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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 116 dtd. Mar. 31, 2003
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 08:31:39 EST

(Issued monthly by
March 31, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)

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This first section of our 4-section newsletter includes the following:

1. Another Burgenland Enclave-Meadowlands, Minnesota (also see article 1, 
newsletter 116A)
2. Eisenburg-Eisenberg -County (Hungarian Vas)-Village In Hungary & Austria
3. Austrian American Cultural Society-Pittsburgh, PA
4. BB-BG Membership-Chicago
5. About Your Editor
6. Email To Members Returned As Undeliverable


ED. Note: The final destination of many Burgenland immigrants is obscure. 
When we do find one, it often comprises a small group, still existing today. 
BB Member Robert Paulson tells us of one he recently discovered. He submits 
the following (edited):

* I have located another "Bunch of Burgenlanders". In Meadowlands, a very 
small community that was formed in the "cut over" timberlands of NE Minnesota 
about 30 miles due north of Duluth, Minnesota. Many of these immigrants 
listed Eisenburg as their birthplace. (ED. Note: Eisenburg is Komitat 
Eisenburg or the German name for Vas Megye (county). Eisenberg is also a 
village in the district of Oberwart. It's Hungarian name was Schauka (Csejke 
in Croatian). It has been my experience that when immigrants mentioned 
Eisenburg-Eisenberg they meant the county of Vas not the small village).

I have attached an article by Dan Hoisington, research historian who did the 
work to put the church in Meadowlands (St. Joseph's) on the national register 
(see extracts at end of article). He states (with appropriate references) 
that in 1909, a land agent recruited 25 newly immigrated families from 
Austria-Hungary for colonization and purchase of surplus railroad right of 
way around Meadowland. They later formed the parish of  St. Joseph's Catholic 
Church, in Elmer Township, St. Louis County, Minnesota.

Checking the church and 1920 Census records, we find immigrants who mention 
Eisenburg as their place of origin. They may have been joined by later 
immigrants. The community also consisted of other Czech (Bohemians) and 
German immigrants.

* Bob later forwarded data concerning some of these immigrants:

Duluth, St Louis County, Minnesota, from Naturalization Record; Name -  Place 
of Birth  - Date of Birth
GRUBER, Joseph - Torvattal, Hungary - 3 Aug. 1876
RINGBAUER, Joseph -  Gunseck, Eisenburg, Hungary  - 24 June 1858
SCHUCK, Peter - Getfeld, Hungary - 27 May 1880
ROTH, John  - Szanad, Hungary  - 2 Feb. 1880
HORVATH, John Vas Megye, Hungary 10 Oct. 1869
LANDAUER, Joseph Sopron Megye, 7 Feb 1884

13th Federal Census 1910 for Meadowlands Township, St. Louis County, 
Minnesota-ED 216, page 4
Name - Age - status - Place of Birth  - Language - Citizen -  Year. of 

HORVATH John -26 -head (of family)-Hungary- German- Na(turalized)- 1907
Francis 20 -wife- " " -1906

GROVER Joseph- 34 -head- " " AL(ien)- 1906
Susan -31 -wife- " -German- 1906
Elizabeth- 14- dau.- " "
Erea- 12- " " "
Tony- 9 -son " "
Frank -7- " " "

REISINGER Sam -41 =head -" " -AL -1905
Antonia- 38 -wife- " " -1905
Mary -16 -dau.-" "
John -14- son -" "
Tony -12 -" " "
Francis- 8- " " "

DENIE Frank- 4 8- head -" -English- AL- 1904
John -18 -son " "
Joseph -14- " " "

14th Federal Census 1920; Meadowlands Township, St. Louis County, Minnesota, 
ED 71, page 6
Name age status Yr.of Imm. Citzen. Yr. Nat. Birth. Language Occupation

KAMPER Paul 43 head 1906 NA 1915 Eisenburg Gm. Bricklayer
Josephine 37 wife 1910 NA 1915 " "
Joseph 13 son " "
Wilma 11 dau. "
Mary 6 " Minnesota
Frank 5 + son "
Aniz 2+ dau. "

*Reply -Reading the naturalization papers, I find Kamper came from Klein 
Petersdorf and Ringhofer came from Hannersdorf (Sanfalva)-a few kms.  n. e. 
of Klein Petersdorf. Both of these villages are in Burgenland today, so there 
is no doubt in my mind that this Meadowland group came from the Burgenland 
area.  References to Eisenburg did mean the Hungarian County of Vas. There is 
a town in Vas Megye today by the name of Vasvar (east of Kormend)-its German 
name was also Eisenburg. Bothered me a little until I saw those 
naturalization papers.

Our Burgenland editor, Albert Schuch was born and raised in Klein Petersdorf. 
I've copied him. You'll notice one of the family names was Schuck-could it be 
Schuch? Albert's parents still live in Klein Petersdorf. 

* Albert Schuch later writes:  Thanks for sharing this information. The part 
on the Kamper family confirms information I received several years ago, when 
the late Mr. Philipp Kamper, one of the village elders of Kleinpetersdorf, 
told me a lot about the local emigration to America.

He was able to name emigrants for almost every family of the village, 
including several of his own family.

He told me that Paul Kamper, one of his father's brothers, had emigrated to 
the USA together with his wife Josepha nee Schaffer. He said that they had 
owned a farm "in Elmer in Minnesota" and that they had had 9 children.

Hannersdorf (Samfalva) is very close to Kleinpetersdorf. Before 
Kleinpetersdorf belonged to the r.c. parish of Grosspetersdorf (ca. 1858) it 
was part of the parish of Hannersdorf.


In a message dated 2/20/03, Bob Paulson, writes: Where 
exactly is Eisenburg?

Reply-The Komitat Eisenburg (County Of Eisenburg) -later called Vas Megye 
(and previously called Komitat Castrifieri) was basically all of present day 
Burgenland Province of Austria (eastern Austria beyond Vienna along the 
Hungarian border) less those parts (mostly northern and middle Burgenland) 
which came from the Hungarian counties (Megye) of Moson and Sopron. It also 
included those parts of Vas Megye (county) which is now the eastern region of 
Hungary along the Burgenland (Austrian) border. There is still a portion of 
Vas Megye in Hungary and it is called just that.

Vas Megye (before 1921) included the districts (Jaras-Bezirk) of Szombathely, 
Koszeg, Sarvar, Kis Czell, Vasvar, Kormend, Muraszombathely, Szent Gotthard, 
Nemetujvar (German Güssing), Felso Eor. within these districts were various 
villages-today some are in Austrian Burgenland-some are still in Hungary. 

If you connect the present day towns and villages of Hungarian Kormend-St. 
Gotthard-Szombathely-Koszeg with the Austrian towns and villages of 
Fürstenfeld, Pinkafeld and Oberpullendorf, you'll have a pretty good idea of 
the extent of Komitat Eisenburg. 

