally and I remember having fun, sneaking handfuls of wheat from open burlap bags in the barn, picking fresh vegetables from the garden,and playing on the tire-swing in the circular drive! I remember eating fried rabbit at Aunt Margaret's house!
7: Gramma and Aunt Margaret were so identical... | I once asked Gramma which one was her in this photo and she wasn't sure. She thought that she was on the end! My Great Aunt Elsie is on the left, Gramma's youngest sibling. Then her mother, Emelia Klamer, then Aunt Margaret, then my Great Uncle Billy, and Gramma on the end...I think! Aunt Elsie's son Sonny (real name Harold) is in front, along with my Aunt Mary, Gramma's first child. Right is Emelia and Edward Awolt Frank on their wedding day, 1902. They were married in Muncy, Pennsylvania and had 5 children, Edward, Adeline, then the twins and Elsie. Emelia's maiden name was Rode, pronounced ROW-DEE. She later married William Klamer and lived in New Jersey. | 7
8: James Heard April 14, 1906 - November 27, 1973 | This is James Heard, my mom's dad. He used to have two bowls of Gramma's Chick-Nood-Dump Soup. He loved it so much that he'd say after his first bowl, "Now give me another bowl so I can taste it!" Each bowl was coated with ground pepper! He had no middle name... | I remember Grampa's soup looking a little like this; as a matter of fact I think it was this exact bowl Grampa used! (I still have 3 of them!) | My Great Uncle George and Grampa in the back, Grampa's sister Lillian (Wibert), his mother Lillian, and youngest sister Mary, my Great Aunt Mary (Busse) to whom I wrote for years. She lived in Nebraska and died September 7, 2004 (born July 23, 1908). Lillian's maiden name was Grimshaw.
9: Chicken Noodle Dumpling Soup This recipe has never been written down! I learned from Gramma Heard. Start with chicken stock (that's a long recipe all by itself!) Add chicken meat, large flat noodles, chopped celery, onion and carrots, topped with parsley flakes. Simmer gently. To make dumplings, beat 2 or 3 eggs, depending upon how many dumplings you'd like to make. Add about 1/2 cup flour per egg and mix thoroughly., then salt and pepper. Use a long handled teaspoon to make dumplings.....let the spoon sit in the soup to get hot. Then, using that hot spoon, scoop some dumpling mix, then dip it back into hot soup. Dumpling should float away from spoon If not, get spoon hot again and try again. Dumplings will float for a while, then sink. Dumplings only take a few minutes to cook, then serve! To get great chicken stock or broth, gently boil a whole chicken for about an hour. Skim off any foam. De-bone and chill stock, skimming off fat. Then continue recipe. Keep chicken bullion on hand to complement stock, if needed. | "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord..." Zechariah 4:6 | 9
10: Hot Toddy | Hot Toddy is known as an alcoholic beverage, but I found this non-alcoholic recipe when the kids were small and it turned out to be a family favorite for winter days and gatherings! | Proverbs 19:14. "...A prudent wife is from the Lord." | Kinda crabby lookin'...they need a Hot Toddy!
11: Justin James Essian June 28, 1986 Married June 25, 2011 to Jennifer L'Esperance | Jessi Lynn Essian March 9, 1988 Married October 1, 2011 to Bradley Severance | Katie Lynn Essian December 21, 1989 | How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. Psalm 119:9 | The Pat Essian kids were about this age when they first discovered Hot Toddy...taken about 1994 in our Bliss Street home, Pigeon. | Too much Hot Toddy in 1992? | Party down in 1993 at Deer Acres! | Still diggin' Hot Toddy in 2008! | 11
12: I've used several Peanut Butter cookie recipes, but this one's been around a long time. Got it out of a Skippy peanut butter ad in a magazine. | There are tons of frosting recipes, but this seems to be the best tasting and can be saved wonderfully. Just put extra into sealed container in fridge. Revive with a bit of milk once to room temperature. Got it off a box of confectioner's sugar. | Proverbs 14:1 The Wise Woman Builds Her House... | Katie at her Senior Recital November 29, 2011 | Justin and Jen June 25, 2011 Jessi and Brad October 1, 2011
13: We once made 500 lighthouse-shaped cookies using this recipe, each with a yellow candy as the light for a homeschool project! Got this recipe from the inside of a Land O' Lakes butter package. | Patrick and Sheri Lynn Essian September 9, 1983 | 13
14: I've called this recipe TEXAS SHEET CAKE. It is great to make for a group. You can decorate with sprinkles according to the occasion. Be careful when making frosting - make sure it comes to boil for a bit before adding powdered sugar! | "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge..." Proverbs 1:7
15: You can tell this recipe has been around; those scribbles are from some Essian kid "helping me." Make CREAM CHEESE FROSTING by adding an 8 oz. package of cream cheese at room temperature, with about 3 cups of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Beat until smooth, adding a bit of milk, if need be, to attain spreading consistency. | TIP: Brad's Great Gramma Ginny Auslander adds pineapple and walnuts to the batter! | 15
16: Jessi and Brad prepare Strawberry Jam for their bridal shower at the Pat Essian home in August 2011. Brad's birthday is January 28, 1989. | Jam ingredients must be measured carefully! This is Justin measuring... | Jen Essian also learns to prepare jam! Born June 18, 1985 | ...but Brad's hands are pictured on the cover!
17: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 | Sheri Lynn Essian | Strawberry Jam | GO PICK STRAWBERRIES and talk and laugh. Get all equipment, ingredients, jars, rings and lids out. Sanitize jars, put rings and lids in small pan with water on a back burner on simmer. Follow directions in package for cooked jams, except not necessary to do hot water bath. Invert filled jars for 5 minutes, then turn right side up. Shortly you should hear the pop that tells you the seal is good. | Justin has to learn to be part of the strawberry assembly line, too! | Great for the pantry but also a little twine tied in a bow makes a darling gift anyone would love to receive! | Jessi uses the correct equipment to remove the hot jar - get everything ready ahead of time! June 2000 | 17
18: This is Gramma Takacs' recipe for Strawberry Shortcakes, and you can see it has taken quite a beating! So heat your oven to 400' and get out your round cookie cutter, or just use a glass with about a 4 " diameter (dip edge in flour when cutting dough). I've written it out for you and simplified it on the next page. | Since you have strawberries around...how about some STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES?
19: 2 C. sifted flour 1 T. Baking Powder 3/4 t. Salt 2 T. Sugar 1/2 C. Shortening 1 Egg 1/3 C. Milk Combine dry ingredients with a hand held sifter. Then cut in 1/2 C. shortening until the mixture is crumbly and resembles cornmeal. Then add the egg and milk. Do not stir too much as the dough gets tough quickly. I use my hands to slightly knead. On floured board, quickly roll out (again, do not overwork) OR pat to 3/4" thick and cut out shortcakes. | Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400"'for about 20 minutes for until "nice and brown". Brush tops before baking w/milk to make them shine. Gramma's exact wording and spelling from the back of card (which is hard to read), "I always double the recipe always have enough." | Both Gramma and Grampa Takacs have interesting stories, too. They had a lovely but modest home, and here they are in front of the fireplace, where we often took family photos. | "Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established." Proverbs 16:3 | 19
20: PISTACHIO CHOCOLATE CAKE One 18.5 oz. white cake mix, any brand is OK One 3 oz. box Pistachio pudding 1 cup Orange Juice, or use the juice from 1 orange, plus water to equal 1 cup 1/2 cup cooking oil, I use cold-press soybean oil 4 eggs 3/4 cup chocolate syrup, Hershey’s is best Combine in mixer, cake mix, pudding mix, OJ, oil and eggs. Once ingredients are moistened, beat at high for 5 minutes. Pour 2/3 of batter into the prepared pan. Mix the 3/4 cup chocolate syrup into the last third of batter. Then pour onto batter in pan, seal to edge, and marble with a butter knife. Bake about 1 hour (350') or until toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool 20 minutes. Then turn out on cooling rack. Flip over so top is right-side up. Once cool, ice top only with a chocolate buttercream frosting and chopped nuts. | Donna Kay Takacs - the TEETH picture | TIP: Don't have OJ? If I have an orange, I squeeze the juice out of it and add water to equal 1 cup. I've used orange pop with success, too! Another TIP: Grind all citrus rinds in the sink disposal to keep disposal clean! If you have several citrus rinds, freeze some of them for use later when disposal needs cleaning! | This is my eleventh birthday at Gramma and Pa Takacs' home and THAT is the Pistachio Chocolate Cake! Note that she iced the entire cake, and I usually ice the top only.
