Friday, December 27, 2019

River Reuss

1429 Reuss River Border
 On September 20, 1429, the Reuss River was defined as the border between the Zurcher and Lucerne's sphere of influence; the Ottenbach Giitres on the other side of the Reuss River were also subject to Lucerne's jurisdiction.

1726 Reuss
On December 4, 1726, the Ottenbach priest Hans Konrad Rahn Land informed Johann Heinrich Fries von Knonau that "my wife Ottenbach had a heartfelt and ardent desire to build a bridge over the Reuss River, as which not only became necessary and useful to her, but which was also of no use to anyone at night and was Jewish to me. Driving is very dangerous, he said. People have been killed in accidents all the time. A new one had to be built every year, which required expensive imported wood. The Giiters on the other side of the Reuss are always being attacked by the "cheeky neighbors", "ill-treated, defiled and robbed" because the people of Ottenbach could not quickly get there by waiter a Briicke. Finally, Rahn understood that a bridge would enable them to cultivate the good land, which was not suitable for meadows, instead of using it as pasture. The people of Ottenbach are prepared to use the Briicke only for the egg.

It was not until October 1, 1845, that the community of Ottenbach again submitted a request to the government council "to build a bridge over the Reuss River in the place of that year". The request was based on the fact that the "approx. 400 whopping, mostly in rough meadows and scattered existing land, which until then had yielded a highly insignificant benefit", could only be built after the construction of a bridge. "obediently tilled and worked".

 The cost of the bridge, inaugurated on 28 August 1864, was 95817 francs instead of the previous 82000 francs, because the people of Ottenbach preferred a more expensive metal construction to the planned wooden one. The canton of Aargau contributed 41,000, Zurich 25,000, voluntary donations of 7630 arrived, leaving Ottenbach with 22,1877 francs. (Ottenbach's population In the course of time by Bernhard Schneider)