Check the maps available from our homepage for both the area mentioned as 
well as the German-Hungarian names of the villages and towns mentioned.  


Anna Kresh recently forwarded  a copy of  this organization's  Jan/Feb 
Information "Communique." One of the objectives of the Burgenland Bunch is to 
promote membership in our local ethnic organizations. Membership ($10-15 per 
year) in this group can be obtained from Membership Secretary Bernadette 
Miller, 12 Briar Meadows Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Officers for 2003 are 
Robert Tate, President; Sister M. Traupman, Vice-president; Rita Lamm, 
secretary and George Mandl, treasurer.

Their annual Viennese Ball (attended by Anna and husband Rudy) was held March 
22 and received ample press coverage-in color no less. Among many other 
activities, they sponsor two scholarships for students to study in Austria. 
This edition of their newsletter also included extracts from our most recent 
BG article "Urbare Family History Source." We are pleased to see this cross 
fertilization of ethnic data.  An article of interest was "Austria's Schools 
Rated Best"-it mentions that Austria and Finland score 6.4 on a scale of one 
(very poor) to seven (outstanding).


Burgenland Bunch editor Tom Glatz (recentlyappointed Burgenländische 
Gemeinschaft membership chairman in Chicago) sends me the following:

I received a call from BB member Tom Karones requesting to join. When I 
turned on my computer, BB member Barb Guttmann said she wanted to join. Last 
night I picked up a few more (members) at the dance. Walter Dujmovits (BG 
President) mentioned to you that he was worried about the decline in 

 I am starting to recieve positive results from the BG articles in the BB 
newsletter. There is one problem that has come up. Last week I rec'd hardly 
any mail. I believe several things I expected may have been lost by the post 
office. I am going there tomorrow. I am kind of concerned that some BB 
members may have sent me checks & I have not rec'd them. 

Did I send the notice of the Chicago BG event in July? If not I will send it. 
We are hoping the war with Iraq will not interfere with this like September 
11th did with the last one. There will also be another Fuller Park Reunion in 
September. Emma Wenzel has been working very hard to find historical items of 
interest. She has been combing the libraries in the area. I might add that I 
have also discovered another genealogical/historical source concerning 
Chicago Burgenländer. The Chicago Eintracht newspaper was originally 
concerned with German speakers from Hungary and eastern Europe. This included 
Burgenland. The University of Cincinnati has several years on microfilm in 
their collection. I have not yet found how they can be accessed. Also I have 
decided to subscribe to the present Eintracht. Unfortunately it is more 
concerned with Germans from Germany. I am hoping by doing so I will have some 
leverage with them. They admitted to me that they also have stored microfilm 
copies but are very hesitant about letting anyone see them. I will do my best 
to see what I can do. 

Chicago area BB members can reach Tom via


I'm a retired corporate accountant, grandson of four Burgenland immigrants. 
Born and raised in Allentown, PA (an important Burgenland enclave) I've made 
an exhaustive lifetime study of my family history and have linked my main 
family lines to the 17th century. Interested in all aspects of Burgenland 
history and culture, I've been writing Burgenland newsletter and magazine 
articles for many years, some of which  have been published both here and in 
Austria. The BB was established in 1996 and the first BB Newsletter was 
released Jan. 1, 1997. At this juncture I can say that the BB is the largest 
(perhaps the only) archive of Burgenland data in the English language. In 
order to accomplish this, I've had much help and cooperation from others (our 
list of editors can be found at 116C) as well as correspondence from over 
1000 individuals. I've visited Burgenland and contiguous provinces in Austria 
many times in order to gather data and develop contacts. I've also visited 
neighboring and nearby countries (Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, 
Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Greece, Italy, France, Turkey, 
etc.) and traveled the Danube from Germany to the Black Sea. I feel that my 
knowledge of the history and culture of the Burgenland area is now fairly 
comprehensive. I share this knowledge through the medium of our newsletter.

I've accumulated a large ethnic library including publications in German 
(which I read slowly), Latin and Hungarian (both of which I can only scan 
with dictionary in hand.)  I hope to eventually leave a  repository of 
Burgenland family history to the descendants of Burgenland immigrants, in a 
form which they can readily access. I wish to overcome the two main 
deterrents to our family history research, the passage of time and the need 
to read a foreign language. It is also my dream to eventually establish a 
data base containing the names, villages of origin and places of settlement 
of all of the Burgenland immigrants to America, thus honoring them, 
preserving their history and providing a link to their places of origin. The 
first step in this direction was to place an immigrant registry (with help of 
Klaus Gerger) in the BG Immigrant Museum in Güssing. This registry contains 
our BB membership data as of June 2001.

I also serve as host to our World Gen Web Burgenland Query Board (served by 
Roots Web) and write a column for the Burgenlandische Gemeinschaft News 
(published in Güssing, Burgenland.) Your membership data, cooperation and 
occasional assistance is appreciated.

Gerry Berghold
Burgenland Bunch Founder & Coordinator
Editor Burgenland Bunch News

Roots-Web Newsletter-edited for our use.)

Let's say you find a possible internet contact for information about your 
ancestors. You then send email which bounces. If your message was returned 
because of a full mailbox, or other temporary reasons, you can always try 
again in a few days.

However, if it bounces because the address is longer valid, then what do you 
do? First, it does no good to contact your editor or those maintaining the 
lists, because we only have what you've found. If members don't update their 
addresses with us (about 50 of our 1000 are obsolete) they are in limbo. Some 
do supply a new address eventually. When they do, we update our lists, so it 
is always worthwhile to check later.

Most family history researchers also  leave a trail, so you should  look 
outside the BB. There may be a link to the person's homepage or to their 
family tree at one of the other family history websites. Check those 
carefully because there might be an e-mail address there that is different 
from the one we have. Do they have a guest book on their homepage? If so, 
leave them a note.

Where else might this person have posted? Message Boards? Mailing Lists? What 
surnames? What localities? Search through the appropriate archives to see if 
you can find a more recent address for them. If they are working the same 
family lines you are, they are probably using the same resources. Where have 
you left a virtual trail? Post a response to any of their old messages in 
hopes they will see it. Ask others if they know of an address for this "lost" 
cousin. To find Message Boards and Mailing Lists click on the appropriate tab 
at the BB Homepage or near the top of any Roots-Web page, or at the Roots-Web 
Home Page:

Newsletter continues as no. 116A.

Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 116A dtd. Mar. 31, 2003
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 08:32:48 EST

(Issued monthly by
March 31, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)

This second section of our 4-section newsletter includes:

1. Meadowlands, MN Burgenland Enclave-St. Joseph's Parish
2. Request From Markt Allau (Albert Schuch)
3. Book "Braut-Sprüche und Braut-Lieder" (Albert Schuch)
4. NYC Hungarian Genealogy Conference (Margaret Kaiser)
5. Burgenland Displaced Persons Camp (Kaiser & Bob Strauch)
6. Genealogy Workshop-Allentown, PA


(ED. Note: The following is an extract of a research report prepared by 
historian Dan Hoisington in order to place subject church on the National 
Register Of Historic Places. It was forwarded to me by BB member Robert 
Paulson, co-author (with La Vern J. Rippley) of the book "German-Bohemians"  
(previously reviewed in this newsletter). While the entire narrative of the 
report is of importance to family history, we have selected only those 
portions relating to Burgenland immigrants. Both Czech (Bohemia-Moravia) and 
other ethnic groups were also part of the St. Joseph-Meadowland Colony). We 
have rarely seen such interesting material concerning Burgenland immigrant 
settlement. We are indebted to both Dan Hoisington and Robert Paulson for 
bringing it to our attention.)

Church of Saint Joseph (Catholic),
Elmer Township, St. Louis County, MN

Narrative Statement of Significance (by Dan Hoisington)
The Church of Saint Joseph, located in Elmer Township, Minnesota, is eligible 
for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion A, significance 
to the broad patterns of our history, in the area of Settlement. The church 
is a representation of the settlement of the "cut-over" area of Minnesota in 
the early 20th century. During the last decades of the nineteenth century, 
logging companies harvested most of the prime timber in northern Minnesota, 
Wisconsin, and Michigan. To sell its cutover land in northeast Minnesota, the 
Duluth and Iron Range Railroad (D&IR) created a Land Commission office and 
paid agents to attract settlers.

In 1909 a Chicago land agent recruited some twenty-five families to purchase 
land near Meadowlands, Minnesota. These settlers, most newly emigrated from 
Austria-Hungary (including a number from Burgenland), moved to the area as 
members of a loosely organized "Saint Joseph's Colony." To encourage the 
settlement, the company donated land and cash for construction of a Catholic 
church and cemetery. The period of significance ranges from the construction 
of the church in 1913 through 1928, when the D&IR ended its intensive land 
sales operations in the Meadowlands area....

Economic Changes
Between 1890 and 1910, mining companies opened the Mesabi Iron Range - a rich 
deposit of ore spread in an arc one hundred miles northwest of Duluth. Cities 
sprang up in the wilderness, including Hibbing, Virginia, Eveleth, and 
Coleraine. Several railroads opened lines to the mines, including the Duluth &
 Iron Range (1874, 1882) and the Duluth, Missabe, and Northern (1891). 
However, the land between Duluth and the Iron Range cities remained sparsely 
settled. Meadowlands Township, for example, listed no permanent residents in 
the 1900 Census, with only three residents in Elmer Township....

Typically, a prospective buyer obtained information on available land from 
the department office in Duluth and purchased the land directly from the 
company. For example, Ellis Speece recalled that in 1908, he caught a train 
from the Twin Cities for Duluth and went directly to the land office. The 
land office agent took him to Meadowlands, and showed him several tracts of 
land. Speece completed the deal on the spot....

Saint Joseph Colony
In 1909 D&IR Land Agent E. Xavier Erlinger recruited some twenty-five 
families in Chicago to settle just west of Meadowlands. Company literature 
referred to the settlers as "a colony of 35 German Catholics, known as the 
St. Joseph's Colony." The colony was not a formal legal entity and kept no 
financial records or minutes. The colony was a marketing device used by the D&
IR, modeled after similar cutover land promotions. The establishment of a 
colony was one of the simplest means to sell the land. For example, one 
company organized the colony of "Cloverlands" near Merrill in Wisconsin's 
cutover lands, advertising for settlers in German-language newspapers in 
Milwaukee and Chicago. The Good Land Company attracted some forty-five 
immigrants to farms near Bayfield, Wisconsin, using Bohemian, Slovak, and 
Hungarian agents....

Although there is no formal list of the Saint Joseph colonists, D&IR records 
show that twenty-five residents of Cook County, Illinois, bought company land 
in Meadowlands Township between 1909 and 1911. However, several purchased 
property several miles from the Saint Joseph's Colony, as designated on 
company maps, and were undoubtedly not part of this group. The first members 
of Saint Joseph's Church were generally recent immigrants (only four came 
before 1900) from Austria-Hungary, who spoke either German or Magyar. 
Combined with Moravians and Bohemians, these nationalities were among the 
most recent immigrants to the United States and bore
the brunt of depressed urban conditions following the Panic of 1907. Most 
Saint Joseph's colonists came north as family units. D&IR literature suggests 
that they shared a common experience, stating:

...We located on our lands about thirty families, most of them having some 
previous farm experience. These people were brought directly from city 
occupations and placed on lands just west and adjoining Meadowlands in what 
is known as St. Joseph's Colony. The D&IR sold the land in forty acre 
sections at $15.00 an acre. It provided financing, with the plan calling for 
payment of interest alone for four years, then payment of the principal over 
eleven or twelve years. For example, Joseph Ringhofer purchased forty acres 
on 1 December 1909 for $600. After an initial down payment, he paid interest 
of $33.60 for the first four years, then paid interest and principal until 
completing the plan in 1923. Xavier Erlinger, referred as the President of 
the Colony by the D&IR, acquired a forty-acre lot adjacent to the church. 
Although he left the area by 1920, his son, Otto, remained on the farm 
through the 1920s.

Church of Saint Joseph
With a donation of $500 from the D&IR, the colonists built the Church of St. 
Joseph in 1913. The church initially was a mission of Saint Clement's Parish 
in Duluth. In 1917, after the parish incorporated, Bishop McGolrick 
transferred title to the Church of Saint Joseph, Elmer, for the sum of one 
dollar. At the time of construction, the settlers erected a small social hall 
and woodshed on the church property. The community used the hall and woodshed 
as a schoolhouse until St. Louis County School #147 opened in 1913. The 
church and hall became a center for the community - the only public buildings 
near the Elmer depot until construction of a town hall in 1927....

Early Years of Saint Joseph's Colony
The first years were difficult. In the early spring of 1910, the settlers 
moved into tents at the side of the Elmer Railroad Station. On the morning of 
April 26th , they learned about the harsh weather when a heavy snow storm 
collapsed their tents. The weather scarcely met the rosy predictions of D&IR 
brochures. John Horvath recalled, "In 1910, July 4 th , my neighbor, Mr. 
Hazel, came to see my garden because his was all frozen. My garden wasn't at 
that time but later on it froze destroying all the good crops." In that first 
year, snow fell in the middle of October.
Most settlers ran small mixed-use farms, selling their products at the 
farmers' markets in Hibbing and Duluth. However, these markets were not 
easily accessible. On his first trip to the Hibbing market, Alois Ringhofer 
recalled that it took ten hours to haul his 135-bushel load of potatoes with 
a team and wagon. Many supplemented their income by picking wild berries....

