The Pomnitz Family Newsletter Archive... Vol #1, Issue #3... Our Spring Issue!

Pomnitz Family Newsletter
The Pomnitz Family Newsletter Archive

Volume #1  Issue #3 Date: May 1st, 2001 - Spring 2001 Issue

The Pomnitz Family Newsletter

(Descendants of Adelbert Richard Pomnitz & Ida Marie Ernestina Telschaw)

From:  Art Meissner, Editor, Pomnitz Family Newsletter
To:  Family Members-we-know-of-with-e-mail

Editor:  Art Meissner....
Historian:  Charles Edwin Pomnitz....
Webmaster:  Edwin Charles Pomnitz, Sr.

Family Website:

Newsletter Editor, Art Meissner



  1.  Purpose of this Newsletter
June Reunion Plans-to-Date
Family Stories, Events and Biographies:
  Grandmother Ida Telschaw's Engel Buns Recipe!
         The Gow Children Remember Ida's Children - Part I

"Passages": Births, Anniversaries, Deaths, etc.
Family T-Shirt
Volunteer Needed to Translate from German!
Help Needed With Family Web Site Costs
  8.  Family Chat Room Now Open
Newsletter Mechanics:   
  Format & Layout of the Newsletter
Contact Information:
         How to subscribe/unsubscribe
         Where to send articles & news


THE PURPOSE of this newsletter:  to note and share items of possible interest for the "greater Pomnitz Family".  The 124 family names mentioned in the Family Tree are listed at   Please do send me suggestions or ideas for future newsletters:  they will be taken seriously.


All best wishes, Chuck"


Saturday, 23 June, 2001 - Full information is available on our website,

HOST is Patricia (Pomnitz) Kusiak
  Address:  15837 Valerie
                   Macomb Township, Michigan   48044
  Phone:     (810) 247-2358.

CO-HOST is Barbara (Pomnitz) Page
  Phone:    (810) 294-3129



Greetings to all of our extended family!

Our reunion will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2001.  It will take place at the home of Jim and Pat (Pomnitz) Kusiak, 15837 Valerie Drive, Macomb Township, Michigan (see enclosed map).  Pat and Barb (Pomnitz) Page will be our hostesses.

Festivities will begin at 1 p.m., with luncheon served at 2 p.m.  Since lunch will be largely catered, we will need to get an accurate count of how many will be attending.   Local family members are invited to bring their favorite dessert to be shared.   For those coming a long distance, just bring your appetites.

For those staying in the area, there is a beautiful shopping mall nearby.  Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which is just minutes away, has an interesting museum with a great variety of aircraft.  If you have not been to Frankennmuth, a visit to this little town of German heritage is a must and will require a pretty full day.  There are many activities in the Detroit area in connection with the City's 300th. Birthday.   Also, there are three casinos in the downtown Detroit area.  We have requested information from the Detroit Tourist Bureau relative the events taking place.

There are several motels a short distance away.  Details are attached.  We suggest that you make your reservations as soon as possible as it appears our area motels will be heavily booked that weekend.

You will be thrilled by the progress that Ed Pomnitz has made in establishing an orderly transition of family members over many generations.  Please bring any pictures, information and family memories you wish to share.

Please mail your response by May 30, 2001, and enclose $15.00 per adult and $7.00 per child (U. S. Funds) to defray expenses.  Replies should be sent to Pat Kusiak at the above address.  If you have children living in your area, please inform them of the reunion details.

Please join us for an afternoon of family memories!

Pat Pomnitz Kusiak, 810-247-2358
Barb Pomnitz Page, 810 294-3129

Valerie, Macomb, Michigan 48044.

ANY QUESTIONS:   Pat Kusiak, 810-247-2358 and Barb Page, 810 294-3129

ACCOMMODATIONS--DIRECTIONS--MAPS--HOTELS--BED & BREAKFASTS information is available on our website at

Get Ready for the Fun!

PLEASE SEND US FAMILY STORIES, BIOGRAPHIES and notes of interest for future newsletters.  Questions about any aspect of the Family Tree or history?  We’ll track down answers for you.  Jot down a bio-note about yourself, one of your parents, or one of your immediate family.  They will be shared and saved in the Archives.

HERE IS ANOTHER TRUE FAMILY RECIPE:  Grandma Ida (Telschaw) Pomnitz used this recipe to make what Ruth Gow-Borras calls "Engel Buns".  Ruth got this recipe from her Mother, Nora, who in turn got it from her Mother, Ida:


  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2/3 - 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 egg beaten in a measuring cup
  • 1 cup (minus the egg) milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup nuts (optional)

Sift dry ingredients.  Add sugar.   Cut in shortening.  Add raisins.  Add milk/egg and vanilla.  Knead a little.  Roll out to a thickness of 1/3 -1/2 inch.  Cut in circles with a glass tumbler about 2" in diameter.  Bake in 400 degrees for 12 minutes.  Enjoy!

