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

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

Conclusion and References

by Dr. Viktor Pratscher
(Die Deutschen der Gemeinde Feketic-Feketitsch by Dr. Viktor Pratscher, 1936)
Translated by Brad Schwebler

          On the occasion of the commemoration of our ancestors who left the beautiful Empire 150 years ago, this book will appear to give a picture of our Germans so far.

          On this island far in the sea of people we are only a half island which were especially harshly washed about.  The waves are already so high that several little bits have broken off on foreign coasts.  So many are flushed to the bottomless depths of oblivion that they were not worth recording.  The industry of the author has gone into keeping the necessary strength of the people's consciousness existing.  We are still only a minority in this minority community.

          Since then the Germans live in Feketitsch, where most were separated from Sekitsch, a purely German community where most had come from, by a large horrible swamp.  Soon the Swabian homes stood on firm ground in rows that were connected to Sekitsch. - So very likely all the Germans often only absurdly get.

Feketitsch had 1810 inhabitants in 1820 according to "Eimann."

   According to the 1857 National Census there were 3851 inhabitants; 610 Ev., 337 Ref.

       "1880"   4212  " and 907 house numbers.

       "1910"   5800  " 

       "1930" 6294 " and 1500 house numbers.

       "1936"   1894 Germans in 419 residences.

          With it should be noticed that on the occasion of the National Census of 1857 there were no empty house lots in the community.  A house stood on each one of the house lots.  Today perhaps 20% of the house lots are empty.  The property owners use the house lots as gardens.  Therefore the village had to spread itself out on an unnecessarily large surface.  Even on the Main Street in the immediate neighborhood of the community house up to the marketplace very many house lots were used for clover gardens, which unfortunately made a very bad impression on the travelers who neared the inside of the village from the south side.  Especially since no care was devoted to the fencing of the garden.  When the scene of the community in this half of the village should also be improved, the community committee had to find a way that would remedy this nasty condition.  

          As a result of the national census of 1930 it is noticed that included in it are: the war volunteers on the new settlement who received about 9 yokes of field on the remaining field.  They have 110 souls, 19 house numbers, and a beautiful school.  Counted at the time were all foreigners who were served on the Hotter (border field), so are those living in America also and their children who are born there.

Results of the National Census which was taken on the 24th of February, 1936 - Authored by Johann Schwebler, house number 100


1. Dietrich, Jakob Jr.
2. Feige, Johann
3. Gutwein, Arpad
4. Gutwein, Ludwig
5. Gutwein, Nikolaus
6. Häuser, Jakob
7. Hoffmann, Filipp
8. Kern, Daniel
9. Märtz, Johann
10. Ries, Andreas
11. Seibert, Filipp
12. Ries, Karl
13. Schwebler, F. Huber
14. Schwebler, F. Klaus
15. Schwebler, Wilhelm
16. Schwindt, Christian
17. Schwind, Johann   
18. Weber, Friedrich
19. Welker, Christian
20. Wolf, Jakob
21. Tauß, David
22. Zuschlag, Filipp

[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2004]