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From: "Aida Kraus" <>
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Cottager
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2006 16:09:15 -0700
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OOOOOPS: I am requoting:
"Hausler can be taken apart to be Haus (house); Hausl (little house); and by
adding the "er" it becomes an adjective referring to the occupant - Hausler
one who lives in a little house."
OOOOOOPS: not so!
Someone who is a Häusler does NOT live in a smaller house, hahaha! The
suffix "ler" not just "er" ist the possessive suffix meaning that he owns it
(large or small), because one that lives in a "Klause" is also called a
Just to set the record straight and not apply a meaning that is not


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Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Cottager

> Sedlak is translated as a Bauer or Landwirt in German -- a farmer in
> English.
> In a message dated 8/12/2006 1:56:03 PM Mountain Standard Time,
> writes:
> My great grandmother's father was a mason from the Egerland (not a
> Meister,
> though) and he is called a Hausler in the church records. There may have
> been
> a small garden behind the house but it was not large enough to qualify
> them
> for the "Gaertner" designation. A Master mason probably had a good
> income but
> journeymen masons often ended up in the army because they were relatively
> poor.
> I did not mention that my great grandmother emigrated to MN with her
> mother, brother and sister around 1869.
> If the family were called Hauslers on church records from the late 1840s
> and
> early 1850s and that may mean that it is an older designation. Some of
> the
> references I have for Chalupner and Hausler indicate that it was the
> Sudetens
> that interpreted these words as approximately the same. However we
> have to remember that the word Sudeten was not in use until the turn of
> the
> 20th century (1900 and later).
> It is always best to find a definition associated with the time when a
> word was written rather than trying to apply more modern interpretations.
> Hausler can be taken apart to be Haus (house); Hausl (little house); and
> by
> adding the "er" it becomes an adjective referring to the occupant -
> Hausler is
> one who lives in a little house.
> There is a farmhouse museum at Windsheim (Bad Windsheim) about 30 km east
> of
> Dinkelsbuhl. I recommend that anyone interested in what housing was like
> in
> old Bohemia should visit that museum. There is one old thatched hous
> that
> dates from around 1200 and it is a good place to start to see how living
> conditions changed over time. If I recall, the newest house and barns
> (Hof) there
> date from about 1935.
> The mill was very interesting. I always thought of millers as probably
> being fairly prosperous but that particular example made it appear that
> the
> miller's living quarters in the same building as the mill were very small
> and
> sparsely furnished. Our guidebook indicated many millers were quite
> poor.
> There are cottages and farm Hof, mills and other examples of Höfe from all
> around Germany -- any many of them may be very close to the Höfe and
> cottages
> owned by the Germans in Bohemia. There is a one-room weaver's cottage
> with a
> big loom, a bed, an armoire, table and chairs. I no longer remember what
> kind
> of kitchen that cottage had.
> One other very small cottage had an adjoining room for the kitchen with
> the
> kitchen stove on one side of the chimney and the heating stove on the
> other in
> the small main room. The kitchen was totally dark - probably had to be
> lit
> by a lantern or candle. The stove had a fairly deep well on one end for
> hot
> water
> and a cooking surface. I don't recall what kind of shelves might have
> been
> in the kitchen. If there was access to the chimney to hang meats for
> smoking
> it was not apparent.
> Almost all of the larger farmhouses, inns and other buildings that were
> also
> residences had a big chimney over the cookstove where smoked meats hung.
> In
> one old inn building the chimney had an opening that was maybe 4 feet wide
> and
> there were a number of saugages and hams hung there. The wood-fired
> cookstove was beneath it. It was in a long hallway adjoining the inn
> room. Guests
> might pass the cookstove on their way to eat or drink.
> The kind of barn a farmer had depended on his "specialty." Hops farmers
> had
> one kind of barn while grain farmers had another and livestock and pig
> farmers
> had yet another. The farm houses all had several rooms and some had 2
> stories. Upper rooms were small, usually had a bed and pegs on the wall
> for
> clothing and maybe a trunk or other storage chest but not much other
> furniture.
> The houses with a tradesman in the family often reflected the man's trade
> in
> how they were finished -- a plasterer had an elegantly plastered lower
> floor.
> A carpenter had beautifull paneling or cabinets and a painter might have a
> lot
> of stenciled designs throughout his house.
> I don't recall seeing any farms that the Germans called a Chalupe so that
> may
> be a word used only in Bohemia.
> Chalupner comes from an old west Slavic and Czech word (Chalup or Chalupe)
> and the Germans did not change the spelling except to add the "r" at the
> end.
> Some time back one list member wrote that her ancesotors were called
> Chalupners but she believed they owned a rather large farm -- which did
> not fit the
> oldest definition of a Chalupner. Back in 1654 a farmer held 11 strich
> or
> more while the largest Chalupner had only 9.
> It is possible that over time a Chalupner was able to grow his holdings
> but
> for some reason the lable that was attached to his Hof was never changed.
> I
> have not found any reference to why that would happend or if there was any
> tax
> advantage to one designation or the other.
> It is possible that as more farmers grew more prosperous a "small holding"
> was no longer all that small -- the amount of land with a Chalupe in 1900
> may
> have been enough to have a farm in 1654..
> Karen
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