earns his U.S. citizenship
has lived in Madison for the past 37 years
(October 2009) Horst Moehlmann and his wife,
Mary, have seen years of hard work and dedication pay off in two areas
of their lives. The owners of a popular Madison bakery have expanded
their business to open a downtown location catering to tourists and
area store owners. They now operate bakeries at 220 Clifty Dr. on the
hilltop and at 112 E. Main St. downtown.
by Don Ward
in 1972 after
answering an ad
for a bakery.
This growth should come as no surprise to those who know
and love the donuts of Horsts Little Bakery Haus. What might be
more surprising is the fact that the family is also celebrating the
swearing in of Horst as an official U.S. citizen.
On Sept. 17, Horst was sworn in as a citizen after having lived in Madison
for the past 37 years. The couple traveled to Indianapolis for his official
Oath Ceremony, which took place on Citizenship Day.
Its emotional, said Horst.
Mary added, I have never seen a person so proud to become a U.S.
citizen. He is telling the town how excited he is. You would think it
In 1972, Moehlmann moved to Madison from Oldenburg, Germany, after answering
a newspaper ad seeking bakery workers. The ad had been placed by a former
Oldenburg resident, John Dieken, who operated Diekens Bakery for
36 years. Dieken served as Moehlmanns sponsor for his emigration,
a requirement in the past for those looking to move to the United States,
and guaranteed him a job. Moehlmann, who arrived speaking no English,
recalls his first reaction to Madison, saying, It was all new
Diekens decision to hire Moehlmann proved to be a positive one,
not only for his own business, but for the entire Madison community.
He is probably the most dependable worker we had, recalled
Dieken. Cant find a better man!
When Moehlmann began work, he would come in to the store at midnight
and start preparing the donuts, coffee cakes, pastries and breads that
made the bakery so popular. Those years of hands on experience and dedication
are certainly one reason Moehlmann can honestly claim, everything
as his area of baking specialty.
Moehlmann worked in Diekens Bakery until the owners retired in
2001. Then in 2004, after receiving numerous requests from those who
remembered his cooking skills, he and his wife opened Horsts Little
Bakery Haus on the Madison hilltop.
Now, five years later, the business employs 13 people and has expanded
to include a downtown store.
Moehlmann credits the bakerys popularity to the fact that they
make everything by hand. Its old-fashioned, he says.
Dieken finds his former em-ployees accomplishments no surprise
saying, If you know what you are doing, putting out a quality
item, success just follows.
After 37 years as a legal resident, Moehl-mann was encouraged by friends
and family to take the final step and become an official citizen.
We kind of pushed him, Mary says with a laugh.
Moehlmann explains that many people had stressed the difficulty of the
citizenship exam. You have to study the test history,
geography. I studied for about two weeks, he says of his preparations.
The oral exam took 45 minutes to complete and covered a range of civic
and legal questions. Theres a lot of paperwork, said
Mary, listing some of the required forms.
Moehlmann also had to be fingerprinted and underwent a background check
before the process could be completed. It might be good if all
us Americans would take the citizenship test just to show what we have
forgotten or maybe never learned about our country, Mary said.
We have the privilege to live in this great land and should stand
together as family, friends and a great community. I wish we could all
have the excitement about our country as Horst has about becoming one
As a successful business owner and popular member of the community,
Horst Moehlmann certainly has achieved the American dream.
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