One interesting fact gleaned from the following is that Jacob sold his part of the house just after he was married, 8 years before he left for America
Am 14.09.2015 um 18:35 schrieb S & J <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
If you catch up with Rene', would you mind asking just one of those other questions, "Where does he go to get historical and genealogical information re Wiliberg? Church, government in Aarau? ThanksRegarding the house, maybe it boils down to 2 possibilities:1) The name in the house is difficult to read and really says Bachman. "ch" in old script looks like "uf".2) The house was built in the 1700's or earlier by a Baumann. The Bachmanns, citizens of Bottenwil, purchased the land and house back then.Steve
Again, great German email Jim. I hope the Wiliberg denizens respond. If not, you made a great effort. And we’ve had a great review of our Swiss connections. I’ve given you more suggestions than you really needed I’m sure, and here are some more: (Frankly, I don’t think there will be time for you to introduce many subjects with all the translating, listening, and eating you’ll be doing. Maybe they’ll want to hang around for more conversation at the gasthau, the village center, or while hiking the Alps.) I don’t know if any of us has seen the actual Wiliberg center.
First, we’d like to thank them for all the help they’ve given us. And Rene and Patric really have worked hard on our behalf. Thanks to them, we’ve learned so much about Switzerland and our Swiss heritage.
They’ve welcomed 4 cousins from America (Steve, Kent, Kent‘s sister, and Jim), descendants from 3 of Jakob Bachmann’s daughters. Jakob had 9 children with Elisabeth Suter, 4 children with another Swiss woman, Anna Hegetschweiler, and a step-son who Anna brought to Eden with her-- 14 children total. These relatives of ours were pioneers of the American West before there were no trains or cars.
Apologies from Steve for not having the time to learn about them and their country when he was in Wiliberg. It would be enjoyable to compare our 2 countries and peoples.
How do they cope with having 3 languages in Switzerland? What are their occupations? What is family life like in Wiliberg. Why did they choose Wiliberg.
What tourist attractions (maybe motels and restaurants, too)would they recommend within 50 miles?
You’ll want to make the short trips to Reitnau (the church) and Bottenwil (maybe our real homeland). I’d love to see a few photos of Bottenwil.
Elisabeth Suter Bachmann was from Bozberg which has ceased to exist. I think there is still a Lower Bozberg and a Bozberg Hill.
A little about Jakob Bachmann in America. Our Swiss pioneers were settled in what is called a “high desert”. Jakob found one of the few places in the high desert that looks like Switzerland-- Eden, Utah. I think he was homesick for his homeland most of his life. I don’t think he ever learned to speak English and married 2 Swiss women (not at the same time)-- Elisabeth who he met in Switzerland and Anna who he met in Utah, USA.
Most of our Swiss genealogy has been done by Kent and his grandmother, Emma Scholl. Kent and Emma spent as much time on our Jakob/Elisabeth side of the family as their Jakob/Anna side of the family. What a wonderful gift for us all.
Which town is actually our ancient hometown, Wiliberg or Bottenwil (3 times bigger town).
Is there a possibility that they might visit us in Utah and/or Idaho? Both popular tourist destinations.
Hi Jim, here are some of the photos that we took during our visit in 2015 that might assist. Wow, it doesn’t seem that long ago that Jack and I were there. Forgive the mistakes I’ve made below. We’ll call them typos. I’ve forgotten how to do a hyperlink, so I hope you can find the photos:
The Stettler grandparents and grandson (and me). I believe Mr. Stettler has lived his whole life in the Bachmann house behind him. The video of the house that Kent sent didn’t appear to show the Stettlers living there? The woman in Kent’s (Rene’s) video was probably the Stettlers daughter who supposedly works in a bakery. I’d be curious to find out what has happened to the old Stettler couple. Mr. Stettler had documents that showed that the Stettler family bought the home from Jakob Bachmann (our Jakob’snephew, his brother Hans Rudolf’s son), as I recall.
Good photo of our 3 Wiliberg hosts, Rene (Wiliberg Histoerian), left; Angelika Vosermeier (Councilwoman), Patric Jakob (Head Councilman). At Moosersagi Gasthaus.
Stettlers’ garden at the old Bachmann house. Mysterious neighbor’s house with 1930 designation. I believe we were told that that house belongs to a (Suter/Sutter family). Why is it so close to the Stettler home? Are these Suters any relationship to our great-great grandmother Elisabeth Suter, who left the area in 1861? We would like to know more about Elisabeth Suter Bachmann, a quest for another time.
Photo taken from an adjacent hill across the valley of the 2 homes. The Bachmann home on the left has been enlarged. I believe the road in the photo is the road to Reitnau, short distance, and the Reitnau church that our ancestor’s attended. The stream adjacent to the road is, I believe, the Orke River, which is the cantons Aargau and Lucerne’s boundary. Wiliberg is in the district of Zofangen, canton of Aargau.
Patric standing by Sacher sign. Patric helped us solve the mystery of the word, sacher. Sacher is the Wiliber neighborhood where the Backmanns lived. Our relatives were referred to as the Sacher Bachmanns.
Finally figured out what this display was near the old Bachman home. It was advertising a sharp-shooting contest. Switzerland has a gun culture probably more extensive than ours. Their gun culture seems to work, ours doesn’t.
We only saw one eatery, a couple of blocks from the Bachmann house, Moosersagi Gasthaus. At this link, Trip Advisor lists a lot of others.
Dear Mr. Jakob and Rindlisbacher!