THE GOW CHILDREN REMEMBER IDA'S CHILDREN:  PART I - 04-30-01 - Fergus, Ontario... From Ruth Gow Borras:

Today, April 30, is our mother's (NORA) birthday.  She would have been 103!  Five of us Gow children got together and we started remembering Mother and all the aunts and uncles.

In the summer of 1942, our family went to the Bi-Wy (I am not sure of the spelling), the cottage which belongs to the Binney-Wyche families, hence the acronym, in the Sauble Beach area of Ontario.  Now I (Ruth) was just a toddler of 20 months, sister Alice would be around 7, and sister Marion around 12 or 13. Bob thinks he was there, but my sisters don't remember his being there.

I got new sandals for the weekend get-away, and my mother had made me a very cute yellow dress with brown piping on it.  Sister Alice took an abundant array of clothes with her.  To make sure that she got a chance to model them all, she made several trips upstairs to change.  Alice recalls there was a string to pull the light on and off.  Because it was hard for her to reach, she decided after one of her changes that she wouldn't struggle anymore to pull the string to turn the light out.  Of course someone was heard to ask later on, "Who left the upstairs light burning?" and of course, Alice ignored the question.

The WYCHE children, MARJORIE, LOIS and DONALD were there.  JIM WYCHE was not born yet, or at least my sisters don't remember his being there.  Ruth Wyche told the story of how she had been a bit anxious about Donald not starting to walk, and that while they had been on a trip with Donald, she sent her
mother, Aunt Birdie, a telegram which momentarily frightened her.  The telegram read: "Donald walked at 6:00 p.m."

The state-of-the art cooking equipment of the time was the "outside-the-oven roaster."  A whole chicken was cooked in this electric miracle, and everyone talked about this newfangled kitchen appliance.   Alice recalls that beets were on the menu.  Her face was all covered with them, and remembers one of the cousins saying, "Isn't she a sight for sore eyes!"

The cousins had a club in a clump of trees:   the "Sergeant J.G. Club."  There were some who stood guard outside the perimeter.  Ruth Wyche showed the children a new way to walk in the sand.  You put your toes down first, and then the rest of your foot.

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Design a logo for our T-Shirt

A Pomnitz Family T-Shirt will be on sale at cost at the Reunion.  Send your LOGO SUGGESTIONS to

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VOLUNTEER NEEDED TO TRANSLATE FROM GERMAN:  Our Family Researchers (Ed Pomnitz & Chuck Pomnitz) are soliciting your help if you can read and translate German to English.  While both of them know a bit of German, occasionally they run into documents that could use a master's hand.  If you can help (or know someone who can help), please contact us.  Our thanks!

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HELP NEEDED WITH FAMILY WEBSITE COSTS (a note from the Editor):  Our Pomnitz Family Website is almost two years old now.  Ed Pomnitz (our genetic computer guru) has designed and developed the Site, relying on irreplaceable help from Chuck Pomnitz among others.  Few know, however, that Ed has borne not only the development cost, but also donates the monthly maintenance costs of keep the Family Website open to all via computer, 24 hours each day.  Even at cut-rate, this costs well over $20 per month, out of pocket.  Now:  Be clear:  Ed loves his work and this family project.  But, perhaps the rest of us might want to lend a hand in "sponsoring" our website.  Grampa Adelbert and Gramma Ida will smile upon you!!!

  • Please send your contributions to:

    Mr. Edwin C. Pomnitz, Sr.
    7891 Marlborough Ave.
    Parma, Ohio 44129

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    FAMILY CHAT ROOM NOW OPEN:  The family website now offers family members (only) their own 'chat-room', where you can (at no cost to you, except time) chat with others anywhere in the world.  You can find it in the "In Touch" area,,   just click on  "Family Chatter"  This area requires a USER ID and PASSWORD.  You may contact and it will be E-Mailed to you.

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    NEWSLETTER MECHANICS:  TROUBLE VIEWING THE NEWSLETTER IN THIS FORMAT??:  Please notify to describe any problems you are having.  This Newsletter is composed and sent to you in "plain text" since some subscribers may not have computers capable of handling graphics in their e-mail.  For a 'graphic version' of the newsletter, go to the Newsletter section on our family website.

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    SEND E-MAIL REPLIES TO  Replies by regular postal mail may be sent to Art Meissner, Editor, Pomnitz Family Newsletter, 15 Three Oaks Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572-2675.  (845) 876-6407.

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    NEXT NEWSLETTER is tentatively scheduled for August.  It will contain a complete summary of our Family Reunion in June, as well as any articles submitted by family members.  Please help by submitting
    newsletter items no later than August 1.  THANKS!

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    Is this rational?

    "By putting 'it' off until today, I made one less mistake yesterday!"

    From Ed Pomnitz, Sr.

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