Myths and Legends

Well known are the myths and legends around the Grettenberg – where the Hutstein rock is a part from – close to the villages of Oberkappel and Hutstein.   Holzmännlein and Holzweiblein When I first visited the ‘Hutstein’ I was told by an old lady sitting in front of her house in the hamlet of Hutstein that I should take care of the ‘Holzmännlein’ in the forest there, which she already met. Male and female […]... Read More

Hutstein, Huthsteiner, Huetstainer…

It is interesting to see, that within the hessian and Saxonian families the name Hutstein resp. Hutsteiner was obviously used without taking to much care of the ending -er (or any -h- in between). For the same person mentioned in the records it is possible to find all different spellings used in parallel. I recognized in the records that in Bavaria and Austria the name is very rarely used with an -h- and around the […]... Read More
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A famous painter

Rudolph Albert Huthsteiner was a famous german painter around the turn of last century. He made several portraits of german nobles, e,g. the king of Württemberg Wilhelm II. Also some landscape views are exisiting.  A very interesting fact is, that Rudolph, who was born in Düsseldorf, lived in Stuttgart and was an arts professor in Munich, visited a small market place known as Osterhofen and painted the very famous abbey there. This place is quite […]... Read More

The great smuggler trail

Yes, our ancestors also had been involved in smuggling. And one of these actions became quite famous in the region of Passau and Upper Austria.   Josef Hutsteiner, innkeeper in Wegscheid, had been head of a group of smugglers who brought cattle and horses from upper Austria to Bohemia and Bavaria. Beginning of 1919, i.e. shortly after WWI, it has been big business in this region. Estimated 20’000 cattle  they smuggled in quite short time. […]... Read More
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Genetical deseases

Obviously our family has problems with a genetical deseases, one of them was epilepsy, another -still undefined- was paranoia like. Paul Huthsteiner was most time of his life in hospital and finally died there. In his records it was mentioned that also his father’s sister – still not identified – suffered from epilepsy and had been in hospital in the city of Bielefeld.   His father Robert Emil Huthsteiner committed suicide in 1924.     […]... Read More