The Frau Erica Project
Muellers in America:
The first 155 years


The Mueller Farm, on Kammerer Road east of Kendallville, Indiana, photographed in rain June 4, 2007, by Mark Nickel

The Frau Erica Texts
An index of biographies, memoirs, histories, recipes, and oddments

The Frau Erica Project has lots of text files — long and short, English and German — all of them linked from the appropriate family pages. That means, however, that some readers might not discover things of interest that are available elsewhere on the site.

This index gathers most of those text files, sorts them by genre, and provides links (usually a name). There are 78 of these text files in the archives. To narrow your search, select:

Biography | Memoir | History | Literary Work | Letters | Recipes | Oddments || All Files

Poetry, Prose, Literary Work

Chan, Kam Kwai    Five Poems
Some of Kam Kwai’s writings appeared in Chinese-language newspapers in Chicago. Her poetry incorporates more personal reflections on a long and eventful life. These poems, presented in the original Chinese with English translation, were written in 2016.

Grams, Paul    From Seventy-Eight Sonnets (1978)
Poet Paul Grams turned 30 in 1978. His self-published Seventy-Eight Sonnets gathered more than two years of his work.

Mueller, Ernie    Ernie’s Foot, Foot foot, and Foot Foot Foot story
Ernie Mueller was, among other things, a born storyteller. No one knows whether “Foot, Foot Foot, and Foot Foot Foot” was his original composition, but his telling was highly original and memorable for a generation of nephews and nieces.

Rickmeyer/Mueller, Adelheid (Frau Erica)    Frau Erica: Recipes, household advice, devotional verse
When Frau Erica arrived in the 1860s, there were already about 2.45 million Germans in a country of about 35 million people. This is the preface to her German-American cookbook.

Rickmeyer/Mueller, Adelheid (Frau Erica)    A sample of Frau Erica’s devotional verse
On January 16, 1921, four days before her death, Frau Erica composed this devotional poem for the Stadtmissionar. The editors described it as “fragmentärisch.