grettenberg

Myths and Legends

Well known until nowadays 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 […]... Read More

Hutstein, Huthsteiner, Huetsteiner…

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 a single person it is possible to find all spellings in old documents in parallel. I recognized in the records that in Bavaria and Austria the name is very rarely used with an -h- around 1800, and only one family […]... Read More
KlosterOsterhofen Huthsteiner Rudolph _Osterhofen

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
wegscheid

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

Genetical Desease

Obviously one family had a problem with a genetical desease, epilepsy. 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 committed suicide in 1924.... Read More