21: Pat in 2005 with the Pistachio Chocolate Cake burning up! | I asked my Gramma Takacs for this recipe when I was a young adult. I never made it until I was married and had a family. My family loved it! Gramma got it in 1970. I use an Angel Food cake pan, but your favorite bundt-type cake pan will work fine. Spray with oil and flour generously. Preheat oven to 350'. | Gramma and Grampa Takacs square danced. Grampa pictured in their Dearborn, MI home in his outfit. | TIP: For bacon...cook in microwave on a paper plate with paper towels, about one minute per slice. Nice and crisp, and most of the grease is on the paper towel and plate! If you have a fireplace or woodstove, use the greasy paper goods for fire starting! | Grampa Takacs' father, Mihaly Takacs (spelled a variety of ways on documents) was born in Hungary. Mihaly, or Mikel or Michael, died in a coal mining accident on Sept. 15, 1918. Grampa had a younger brother who died at 8 in a mining accident, as well. Grampa lived with his mom's step-sister, Anna Bodnar, in Dogwood, Ohio (now known as Buckeyesville), where he was treated poorly but survived with a cheerful disposition. | "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Your Hand would be with me, and You would keep me from harm..." I Chronicles 4:10 | 21
22: Roast Beef | Using a crock pot really makes a roast tender. Slow cook for at least 6 hours; you can slow cook for a really long time and not hurt a roast. You can put the roast in frozen. Sprinkle a package of dried Onion Soup on top, or a can of French Onion Soup. If you do not have any of that, put about 2 T of beef bullion and sliced fresh or dried onion atop the roast. You can put just salt and pepper on a roast, too, and it will still be delicious. You might want to add your favorite spices. Pour 1 cup of water in the slow cooker. Keep the top on and let it slow-cook all day. (You may add carrots and potatoes, too, when you add the meat/spices.) A roast turns out great in a pot, casserole dish, or roaster baked in the oven, too. Bake it long and slow, like 325' for 2 hours and more; check it now and then. Add liquid if necessary. BEEF STEW from the leftovers is wonderful and simple. Add beef stock (augment with beef bullion) to chopped meat and let simmer. Add fresh or canned | My sister Donna and Garry Hogue April 3, 1982 | The James C. Takacs Family- Christmas 1958 Dorothea Margaret, Sheri Lynn and James Clifford Takacs | Brad and Jessi's Engagement picture | green beans, peeled potato chunks, sliced carrots, and barley. Thicken with 2 T. cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c. cold water. Needs 1/2 hr. for barley to cook. | "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts..." Ephesians 3:14-17
23: MASHED POTATOES Fill pot with enough water to cover potatoes. Peel and cut potatoes into quarters. Get out the sour cream and butter, so it becomes room temperature. Figure 2 -3 potatoes per person. Boil peeled potatoes for 20 minutes or more, until a potato pierced with a fork falls apart. Drain then put into mixer bowl. Heat up sour cream (1/2 cup or so depending upon how many potatoes) and butter (1/2 or 1 whole stick) so that the ingredients are room temperature or warmer, or else the mashed potatoes will be lumpy. Add the sour cream and butter (and salt and pepper); beat on high. Serve! | The trick with gravy is that the temperature should not change as you add the thickening agent, so remember that as you make gravy from scratch. Prepare 1 or 2 cups of broth, using bullion is fine. You may not use it all but have it ready. Get the cornstarch (or flour) out so it's readily available. Mix about 1 T. of corn starch with about 1 T. of water. Have all this ready because once you start making the gravy, it needs attention to turn out right. Start off with the fat and junk at the bottom of the pan you just cooked your meat in...turkey, chicken, beef, or pork. I often put the pan right on a burner, carefully adjusting so the contents heat without burning. Keep this gently boiling while you add the cornstarch...drizzle it in so the temperature doesn't change, and use a fork to continually mix it into the stuff on the bottom of the pan. Keep the fork moving constantly. You should create a thick hot mess. Slowly add some of the broth until you have a gravy consistency. Very persnickety to make, so I always keep canned gravy on hand! | GRAVY | Isaiah 43:18 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! | 23
24: FRENCH TOAST The first time I tasted this version of French Toast, I was a young adult living at my Dad’s house and his wife, Debbie, made this for breakfast once. . This recipe will make 6 or 8 slices. Heat your griddle or large sized frying pan to medium with a bit of oil. 2 Eggs mixed with about 1/4 cup of milk. 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon 6 – 8 slices bread and chopped nuts, optional Whisk all together in a mixing bowl, then put into a shallow dish so you can dip the bread into it easily. Dip both sides of bread and lay into pan/atop griddle. Top exposed side with chopped nuts. Turn only once, so check underside corner. If it is nice and brown, flip (even with nuts on it) and brown the other side. Serve immediately with butter and syrup. | Deborah Coleman married James C. Takacs on September 9, 1973. They had two sons: James John-Michael born April 4, 1979, and John Michael-James born July 5, 1983. Debbie's birthday is July 29, 1952. | Sheri Lynn (April 11, 1957), Donna Kay (August 6, 1958) and James Takacs (May 24, 1935) taken June 1960
25: TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE | This dish was served often in my home growing up. Everyone liked Tuna Noodle Casserole, this recipe could be made in a short period of time, and it could be made with beef or chicken. You may add other ingredients like peas, nuts, or various chopped veggies like celery, onions or carrots. 1 package noodles, prepared and ready to use 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 can of Milk (use soup can) 2 cans of Tuna (Optional: crushed potato chips, French’s onion toppers, crushed Ritz Crackers) Mix all ingredients. Judge if you need to add a little more milk if the mixture is dry; should be sloshy. Top with optional goodies and bake with lid on casserole dish, except for last 1o-15 with top off. Bake for 30-45 minutes at 350’. | "...but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ..." 2 Peter 3:1 | Me and my mom, Dorothea Margaret Takacs, October 5 1936 - January 14, 2003 | Dorie as a child... she was known for her beautiful smile! | Mom used to hide notes like this in my personal belongings when I'd visit her! | 25
26: 1 pkg. Playing Together 1 lb. Patience 1 can Understanding 100 doses Forgiveness 1 small Paddle 1 dz. Kisses | 1 Husband 1 Wife Children, 1 Bible per 1 Home Generous portion of Prayer 3 c. Love, firmly packed 1 box Hard Work | A Happy Family | Mix thoroughly together and sprinkle with awareness. Bake in moderate oven, using as fuel all the grudges and past unpleasantness. Cool. Turn out onto platter of cheerfulness. Garnish with tears and laughter in large helping. Serve God and country and community. (From 1994 "Favorite Recipes of the Ministerial Wives" Cookbook) | Dorothea, Donna Kay, and James with Sheri Lynn in the back about 1967. | July 1988. Jessi was about 4 months old and the photographer put a lemon to her lips to get her to smile. Sheri Lynn, Jessi, Patrick and Justin. | I designed our wedding invitations using a calligraphy pen and ink with a favorite verse. September 9, 1983.
27: The Cousins on Takacs side @ Jessi's wedding October 1, 2011 Jennifer, Justin, Jessi, Katie, Angela | Donna Kay Hogue | Spaghetti | 1 pound ground chuck, 1 lg. can tomato sauce 1 Sm. can tomato paste, 1/4 cup chopped onion oregano, garlic salt, salt & pepper Add onion and beef to large pot to brown. Add garlic salt, pepper, and salt to meat mixture. Drain off excess grease. Stir in sauce and paste, stir well and taste, season more if desired. Add small amount of oregano. Taste often. Season as you like. Double and freeze some for later! | Sheri Lynn and Donna Kay as grown adults still acting up...please remain close and enjoy each other! Be full of grace and forgiveness with one another! | Instead of "Love one another", Katie used to say, "Love Nother Wonder." | There are 36 nieces and nephews on the Essian side! (That's 33 cousins for these Essian kids!) | 27 | Dori laughs at the Heard dinner table 1953.
