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

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

Gravel Streets

by Dr. Viktor Pratscher
Translated by Brad Schwebler

     Since the year 1907 a gravel road ran from Feketitsch over to Sekitsch to our station and also to the Mali Idjosch train station.  Shortly before the World War a rail line was put in place from our train station up to Senta, which had affected the community between Feketitsch and Sekitsch.  Also an electric streetcar was planned from Feketitsch to Mali Idjosch train station, however the World War prevented the execution of this plan.  Since the construction of the gravel road all sorts of vehicles have operated instead of the former Ötvenötös (a bad farm wagon, which drove to the train for about 55 Kreuzer).  Before the war there were "Fiakers" (horse-drawn cabs) and horse-drawn buses, which the passengers frequently had to push the latter up Sekitsch Mountain.  After the war there were automobiles and buses. 

     Jakob Gutwein D. had to be described as especially enterprising by the drivers.  He was set up from 1903 to 1932 with two buses he maintained, to transport passengers from the steam mills, hotel, brick oven, beach spa owner, and others to the train station during this quarter of a century when there were all means of traffic from farmers' wagons to auto taxis which often found themselves in very unfortunate circumstances on the gravel road in use.  Besides that a third bus drove starting in 1935 in the district villages up to Topola on an extended gravel road.  Before the war the trip to the train station cost 40-60 Heller, 12 Dinar afterwards, 5 Dinar Today.  The trip up to Topola cost 12 Dinar.  The international Autobahn (highway) should be expanded through our village this year, with which we expect a further increase in traffic.  As of January 1st, 1936 there were in Feketitsch: 800 wagons, 1300 horses, 300 bicycles, and 4 automobiles.

[Published at 2004 by Jody McKim Pharr]