In November 1873 the Rinderpest (cattle plague) hit the farm of Hutsteiner Mathias in Heindlschlag.
Mathias brought some cattle from his father Mathias Hutsteiner in Mistlberg, who was a cattle dealer and obviously bought some infected ones south of Linz.
Prompt 29 cows in a single cowshed in Heindlschlag and 33 in another one got infected and died. Also the villages Wildenranna and Sonnen where hit. A damage of at least 40’00 Gulden was noted.
The Bavarian government immediately sent soldiers to seal off the entire area around Heindlschlag, contain the epidemic there and kill all cattle.