28: Hamburger and Gravy from the kitchen of Auntie Donna just like her Mom used to make! | 1 pound Ground Chuck 1 Can Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup Milk (use soup-can to measure) Make 4 patties, brown on both sides in skillet. While burgers are browning, mix together well the soup and 1 soup-can of milk. Salt, pepper, and garlic salt mixture, Drain grease. Pour soup mixture over hamburgers and simmer for about 45 minutes. | Maybe I was 3 in this picture, so this might be 1960; I'm on the right. My dad worked at General Motors for nearly 40 years. He drummed in a band on weekends and New Years Eve. Dad is on the right in this picture of "JJ and Company". | Charles and Mary (Ennis) Essian about 1895; they are your Dad's Grandparents | When a man's ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7
29: I met up with a friend who I hadn't seen in a long while, and she had lost a lot of weight. She told me she'd been eating sugar free and fat free, then gave me several recipes with this one that turned out to be a family favorite! | Donna and Garry Hogue about 1985 | Set your mind on things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2 | Marjorie Ludwig in second grade. | Over time our family began to call this recipe "Air" since it had so little calories...let's have a bowl of air! | 29
30: So many good family memories around food! Arizona 2011 | This was a recipe I clipped out of the newspaper and it turned out to be a quick and easy meal the family liked, often served with fresh baked bread! You may add cooked ham, too. | Proverbs 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence for from it flow the springs of life. | Aunt Margaret, me, Donna (such a whiner!), and Gramma Heard.
31: WHITE BREAD from a recipe book I got from Gramma Takacs created by Flieshman's margarine. This recipe makes six loaves or more! | Bread takes about 3 hours from beginning to end to make. All yeast breads follow the same general pattern: Proof yeast, mix and rise, punch and rise, shape and rise, bake. The vintage photo taken right out of the recipe book shows a loaf of white bread at the bottom. | Jesus said, "I am the bread of life," in John 6:48. Can you imagine eating once and never having to eat again? That's what it is like to know Jesus personally. | TIP: Always opt for the longer knead time, doing it by hand, with vigor...if you keep your feet moving throughout the 12 minutes you'll genuinely have had a mini-workout! | 31
32: Pat enjoyed Audrey Henne's baked beans at a Krohn family gathering and asked for the recipe. Audrey is Jason Krohn's Gramma. | The Bean Page? Here are two Essian family favorites...both BEANS! "Beans, Beans the magical fruit..." | Patrick J Essian - February 17, 1959 | The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want... Psalm 23:1 | TIP: Out of brown sugar? Mix I cup white sugar with 1 tablespoon molasses.
33: Sometimes great kitchen TIPS are found in unlikely places, like this one about powdered sugar. It is a good practice to know your neighbors so you can borrow back and forth! | Pat and I helped a little old lady move when we first got married and lived in Petoskey. She gave us her waffle iron...which I used for 20 or more years! This recipe comes from the booklet that was included. TIP on this recipe - make the stiff egg whites first (put beaters in freezer for a few minutes and make sure no grease residue on beaters or bowl!) | TIP: To make buttermilk, you can mix about 2 teaspoons of vinegar to one cup milk, wait 5 minutes or so, and you'll have buttermilk! You may also use lemon juice or lime juice in place of vinegar. | Marjorie Essian and 7 of her sons...L to R, Johnny, Patrick, Tommy, Micheal, Bobby, Chuckie, and Jimmy...on her 60th birthday. | 33
34: The Essian Family The begat page | A whole page is reserved just for the family that Pat grew up in because of sheer numbers...thirteen kids! The birth order, starting at the oldest is: Carol, who married Ted Demetral and begat 5 boys Tom, who married Carolyn and begat 2 boys and1 girl Barb, who married Tom Miller (later divorced) begat 2 boys Jim, who married Janey, and begat 2 boys and 1 girl Mary, who married Jerry Youngblood, and begat 2 boys and 2 girls Chuck, who married Debbie, and begat 3 girls Bob, who married Barbara, and begat 2 boys John, who married Elizabeth (later divorced) Annie, Patrick, who married Sheri Lynn and begat 1 boy and 2 girls Betsy, who married Mark Abro, and begat 3 boys and 3 girls Tony, who married Sandy, and begat twins (1 boys and 1 girl) Mike, who married Nici (later divorced) and begat1 boy and 2 girls | Photo taken January 19, 1968 at Carol and Ted Demetral's wedding. From left to right: Jimmy, Bobby, Mary, Chuckie, Dad Essian, Pat, Tony, Bride Carol, Betsy, Mom Essian holding Micheal,, Annie, Barb, Johnny, then Carolyn and Tommy, who were married August 26, 1967. | Patrick about twelve years old. | How much better it is to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen above silver. Proverbs 16:16
35: Marjorie Essian | 4-6 lb. leg of lamb or lamb shoulder and brown on all sides. Pierce meat and insert garlic cloves. Transfer to roasting pan, salt and pepper to taste. Add stewed or diced tomatoes, usually I use 1 #10 can. Add fresh or frozen green beans. Cook uncovered for about 1 1/2 hours at 350'. Add sliced zucchini and finish cooking. Serve with rice and pita bread. Delicious! This is the first time this recipe has ever been written down! Mom Essian showed her daughters how to make it, and I got it from sister-in-law Mary. | 350' | 1 1/2 hrs. | a big family | Armenian or Lamb Stew | On their 25th wedding anniversary, Marjorie and Jim Essian renewed their marriage vows in 1971. Jim Essian's dad looks on and Mom Essian is holding Micheal's hand. | Marjorie (Ludwig) and James P. Essian June 22, 1946 | 35
36: HOMEMADE FUDGE The old fashioned way! | When my sister and I were kids, we would have this special treat in the evenings with our Dad as the chef! It was worth the wait, as we had to wait for the fudge to chill....oh, how we loved to lick the pot clean! | Grampa Takacs was the chief fudge maker when my dad was a kid! | My dad, James C. Takacs, with his two daughters, Donna Kay and Sheri Lynn, at Justin's wedding, October 1, 2011 | Justin and Great-Grampa Takacs, Katie, and Jessi 1993.
37: My Dad wrote this for me after his mom died. Stuffed Green Peppers are great to make at harvest time because green peppers are abundant and inexpensive! | Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Depart from evil and do good. Psalm 34:13-14 NIV | James, Joyce, John and Janet Takacs. | 37
38: This recipe you can only make at the holidays because you just eat too much of it! Everyone loves PUPPY CHOW! | A good friend of mine, Jeannie who is an excellent cook, provided this recipe after we had a meal at their home. | Sheri Lynn and Donna Kay baking something in our Sheridan Street home, Garden City, MI, where we grew up. | 1968
39: A rare photo with Grammas from both sides of the family; Gramma Takacs, my mom Dorie, and Gramma Heard. 1956 | No Essian likes cranberry stuff like me, but I make the relish for Thanksgiving every year anyway. The cranberry bread is excellent with butter slathered on it, too. | I won an Honorable Mention in a recipe contest sponsored by Virtue magazine in1988! | If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 | 39 | NOTE: That's 1 medium orange and 3/4 cup sugar on the wrinkle!
40: 1 lb. ground turkey meat 1 small cabbage, sliced thinly 1 onion, chopped into rings 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced Salt and pepper Brown turkey meat and season. Just as the meat is done browning, heap on the cabbage. Cabbage will shrink as it cooks. Add onion and carrots after a few minutes, stir together, and let cook in large skillet until the cabbage is tender. May serve on a bed of wild or brown rice. Season liberally as ground turkey tends to be bland. | Turkey Heap | I created this recipe specifically for Pat when he was eating low-fat 1988. | The Charles and Mary Essian Family. Fran, Mary, Marge and Jim Essian is the 2 year old on his daddy's lap. 1924 | "So shall it be that my Word will not return void..." Isaiah 55:11 | Pat came to Bad Axe in 1987 to open an Edward D. Jones office. He put nickels on business cards; this one had a defect, so I kept it. People have been mentioning that card with the nickel for years!
