Siegelau, 11 February 1889
This time again I have to announce a message of mourning. I do not know if
we have informed you that my brother Fidel had been in the hospital in
Waldkirch since the middle of September of last year. This was because
around the 8th of September of last year when he still lived with us in the
granary, he experienced a very slight stroke.* Due to that he could not walk
all that well anymore. He believed the cause of his affliction was due to
the fact that his food was not strong enough. Then he went to the hospital.
He did recover there somewhat but never became quite right again. SInce that
time he has come to see us several times, stayed with us overnight and left
the following day. He also intended, if the weather should become warmer
again, to come back again. On the 10th of January he was here for the last
time. On Friday, the 7th of this month, in the afternoon at 3:30 he suddenly
died in the hospital. I was told that he had been sitting at the table
occupying himself with splitting sticks of wood to light fires, and then had
reclined. Another person had lifted him up. People had still put him to bed
and in this manner he died quickly. We conveyed the body here and he was
buried yesterday, before noon.
I can not at all say at this point how negotiations are concerning property
division will turn out. It is believed that his property will go to some
church somewhere or some place like that, and the brothers and sisters will
not have much to hope for. When his effects were inventoried, nothein was
found concerning papers that might have revealed information in regards to
From your last letter we learned that you are still not quite well yet. This
information has concerned me quite a lot. I have to repeat my old advice
again: Do not sacrifice your health. If you believe agricultural work is not
compatible with you, do not wait too long. As you well know, you can come
home and find an occupation here which would be less harmful to your health.
Ulrich Eble, the son of my friend Mayor Eble of Niederwinden, came back home
late last year after a five-year stay in America. However, he must not have
liked it here particularly, for he left for America again about three weeks
ago. Late last year Felix Nopper, born in Waldkirch, with whom you lived in
New york for some time, was here on a visit and came to see me once on a
Thursday when I was in the Rebstock Inn. He told me a lot about you and also
said that you had written him once in awhile. When he left again, he took a
girl, one of his relatives, along but I heard that she did not like it and
is back here again.
We have had constantly bad weather for eight days, that is, storm and snow.
Before that, however, all winter long no snow for three months and always
quiet and beautiful weather. Your brother Franz Anton was with us here for
ten days at Christmas and he is healthy and strong, weighing 152 pounds.
Well, I want to conclude now. Please be so good as to write again soon. All
of us here greet you, but particularly regards from your Father,
Fr. Anton Fahrlander
*The granary is a two-story building across driveway from the house, and had
sleeping rooms on second floor. In 1965, the entire building appeared to be
used as a home.