MARY AND WILLI LEHNER:
Jenny | Nick | Pakou
| Mackenzie | Erika |
Mark | Pakou | Delia
| Tim | Dylan | JP
Anna | Alice | Gabby
| Kyle | Brett | Martin
Sarah | Marcus
Do you know what yodeling is? It's
when you change your voice to different sounds. It's like singing.
Willi Lehner is a cheese maker and a yodeler too. His
family is from Switzerland. The person who taught him how to yodel is
his mom. When he was in first grade, he sang a song for a Christmas
party, and his mom said that when she heard him singing she decided
to teach him how to yodel. She would play records for him, and he kept
on playing them too so he would learn how to yodel. Willi said that
now he is teaching his daughter the same songs.
Yodeling is when you sing, and raise
and lower your voice just like Tarzan.--Nick
Willi practises yodeling every day.--Pakou
Mary Lehner came over on the Queen
Mary when she was 22. The trip over took five days. When she arrived,
she thought Wisconsin was really big, because Switzerland is one third
of Wisconsin and a third of Switzerland is not livable because of mountains.
She brought with her a liking of gardening. She also brought
with her some Swiss songs, and when she got married and had kids she
taught them these songs. "We used to practice once a day,"
said Willi, one of her children.
Willi's dad was a cheesemaker. At age five, Willi started
helping in the cheese factory, scrubbing machines and floors. He didn't
actually start making cheese until he was nine.
Now Willi is still a cheesemaker, and he goes around to
five different factories making different kinds of cheese such as swiss
and cheddar. --MacKenzie
Willi Lehner is a very talented man.
He can make cheese, yodel, and keep a family going. He came in and told
us about his experirences and his culture.
Switzerland is like a fairytale land. There are cows on
the hills and beautiful scenery. They make cheese and garden. But then
again, Switzerland is quite small. It is about a third the size of Wisconsin.
If you drive out of one town, you are immediately in another.
Willi's mother moved here because her husband lived here.
He also makes cheese and yodels.
Willi learned to yodel when he was seven. His parents
thought he had a good voice. He said it takes about ten years to really
know how to yodel. He sang a couple of songs for us, and they were beautiful.
What I know about Will Lehner is
that he yodels and he's a cheesemaker. And he came from Switzerland.
He started yodeling when he was just seven years old.
It was fun for him, I think. He started by listening to records and
singing with them and that's how he got good. When his mom went to see
him perform she couldn't believe it. It was beautiful to her. He knows
He learned to make cheese when he was a young boy, too.
He saw his Dad making it and that is how he got started. He makes it
from milk and curds. To make it tasty, you put bacteria in. Not bad
bacteria, good bacteria.
Now what I know about his mom is that her name is Mary
and that she came to the US when she was 24. She has six kids, and all
of them were singers. They had a singing family. --Rodrigo
Willi learned to yodel when he was
ten years old. He listened to yodeling on the radio and practiced it.
He was raised in Mt. Horeb. He felt mostly American but still felt Swiss,
His mom Mary is from Switzerland. She came to Mount Horeb
where her husband made cheese. Mary would listen to the radio and yodel
along. She makes her own bread and gardens. --Mark
Mary is the mother of Willi. Mary
and Willi were born in Switzerland. Switzerland is very different than
the US because it is smaller, they have different clothing, different
foods, different songs, different language, different money, and different
Willi started yodeling when he was seven years old. It
took ten years for him to learn. He uses different tunes. Willi sang
the song Come to the Mountain for us. He practises yodeling every day.
He knows 20
Willi's dad was a cheesemaker and Willi always wanted
to be a cheesemaker. He makes cheddar cheese, brick cheese, and swiss
Willi sells cheese to people himself, and he doesn't sell
cheese in the store. --Pakou
They say that what makes a good yodeler
is if he or she has their own style. --Delia
Originally yodeling helped people communicate.
The low sounds traveled the farthest. --Tim
You don't want small holes for Swiss
cheese. You want large holes. --Dylan
Mary Lehner had six kids who were singers.
They had rosti and fondue for breakfast. --JP
Mary Lehner, Willi's mom, came to
the United States from Switzerland when she was 24. She came over on
a boat called the Queen Mary. It
took five days. When Mary got here her husband had already come over
and was making cheese. Willi's cousins live in Switzerland and he lives
in Blue Mounds Wisconsin USA.
Willi says Switzerland is like a fairytale land. Cities
are very close together.
Mary likes gardens. They raise lots of leek in Switzerland,
but they don't grow sweet corn.
