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Vol. 7 No. 2 April - May 2019 Issue Complimentary

Historical Society of North German Settlements
in WNY takes “trip” to Uckermark ancestral lands

Popular authentic German restaurant closes Member shows The church steeple rises above the trees in Bergholz, Germany. The
photos illustrating photos were provided by Elaine Timm and were shown by Cindy
Owners of Black Forest Adler cite old country heritage Sileo at the monthly meeting of the Historical Society of North
stresses of restaurant business; German Settlements in Western New York on Feb. 21. All pictures
customers shocked, disappointed by Alfred Karney were taken during a trip several members of the society took to this
part of Germany in 2018.
by Alfred Karney one last time, overwhelming the Members and guests at the
Brauns with over 100 calls per day. monthly meeting of the An example of one of many burial plots in the Uckermark of a
After delighting the palates Historical Society of family with a surname familiar to residents of Niagara County. In
of area diners for more Linda Schmieder, one of the North German Settlements in West- many cases, the people buried in these plots are relatives of families
than seven years, the regulars, said of Gerhard that “his ern New York were treated to a living in the area of Sanborn, Bergholz and North Tonawanda. In
Black Forest Adler at 2447 Niag- food tasted German, it was authen- travelogue on Feb. 21 including this photo appears the burial plot of the Devantier family in
ara Falls Blvd., Amherst, closed tic German. It’s a shame given the photos of the ancestral lands of Bergholz, Germany.
Feb. 24. large footprint of German Ameri- many of the German Americans of
cans in this area who enjoyed a Niagara County. These tools and other specimens on display at the museum in
One regular customer, Chris good German meal just like Oma Bergholz, Germany, are similar to the specimens that can be viewed
Koelbl, a former German honor- made” that the restaurant had to Member Cindy Sileo showed at the Das Haus museum in Bergholz, NY.
ary consul for Western New close. pictures of a trip she and several
York, said he “always had a good other members of the society made
meal there.” The restaurant’s on- “I will miss his maultaschen,” last year to Uckermark where Berg-
line ratings exceeded 4.5 out of she added, explaining that mault- holz is located. In addition to Berg-
five stars. aschen is a specialty from Swabia holz, she also showed pictures of
in the southern part of Germany. It Brussow, Prenzlau, Boock,
A recorded message on the is a square pocket of pasta dough Grimme, Locknitz, Mewegen,
restaurant’s answering machine filled with meat and various vege- Wollschow, Sommersdorf, Plowen,
shortly after it closed stated that tables and seasonings. Schmieder Fiddichow, Nipperwiese which is
the staff wished “to say thank you also said Gerhard’s salad plate was now Ognica, Poland, Grunz, Pen-
to all of our customers and friends good. kun and Wittenberg.
who supported us over the years.
If you are still holding a gift card Another regular, Karen Boe- Highlighting the connections
and you would like to be reim- hm, noted that Gerhard would that the German residents of
bursed for that please leave your come out of the kitchen to talk to Wheatfield, Sanborn, Bergholz,
name, telephone number and the the customers. The restaurant’s Wallmore and North Tonawanda
number of your gift card and closing sent “shock waves have to the Uckermark, burial plots
we’ll get back to you in the next throughout the German communi- with familiar surnames were among
couple of weeks.” The number to ty,” she said, because people real- the many photos shown. Sileo read
call is 716-564-2447. ized they were losing a “gem.” the various surnames associated
with several of the villages. (They
On its Facebook page prior to “They were getting really au- appear in the accompanying table.)
closing, the owners, Gerhard and thentic German food. It brought in
Laura Braun, cited “long hours, people who hadn’t had German Many have seen the Milleville
employee turnover, equipment food before.” She described the farm on Saunders Settlement Road.
failures, wage hikes… and little restaurant as “a very warm place, a Sileo showed an exhibit delineating
time for a personal life” as the very inviting place.” the Milleville family tree in a muse-
stressors motivating them to end um in Bergholz, Germany. It has
their run. Owner Laura Braun said that the familiar names of Milleville,
when Gerhard arrived in Western Dubois, Hurtienne, Sy, Bettac and
“Owning a restaurant is hard New York in 2010 he looked at the Wittkopf from all over the Ucker-
work,” they said. Closing it was German restaurants here and mark including Fahrenwalde, Ploe-
“bittersweet” because many of the thought that people might like wen, Prenzlau, Schwedt, Stettin,
customers became good friends. something more authentic. He had Angermunde, Begemuhl and Berg-
“We’re so sorry to previously been a chef in Germany holz.
disappoint…but as they say, the for over 15 years. Laura said that
one constant in life is change.” Gerhard is happy that the custom- Uckermark is in the northeast-
ers now realize the difference be- ern part of Germany. Some of it is
Upon learning that the restau- tween “factory food” and no longer in Germany but now in
rant was closing, many made res- “homemade from scratch.” Poland as the international border
ervations so they could eat there was redrawn at the end of World
continued on page 12 War II. Thus, Sileo’s photos
showed Polish flags flying in some
of the villages and historical mark-
ers in three languages, German,
Polish and English.

Sileo’s travelogue included
photos of churches, a Dominican
monastery, museums, monuments
commemorating the anniversaries
of villages, a stork’s nest, the coun-
tryside and the people they met,

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