Few additional settlers followed the Chicago colonists - certainly not the 
one hundred additional families predicted by Arnold - so the land commission 
turned to a new target. In 1917 it sent agent Frank Kozumplik into the Czech 
community in Chicago, promoting the colony of Masaryk-Meadowlands - named 
after the founder and first President of the Republic of Czechoslovakia, 
Tomas Masaryk. This colony encompassed the unsold western lots of the 
original Saint Joseph's Colony.

Bibliography (partial)

Balach, Robert "A History of the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railroad," 
M.A. thesis, University of Minnesota, 1968.

Branson, Ada Frances Coons, editor. History of Meadowlands, 1900-1975. 
Printed privately, 1976.

Castle, Henry A. Minnesota: Its Story and Biography. Chicago and New York: 
The Lewis Publishing Co., 1915.

Chrislock, C. Winston. "The Czechs," in June Drenning Holmquist, editor, They 
Chose Minnesota: A Survey of the State's Ethnic Groups. Saint Paul: Minnesota 
Historical Society, 1981.

Church of Saint Joseph, Elmer, file, Diocese of Duluth.

Cossette, Raymond J. "The Catholic Church in the City of Duluth, 1869-1890." 
M.A. Thesis, SaintPaul Seminary, 1965.

Danbom, David B. Born in the Country: A History of Rural America. Baltimore: 
Johns HopkinsUniversity Press, 1995.

Davis, Mark. "Northern Choices: Rural Forest Country in the 1920s, Part I," 
Wisconsin Magazine ofHistory (1996): 3-31.

Duluth and Iron Range Railway Company Records, Minnesota Historical Society.

Duluth Missabe and Iron Range Railroad Company Records, Minnesota Historical 

Elmer Pioneer Reunion. "Elmer Pioneer Reunion, August 11, 1940 at Elmer 
School." Virginia, MN:1940.

Elmer Township Records. Iron Range Research Center, Chisholm, MN.
"German Settlers Built Elmer Church," Duluth Register, Special section, April 

2. REQUEST FROM MARKT ALLAU (from Albert Schuch)

Mr. Harald Fassman of Traun, Upper Austria, asks me to forward the following 

Is it possible to determine whether an emigrant returned to Burgenland / 
Austria? (Did these re-migrants have to register somewhere, at some 
governmental agency?) (ED. Not to my knowledge although someone estimated a 
25% return rate.)

Furthermore, could you please include the following in one of our next 

Harald Fassmann of Traun, Upper Austria, is researching his family history in 
Markt Allhau Burgenland. His great-grandfather Hermann Neubauer was born (25 
Jan 1885) and died (5 March 1944) in Markt Allhau. Hermann's twin brother 
Johann and another brother named Josef as well as Karolina Neubauer (born 
1908, cousin of Mr. Fassmann's grandmother) emigrated to the US between 1910 
and 1921.

Via Mr. Fassmann found out that in 1921 Johann Neubauer 
resided at 4438 Princton Ave., Chicago, Ill.  Mr. Fassmann thinks that most 
of the above mentioned emigrants have returned to Austria but he does not 
know for sure. Mr. Fassmann would like to get in touch with fellow 
Allhau-researchers. Since his English language capabilities are limited he 
asks to be contacted via BB-Burgenland Editor Albert Schuch 


Ms. McGurk, writes to Albert:

I received an answer to a question that I sent to Gerry Berghold last 
September. It was about a book that my grandfather, Michael Opitz, (who was 
from Apetlon), had in his possession. Mr. Berghold said he had forwarded the 
query to you to see if you could tell me something about it. It is a book 
called "Braut-Spruche" (with two dots over the u). As I told Mr. Berghold, I 
had a friend who is from Germany look at it, but she found it difficult to 
read. She thought it was written in the old script. She thought it might be 
songs and poems of advice for people getting married. One of the front pages 
said "Braut lieder in Ungern".

Albert replies: Are you perhaps referring to Remigius Sztachovics' 
"Braut-Sprüche und Braut-Lieder auf dem Heideboden in Ungarn"? This book has 
been printed in Vienna in 1867. The author, a priest (1812-1884) of the 
Pannonhalma Abbey, was one of the most industrious collectors of folks songs, 
plays and poems of the Heideboden area (which includes Apetlon).

Your friend from Germany is right: These are indeed traditional folk songs 
and poems of advice for people getting married. They were performed at the 
marriages and were handed down from generation to generation by the way of 
oral tradition. During the 19th century researchers developed an interest in 
this kind of literature and started to write it down. One of them was 
Remigius Sztachovics. Hope this information is of help. If you have detailed 
questions please feel free to ask. Best regards, Albert Schuch - Vienna, 
Austria BB-Burgenland Editor


GENEALOGIA: AHEA 2003 Conference Program 
    *** NEW Website: ****
    *** NEW HunOR/HAL Website:****

    American Hungarian Educators' Association
        2003 Conference Program

April 24-27, 2003
Columbia University, International Affairs Building
W. 118th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York City
Hosted by East Central European Center, Columbia University,
Hungarian Cultural Center, and Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary


Margaret writes: Cyndi's List has just added this site of possible interest 
to some BB'ers, in particular those who have Hungarian relatives who were 
expelled in 1946.  This site is likely to expand.  Browsing this site one 
finds photos, personal accounts and other information about the camps.  I 
believe Bob Strauch mentioned that there was a camp in Burgenland (perhaps 
not for DPs).  He also mentioned the name of the camp in Germany where many 
of the DPs were sent.  Unfortunately, I can't recall these locations.       

TITLE:     displaced persons camps Europe
DESCRIPTION:     The most comprehensive dp camp list and research on the 
web. Personal histories, addresses, photos e-mail inquiries and links. 
Nondenominational, all nationalities.

Bob responds: The camp in Bgld. was in Lackenbach near Oberpullendorf and was 
for gypsies. I don't think that our people from the border region in Hungary 
were put into camps after the expulsion to Germany in 1946. At least I never 
heard it mentioned. I always assumed that after arrival they were divided 
among villages around Landsberg am Lech (Bavaria) and Ludwigsburg near 
Stuttgart. Farmers and townspeople were "obligated" to provide housing for 
the refugees.


The Lehigh County Historical Society will hold its 14th annual genealogy 
workshop May 3 at the Lehigh County Government Center, 7th & Hamilton 
Streets-cost $35 including lunch. Call 610-435-1074 for details. (ED. 
Note-the library of this organization has much data re Burgenland 
immigrants-particularly typed copies of Allentown immigrant church records 
and city directories.)

Newsletter continues as no. 116B.

Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 116B dtd. Mar. 31, 2003
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 08:33:33 EST

(Issued monthly by
Mar. 31, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)


This third section of our 4-section newsletter includes:

1. 1000th Member Joins Burgenland Bunch!
2. Reading Hungarian Records


Just a few years ago, a small handful of internet surfers were searching for 
information about their Burgenland immigrant families. Contact was made and 
the Burgenland Bunch was born, evolving into the present organization. Our 
membership went world-wide and we attracted volunteers who maintain the 
websites, respond to questions and prepare the newsletter. Just a few days 
ago, our membership reached the 1000 mark. This article brings you the 
details of that contact. We hope you will join us in welcoming  John Vitopil, 
our 1000th member. 

*In a message dated 3/16/03 12:45:04 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

John Vitopil;; Leier, Johanna, born 1886, baptized 1886 in 
Pamhagen (my paternal grandmother); parents  Frantcz Leier, Katherina 
Schillinger. Immigrated to Galveston, Texas in 1887. Settled in Bryan (Brazos 
county) Texas. Married Anton Vytopil in 1906.
I just found a copy (of a ) baptismal record (for) Johanna Leier that listed 
Pamhagen as the city.  This is the first information I have been able to find 
about any of my ancestors from Austria, Germany and Czechoslovakia.
Please add me to your mailing list.  I have looked at some of your 
newsletters and find them very helpful about how to get started and where to 
find information in Austria. Thank you, John Vitopil, Hilltop Lakes, Texas 

* We respond: John, welcome to the Burgenland Bunch. I'm very pleased to 
receive your request as you are the 1000th descendant of Burgenland 
immigrants to join our group. It is most interesting that your ancestor was 
among the early group from the northern Burgenland Neusiedler See area, which 
entered the US from Galveston. The majority of our Burgenland immigrants 
entered from New York. You may be aware that there are still many Leier 
families in Pamhagen. We also have many members who have ancestors from this 
area (see Tschida families) who settled in the mid-west. 

We will list your membership data in the following way:

John Vitopil,; Hilltop Lakes, Texas. LEIER, SCHILLINGER; 
Pamhagen. Entered US through Galveston 1887, Texas. Settled in Bryan (Brazos 
county) Texas. 1000th Burgenland Bunch member!

For my information, is the Vytopil name Czech, German or Hungarian? Do you 
know if your paternal grandfather was born in the Austrian Empire?-where?

The occasion of our 1000th member is an important milestone in the life of 
our group. I will be writing an article, reporting same, in our next 
newsletter. Likewise, my good friend, our  partner in Austria, Dr. Walter 
Dujmovits, president of the Burgenländische Gemeinschaft and editor of their 
newsletter (offices Güssing, Austria) would also like to write an article 
reporting same. He would like a picture of you and your grandmother if 
possible. You may send them to me, as well as any additional information. I 
will forward them to Dr. Dujmovits and ask that he send you a copy of the 
newsletter. The Gemeinschaft is an organization with Burgenland ties all over 
the world. Their newsletter is sent by surface mail and they hold an annual 
picnic in Moschendorf, Burgenland. You may see their website by going to and clicking on the appropriate hyperlink. We 
are two organizations with a common purpose, although the Burgenland Bunch is 
primarily a family history group. A Gemeinschaft article may well result in 
information and contacts from possible relations in Austria. 

I have copied our BB staff, as they will all have a great interest in your 
membership and will join me in welcoming you to our group. I particularly 
draw your attention to our corresponding editor Dale Knebel,, 
who is our northern Burgenland editor with ties to Apetlon, a few kms. north 
west of Pamhagen.

Under separate email, I am sending you a copy of our normal Welcome Letter, 
which provides information concerning our available family history lists and 
archives. As our 1000th member, I am offering you our full help and expertise 
in Burgenland family history matters. Feel free to contact me, our Burgenland 
editor (Albert Schuch), or any of our staff at any time. Hoping our 
relationship will be a fruitful one, I wish you well in your family searches 
and hope to hear from you soon. Regards, Gerry Berghold

* Reply from John Vitopil

I am told that my Vytopil's came from Germany, but the US Census sometimes 
lists their place of birth as Germany and sometimes Austria. My mother's 
family supposedly came from Czechoslovakia.
Paternal info:
  Antone Vytopil, born in Texas, 11 July 1884
  Anton Vytopil, born in Moravia, Austria, 6 June 1845
  Marie Elzner, born in Moravia, Austria, 22 March 1847
Maternal info:
  John (Jan) Ondrasek, born in Czechoslovakia, 18 Nov 1860
  Tracy (Tresa) Surovik, born in Bohemia, Moravia, 24 Feb 1867
  John Bravenec, Born in Moravia, Austria, 26 Feb 1877
  Mary Zalobny, born in Texas, 27 Aug 1882
  William Zalobny, born in Moravia, Austria, 1844
  Francis (Frantiska) Lostak, born in Moravia, Austria, 17 Sept 1851

* Reply: I have forwarded your email and attached pictures to our BB-BG 
Liason Klaus Gerger as well as to to BG editor Dr. Walter Dujmovits. You may 
already know much of what I am going to relate. 

Bohemia-Moravia was part of the Dual Monarchy (Austro-Hungarian Empire formed 
in 1867-the Ausgleich- following the Hungarian revolution of 1848). As early 
as 1526, Bohemia Moravia became part of the Habsburg (Austrian) crown lands, 
those areas to which the Habsburgs laid claim due to succession. Those parts 
just north of present day Hungary were administered by Hungary following the 
Ausgleich, the balance by Austia. The Hungarians under the Dual Monarchy were 
independent except for military and international relations. This all came to 
an end in 1918 when the monarchy was dissolved and the empire fragmented into 
today's national states. Bohemia-Moravia became part of the newly created 
Czechoslovakia. While under the Hapsburgs, this region saw much Germanic 
colonization. There was also much movement between the various parts of the 
empire. It has been said that Vienna before 1918 was a "tower of Babel." 
While the BB doesn't extend its research beyond the borders of today's 
Burgenland-Province of Austria, we do recognize the possibilities of such 

It is quite common for ship's manifests, naturalization papers and census to 
confuse Germany vs Austria as place of origin. We even find Hungary and 
Croatia used. In fact, if an immigrant spoke German, he might have his place 
of origin shown as any of the Germanic states. This of course is due to the 
lack of knowledge of the writers who frequently used language as their clue 
to origin. Since many immigrants spoke multiple languages and had little 
geographic education, we have the confusion. You'll find articles on this 
subject in our newsletter archives. I think you can discount Germany as place 
of Vitopil origin and use Austria-Bohemia-Moravia in its stead. Of course 
given the records you have, there is no doubt concerning your Leier 
grandmother being from Burgenland. I feel from the spelling of the name that 
your Vitopil ancestors are probably Czech (in the Slavic tribal sense as opp
osed to the modern political one). They probably spoke Czech as well as 

Again, I am surprised at Texas (port of Galveston) as being the entry point 
for your Vitopil grandfather. Most Bohemian-Moravians settled in the 
mid-west. A book  titled "German-Bohemians" has been authored by L. J. 
Rippley and R. J. Paulson.ISBN 0-9622931-4-8. St. Olaf College Press. It 
details immigration to the New Ulm area of Minnesota. It has been reviewed in 
our newsletter. I recommend it highly as a definitive source of information 
concerning the region in question. I am copying co-author Bob Paulson who is 
one of our members. I am sure he will be interested in this further 
information of a Texas Bohemian enclave (mentioned as one of several on page 
29 of his book). The Vitopil name is not mentioned in the book, which lists 
many Germanic Moravian immigrant families and their villages of origin.

