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Scenes of Our Local Neighborhood - 1959 - 1969



- Click Here For Larger Image -Rowdy Gang At The Ochsen...?

Naaaa ... Just some good natured buddies having a good time.

They are, left to right:

F. J. DeGrado, Larry Copess, Jim Wilkins, Ray tobolsky (Tobo), Ernie Stafford, & Charlie Mc Groarty.

Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Gasthof Ochsen In Haberschlacht

Guesthouse “Ochsen” - There were changes - good-natured guest house with good kitchen - later partly First Class Restaurant - again guesthouse - maybe sometimes “better pub” now (by my knowledge) closed or only sometimes open ...

Older/traditional guest-houses have very often names from animals: Ochsen= ox, Adler= eagle, Lamm= lamb, Schwan= swan, Forelle = trout...

Image by Bob Ware - Idaho - 2011

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Side Entrance To The Gasthof Ochsen


Image by Bob Ware - Idaho - 2011

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Bob Ware And Hans Sommer

Prosit...!

Image by Bob Ware - Idaho - 2011
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- Click Here For Larger Image -Hans Sommer & Helper


Image by Francis DeGrado - Illinois - 1961
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- Click Here For Larger Image -Nedlin’s Apartment In Haberachlacht

The apartment back window of SP-4 Bob Nedlin and his wife Barbara.

They were friends of John And Charlotte Standerfer. Staff Sargeant John Standerfer, who was in the Launching Area, lived with his wife Charlotte in Brackenheim.


Image by John & Charlotte Standerfer - Texas - 1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Entering Haberschlacht From Stockheim - 1960





- Click Here For Larger Image -Entering Haberschlacht From Stockheim - 2013


Image by Uwe Koch - Kleingartach, Deutschland - 2013

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- Click Here For Larger Image -HeilbronnerStraße In Brackenheim On Friday

HeilbronnerStraße, the main street in Brackenheim 1967, facing towards Haberschlacht. The building on the right side of the street at the corner is the bank, and the newest building in town.

The store that is next to their apartment entrance, is discussed in the Charlotte Standerfer photo below, and is down around the corner just passed the bank.

Along with the images provided by the Standerfers were two period postcards of Brackenheim that I have scanned and provide for you here. So “Click Here” to view this visual history. And remember... for the optimal viewing experience maximize your browser window when the PDF opens.

The VW belongs to John & Charlotte Standefer.


Image by John & Charlotte Standerfer - Texas - 1967

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- Click Here For Larger Image -HeilbronnerStraße On Saturday

Saturday Morning market day in Brackenheim in November, 1966.

The Name of Brackenheim - see the heraldry - it shows a dog. This dog was a so called Bracke. A Bracke was a very good dog for hunting - but only important and privileged persons (rich, aristocratical) had the right of hunting and so they had this dog and used it for giving the name to the place ...

Brackenheim was and still is the center of the geographic region known as “The Zabergäu”, - administrations (formerly more important), schools, culture, now for shopping etc.... For more information about The Zabergäu “Click Here” please.


By the way: It might be interesting for Californians, San Franciscoer - look Google - the so called “Cattle-King” of California, Henry Miller - once the largest land owner of USA - was borne In Brackenheim (1827-1916). He emigrated for the USA (1844-18467) where he changed his name (borne Kreiser) because of nebulous circumstances ... At his death he owned between 20 and 40 million of Dollars ... He gave a big donation to his birth-place ...

Another great personality borne in Brackenheim was Theodor Heuss (1884). He spent childhood (6 years) in Brackenheim. Then the family moved to Heilbronn where he grew up. After war at foundation of the Bundesrepublik (= Federal Republik) he was the first president of the “new” Germany (1949-1959 / ten years, longer is not possible).

He was a very much appreciated person, very popular (called “Papa Heuss” - even all over Germany) also originality - no nazi past - in no way integrated - a very qulified journalist, very cultured, also literate, In his youth-time he had contacts with people like Albert Schweitzer etc. - very much accepted also in other countries in this hard period of the so called “After war-Time” - a very good man in a very tough job ....

Like in the other places there has occurred much change during the time since the 1960s. By returning here many people who had been away a longer time have difficulties in orientation at the first moments.


by Uli Pfingstler Brackenheim/Lauffen

Image by John & Charlotte Standerfer - Texas - 1967

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