Kohlenbach, 18 February (1895)
We received your letter and read your request to represent you, which I will
take care of. We received the authorization and we were happy to hear from
you again. The other day I went to Siegelau, having to conduct some business
with the pastor. After that I went to see your father and told him that your
authorization had arrived, if he intended to proceed in the matter or make
the purchase. Your father did not give me much information. He only said
that there was no hurry yet; that, however, it would have to be done
sometime and the closer it came to the final decision, the more pressing it
became for him. Your mother said that she would not yet be fully established
here until Christmas. Your parents are still rather young to retire,
especially your mother, but she did say she had she had a rather hard time
with the many children of the young couple: five girls and another one on
the way. Reinforcement every year. And your brother Franz Anton would like
to be his own master or farmer too. Well we just wish that the matter will
Now I want to tell you some news about our family. Your Godchild has been
rather unwell a lot this winter. She complains about having trouble with her
breathing and her cough. Xaver Birbrauer has been in Vienna for two years.
He is still unmarried and enjoys traveling and has got around quite a bit in
the world. Joseph is home again now; he was a soldier too. Wilhelm was a
blacksmith and now works in Kollnau. However, he will have to appear for a
physical now and will without fail be drafted too. He is big and strong.
August was still at home. He graduated from school a year ago. Ameliea has
married a man in Bleibach.
We have a hard winter now. We have had snow for two months and it has been
terribly cold. Last summer was exactly opposite that in America. It rained a
great lot so that we had trouble harvesting our crops. Otherwise the crop
was quite plentiful.
Now I want to conclude my letter with many regards. I wish that my letter
will find you as well as it leaves us here and we wish you much happiness
for the new year. Special regards to your wife.
* This refers to transition of the estate from father to a son, who is then
to pay share due other members of the family, and the father retires. Dad's
father is now 54 years old and evidently does not feel ready to retire, but
son Franz Anton, 29 years old, probably anxious to be the proprietor, since
he has a fast growing family.