The following is from our BB Village list. It contains the earliest known 
family names from Pamhagen. You'll notice that neither Leier nor Schhillinger 
are mentioned. This would mean that your people apparently arrived in the 
late 17th or early 18th century, given the large number of Leier families 
still resident there. Like most immigrant families from Burgenland region to 
the US, your grandmother's ancestors were also migrants to the Burgenland 
area at an earlier period. This was due to the depopulation of the border 
regions during the Turkish wars and subsequent colonization. We can deduce 
from this, that your families arrived sometime following 1683.

This extract (courtesy Albert Schuch) may well indicate your people came from 
either Styria or the Swiss-German Bodensee (Lake Constance) area.

Called "Pomog" in 1268, "Pammaggen" in 1653 (in the Lutheran church records).

The Urbarium of 1589 counts 65 houses (including the vicary) in "Pommagen". 

>From 1596 legal documents are known concerning the inheritance of a 
Margarethe BINDER, Thomas FRIES, Thomas ANOTSCH and Simon FLEISCHHACKER. 

In the middle of the 16th century Pamhagen annexed the former village 
Micheldorf, which had been destroyed in 1529 by the Turks. The Pamhagen 
inhabitants subsequently became Lutherans. Lutheran church records for 
1653-1660 have been used to (try to) prove Lutheran immigration from Styria 
and the Bodensee area in 1606-1620. PATSCH, PHILIPP, MUHR, GRAISY, GUTSCHI 
and DENK have been said to be Styrian names, WUNDERLE (WUNDERLICH, WUNDERLE) 
has been said to be a Bodensee area name.

The Urbarium for 1675 gives the following surnames: 6 ANDERT; 4 RAUHORT, MUT, 
MUHR; additional Söllner surnames: FUCHS, WAGNER, WEIDINGER, PFAIDL, 

Catholic church records started in 1681 by a priest named Gregor STANITZ, 
stopped in 1683, restarted in 1686.

Seems that the Turks burned down village and church during the 2nd siege of 
Vienna (1683).

1734 Wallern became an independent parish, having belonged to Pamhagen until 

Teachers: Paul STUPPACHER (1726-1728); Josef HALLER (1800-1808; married to a 
STUPPACHER); the "praeceptores" (assisting teachers) Johann NEUKAM (1807) and 
Franz WESSELY (1819); Michael GRAIL (1810-1825); Georg OPITZ (1825; 
praeceptor); Johann NABINGER (1830-59); Franz KIRCHKNOPF (1860-1902); 
assisting teachers Franz SCHÖNTAG and Stefan MATTASCHITZ; Johann KRAJASCHITZ 
(KEMENY) (1902-1921)

Source: Dr. Josef Loibersbeck's series "Um den Eisenberg", published in "Volk 
und Heimat" 17-19/1966, 1/1967; summarized and translated by Albert Schuch 10 
Nov 1999 

Earliest written mention of Pamhagen was 1268 under the name Pomag, later 
"villa Pomagh" and in 1346 first known as Pamhagen. In the late 14th century 
it was part of the Besitz (fief)of Forchtenstein (the castle of Forchtenstein 
is still owned by the Esterhazy family). In 1445 Pamhagen was owned by Duke 
Albrecht, later Kaiser Freidrich III. In 1544 it was part of the Nadasdy 
family fief in possession of Kapuvar and Lockenhaus. After 1675, it was part 
of the Esterhazy's vast holdings. (Note-for all practical purposes, after 
1524 Burgenland was owned by two families, still extant today, The Esterhazys 
in the north (Besitz Forchtenstein)-the Batthyanys (Besitz Güssing) in the 
south.Pamhagen was destroyed and plundered (1683) during the Turkish wars.

In 1754, Nicholas Esterhazy had a new church built-Katholisches Pfarrkirche 
zur Kreuzerhöhung. Restoration 1954-55. On the Haupstrasse is a 10 meter high 
bell tower commemorating the Turkish invasion in 1683. Population is now 1800 
with 720 homes. There is a village office (Standesamt), police station, post 
office, Volksschule and high school. 

*Reply: Until my father found the paper about his mother.s baptism I only had 
country names.  This is the first locality name I have found regarding where 
they are from in Europe. When I found your web site it was a goldmine.  I am 
still trying to look through all the information your group has assembled.
I appreciate any and all information at the moment as I am still trying to 
find as many pieces to the puzzle as I can, then maybe I can put the puzzle 
together in a meaningful way. I know that the country and locality names have 
been changed a lot and any history about countries and cities I can find will 
help. Thanks again, John Vitopil

*Dr. Walter Dujmovits, president of the BG had written:

Congratulations! We all are looking forward to the 1000th member in the BB. 
Please let me know when it happens and give me the name of the person and 
data about him. Maybe you have a picture of him. We need this for our next 
paper. Liebe Grüße. 


In a message dated 3/24/03 11:13:35 PM Eastern Standard Time, Frank Nowasell, writes:

I am about to be faced with my first try at reading Hungarian civil records 
and know not one word of Hungarian. Fritz Konigshofer mentioned that you once 
did an article on reading Hungarian records, and he thought it might be worth 
inquiring as to the date of the issue so I could browse through it for 
helpful tips. If you could give me that info, I would be most appreciative.

Reply: See newsletters 18A, 43 and 47B. We also have two newsletters that 
contain a two year index, no. 49A and no. 100 which has what I consider the 
best of the BB news. You will find those Hungarian civil records have a lot 
of information. Difficult to read but once you translate a few, the rest are 
all the same. Good luck and if you have any particular problem let us know. 
When using your new Hungarian dictionary, remember that the diacritical marks 
over a letter make it a different letter, so you must remember to look at 
both when looking up a word. In effect they have more letters than we do in 
our alphabet

Newsletter continues as no. 116C.

Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER-L] BB News No. 116C dtd Mar. 31, 2003
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 08:34:04 EST

(Issued monthly by
March 31, 2003
(c) 2003 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)

This fourth section of our 4-section newsletter includes the following:

1. First Immigrants-Andau
2. Taste Of The Burgenland-Splitter (Strudel & Fastnachts)
3. Dr. Franz Batthyany Beatified
4. Latest(?) Immigrant From Schachendorf 
5. Burgenland In Former Days (Part 8, continued from 111)-Gerhard 
6. Hupfer From Oberwart?
7. More From Chicago

1. FIRST IMMIGRANTS-ANDAU ( from Lynette (Wahrman) Wolf)

I am a little slow in reading the February newsletter.  I noticed the 
information about compiling a record of the first immigrants from the 
Burgenland towns and villages.  I had sent this information a couple years 
ago but did not receive any confirmation; therefore, I am sending it again.  
You might check to see if you already have this. I enjoy your newsletters and 
appreciate all the work you do for Burgenland genealogy.  You have helped me 
immensely in tracing my ancestry in the Burgenland.
My great grandfather Nicholas WAHRMANN and his wife Anna Tongisch (Dongisch), 
along with their four small children (my grandfather was eight years old at 
the time), left their home in Andau and sailed on the ship Westphalia and 
arrived in New York City on 31 March 1880.  They then traveled by train and 
covered wagon and homesteaded in Rawlins County, Kansas.  They had embarked 
at Hamburg and Havre.  On 17 April 1880 in Kansas, he filed his certificate 
of Declaration of Intention to become a citizen, declaring that he was a 
native of Hungary and renounced allegiance to Emperor Francis Joseph of 
Austria.  Nicolas and Anna had lived at #180 in MosonTarcsa (Andau).
*Catholic Church records from Andau on LDS microfilm
*Ship Passenger Records
*Naturalization Record--1st papers--filed in Decatur County, Kansas
According to the ship passenger records for the ship Westphalia, other names 
I recognize as coming from Andau and settling in Rawlins County, Kansas are 
Lorenz Tongisch and his wife Anna Lang and 3 children who lived at #90 in 
Andau; Johannes Sattler and his wife Susanna Tongisch and 5 children who 
lived at #24 in Andau; Anton Weishapl, his wife Theresa, and 4 children; 
Martin Schwarz, his wife and 2 children; and Andreas Tongisch and wife and 2 
Anna Tongisch Wahrmann, Lorenz Tongisch, Susanna Tongisch Sattler, and 
Andreas Tongisch were the children of Andreas Tongisch (Dongisch) and Maria 
Müllner of Andau.
My other great grandfather Johann ECKER, with his oldest two children, sailed 
to America on the P. Caland from Rotterdam, Netherlands to New York City, 
arriving on 12 April 1883.  They had resided at house #212 in Mosonszentjanos 
(Jànossomorja).  They settled in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska until the 
early 1890's when they homesteaded in Rawlins County, Kansas.  Johann 
renounced allegiance to the Emperor of Austria.  Sometime in 1884-1885 his 
wife Maria Rongisch Ecker and their four remaining children (one of them was 
my grandmother) came to Nebraska.  Maria was the daughter of Paul Rongisch, 
also of St. Janos, who also came to America.  I don't know definitely when 
Paul came, but he was in Rawlins County, Kansas in 1892.  He applied for a 
homestead in 1886. 
Lynette (Wahrman) Wolf, Grinnell, KS

*Strudel Seminar from Österreich Reise-News 06/2003.  

ED. Note: How about a week in Minihof-Liebau in southern Burgenland learning 
how to make strudel among other baked items. The following says that if you 
can't bake these goodies come to a seminar hosted by the family mentioned and 
learn how. Cost about $180 (two people) for the seminar. You can then eat the 
results! Try your knowledge of German to translate other details. 

Köstliche Strudeln, frisches Gebäck - da kann kaum jemand widerstehen. Sie 
auch nicht? Na, dann sollten Sie rasch den Kochkurs bei Familie Holzmann in 
Minihof-Liebau besuchen! Dort erlernen Sie die hohe Kunst des Strudelbackens. 
Und noch mehr... Kommen Sie für eine Woche ins Sonnengartl! 
Eine Woche im Südburgenland entspannen und dabei auch noch etwas lernen - 
klingt verlockend! Vor allem, wenn man bedenkt, dass sich das Lernen auf das 
Backen von Strudeln, Pizza, Brot und Gebäck bezieht... Und nicht zuletzt 
wartet auch Schmankerlwirt Sampl mit einem viergängigen Menü auf Sie.

Das Angebot im Detail:
- 1 Woche (7 Übernachtungen) im Ferienhaus für Selbstversorger - für zwei 
- 1 x Brot und Gebäckbacken in der Backstube für zwei Personen 
- 1 x Pizzabacken im Holzofen - für zwei Personen 
- 1 x Kochkurs zum Thema Strudel - pikant und süss - für 2 Personen 
- 1 x ein viergängiges Menü bei Schmankerlwirt Sampl für zwei Personen 

Familie Holzmann, Minihof-Liebau
7 Nächte für Selbstversorger ab EUR 180,-

Mehr Infos: (more information) 
*Fastnachts-Story & Availability -Allentown Morning Call Articles forwarded 
by Bob Strauch.,0,4195620.story 
Lehigh Valley Fastnacht Day: March 4, 2003
Title A Holiday Worth The Weight

'Fast Night' cakes evolved as a festive pre-Lenten indulgence,0,3394356.story 

The lore of Fastnacht Day is rooted in folk customs and beliefs,0,3055827.story From The Morning 

Get 'em fresh here-March 3, 2003 (c) Morning Call

Lehigh Carbon Community College culinary arts students are making and selling 
fastnachts to benefit their Hospitality Management Club. Orders are already 
taken, but a few extras may be available 8 a.m. to noon today at Cedar 
Eatery, Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall Township. Call first: 610-820-3019.

St. John's Lutheran Church, 826 Mahoning Drive West, Mahoning Township. 
Deadline for orders has passed, but a few extras may be available Tuesday 8 
to 10 a.m. Call first: 570-386-4334.

Nazareth Moravian Church, Center Square, Nazareth; 4-7 p.m. today and 7-10 
a.m. Tuesday. Pre-orders were taken, but extras may be available. Call first: 

Schoeneck Moravian Church, 316 N. Broad St. Extension, Nazareth; extras for 
sale after 1 p.m. today; call first or stop by the church: 610-759-0376.

Goodwill Fire Company, 7723 Hamilton Blvd., Trexlertown, is selling 
fastnachts today. Pre-orders were taken, but a few extras may be available. 
Call first: 610-395-9759.


Bakers Dozen, 644 Gravel Pike (Route 29), East Greenville; 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Tuesday; traditional potato doughnuts in plain, sugared, cinnamon, powdered 
and glazed; senior citizens get a $1 discount per dozen Tuesday; 

Village Bake Shoppe, 751 Union Blvd., Allentown; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 
plain, powdered or sugared; 610-435-1511.

