A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

The Crafts

by Peter Lang
Translated by Brad Schwebler

     As reported in the personnel register that follows a great number of craftsmen were active.  Their ability was great, but unfortunately not the number and the will of the customers.  One can say without exaggeration that our craftsmen fulfilled the highest titles.  Machines did not stand next to them at their disposal.  Electric motors were first gradually introduced after the year 1922.  Now more craftsmen in Beschka use motorized plane machines, circular saws, gang saws, and certainly still other machines I no longer remember today. However there were no electric welding appliances, but each apprentice had to learn the function of a welding appliance in vocational school.  By comparison several craftsmen already had Autogen? welding appliances.  Our welder could weld the thinnest iron in a coal fire without burning it.  The aushärten? (hardness) of steel was recognized by the color and was cooled at the right moment.  This was done in a fraction of seconds.  The Kniesel’s Mill had a cylindrical corrugated machine.  The mill foreman Schiller (vgl. Register number) learned to calculate with logarithms for those they served until his old age.  Such eagerness to learn was widespread among the craftsmen.  They solved difficult problems without specialized training, unlike today where specialized engineers are trained to do the same.  In emergencies they were given “coaching” by students and teachers.  Building contractor Beck (vgl. register number 97) was familiar with advanced mathematics.  Inlaid work (Intarsien) and carving were not a problem for our cabinetry worker.  The “Viennese furniture” could also be manufactured in Beschka.

   The following occupational terms were used by us: Fleischhacker = butcher; Tischler = joiner/ cabinetry worker; Spengler, Klampfner = plumber; Binder, Faßbinder = cooper; Barbier = barber.

[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2005]

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