HISTORY OF SVAB - SOLIVAR
Note from Stephen F. Payer:
The following is a further transcription of the work of Kathleen (Pusaver) Dorsam inwhich the history of the town of many of her, and my, forbears is recounted.I’ve added several (parenthetical) emendations to hopefully improve the clarity.
Transcription of letter to Bob Pollack, a descendant of Anna Eva Schicker from Mr. Pribula, historian, Presov,Slovak Republic, dated October 10, 1998
"The history of Svab-Solivar’s arrival to the region reaches back to the year 1770 when the EMPEROR JOSEF II did an inventory of all Monarchy properties. He mentioned in Solivar that he would build a new street here that will (would) be inhabited by German colonists for the next ten years they were freed from tax. He launched the project in the year 1781 when they started building the street. You could read about this on the limestone board placed on the house of the HELD family.
In the year 1783 he came to see at (in) person how the works proceeded. A lot of noblemen made his company. He walked along the street looked into the houses that he ordered to cover them (be covered) with shingles where people lived and the rest of the houses should have been created by thatched roofs. The street was completed in September 1785 when families from different parts of Germany were coming and the houses were given to them. The street was named as "Josefstrasse", later Hungarians named it "Svabutcza" and even later it was named "Nemetsovar"
Low Hungarian noblemen scattered hate among the ordinary people due to the fact that the new houses and land were given to the new settlers. Some of the settlers couldn't face it and (decided) they had rather return back to the country they came from. But we can conclude that 48 families came to live here. They were originated from, I can't translate it into English, but I am sure you can compare our spelling with English one. Majority of the families came from Durinsko, Alsasko (Alsace?) from Frankfurt region, Goppingen Garten. Karpenci family came from Jucken, Rheinland and Schiffers from Altlei. Persons in charge of the project were the caretaker of salt mines and the Major of the Saris County, Alexander Sulovsky that (who) mentions in his report dated July 24, 1787that the project of inhabiting of the street has been completed and he also mentions that the inhabiting started in spring 1786.
All of the people that moved here were craftsmen. They didn't have much property so some of them came here only with a sort of rugsack on their backs.
Here are the names of the families:Fuchs, Schiffer, Ringer, Kessler, Kelper, Gerhardt, Furmann, Busch, Focht, Held, Christmann(he also became the first major), Lei, Patzelt, Priestor, Bayer, Liseur, Fritz, Degre, Charpentier Karpenci, Cresson, Kreso, Zahn, Feit, Meis, Schicker, Rahl, Paumer, Schaup, Krautkramer, Friedrich, Kron, Forcat, Buschauer, Hajtinger, Zeitz, Schmied. Some of the families left to the region of Cerveny Klastor.
Family Schicker was neighboring the family Karpenci. The property was split by road. In the year 1890 in the tax list the Schicker property is still mentioned. Frantisek Sedlak bought the land at the beginning of the century.
Frantisek Karpenci that (who) was born in 1867 and died 1956 often mentioned Peter Schicker?. They were very good and intelligent people. They had land and cattle. When I was a boy people used to mention family Schicker. But all the people of this family died out and Mr. Pollak is one of their descendants.
Svby was destroyed in 1985-86 when we were sent down to the town Presov.All the people wrote letters to the President those days but all in vein. He even didn't answer them. So the street disappeared. We would be celebrating 200 years since the project was launched. Now you can see on this place horrible high-rises that will have to be demolished in the next century because they will not be considered nice living any longer and will not suite (suit) to the living standard."