Schubert's Bakery, 49 N. Broad St., Nazareth; 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday; 

Egypt Star Bakery, 608 N. Front St., Allentown, 610-434-8516; 45 N. Front 
St., Coplay, 610-262-5115; 2225 MacArthur Rd., Whitehall, 610-434-3762; hours 

Emmaus Bakery, 415 Chestnut St., Emmaus; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; 

Mary Ann Donut Kitchen, 1601 Liberty St., Allentown; 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Tuesday; 610-439-9985.

Little Apple Market, 630 N. Seventh St., Allentown; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 

Dietrich's Meats and County Store, Route 78, Krumsville; noon-6 p.m. today 
and Tuesday; 610-756-6344. Copyright (c) 2003, The Morning Call 

Let the Fastnacht frolics begin,0,1178603.story From The 
Morning Call 

Many families in the Valley area carry on a tasty tradition,0,4764788.story From The 
Morning Call 

Fastnacht Day was a big event for Pennsylvania Germans of old. (AND 


(ED. Note: The Batthyany family held the Güssing Herrschaft from 1524 to 
1918). Bob writes: This week I got my copy of the latest Karpatendeutsche 
newspaper from Vienna, which also had an article about Ladislaus Batthyany's 
beatification. He was also well known to the people in and around 
Pressburg/Bratislava, just a stone's throw from his castle and hospital in 
Kittsee. My article says that he is buried in the crypt of the Batthyany 
family castle in Körmend, not Güssing. But according to the Diocese of 
Eisenstadt website, he is indeed buried in the Franciscan Cloister Church in 
Other tidbits from this article:
A hand bone was recently removed from his remains and will be placed in a 
shrine as a relic.
Burgenland parishes organized bus and plane trips to Rome for the 
Deceased Bishop of Eisenstadt Stefan Laszlo, who visited the Burgenländers in 
America several times, originated the campaign for Batthyany's beatification.
Batthyany was among the first to perform cataract operations.
He would give children a Gulden (florin, guilder) to "help ease the pain". 
When this became known, children would feign toothaches just to get the coin. 
He was affable, down-to-earth, even folksy, and this endeared him to the 
"common folk".
The mother of the article's author (family was from Pressburg) was sent to 
Batthyany as a child because of an earache and hearing loss. He told her, 
"Don't worry about it, Mitzerl, because there are a lot of things you're 
better off not hearing anyway!". His all-natural remedy: brew some camomille 
tea and let the steam enter the ear through a hole cut in the tip of a 
Stanitzl (cone).  
His castle in Kittsee is now an ethnographic museum (Ethnographisches Museum 
Schloss Kittsee). I've been through Kittsee several times on my way to 
Pressburg, but never had a chance to see the museum. A well-known Advent 
Concert and Market lasting three days is held every year at the castle, 
entitled "Burgenländischer Advent in Schloss Kittsee". The concerts are 
broadcast on Austrian TV and radio. See  
A memorial to him will be dedicated on March 30th in the Franciscan Cloister 
Church in Güssing.
For more info, see the Diocese of Eisenstadt website (includes an extensive 
bio and tribute in English):
Click "Batthyany-Gedenkstätte vor Fertigstellung" for an image and 
description (in German) of the memorial, as designed by architect Johann 
Traupmann and artist Heinz Ebner, both of Güssing. 

*Later: Ladislaus Batthyany has now been entered into the online Dictionary 
of Saints in Germany:
His birthplace, Dunakiliti (Kiliti = St. Cletus, feastday April 26) lies in 
Györ-Moson-Sopron County, and also has a German name: Frauendorf. The 
Batthyany castle, where he also ran a clinic, still stands and has been 
turned into a school named after him.


(ED. Note:Klaus Gerger, who serves as BG liaison to the BB and administers 
the BG website, sends me this extract from their guest book. Klaus just 
happens to my  cousin, found on the internet through the BB.)

Klaus writes: this a guest book entry from the BG site:

Name-Bauer, Andrew Joseph, found the BG website while surfing the net for 
sites that might mention his hometown, (Schachendorf-district of 
Oberwart-parish of Rechnitz).He is not a member of the BB or BG but thinks 
they are great organizations (from what he has seen). He wishes we had a 
higher profile so he would have found us sooner. As far as he knows he was 
the last person to emigrate from Schachendorf. He wishes us well.

Continued From Newsletter 111.)

ED. Note: Gerhard reports that he has had a hard disk crash and must thus 
delay Part 8 of this fascinating story.  We hope to carry part 8 in our next 

Would like any info on a Joseph E. Hupfer who came to US in 1923.  He shows 
he came from Oberwart.  He lived with his Grandfather Paul Hupfer.  His 
Mother is Mary Hupfer and John Potzmann who were also from Burgenland, but I 
do not know the village name.  They emigrated to USA approximately 1907.  Any 
info I can get would be appreciated.  Thank you for any help you can give.

Mrs. Judith Janes (Potzmann)
8513 Cherry Creek
Tinley Park, Il  60477

7. MORE FROM CHICAGO (Bob Strauch)
Bob writes: Evening all, Anyone up for a field trip to Chicago? 
(WARNING: DO NOT read menu on an empty stomach)
Had a phone call from this restaurant on Sunday from Tom Glatz, in between 
forkfuls of Veal Paprikash. He and Emma Wenzel (granddaughter of Johann 
Wenzel from Grodnau/Oberwart County, the founder of Chicago's Burgenländer 
colony) dined here after attending Hungarian mass at St. Stephen of Hungary 
R.C. Church ( Two religious experiences back-to-back


BURGENLAND BUNCH STAFF (USA unless designated otherwise)
Coordinator & Editor Newsletter: (Gerald J. Berghold) 
Burgenland Editor: (Albert Schuch; Austria) 
Home Page Editor: (Hap Anderson)
Internet/URL Editor: (Anna Tanczos Kresh)

Contributing Editors:
Austro/Hungarian Research: (Fritz Königshofer)
Burgenland Co-Editor & BG liaison: (Klaus Gerger, 
Burgenland Lake Corner Research: (Dale Knebel)
Chicago Burgenland Enclave: (Tom Glatz)
Croatian Burgenland: , (Frank Teklits)
Home Page village lists,, (Bill Rudy)
Home Page surname lists: (Tom Steichen)
Home Page membership list:, (Hannes Graf, Austria)
Judaic Burgenland: (Maureen Tighe-Brown)
Lehigh Valley Burgenland Enclave: (Robert Strauch)
Western US BB Members-Research: (Bob Unger)
WorldGenWeb -Austria, RootsWeb Liason-Burgenland: (Charles 
Wardell, Austria)

BB ARCHIVES (can be reached via Home Page hyperlinks) or a simple search 
facility (enter date or number of newsletter desired) at:

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Gemeinschaft web site.)


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