Came to the U.S. on the same ship.
John Sautter and Dorothea Knoepfle at the age of 12, were both brought to the United States on the same ship without knowing each other. Their parents did not know each other, but moved to the same community near Artas, South Dakota, where John and Dorothea eventually met each other.

It was rumored that Dorothea Sautter actually had 19 children, but many died in infancy. Her husband John would not allow her to go to a doctor and delivered all babies himself. She would have the baby one day and be up working the next. One wondered how she could do it.

Great recipes
Grandma (Dorothea) Sautter was very good at baking as well as preparing daily meals. Many of her popular recipes were passed down to her children and are still prepared today by third and fourth generation families.

German recipes from Linton, North Dakota from the Linton Cookbook

Wonderful crochet and quilt work
Grandma (Dorothea) Sautter's expert crochet pieces are still in existence today as well as rag rugs and other handiwork.

The Sautter rooming house
The large Sautter rooming house had a cistern off the kitchen where rain water was gathered and stored for use. The kitchen's cooking stove was cast iron and was fueled by wood and coal. It was always warm in the kitchen because of the heat from cooking and baking. Decorative dishes could be seen on display. The south side of the house had a long and roomy enclosed porch full of windows that wrapped around the west corner and went to the rear kitchen door. The living room and dining room were divided by a large, varnished, wood paneled sliding door. The woodwork and crown moldings were large and evident with their dark varnish standing out from the wallpaper patterned walls. Occasionally piano-roll music could be heard from the large upright piano in the living room. The front of the house had a generous porch both down and upstairs, trimmed in a Victorian multi-colored style. Large white wooden lawn chairs graced the porch. The "celler" doors were outside the house at the rear and always posed a curiosity. Through the back yard and across the alley there was the "Creamry" or Richard Sautters cream station on the corner. This is the way it was in 1942.

NOTE: A few years later the Sautter family house was sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ray and Helen Juhola who moved in with their family and decided to continue operating it as a rooming house, which the Sautter's had done for years. In later years Helen Juhola decided to write a book on all their unusual experiences while living in and renting rooms in the house, and in 1986 it was published under the title: "Life in a Rooming House" by Helen Adams Juhola.

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