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Some excerpts from the writings of Rentsch descendants certainly deserve some recognition here in this introduction to the Rentsch/Herold genealogy..Grandaughters of Johan and Maria elegantly portray the emotional and sometimes humorous experiences of the transition from the Rentsch home in Switzerlandto a new home in a foreign country.
First is an excerpt from the writings of Irene Rentsch Ropte, daughter of Gottfried.Irene was instrumental in compiling much of the Rentsch genealogy from her visits to Switzerland:
A Boy from Trub
"One of the most beautiful spots on earth,"describes the Emmental village of Trub, Switzerland.Here Johan Rentsch and Maria Rothlisberger were married and founded their home.The lush meadow supported a few cows and the wooded Alps were a natural resource for woodcutters.Johan was a shingle craftsman.Each family cared for a garden to supply them with vegetables.Meat and dairy foods were plentiful.
The typical Truber was a bit crude and coarse in appearance, but sincere; a man of his word.He was cheerful and loved to joke, but did not tolerate insults.Proud, heartfelt and loyal to the community and traditions, Trubers stuck together.They were true to each other and led a quiet domestic life in their little part of the world.
The family left Switzerland in 1881 when much of Europe was experiencing dire poverty.Switzerland was not exempt.The loyal Trubers cared for their poor, history attests to that.They charitably provided a Work House for the poor, where Johan's father died in 1887.
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