Siegelau 10 December 1892
It has taken a little longer for me to start writing. As I told you several
times before, I am getting to be more and more negligent in this regard and
apologize for it.
We have had winter weather here for about eight days, however, a very mild
one. There is a thin cover of snow but no frost anymore. Right now, however,
it is snowing so hard as if it wanted to cast down a tremendous snow, but
not cold. Otherwise we had beautiful weather this summer, a little sunshine,
warm and always alternating with rain. The potatoes have turned out best. We
had not harvested that many for quite some time. Feed and fruits were
average. No pears, but a great lot of apples. Livestock prices have gone
down quite a bit this fall. In addition we also had hoof and mouth disease
in our community and there was an official declaration of quarantine. One
could not sell any livestock for two months, except for slaughter cattle to
the butcher. We were spared, whereas Trenkler was afflicted by it. Now
everything is over again.*
Little Bertha (that is the name of the little girl that we took over from
Trenkler) is well and grown in accordance with her age.** She is delicate
and can not take much. Now we have little girls in abundance and still in
prospect. It is thought that Trenkler will marry again, shortly after
Christmas, and he will marry Marie of the Resch farm.
The condition of the foot of your brother Franz Anton is still the same and
will stay that way. His knee joint is stiff. So far he receives support in
the amount of 5 marks 60 a month.
I don"t know whether I already told you that the wife of teacher Weber in
Waldkirch died last summer.
I want to conclude now with a greeting of friendship to your wife and you;
wishes that you will stay well.
Fr. Anton Fahrlander
Best wishes for the New Year 1893. I am surprised that you have not told us
the name of your little son.***
*Hoof and Mouth Disease crops up quite often. I found figures on this: the
number of cattle having the disease rose from over 394,000 in 1891 to over
1,504,000 in 1892 - just one year's time. Refer also to letters of 7 Aug.,
1883; 20 Dec., 1896 and 29 Oct., 1899.
**Daughter born to Rosa just before her death.
***Referring to Emil