41: Picked this up in 1995 when the Essian kids were at their prime time to love bologna! | We lived on West Irwin Street in Bad Axe when this picture was taken about 1990. Notice Jessi and Katie are both wearing cloth diapers! It was economical, and the convenience mindset on that issue was not prevalent, so it was a great choice! | See that fruit cut up? Here is a TIP...for fruit that browns like apple or peach slices,, put a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice in a quart of water and allow slices to sit a bit in it before you serve. If you don't have the juice, you may grind a vitamin c tablet into water, too. | Don't you love the hair and the facial expressions? | 41
42: Lasagna MAKE A DAY AHEAD I've experimented using substitutions, and this is the recipe I use: 2 lbs. ground chuck, 1 onion, 1 or 2 fresh garlic cloves, oil... sauté onion and garlic in just enough oil, then brown burger. (If you've used good burger and little oil, there shouldn't be much "juice" after browning. If there is, drain it before continuing.) 2 or more jars of Traditional Ragu Spaghetti Sauce...mix the meat and sauce together in large bowl, set aside. 1 16 oz. container Ricottta Cheese, 1 16 oz. container small curd Cottage Cheese, 8 oz. shredded Mozzarella Cheese...mix together and set aside. Uncooked Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles, grated Parmesan Cheese Put a bit of sauce on the bottom of the 9x13 pan. Then noodles, then sauce and layer of cheese, finishing on top with cheese. Put foil tightly on it and store in fridge until next day. Take out a couple hours before you bake it so it's close to room temp. Bake at 350' for about 45 minutes to one hour taking the foil off the last 15 minutes or so...it's not an exact science with lasagna. | June 11, 1983 | The history of me and cottage cheese... Living in Williams Hall at Michigan State University (1980-1983) as a Resident Assistant, provided room and board. The cafeteria meals were sometimes unappealing...well, most of time for me at lunch particularly. So, my typical lunch was cottage cheese and saltine crackers. Which I like to this day, surprisingly. I think of that story every single time I see cottage cheese.
43: More on THE NAME GAME! | Some people have nicknames, too, which makes research even more difficult. Like the time I found pictures of Great Aunt Elsie with Sonny. I contacted Elsie's now elderly son in New Jersey to find out who Sonny is...and he told me that though his real name is Harold, he always went by Sonny! | THE NAME GAME I can see how challenging things can be to look up family history due to name misspellings...here's an example from my baby book and baptismal certificate with my name spelled SHERRY LYNN, in an article spelled SHERRY LYN. Here is my last name misspelled on 2nd grade report card. | Sheri Lynn Takacs 1962-63 school year Kindergarten at Farmington Elementary School, Garden City,Michigan | 43
44: Grandma Althea's Bread Recipe My friend Lynn's mother-in-law Althea Lorencz made bread by hand using this recipe. You can tell by the wording she assumes you know bread-baking lingo. Mix here really means knead. Even yeast has changed. The original recipe called for cake yeast, but Lynn uses dry yeast. Now you can even get fast-rising yeast and yeast specially designed for bread making machines which would change the rising times. | Dissolve 2 Tablespoons dry yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water. Add 4 cups water and 2 cups scalded milk (after it is cooled), 2 Tablespoons salt, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup shortening (butter), and stir in flour 3 cups at a time until 12 cups has been stirred and mixed. Take out on a floured board and mix and add the last 2 cups of flour. Put in a greased large pan as it should double in bulk in 2 hours if kept covered and in a warm place. After rising mix once again after an hour take out on board and divide into 6 loaves (grease bread pans) after it has raised to top of pans, bake in 350 degree oven until top is golden brown or about 45 minutes. Remove from pans. | Lynn Lorencz and me March 2012 | A friend loves at all times...Proverbs 17:17 | I wanted to include this recipe for several reasons. For one, there's more than one way to make white bread (Or lasagna, or fudge...) and they can all turn out great. Many of these recipes you'll have to adjust to fit your own ingredient availability and preferences, plus things change. Notice how Althea talks about a board - homes didn't always have plenty of countertop! This recipe also provides the open door to remind...OUR GOD NEVER CHANGES! He was the same when the widow baked bread for Elijah, and when Althea made bread using cake yeast and a flour board as He is today for the modern baker using a bread=making machine! | Plus, I wanted to mention what an enormous blessing a few close friends are...Work to nurture and protect those special friendships! Good friends in Christ help to keep you accountable!
45: Chuck Essian, Marge (Essian) Mitchell, Dorothy Essian (Ed Essian's widow) and James Essian with Marjorie (Ludwig) Essian in the middle. | Mary Youngblood | Mom Essian's Rice Pilaf | Boil whole chicken 'til done in large pan. Use 4 cups of chicken broth (or add water if you need) and bring to boil. In skillet, brown 2 cups rice in 1 teaspoon butter. Add rice to broth, bring to boil, cover and reduce heat, cook for about 20 minutes ('til you see holes in rice). Meantime debone chicken and cut into pieces. When rice is done, add some chicken (not all chicken). | Marjorie (Ludwig) Essian Graduation about 1940 | I gathered information from Carol, the oldest child of Marjorie and James Essian. Of mom she says, "Mom held it all together. I loved and respected her so much at a young age before I even knew why...She was amazing." | 45
46: Tony and Pat Essian - 2008 | GRAPE LEAVES I never made them but when I asked my sister in laws for recipes, this is one that I got! An Essian family favorite! | Buy a jar of grape leaves. Prepare grape leaves by cutting the stem off each leaf, and lay them so the veins are facing up Always roll from the top of the leaf toward the stem you clipped off. Prepare mixture. 2 lbs. of ground round or lamb 2 cups long grain rice (raw) 2-3 tsp. allspice (fresh at Arabic Store where you buy grape leaves is best) salt-pepper to taste Several splashes of Worcestershire sauce Place chicken wings or short rib bones in bottom of dutch oven for flavor and fat. Add water about half way over grape leaves. Cover and cook on top of stove for about 1 hour, or 'til rice is done and leaves are softer. | The Essians have loved baseball, and competition in general for generations. Here is James Paul Essian about 1940 with his local team. He's on the end, middle row. Below is one of Jimmy's baseball cards, and to the right is one of Pat's Golden Glove award plus an article about a great game he had as catcher in high school. | As for me and my house we will serve the Lord...Joshua 24:15 | Katie and her Uncle Tony - 2008
47: Brothers Tony and Patrick Essian 2011 | 2-3 C shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend 1 jar banana peppers chopped (to taste) 2/3 C chopped onion 6 cloves minced garlic 1/2 tsp. pepper 3 Tbsp margarine 6-8 Tbsp flour 16 oz. sour cream 4 c. chicken broth 4 chicken breasts (grilled & sliced) 8 medium tortilla shells OPTIONAL: sliced pitted black olives, chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions | Tony Essian worked in hospitality industry as a young man...loved to cook! | Wrap tortilla shells in foil and heat for 10-15 min.'til soft. Make sauce: cook onion, garlic, pepper in margarine in saucepan until tender. Stir flour into sour cream and add to saucepan. Slowly mix in broth and chopped banana peppers (I use some juice from the peppers, too). Cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and stir in 1 to 1 1/2 c cheese. Add sliced or chopped grilled chicken to sauce. Place about 1/4 c chicken and sauce using a slotted spoon atop each tortilla and roll, placing seams down into a sprayed baking dish. Top with remaining sauce. Bake covered at 350' for about 30-35 mins. Remove cover and sprinkle remaining cheese, bake uncovered until melted. Serve with salsa and sour cream and optional toppings. | Chicken Enchiladas from the kitchen of Tony Essian | Serve with Spanish Rice (Rice a Roni), and Corn! Colorful and delightful! | 47
48: 1 1/2 c. flour 1 t. baking soda 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/4 t. salt 1/4 t. nutmeg 1/4 t. ground cloves 3/4 c. butter 1 1/2 c. brown sugar 2 eggs 2 c. quick cooking rolled oats 1 c. raisins Combine dry ingredients. In mixer bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until well-blended. Beat in eggs, add vanilla. Gradually add flour mix until just blended. Stir in rolled oats and raisins. Drop by tablespoons placed 2" apart, onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375' for about 10 minutes. Cool on racks. Makes 4 dozen. | Traditional Raisin-Oatmeal Cookies | Pat loves these cookies...sometimes I change it up by using cranberries instead of raisins. Whole old fashioned oats need to be chopped up a little before using in recipe. | Speaking of tradition...that's the same red satiny dress I wore as a little girl (far left) that Jessi is wearing! | The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24
49: Pick apples with your family and friends, laughing all the time. Then gather the rest of your equipment and ingredients...the hand food-mill, cinnamon, sugar, and red food coloring OR "Red Hots", plastic zip-lock freezer bags. Wash all apples. Quarter them cutting out the "hair" at the bottom Put apple quarters into a large pot and add a cup or two of water. Keep on medium-low until apples are soft. Stir the apple quarters occasionally to ensure no burning! When apples are soft, fill top of food mill and grind, allowing applesauce to fall into large bowl. Allow Red Hots to melt into hot applesauce according to your preferences of color and taste, or mix in cinnamon, sugar and a few drops of red food coloring to your taste. Bag and put into freezer. Take out during the winter and enjoy! | Homemade Applesauce | This is Gramma Heard's old food mill, which I used until I noticed how rusty it had become! So, in Fall 2011 I bought a new one exactly like it! I could have bought an electric one, but I wanted to preserve the old process of making applesauce. I have a beat up Tupperware pitcher/eight-cup measuring cup that fits the food mill perfectly. I would recommend getting a versatile bowl such as this, and a Pyrex two-cup measuring cup, ensuring that both are microwaveable. | Philippians 1:6 I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. | This is just how I remember Gramma's kitchen and that was her side and Grampa sat across from her, next to the stove. I used a magnifying glass to see the date on the calendar...1957. She made curtains to change with the season. | 49
50: 1 12 oz. Coffee Can 1 3 lb. Coffee Can In small can put: 1/2 c. sugar, 1 c. milk, 1 c. half and half, 1 t. vanilla Put lid on tight (duct tape or rubber band on) Place into large can. Add crushed ice and 2/3 c. ice cream salt to large coffee can. Put lid on tight and kick around for 10 minutes. Open large can and drain water. Open small can and stir. Put lid back on tight. Add ice and little salt to large can. Lid on tight again, and kick around for 5 minutes. | Kick the Can Ice Cream | I got this recipe when we were first married and lived in Petoskey from Barbara Kellogg Blackmore. | I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 | The recipe for the Doggie Treats and the photo with "The Stare" go together! | Broke her elbow chasing a cat!
