Elizabeth (Bessie)

Born: May 3, 1889

Died: April 21, 1973

Picture Page
Picture provided by Bill (Edward).

Charles (Mathias' son), Mathias, Alma (George's Wife), Bessie (Mathias' daughter).

Willie (Mathias' brother), Gregory (Charles son), Matt, Mary, Monica (George's Children) (Pictures provided by Sr. Mary Christine (George)

Bessie never Married. According to Clem, Bessie's youngest brother, Bessie took care of the family. Bessie is the Godmother to Mary Christine, daughter of George and Alma. Judy Peters Smits sent me 3 of Bessie's recipes from a book she found in Coleman or Pound. Book was from the 30's. Here they are:

BREY (Holland Dish)

Boil a pig head or porkshanks, and remove from broth. Strain and measure broth and add more water to make four quarts. To this, add 3 tablespoons salt, 1 tablespoon ground allspice and one pound of cracklings. Put back on stove and when it begins to boil, stir in buckwheat flour enough to make it stiff. Remove from fire and pack down in granite pan. When cold, slice and fry and serve with dark syrup.


Four lbs. of beef flank, trimemd. Spread out flat and sprinkle with poultry seasoning and roll tight and tie with string. Make a brine of salt and water and put roll in brine overnight. In the morning, take roll out of brine and put in a kettle and cover with water and boil until tender. Then take out and put between two plates and place a heavy weight on top. When cold, cut in thin slices and serve.

Mary Christine and Godmother Bessie at Mary's Graduation June 1, 1942.


One slice of round steak cut one inch thick. Spread butter over the top and cover with rolled cracker crumbs. Place in roaster with small amount of water and bake one hour in slow oven.

Marinette Eagle Star, Monday, April 23, 1973 FORMER COUNTY RESIDENT DEAD

Coleman - Miss Elizabeth Martens, 83 of Green Bay died Saturday evening at St. Vincent Hospital in that city. She had been a patient for a day. Miss Martens was born May 3, 1889, at DePere and moved to Coleman with her parents as a child.

She resided in Coleman until 1948 when she moved to Green Bay (Note: Per Sr. Mary she lived with The Daley family). In 1954 she moved to Two Rivers and lived there until returning to Green Bay in 1967. Since 1969, she had resided at San Luis Manor Nursing Home in Green Bay.

Surviving are three brothers, Raymond of Pound, Harry of Coleman and Clement of Green Bay. Four brothers and three sisters died previously.

Friends may call at Rhodes mortuary from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. There will be a Bible vigil there at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Final rites will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church with the Rev. Byron Belanger officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.