Siegelau 17 June 1885
Your esteemed letter of 10th of May arrived here on the 25th. We learned
from it that you received the statement detailing your share of the estate.
It was good in any event that your American attorney was somewhat slow in
executing the Power of Attorney. You would have had to pay a nice sum of
money and this would have been unnecessary expense now that the business
could be settled in spite of that. The attorney in Waldkirch should have
told me right away that a Power of Attorney statement was not absolutely
necessary, then you would not have had to go to the trouble because of that,
but that is how the gentlemen are; they care little about the trouble and
expense they cause people.
You would like me to writer write you something about the content of that
statement. Well, it is easy to understand and if you read attentively it
will probably become clear to you. I only want to make these brief remarks.
The share of the estate your late dear sister Mary Anna had in your Mother's
estate which is due you according to the legal document is 569.79 marks.
We further learned from your letter that you are again suffering from
hoarseness and some kind of throat affliction. That must be very unpleasant
for you and I believe that you yourself will be your best physician in the
matter, that is, keep yourself as well as you can. First, dry, warm, feet.
Second, no ------------- perspiration.* You will see as you take good care
you will get better.
We also learn that you now have a young employer.** We wish him good luck
for his start and also a good, dear, and rich wife. We also wish that he
will be a good employer for you and that you will be a good worker for him.
In the month of March of this year, a man from Oberspitzenbach by the name
of Hermann Thoma, or the son of Martin Weber, was here on a visit. The same
had been in America for 15 years in the state of Illinois working on a farm.
He said that during that time he had worked for four farmers as a farmhand.
His remarks about conditions in America agree with what you have written in
your letters. It is said that he made good money and that he plans to buy a
farm if he returns to America again. I should tell you that he left here on
the 9th of May and will have been there for quite some time.
I do not feel all that well this spring, myself. I was suffering from
rheumatism of the joints to such an extent that I could not work for several
days and had bad pain in my feet, but I feel a lot better now, even though
not quite the way as before. I am beginning to feel that I am getting older.
Maria Hummel married the farmhand of Jach and has been living with him in
our mill for the time being.
We will start on our hay harvest soon, but there has not been that much
grass so far. The weather has been very favorable to growth. April was
verydry, May wet and cold, and now dry again. The winter crop of rye and
wheat stands beautiful; for oats, too dry. In regard to orchard crops, there
are some cherries, pears, few apples, also nuts. There will be a lot of wine
this year. The vines are said to be in extremely good shape.
I want to conclude now. Best regards to you from your parents, your brother
and sister, and we wish you happiness, health, and hope to see you again
sometime. Also write us again soon.
Your Father, Fr. Ant. Fahrlander
On the 13th of March this year, the Sun Inn on the Schwartzenberg here
burned down. Last Sunday, the 13th of June, they began rebuilding.
* The word of reference to perspiration is not clear.
**Referring to Dad"s Memoirs,. this is probably John Young.