51: Doggie Treats | Here is the recipe clipped from a newspaper: 1 1/2 c. whole-wheat flour 1/2 nonfat powdered milk 6 T margarine 1 egg 1/2 water Mix all ingredients and add the water. The dough should form a ball. Roll to 1/2-inch thick and cut into desired shapes. Bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet for 30 minutes at 350'. For variation add liver powder, powdered chicken or beef bullion. | This is the modified-from-the-original recipe I use after dozens of batches: Save leftover meats, broth, cooking juices in freezer until you are out of doggie treats. Then, pull all your meat leftovers out of the freezer and thaw. Cook up a pound of carrots cutting off the dirty tops. In food processor, grind up cooked carrots, meat stuff, one egg per batch. Then put into mixer bowl, add enough whole wheat flour to make a dough. Roll the dough on the cookie sheet and cut into squares using a pizza cutter. Bake until firm, about 20-30 minutes at 350'. Then loosen all the pieces into a large roasting pan, continue to bake at about 250' until they are dry and can be stored. | I was so blessed to have the World's Best Dog! Abby was very obedient and trustworthy in public.... faithful. She arrived at our home April 1999, died September 2011. I made healthy dog treats! | Katie's Senior Pic | 51
52: Gourmet Chicken Salad I got this recipe from a gal who lived in Bad Axe only for a short time - enough for me to have asked her for this recipe about 20 years ago! | 2-3 half chicken breasts 1 small head lettuce 4 T. chopped scallion 2 T. slivered almonds 2 T sesame seeds 1 3 oz. can chow mein noodles | Sheri Lynn on 13th birthday - 1970 | DRESSING: 2 T. salad oil 1 t. salt 2 T vinegar 1/4 t. black pepper 1 T sesame oil | Boil chicken. Meanwhile, prepare dressing and refrigerate. Cut boiled chicken. Tear lettuce and put chicken, scallion, almonds, and sesame seeds in bowl. When ready to serve add chow mein noodles and dressing (shake first) | You can use various lettuces and spinach in this recipe to change it up a bit. | Marjorie Essian 1939 | Katie sporting the fountain top hair-do! | Dori (Heard) Takacs | The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life... Proverbs 14:27
53: A brief history of my mom's family and then my dad's family, as well as Pat's mom and his dad's family follow, then the Pat and Sheri Lynn Essian family history. The histories are told as if I were speaking. I ask forgiveness and grace for any oversights or misinterpretations of information. Lastly, I've included my personal testimony, which is the underlying reason I am writing...to share my faith in Jesus, passing down an urgency to nurture your family faithfully while you live out your life! | Deuteronomy 6:6 - 9 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. | Lillian (Grimshaw) Heard, my great-Grandmother, and her sister, Addie Palmer | Gramma could play the polkas!...and "How Great Thou Art!" | Emelia and William Klamer | He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord... Proverbs 14:2 | 53 | Final note... | Dori Heard 1953
54: My mom's family history... My mom's name at birth, October 5, 1936, was Dorothea Margaret Heard, but she was known as Dori, Dorie, or Dory. She was born at the home her dad built, on the edge of Garden City, Michigan, 1647 Inkster Road. She was active in the community, as a homemaker and later worked as secretary to the mayor of Garden City and wrote for the local newspaper where we lived. She was involved at Good Hope Lutheran church in Garden City, and she prayed for me! She loved animals and would cry watching Animal Planet, then call and tell me about it. She also had a green thumb, often buying wilted plants and bringing them back to life, rooting branches, and planting shoots from other plants. My mom also had a soft spot for the unfortunate, regularly donating her time and talent to help others. My parents had two daughters, me and Donna Kay. They divorced in 1972. Mom died suddenly on January 14, 2003 and is buried next to her parents at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West in the Garden of Gethsemane. Her mother, Dorothea Christine (Frank) Heard, was 24 when Dori was born, having a December 30 birthday, and was known as Dorothy. James Heard turned 30 years old on April 14 the year Dori was born. James Heard was a tool and dye maker and Dorothy was a homemaker. They farmed about three acres of corn and apple trees. My sister and I rode the ol' Farmall tractor with Grampa Heard, as we called him, to plow the ground and would sell corn at the roadside James loved to hunt and fish, with his faithful wife doing all the butchering and filleting and cooking of the wild game. They had a cottage in woods near Gladwin, Michigan for many years, and for some time also a cottage in Kingsville, Ontario. He was a WWII veteran and my son Justin has his thirty-aught-six gun from his time in the service. Dorothea loved to sew, bake and decorate cakes, crochet, can, and she kept in touch with many distant relatives writing letters, visiting and calling after 11 pm when rates were cheaper! She was a devoted Lutheran Christian and a wonderful example of a godly woman. Dorothea's parents, Emelia and Edward Awolt Frank, divorced when she was young. Emelia took the youngest, Elsie, with her and the two oldest siblings followed her to New Jersey, where she married William Klamer. Dorothea and her twin sister, Marguarite, stayed in Michigan with each marrying and moving. Marguarite, or Aunt Margaret as I called her, moved to Elkton; she first married Bill Byer, and later Donald Allen. She died in 1979 and is buried in Elkton. Dorothea married Jim Heard on July 20, 1929 and they had two daughters. Mary was six years older than my mom, who was a sickly child. Mary was a big and tall woman, like her mom, while my mom was petite and slight build James Heard died November 27, 1973. Dorothea married Arthur Wundrow in 1979, and after he passed, she married Philip Mayo. Dorothea died when living in a nursing home on August 16, 2005 at the age of 93. She is buried next to James Heard at Cadillac Memorial Gardens West, Westland, Michigan. James Heard's parents were Lillian Maria and William Heard. William Heard was born in Devonshire, England and brought to Canada as a child. Lillian was born in Connecticut. The Grimshaw family bought milk from the Heards which is how William met Lillian Grimshaw. They had four children, George, James, Mary, and Lillian. Of them, Mary and George had no children, and Mary was the family historian. I have four single-spaced typed pages of family history she gave me in 1987. From those notes, I learned that William was the youngest of ten children: Thomas, Anna, Ellen, Fannie, Elizabeth, Jane, Jessie, Robert, Mary, and William born December 22, 1872. Thomas, and Robert, were stone masons in London, Ontario area beginning in the late 1800's when they came from England. Anna was never married. Ellen was companion to a Miss Yards from the Yardley perfume family, but married late in life to Walter breaking that friendship. Robert's son, Wesley, "had been dr. to one of the president's children (Hoover, I think)." And another son of Robert's was a Lutheran minister. William died 1911 while swimming, apparently from sunstroke...James was only 5. Lillian passed away on October 22, 1957 and they are both buried in Oakwood-Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Oakwood (Oakland County), Michigan. Lillian's parents were Mary and James Grimshaw and lived in Canada, They had two daughters, Addie and Lillian. James died and Mary married Harold Culver. They had one daughter named Shirley. William's parents were George, born 1825, and Grace (John).
