Hannah Höh (Hay) of the Wiesbaden area of Germany was a special guest at the July 10 meeting of the Hillcrest Grange of Brothersvalley Township.
Working with Virginia Hay of Somerset, the two prepared a Deutsche Kueche — American Kitchen contest matching German kitchen words with their English translations. The contest featured items often found in the kitchen of the two countries. As the answers were being shared, dialogue between the two countries was exchanged.
Both reside in the village of Taunusstein (near Wiesbaden) with their mother, Helga Giesel-Höh. Both will be graduating in 2014 from the Taunusstein Gymnasium. Their father, Hartmut Höh resides in the village of Holzfeld and is a native of the village of Thaleisweiler-Fröschen in the Rheinland-Palatinate.
Through Hartmut's father, the late Werner Höh, their branch of the family is directly related to the majority of the Hay family members residing in Somerset County, especially those who are direct descendants of Pioneer Simon Höh (Hay), who resided in Hay's Mill, Brothersvalley Township. Simon and his brothers Valentine and Frantz as well as a cousin, Valentine Höh all immigrated from the Gerhardsbrunn region of southwestern Germany.
David Onstead, who spent three years (1987-1990) stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, won the contest matching the German kitchen items with their American translations. The program was coordinated by David R. Hay, program director, and followed a business meeting conducted by Leon W. Paul, Master.
The evening also served as the judging for the 2013 baking contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania State Grange. Beverly Truscott won first place and Ruth Paul second in the chocolate-chip bar cookie baking contest. Virginia Hay won first with her peach pie, while second place was awarded to Ruth Paul. The first place winners and David Onstead (peanut butter fudge) will prepare Hillcrest entries for the county judging contest to be held on Aug. 1 at Somerset Rural Electric.