In Switzerland, the grandpa usually gets the grandchild
a Swiss jacket for Christmas.
Willi listened to records of people yodeling to help him
learn. He knows about 20 songs. Mary made himn practice every day. He
was seven when hear learned how. Most songs are about Nature.
The bacteria in cheese makes it taste different, and aging the cheese
makes it taste diffrent. -- Dylan
Mary Lehner, Willi Lehner's mom, came to the US
from Switzerland as a young woman alone on the Queen Mary, a journey
that took five days. She then spent one year in Barneville with Willi's
father before moving to Mt. Horeb, where she is today.
Willi traveled to Switzerland where he got his cheesemaking
license. Switzerland is a third the size of Wisconsin, and a third of
it is uninabitable because of mountains. Willi says that verything starts
feeling compressed after a while.
Willi told us some interesting things about cheesemaking,
like the fact that bacteria is the biggest part in the cheese's taste.
When Willi Lehner was a kid he felt
more American than Swiss, but as he got older he felt more like a Swiss
American because he had traveled to Switzerland and gotten to know people
there. It's like a fairytale is how he described it. He told us the
only reason he left was because it was so small and cramped.
Willi started yodeling when his mom heard him sing and
decided to teach him some songs. Sometimes they would go around and
sing in a group and wear special outfits. He learned how to yodel when
he was seven, but it took him ten years to get really good. He had five
other siblings, but he was the yodeling soloist.--Alice
Gardening hasn't changed for Mary.
She grows almost everything she grew in Switzerland. To eat, she makes
something like hashbrowns, it's called Rostil. She also makes bread
and pies. --Gabby
This is sort of a how you make cheese. First, you
get organic milk. Then you add a certain amount of bacteria that gives
it flavor. Then you let the bacteria eat the milk sugar, then put it
in a curder. You feel it. If it's rubbery, then you can cut it into
slabs. You let it age in a refrigerator. --Kyle
Mary Lehner came to the US from a country called
Switzerland. Switzerland is a third the size of Wisconsin, and a third
of Switzerland is mountains, so it is a very small country. She came
to the US because her boyfriend did. He was a cheesemaker in Mt. Horeb.
She came over on a boat by herself. She said that they
gave her free drinks on the boat. Mary had six children, and one of
them was Willi.
She taught them all kinds of Swiss songs and they learned
how to yodel.
At one point, Willi knew 36 different Swiss songs, all
with yodeling in them.
Willi also learned how to make cheese from his Dad. The
diffferentbacteria in cheese give it different flavors. --Brett
Mary Lehner left her family, her
heritage and her country and sailed on the Queen Mary to be with her
cheese making boyfriend in Wisconsin. She was only 22 years old. The
Swiss couple moved to Mount Horeb and had Willi and his five siblings.
They all learned to sing and yodel at a very young age. Willi was the
biggest yodeler in the family, and always sang the tricky parts.
He also helped his dad in the cheese plant at an early
age. He has a picture of himself standing on top of a big wheel of cheese.
As he got older, he began to do more and more complext things at the
factory. He spent a lot of time scrubbing floors, pails, vats, machines,
and many other things. Then he finally started to make cheese. --Martin
Willi is a yodeling cheesemaker. He visits Switzerland
frequently. His mother, Mary, came from Switzerland because her boyfriend
(Willi's Dad) was in the US making cheese and he wanted her to come
join him. It took five days on ship.
Willi said that Switzerland is about one third the size
of Wisconsin. It is very compressed. In Switzerland, they ate fondue,
pies, bread,and braided bread.
Willi is an excellent yodeler. He yodeled a song in Swiss to us, then
translated it into English. The song's English name is Come to the Mountain.
Willi learned to yodel when he was seven. He learned by listening to
records and sometimes singing along. He is teaching his daughter some
songs. Most Swiss songs have something to do with Nature.
Willi's father started making cheese with an apprenticeship.
He worked on a farm at first, then he worked in a cheese factory scrubbing
a lot, and then finally he actually learned to make cheese.
Bacteria is the way cheesemakers make cheese taste different.
Did you know that cheddar is not actually orange? The makers put food
coloring in the cheese. Except Willi makes the white kind. I think that
way is a lot more natural.
I think Willi and Mary are great, interesting people.
I had a lot of fun with them! --Sarah
Willi has his own special cheese
called Blue Mound. He goes to other cheese fatories to make this special
cheese. He goes to other factories because he does not have his own.