55: James Heard and me at the end of 10th Street in Tampa, nearby Dorothea and James Heard's Florida home. They had a hunting cottage in Galdwin, Michigan for a long time. They also had a cottage in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada for part of my youth. The log-style cottage was located on a canal, and we'd fish for catfish primarily. Grampa had a boat and we'd go out on Lake Erie fishing, too. They had a poodle named Zsa-Zsa! 1971 | This was probably taken shortly after William died, as James (the boy on the right) was 5 years old when his father died. | Not sure why, but Mary was raised by her Aunt Jane, William's older sister. The article about Heard's death claims two children in title and three children in the article. However, truthfully, there were four children! | Great Uncle George played in the Senior Swingers. | Elsie, Gramma Heard's youngest sister and her son, Harold, also known as Sonny. | A good name is to be more desired than great riches... Proverbs 22:1 | 55
56: That is James Heard on the far left in the distinctly different uniform. I wish I knew more, but it appears that he was in leadership of a medical unit in the Army. | Gramma Heard putting the veil on Dorie Heard. January 21, 1956 | On the left are the Kopps from Germany. Edmunde and Albert in the back, their son Arno with wife Wally and daughter Heidi. When Gramma went to Germany, she visited Arno's sister, Hildegard. They were cousins.
57: Dorothea didn't speak English until she went to school at 6 years old, though she was born in New York. I wrote The Lord's Prayer out for her in German when she was about 85 and living in Florida She wasn't feeling well and had a hard time remembering, so she spoke it and I wrote it. Then I used a calligraphy pen to make it pretty. It was among her things when she passed away. Gramma visited relatives in Germany late in life and all her German came back! Her and I would speak "ein bischen Deutsch", since I learned in school and Gramma loved it! | My mom putting the headdress on me. September 9, 1983 | James Heard 1934 | "...the prayer of the upright is His delight." Proverbs 15:8 I'm certain Gramma and my mom prayed for me often. | 57
58: My Dad's family history.. James Clifford Takacs was born May 24, 1935, youngest of four children.. Jim, as he was called, took drum lessons in downtown Detroit, taking the bus and street car to get there from the house he grew up in on American Street in Detroit. On his 18th birthday, he began working for General Motors, sweeping floors and working up to an engineer upon retirement almost 40 years later. He met Dorothea Heard in Garden City, after a football game at a party. They were married on January 21, 1956 and divorced in 1972. Two daughters. Sheri Lynn, April 11, 1957, and Donna Kay, August 6, 1958 from those 16 years, and attended Good Hope Evangelical Lutheran church on Cherry Hill Road, in Garden City. I grew up with him playing in a band on weekends and new Year's Eve, first with the Nicky Dan Quintet, then his own band called JJ & Company. Practices were always at our house. One time during practice, my sister and I were watching TV and it caught fire! I ran downstairs to tell Dad and he heroically ran upstairs and tossed the TV into the backyard!! Then James was married for almost 20 years to Deborah. They had two sons, James John-Michael, April 4, 1979, and John Michael-James, July 5, 1983...that was the year I married Patrick! James' parents, Alexandra Anna Slezak and John Takacs, were married June 1931. Ella, as Alexandra was known, was previously married to Israel Cousineau, who used the first name Robert, and she brought a two year old daughter, Janet Ila, to the marriage. Ella and John had three children together, John Michael, Joyce Vivian, and my dad, James Clifford. Ella was a fabulous homemaker; cooking and baking delicacies like chicken paprika and Kolaches, sewing, crafting (they used to have classes in their basement), and crocheting. John worked hard as a tool and die welder and was handy with woodworking, making furniture. They loved to square dance. They made memorable Christmas Eve celebrations for the family for many years with twinkling lights, a big decorated Christmas tree, plenty of gifts and candy, and the delicious Hungarian cooking! They had an enormous sycamore tree in the backyard with a four-person glider that John built. All the grandkids played for hours on that glider! They lived on the corner of Kingsbury Street and Ford Road in Dearborn, and we'd walk to the Italian bakery or the Kowalski Meat store nearby, as well as the Lutheran Church they attended. There was a wonderful park down the street called Levigood Park where we'd play and swim. We celebrated Grampa's 80th birthday at that park! Ella was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 7, 1913. She was the oldest of 6 children of Anna Slezak, who was born in Czechoslovakia and came to the USA at 16 years old...Anna was one of 7 girls. Ella was a waitress in Detroit when John Takacs met her. Ella died February 7, 1992 on her 79th birthday. John's mother, Julia (maiden name Curtis or Kurtis or Kertes) died when he was 2, apparently from complications of childbirth. His father, Michael or Mihaly, died in a coal mining accident, in Coshocton, Ohio, on September 18, 1918. John was born August 28, 1909. He lived with his mom's half-sister, Anna Bodnar and husband Louis, in Dogtown, Ohio after he was orphaned at 9 years old, and she treated him poorly. (NOTE: Dogtown became Buckeyeville about 1963.) At 19, John obtained the money that was set aside for him, and hopped a freight train to Detroit. He ate at a restaurant there...and met Ella. John died August 27, 1995 one day before his 86th birthday. They were married 59 years. John's mother Julia was Mihaly's fourth wife. Both were born in Hungary (Mihaly, July 24, 1860 in the village of Bes in the Ung region of Hungary now known as Slovakia), but Mihaly was married to Maria when he came to the USA. Julia (born August 20, 1864) came to the USA in 1905 and she married Mihaly on November 5, 1908 in Congo, Ohio. History of the Takacs family has been challenging due to the many spellings of the last name: Tokatsh, Tokash, Tokach, Takosh, Tokaes, Takats, and Dokash. | Ella and John 1984 | Proverbs 14:23 In all labor there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.
59: John Takacs with grandsons Jimmy and Johnny, children of James Clifford and Deborah Takacs. | Ella and John traveled in an Airstream trailer to Florida and out west. | High School Graduation 1952 | Christmas 1971 All the cousins on the Takacs side: Diane, Sheri Lynn, Bettina, Dale, Linda, Cindy, Carol, Karen, Donna, Shelly. | 59
60: Justin doesn't care who holds him, Great Grampa or Great Gramma Takacs, as long as someone keeps the lovin' going! 1986 | Seems like as good a time as any to mention that the hazards of smoking weren't well known yet! That's James Takacs trying to get me to enjoy the rocking horse! | August 27, 1989 at Levigood Park in Dearborn we celebrated John Takacs' 80th birthday with a picnic. Left is Jimmy Takacs, Justin Essian, Johnny Takacs, Grampa, Jennifer Hogue, Jessi Lynn (Essian) Severance. Standing is Al Sorensen, husband to Janet (Takacs). Donna Hogue made the cake. | John and Ella Takacs at Christmas time 1960 at their Dearborn, Michigan home.
