Monday, June 16, 2014

why do you lie?


This is the story that made me want to be a writer:

My great-great-grandfather 
(whose name I still haven't gotten out of my mother) 
was a shoemaker in Adnet, Austria

One evening, 
he was on his way home from 
delivering and getting paid for 
a pair of lady's wedding shoes. 

At the tunnel in the mountain along the road, 
he was jumped, robbed and killed by a local man 
who was never punished. 

13 comments:

  1. wow. yeah, i could see that as inspiration...
    tragic...but yeah...life turns on a dime eh?

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    1. My mother said my great-grandmother had to see the murderer around town. Scary.

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  2. His poor wife and kids! How rotten that his killer was never punished.

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    1. Four daughters, each parceled out to farmers at a young age to work.

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  3. Yes, the ending is so unresolved that it makes you want to do something!

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    1. I like to rewrite the history of this story.

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  4. You need his name! There are probably newspaper accounts somewhere. I'd want to look that up!

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    1. I'm working on it. My mother is losing her memory and relatives are not good about wanting to know about the past. This happened in the 1800's in Europe in a very small town, so I'm not sure about documentation but I am checking all avenues.

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  5. Great Family Story...Thanks for sharing.
    Upbeat and 'Feel Good'...

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  6. How tragic...I wish you luck n your research.

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  7. Wow, interesting history! I enjoy researching my family's lineage. I traced my maternal mother's lineage all the way back to a Swedish king named Egil in the third century. Sometime not long after that, there's a Norwegian king. Now, how many of you can say you are a descendant of Eystein the Fart, I'd like to know!
    One of my paternal great grandfathers was a lieutenant in the Czar's army. He and his brother literally ran for the boat out of Russia with guns being fired at them.
    I wish you luck in your research!

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  8. Wow. And how puzzling for the family to resist providing his name. :/

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  9. If some family have an idea of the murderer's name but do not want to tell, that to me would be very interesting indeed. Research would be the name of the game....

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