The Frau Erica Project
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Section header for Frauenfleiß (Women’s work), page 509 of Die Abendschule for 1921. This issue carried an extensive obituary of Frau Erica, most likely written by her daughter and editorial successor Dora (Dodo) Knief.

Adelheid (Frau Erica) Rickmeyer:
Recipes, household advice, devotional verse

A sample of Frau Erica’s devotional verse
In her her last two years, Adelheid lived with her daughter Frieda in Wheatridge, Colorado, where her son-in-law Heinrich Feiertag directed a Lutheran tuberculosis sanitarium. With her cookbook published and her syndicated column now being written by her daughter Dora Knief, Frau Erica continued to write devotional verse, a habit since her teenage years in Germany. On January 16, 1921, four days before her death, she composed this devotional poem for the Stadtmissionar. The editors described it as “fragmentärisch.”


Wenn wir keinen Heiland hätten

Wenn wir keinen Heiland hätten,
Keiner Helfer in der Not,
Keiner, der uns könnte retten
Vom Gericht und ew’gem Tod —
Ach, wir müßten ja verderben
Und in unsern Sünden sterben!

Wenn wir keinen Heiland hätten—
Doch, Gott Lob! wir haben ihn;
Jesus Christus will uns retten
Und aus dem Verderben zieh’n.
Sein Verdienst, sein Leiden, Sterben,
Machet uns zu Himmelserben.

Unser Heiland, den wir haben,
Ist der einige der Welt,
Dessen Namen hocherhaben
Gott uns über alles stellt.
In den teueren Jesus-Namen
Leget Gott sein Ja und Amen!

At Wheatridge

 

Frau Erica in retirement
Snapshots of Frau Erica seated on the grounds of the Lutheran sanitarium in Wheatridge, Colorado, and in her study are from Frau Erica’s great-granddaughter, Kathy Waldschmidt Miller.