61: The Nicky Dan Quintet with Charlie Springer, Nick D'Annunzio, James Takacs, Al Young, and Bob Pici circa 1965. | Justin paints and Katie awaits a project just outside John Takacs' workshop in the basement of his house. It was a place of amazement as he repaired just about anything, and built furniture...including the children's stool I still have in the bathroom! | Christmas 1960 - James C. Takacs and John Takacs | "The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom..." Proverbs 15:33 In other words, to become truly wise, be willing to let go of your own standards and grasp hold of God's! The second half of that verse reads, "...and before honor comes humility." You must be humble enough to let go of your own opinions! | 61
62: Pat's mom's family history... Pat's mom, Marjorie Ann Ludwig, was born January 7, 1922, and she had three siblings; two brothers, one older named John but went by Jack, and the younger, Al. They were both veterans. She grew up on 3 Mile Drive in Detroit and attended grade school at St. Clare Montefalco in Gross Pointe Park, and high school at St. Paul on the Lake High School in Gross Pointe Farms. She was a good basketball player. After high school, she attended Michigan State University for a year or so. Her Dad urged her to come home and work at the family business in the payroll department due to the war taking all the young men. She was close to her siblings. Marjorie was creative; busy with crafts, knitting, crocheting, doing ceramics, painting, and various other artistic outlets. She also bowled and loved cheering her favorite sports teams. Pat says she could knit a pair of mittens in the morning while everyone was getting ready for school! She was blessed with 13 children and was firm yet gentle to manage the home. Pat also tells the story about when she had to put a padlock on the refrigerator door! She died of cancer the day after her 66th birthday, January 8, 1988. In her eulogy, son Jimmy is quoted, "Perhaps I am convinced that her greatest legacy is that she showed the strength and power of the Lord unto our generation." Mom Essian, as I called her, was devoted and faithful to Christ, and attended the Catholic church. Pat quotes his mom as saying, "Lord, I'll have all these kids, if you take care of them!" Carol told me that Aunt Fran, James Paul Essian's sister, and Marjorie worked together and that is probably how they met. They were married in St. Paul's. Her parents were John and Marie (Fecteau) Ludwig. John owned a sheet metal shop, and was a good businessman even though he had only a 6th grade education. The home Marjorie grew up in was a privileged home. They had a maid, traveled and owned a yacht. John was proper in his ways. He had cancer and died at about 54 years of age. Marie loved to play cards. Brother Tom remembers going to stay with his Gramma overnight and they'd play Canasta. She lived to her late 70's. Marie's parents owned a grocery store. | "She Looks well to the ways of her household..." Proverbs 31:27 | Marjorie (Ludwig) Essian, or Marge as she was known, graduation picture. 1940. | This photo captures Mom Essian's beautiful smile! Early 1980's.
63: Al Ludwig and sister Marge Ludwig 1939. | This is how I remember Mom Essian when I met her about 1982. | These photos are from my wedding. Al Ludwig and wife Vivian meet me for the first time that day, September 9, 1983, and Pat's best man and long time friend Rod Kosovich escorts Mom Essian down the aisle. And below, Mom Essian shares a few laughs and tears with the Bride and Bridesmaids just before the ceremony! | Mom made a beautifully painted nativity set and gave it to us the first or second Christmas we were married. | 63
64: These two photos were at Mom Essian's condo on Garfield and Canal Roads. Justin was born in 1986, so these were taken on visits later that year or early 1987. Justin was Mom Essian's number 24 grandchild! | Ann Marie Essian...or just Annie - Thanksgiving 2005. She lived with mom until mom passed away, then with brother Bob for a few years, then moved in with us in 1992. Annie got her own apartment in 1994, and has blossomed with her wonderful independence! | Annie loved our dog Abby! Annie ensured Abby got treats, and "dogsat" for us! Abby obeyed her every command....so cute!
65: All Mom's children from left to right: Mary and Jerry Youngblood, Sandy and Tony, Patrick and Sheri Lynn, Carolyn and Tom in back, Johnny and Beth in middle, and Barb and Bobby in front. In back next to Tommy is Michael and Nici in is front of him.Next to Nici is Jimmy and Janey is seated. Standing behind Jimmy is Chuckie with Debbie in front of him. Sitting in the chair is Annie with sister Barb on the armrest on Annie's right. Behind Barb is Carol and Ted Demetral, with Mark standing next to Ted and Betsy Abro sitting on Annie's left. | 65
66: Pat's Dad's family history... Pat's dad, James Paul Essian, was born on August 11, 1922, the fourth in a family of 8 children. Fran (Owens) was the oldest, then Mary (Trombley) Marge (Mitchell), James known as Jim, Alice (Walker), Edward, Patricia (Tunney), and Charles who was called Chuck. Dad Essian, as I called him, grew up downtown Detroit, where his parents ran a hotel. He was a self-employed painter and decorator. During World War II, he served in the Army's 10th Armored Division and was awarded the Silver Star "for conspicuous gallantry in action..." among other medals. He also was a professional boxer and played baseball while in the Army. He was involved in Y.M.C.A. He died January 24, 1996 and is buried in Allied Veterans Cemetery, Port Huron, Michigan. James' son, Tom, delivered the touching eulogy, telling the story of how Dad Essian threw away his medals. When Tom questioned him, Dad Essian said that "he was just as afraid as the next man, and whatever he did, he was just reacting to the inner strength that God had given him for the moment." He also shared this quote, "Don't ever hate any man...not for anything...cause chances are that while you're losing sleep because of your anger, the other man's probably sleeping like a baby." Jim attended the Catholic church. James Paul Essian's dad was named Harem or Horen Essaian, Essayian, or Yessayian. He was born in Fkari, Kayseri, Turkey, May 15, 1892. There was great persecution of the Armenians by the Turks and he came overseas on a liner named Santa Anna from a port in Patras, Greece to New York on July 14, 1911. He married Margaret, known as Marie, Ennis on November 5, 1915 in Highland Park. Margaret was born on December 19, 1892 in New York, New York. When Horen applied for naturalization, he was a machinist. Sometime later he ran a hotel in downtown Detroit. Horen became a U.S. citizen on April 9, 1941 under the name Charles Essian. It was Charles' brother, Harry Yessaian, who wrote a family memoir of the Essian family living in Turkey and the escape of one man to the USA due to the Armenian genocide. In "Out of Turkey", the life story of Donik "Haji Bey" Yessaian unfolds through memoirs and facts illuminating his incredible life events. The Yessaians originally came from the quaint village of Efkereh, in the Ottoman Empire, but relocated to the big city of Smyrna. They worked with wrought iron. Haji Bey, a nickname given to Donik Yessaian by Turk friends as a youngster, settled in the Dearborn, Michigan area. In the book, his life is recapped with this, "As an immigrant, he had done remarkably well in those days. He helped to improve production in the shoe factory, helped young girls in need, opened a boarding house, hotel, started a construction business, and managed a farm" (Page 217) "Out of turkey" is now out of print. | Signature of Charles Essian, also known as Horen Essayian.
67: These two photos are from our wedding in 1983. Dad Essian was a good dancer and had a great singing voice. Not sure who he's dancing with in photo on left, but on the right, he's holding hands with my mom and Marjorie Essian out of the photo but is on this other side. | The Essians sure know how to have fun! Here is Patrick, Bobby, Dad Essian, and Chuckie, about 1982. | I bought the very last book from the Armenian Research Center at U of M-Dearborn, March 2012. | 67
68: This letter refers to James Paul Essian's father, Charles Essian, also known as Horen Essayian and Horam Essayan. Another challenge to researching family history...Old world names being changed. Patricia Tunney is James' sister. | Photo taken at Chuckie and Debbie's wedding 1982...L to R, Ted Demetral, Patrick, Micheal, Tommy, Bobby, Chuckie, Mark Abro, Jerry Youngblood, Dad Essian, Jimmy, Johnny, and Tony.
