Interview with Amelia Luft Vendegna
Mrs. Vendegna emigrated from Russia when a little over 1 year old. In her interview, she relates incidents in Russia and during the family's early years in Texas, Kansas, and Colorado; memories of the Depression; discrimination against Germans from Russia.Includes transcript and audio snippets.Excerpt 1: Beet farming in Colorado. Mrs. Vendegna describes her experiences as a young girl farming her family's farm; taking care of hired hands; milking; working in the beet fields. Text of this excerpt found on p. [26-30] of Interview with Amelia Luft Vendegna.Excerpt 2: Coming to America. Mrs. Vendegna relates stories told to her about: her father's first trip to the New World to Mexico and Kansas; his return to Russia; her mother's memories of the ship to America; measles on board ship toward the end of the trip; quarantine in Galveston, Texas; methods to reduce fever. Text of this excerpt found on p. [8-11] of Interview with Amelia Luft Vendegna.Excerpt 3: Cooking and gardening. Mrs. Vendegna describes her mother's garden; making watermelon syrup for a sweetener and as medicine; her own garden; canning fruits, vegetables, and jams. Text of this excerpt found on p. 49-51 of Interview with Amelia Luft Vendegna.Excerpt 4: Farming in Russia. Mrs. Vendegna passes on stories told to her by her mother of Russia: how the Germans came to live in Russia; farming methods in Russia; how the steppes used to be wild country; itinerant ministers once a month and the schoolmaster giving religious readings between visits from the minister. Text of this excerpt found on p. 11-14 of Interview with Amelia Luft Vendegna.