"History only comes alive through stories", knows rainer kirch. He knows the story of the gold rush in munnerstadt just as well as the story of the cow that escaped and was never found again or the servant girl who had to wash herself every day with soap. He is known not only as a night watchman who walks through the city with visitors, but also as a hans-sachs-player. At the annual local history play, he is kaspar von der rhon.
Baldur kolb was able to win him over, for the second time by the way, for the storytelling cafe in sankt elisabeth. Many things reminded the mostly somewhat older listeners of their youth. "I’m not a short-tempered person, because that’s what you only become by being born.", rainer kirch had to confess. His first residence in the city was only in 1967. However, he had already entered the seminary in 1956. In his last year of school, however, he was a city student "because the seminary was too bad for me". In that last year he also met a young lady who is still by his side as his wife today.
"One-man music school"
Kirch knew a few things about the upper gate. At 36.6 meters, it is the highest town gate in lower franconia, even a few centimeters higher than the hohntor in bad neustadt. Until the end of the 19th century. Century lived upstairs in the turmer apartment the city turmer with his wife. The most important task of this tower was to warn the citizens in case of fires. With his loud horn and a small fire bell, he was supposed to alert the fire department and warn all other citizens. This bouncer played the trumpet and trombone well. He taught boys from munnerstadt and was, so to speak, a "one-man music school" in miniature. When he gave up his doorman position in 1878, no successor was recruited.
It is also interesting to note that tolls had to be paid to drive through munnerstadt (the bypass was not built for a long time) until 1928. Today’s veit-stob- and riemenschneiderstrasse was the only one that was paved. A shoemaker who had his workshop in what is now the civic office in the town hall had bought the tolls from the town as a sideline. For each passenger car he demanded one mark. Even animals driven through the town cost: for sheep he charged five pfennigs, for horses, cows or bulls 20 pfennigs.
Instead of gold, a wooden box with horse apples
The seniors listened particularly attentively when rainer kirch told the story of the gold rush, because it happened at the beginning of the 1950s, and many could therefore still remember it well. During the second world war, a gothic mary chapel from the year 1420 was bombed to rubble. It stood in veit-stob-street, where the house with elektro-schlegelmilch on the first floor was later built. A town councilor gattenhof is said to have buried a gold treasure during the siege of the town by the swedes during the thirty years war. The spread in the 19. Local historian nikolaus reininger in a book about the history of munnerstadt in the nineteenth century. A craftsman firmly believed that this treasure could be found in the bomb crater of the marien chapel. He had digging done there from 1950. But an unemployed squad did not find anything. Fortune-tellers and fortune-tellers got him nowhere, not even "zeta" from berlin, who paid a lot of money for their "clues" demanded. 1951 further digging was done. "The whole of munnerstadt was electrified", knew kirch. At the end of the year a human bone was found. In 1952, card readers or parapsychologists were at work again, even city priest father odilo tried unsuccessfully with shuttles. The craftsman slowly ran out of money, so a citizens’ association was founded, into which many paid 20, 50 or 100 marks. Finally, at the beginning of 1953, a wooden box was found – but it did not contain the hoped-for treasure of gattenhof, but fresh, stinking horse apples. This prank had been played on the craftsman by a local table, who now gave up in a huff.
Dung heap in front of the court
The former amtsgericht am anger was a district court from 1804 to 1860. Here resided januarius kelleri, who was not only a judge, but also a district administrator for 23 municipalities and even the chief of police. In 1820, he took on the hygienic conditions in the city and made the mayor personally responsible for the disappearance of the dung heaps and the privy pits within ten days. "A pile of dung stank to him directly in front of the court", smirked kirch. In case of noncompliance, the mayor was to pay 20 gold marks, which was half a year’s salary for him. The hygienic conditions were indeed very bad. Water pipes did not yet exist, drinking water was fetched from wells, some of which were shallow wells. In 1874, 700 citizens fell ill with typhoid fever, and 90 of them died within four weeks.
The story of the missing cow was amusing: in bauerngasse, bombs destroyed her stall, and she fled into the surrounding woods. The pawn would have liked to get it back, but all searches were unsuccessful. Much later, he learned that a farmer from nudlingen had caught and kept her. But all efforts to find out his name were unsuccessful – the player from nudlingen had confessed to his priest, who of course did not reveal his name.
Kirch wants to come back
In the "better circles in earlier decades, they had maids of honor. A young girl from burglauer was in position at a dentist’s in munnerstadt. It was only after two months that she was once allowed to go home again. She was very pale because of the work in the house, while her friends who had worked in the fields were of course tanned. "You have to wash every day, even with soap, that’s why you’re so bleech", the friends regretfully noted.
It was an enjoyable afternoon with rainer kirch. He promised to come a third time to the storytelling cafe, because he still has a lot to tell.