69: James Paul Essian was an excellent painter, training his sons for the trade. The article appeared in the Port Huron Times Herald sometime in 1988. The above piece was in the YMCA's newsletter. | 69
70: History of Patrick and Sheri Lynn (Takacs) Essian Patrick and I met at an outdoor wedding in Pinckney, Michigan. My friend's younger brother was getting married in summer 1982. The groom's sister, Pamela, told me the wedding was casual, so I wore my shorts. When I got to the wedding, I was the only one in shorts...besides Patrick. That is how we met. After the ceremony, everyone changed into their shorts because it was piping hot. I was attending MSU, majoring in Physical Education, and Patrick owned a painting and decorating business, just recently come home from California where he intended to sow his wild oats. But California is where he met Jesus, changing the course of his life! The Lord took away the desire to party, and allowed him to chart a brand new course. Patrick continued to have his business, but now with a new philosophy on life! I, too, was changed by having met Jesus a year prior. In November '82, Patrick asked me to marry him, after we had gone to an Amy Grant concert. I wasn't so convinced, but with his persuasive ways I said, "Yes" and we were married ten months later on September 9, 1983. (Graduated from MSU June 1983) We started our married life renting a home in Petoskey, 626 1/2 Mitchell Street. The 1/2 meant that it was the second home on one lot....kinda different, but cute and Pat fixed it up and saved some rent. The following year, our neighbor told me about a teaching job at the middle school. I sort of just showed up and they offered me the job, and I made $15,000! I taught 6, 7, 8, grade physical education and 7th grade English for two years. We bought a home on Michigan Avenue in Petoskey. Justin was born June 28, 1986 and I took a year's sabbatical, but still coached volleyball and ran the student newspaper. During that year, Pat met an elderly gentleman with good business-sense at Petoskey United Methodist Church named Joe Blackmore, who saw potential in Pat and suggested he enter the financial industry. Joe's step-son was an Edward D. Jones representative, so he arranged a meeting. Pat and I interviewed at the headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri...that was an adventure! The transmission on the car froze, we had to leave it and take a train, then a bus, then a taxi that had a flat tire...I was 8 months pregnant with Justin! Pat got a rejection letter soon afterwards. But after a couple months, Pat called the interviewer, and persuaded the man to hire him In a few days, near Christmas time, Pat got an acceptance letter. Pat studied and trained, then we spent 6 weeks in Alpena, Michigan during the summer of 1987 for Pat to train under another broker. Then the big move to Bad Axe, Michigan in July of 1987. We rented an apartment, which was brand new - little did we know then that it was government assisted housing! I was one month pregnant with Jessi, and didn't know that either. The day Jessi was born was another incredible adventure; we had only one car and labor came soon after Pat left for work. I called the coffee shop, radio station, and police hoping to locate Pat - when I had called the coffee shop I had a contraction on the phone, and they sent Jim Horeski, an EMT, to drive me to the hospital. My friend was coming to care for Justin, but she delayed while things progressed quickly. Word got around and Pat heard that the baby was coming as he was using a payphone to call me, then zoomed to the hospital. He arrived just as Jessi was born at 11:08 am at Bad Axe Memorial Hospital. We had tons of well-wishes since the whole town of Bad Axe saw this incident unfold! We rented a house at 158 W. Irwin Street, Bad Axe and that's where we lived when Katie was born on December 21, 1989. I coached varsity volleyball at a nearby class D school, and Pat was still working hard to make the business grow but even though, received an unforgettable check for $0.00 on February 2, 1990. We began to wonder what God was doing...but this made him work harder and finally the business grew!
71: Pat's business bloomed and he spent about 12 years with Edward D. Jones, after which he moved to Raymond James Financial Services. He's been with RJFS about 13 years as of this writing and has two offices, with 7 brokers, and 8 staff. We bought a home at 7462 Bliss Street in Pigeon, so the kids could attend Cross Lutheran School. When Justin was about ten and involved in various activities, we decided to move closer to the office in Bad Axe. We built a home at 322 S. Outer Drive in Bad Axe in 1988, having lived in a rented house on the main street while it was being built. That is when we began to home school...Justin was in 5th grade, Jessi in third, and Katie first grade. Home schooling was rich and full of lessons and experiences, and by ninth grade each student entered the public high school. All three kids were in marching band, tennis and soccer, plus other activities, and I attended everything and loved it! In 1999, the world's best dog came into our yard and we enjoyed Abby for 13 years. On June 6, 1999, Dusko, my Serbian son, became a part of our family. On June 25, 2011, Justin married Jennifer L'Esperance and on October 1 of the same year, Jessi married Brad Severance. Katie is studying to become a Music Teacher at Grand Valley State University. Our family has been showered, or rather, flooded with God's goodness through all those changes and we thank Him. We adopted Proverbs 3:5 & 6 as our "family verse" and it is inscribed on a stone outside our front door: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." | Dusko graduates from Wayne State University | Pat and Justin on Long Lake in Alpena, Michigan | 71
72: I'm somewhere in that crowd of green-clad MSU graduates! Above, that's me at 5 years old hamming it up, then Donna and me in about 1960 in our Alta Street, Garden City, home, and to the right school picture about 1967.
73: My personal testimony of faith... My first Bible was from my Gramma and Grampa Heard on my 7th birthday, April 11, 1964. We attended Good Hope Evangelical Lutheran church, though I do not remember too many specifics about my life there, except that I wrote to a foreign pen pal through the church, and I went to confirmation in 7th grade. I had to memorize a verse and I choose my mom's verse she used when she was confirmed, mostly because I didn't know any verses! Luke 12:27, "Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." And I guess I didn't really learn it by heart, since I had to look it up! Although I was an honor student, I stumbled through the teen years, having too much freedom after the divorce and doing dumb stuff. However, I had a sense that I wanted to be really "good" one day, after I was bad for a while...I know it's twisted, but I remember thinking that! I attended Schoolcraft College, graduating with an Associates in Arts in 1977, then attended the University of South Florida and lived in Gramma Heard's garage apartment. All through this time of my life, I'm still going to church but there's no depth to my commitment to my faith. I returned home, a little homesick, and planned to go to Michigan State University. For that summer before MSU, I cleaned apartments, and I was to train the woman to take my place. Her name was Ethel and she had a bouffant hairdo, which was way out of style for 1979. On top of that, she had a wandering eye and told me she was a minister's wife. She was so odd and I felt so cool, that when she told me that I nailed her with this question, "Why did the Jews crucify Jesus...wasn't He a Jew Himself?" Funny, I don't remember having that question burning in my mind but it flew out of my mouth...and I do not even remember her answer! But, I do remember inside finally making a decision to voluntarily make Jesus the reason I think, say and do what I think, say and do! Fall came and I attended MSU as planned, and in this most secular place, I grew in my Christian faith! I made tons of mistakes, but God was having His way little by little. I belonged to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter on campus, and found a terrific church, East Lansing Trinity Church. I met Pat in my second year there (I took a long time to get a Bachelor's!) and we began to mature in our walk with Christ, working on a few projects, events, and outreach ministries, and taking that into our marriage. We always went to church and developed a network of friends from there, no matter where we lived. As each child arrived, I devoted myself to nurturing each one in Christ, and earnestly tried to be an example, as I understood without specific instructions, that children turn out much like their parents. Again, I made tons of mistakes, bad decisions, and wimpy stands, but God honored my heart's desire, and worked to make me the kind of person that could raise children willing to serve Him. I feel like crying just thinking about how God has tested my faith, matured me, and allowed me so much grace...and I still have so far to go! A couple years after Katie was born, I had a miscarriage. Through that dark time of depression, God emblazoned on my heart a special verse, "We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ," 2 Corinthians 10:5. This project is part of my personal passion to encourage others, particularly moms, to pass down faith in Christ to the next generation. | 73
74: Resources | Many people shared family details with me, but I particularly learned from these folks: My Mom's Family: Mary Busse, My Great Aunt; now deceased but we corresponded by letter for years. Omaha, NE Linda Paul Daughter of Gramma Heard's cousin, Hildegard Guelph, Ontario, Canada My Dad's Family: Jane Billecke Daughter to Grampa Takacs's cousin, Anna Bodnar Farmington Hills, MI Pat's Family: Tom Essian Brother-in-law, Clinton Township, MI Carol Demetral Sister-in-law, Sterling Heights, MI Mary Youngblood Sister-in-law, Marysville, MI
75: Psalm 78 "Listen, O my people, to my instruction...But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done...That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God..." | Sheri Lynn Essian | Telling the Next Generation | Mix family recipes, stories and histories, then blend scads of photos from various eras. Next, fold in Bible verses and God's truth, stir in your personal testimony and a ton of grace, then publish in hardcover format designed as a lasting legacy for family members far and wide! | Cozy warm | Always | Everyone | 75