- Otto Georg Richter
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Information on Carl Leimbach can be found in the family book compiled by Otto-Georg Richter (F 9433):
Carl Ludwig Leimbach (A 81), born 18.05.1844 in Treysa, married 07.10.1869 in Schmalkalden to Ida Justine Emilie Münch, died 30.12.1905 in Hannover.
He then [...] transferred to the lower third of the grammar school in Marburg, passed the matriculation examination there in March 1862 and dedicated himself to the study of theology and philology at the university there; passed the theological faculty examination on 16.05.1866 and the so-called ecclesiastical Tentamen at the end of May; [...] was from 01.08.1869 active as a teacher at the Realgymnasium in Schmalkalden and advanced there up to the III. ordinary teacher. After he passed the exam pro fac. Docendi at the Königliche Wissenschaftlichen Prüfungsungskommission zu Marburg and acquired the dignity of the theological Licenciatur zu Erlangen on 03.02.1874, he followed a call to Hannover, where he joined Michaelis in 1874 as an ordinary teacher at the I. Realschule I.O.; in 1875 he was promoted by the Königliches Rheinischen Provinzialschul-kollegium to the I. ordentliche Lehrerstelle at the I. Realschule I.O. in Berlin by the Geheimer Oberregierungsrat Dr. Staudter.
There he taught literature and religion at several higher daughter schools and then followed a call to Goslar, where on 27.06.1877 the magistrate appointed him director of Realschule I at the suggestion of the Provinzialschulkollegium zu Hannover. Order had chosen. [...] In September 1895 he was appointed to the Provinzial-Schulrat in Silesia and confirmed as such by the Landesherrlich, his transfer to Breslau took place in October of that year; in 1900 he was transferred from Breslau to the Provinzialschulkollegium in Hannover, and in 1903 he was given the character of Privy Government Councillor.
- Dr. Ernst-Jürgen Bernbeck
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Elder family members probably remember Wilhelm Wahl (A 222, 1880-1970). He was the dominant personality of the Family Reunions after World War Second. Unforgettable how he celebrated the taking of the photo during the Family Reunions. The camera was a quadratic box, as big as an accordion and was placed carefully on a three legged support. The lens was as big as the cap of a marmalade jar. Wilhelm Wahl covered the whole apparatus with a black cloth, made sure that the front end with the lens remained uncovered, and bended his body below the cloth. One could see how he opened the shutter, a glance of daylight could be seen in the lens. Had the photo already been taken? No, Wilhelm Wahl appeared again and with a movement of his hand he ordered the assembled relatives to maintain their position without fur-ther movements. Out of a leather bag he took a rectangular plate of wood, as big as a normal sheet of paper and more or less two fingers thick, made some mysterious movements below the black cloth and fi-nally seemed to push the whole thing from the side into the box of the camera, but then he took the wooden plate out again and placed it on the floor beside the leather bag. What did he do? Oh, what looked like a wooden plate was the cover of the photosensitive glass plate, that now had found its destination within the camera. The taking of the photo could start. Wilhelm Wahl bent down the black cloth again, still called an admonition out of his hide and the box made a short noise. Now the glass plate was exposed. Wilhelm Wahl moved into an upright position, bended the black cloth, pushed the wooden table once more into the camera and pulled it out a few seconds later. Now the exposed glass plate was stored safely in it wooden cover, the negative could be fixed. This was the duty of a photo laboratory. Under giggling and laughing the front of the assembled relatives began to dissolve into smaller groups who concentrated on the further activities of the Family Reunion.
- Dr. Peter Bernbeck
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Who or what is the TAPO? TAPO is the abbreviation of „Terminal de Autobuses Puebla y Oriente“ (bus terminal for Puebla and the East). It is one of the four main bus terminals of Mexico City, and offers, as the name itself already indicates, mostly voyages to Puebla and the east. The three other main bus terminals on their way offer trips to the south, the west and the north. What did I do there? After Christmas I went to Mexico once again and wanted to visit my old friend Adolfo in Puebla. By coincidence he had something to do in Mexico City, so we made an appointment for the TAPO, Saturday January 13.th at 12 o’clock.
Well, of course Adolfo was not punctual. In reality I had not expected that seriously, I know him since 26 years. But I was not angry because I had to wait. When you have to wait at a bus terminal, it is better to wait in the TAPO.
Most of the bus terminals in Mexico are mainly big parking places, historically grown, where you canclimb into or get off the bus at certain places. The TAPO is different because in 1978 it was constructed as a bus terminal.
- Liselotte Damman, Uvongo/South Africa
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As the preacher of Langgöns our grandfather Wilhelm Wahl (A 222) from 1926 on published a municipal newspaper, the “Hüttenberger Messenger”. Beside theological news and considerations he also pub-lished articles about the local history for the inhabitants of Langgöns in this newspaper. The village is closed to the old roman fortification named “Limes”. But in 1941 all publications that were not important for the war were prohibited, officially due to the lack of paper. After 15 years the Hüttenberger Messenger himself became part of the local history.
By the way, in the article about Wilhelm Wahl the preacher dynasty of the Leun-Family in Langgöns is mentioned. Wilhelm Wahl counts 5 gen-erations until 1805, the Hessian Preacher and Teacher Book of Darm-stadt only 4. The preacher of the 5.th generation was the son in law preacher Sell, who well can be considered the last member of the dyn-asty.
Grandfather Wahl’s interest in the castle of Vetzberg (closed to Gießen) has its origin in the Family History: the family Lesch itself was also part of the “Gan-heirs”, the knight community of Vetzberg Castle. The mentioned “peace of Vetzberg” was before the lutheran reformation in 1454 (in the article is says 1554, that’s wrong). The lord Lesch of Mülheim married the daughter of the lord of Rodheim. Their castle was named Schmitte, where in 1494 our well-known ancestor Marx (Mar-cus) Lesch of Mülheim was born. Later he introduced the reformation into the surrounding villages as senior clerk and general of the Philipp the Magnanimous of Hessen. His shield of arms until today may be seen in the church of Rodheim. (Data given by Wilhelm Wahl and the Family Book).
Our grandfather Wilhelm Wahl let us take part in all his explorations and when somebody mentioned on of his articles he used to say: “Once more I could not keep the ink.” (In that time you wrote with a fountain-pen.)