West Highland Way – Scotland

This April I have been able to make a long held dream reality – going for a long walk in Scotland. In the middle of April me and my two eldest sons flew to Glasgow and embarked on the renowned and well-trodden West Highland Way, 154km (95 miles) and 4000+ metres of elevation in the course of a week. We were really lucky weather wise and although the path is very well indicated and quite broad and well maintained, it was still a great challenge, especially for us who had not done any or very little hiking before starting our adventure. The plan was to sleep mostly under our tarp, but not carry more food than needed, and we pretty much stuck to it.

The first official stage ends after 20km but we didn’t feel it was right to stop at noon and so we continued over Conic Hill towards Balmaha and Milarrochy Bay where we stayed at the campground after a tough 35km and 9,5 hours. We knew that night that we had pushed it too far and were in for a much shorter second day.

To be continued …

Skitour to Wildalm (1613m)

Just a quick first entry on my outdoor life. I have been on a quick tour to Wildalm, a mountain hut in Upper Austria. It is a hike of 900m up and down. Had planned on going straight up to the summit, but winds and snowfall were too heavy. My two dogs had a hard time getting down again in the deep powder snow.

Some impressions

Kettwig Family History

It was probably in the year 1995 when I started to play around with genealogy, trying out the first basic software at that time. Over the years I have gathered a great amount of information, mainly data of deceased people who were somehow connected to different Kettwig families. Truth is that I have not done anything genealogy related in many years and I am aware of the fact that some information on my digital family tree is not as well researched as I would like it to be and in some cases even contains false family connections. I can’t say what the future might bring, but I don’t really see myself spending much of my free time online anymore. I much rather engage in outdoor sports such as rock climbing, hiking, skitouring, snowshoeing, etc. In other words, this Kettwig family history (website) is history now.

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The Ministry of Flowers

Part of the history of Salem Evangelical Church (Rochester, New York):

The beautiful custom of placing flowers on the altar every Sunday began November 26, 1911. The first flowers were given by Mrs. Minnie Nelson Gerhard, Miss Amelia Kall, and Miss Lena Kettwig. Immediately thereafter Mrs. J. George Kaelber spoke to Miss Kettwig and suggested that flowers be placed on the altar every Sunday. Mrs. Kaelber offered them for the following Sunday, and the donors on the remaining Sundays of the month were: Mrs. Julius C. Hoffman, Mrs. Katharine Loeffler, Miss Emma Hess, and Mrs. Mary Milow. Since that time there has not been a Sunday without flowers on the altar. After accomplishing their purpose in church on Sunday, these flowers have been sent with messages of comfort and cheer to many hundreds of sick, shut-ins and afflicted in homes and hospitals.

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Der Kanzler Dr. Wolfgang Kettwig

Der folgende Bericht wurde verfasst von Georg Christian Friedrich Lisch und erschien in Verein für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde: Jahrbücher des Vereins für Mecklenburgische Geschichte und Altertumskunde. – Bd. 26 (1861), S. 11-16. Die Textvorlage stammt aus der Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern .

Die Canzler in dem güstrowschen Landestheile lassen sich nach der im J. 1520 vorgenommenen Landestheilung erst seit dem Anfange des J. 1526 verfolgen. Der erste güstrowsche Canzler war Dr. Wolfgang Ketwig, welcher am 6. Januar 1526 als Canzler angestellt sein wird, da die Markgrafen von Brandenburg späterhin sagen, daß seine Bestallung mit dem Tage der Heil. Drei Könige 1530 ablaufe und er nach andern Nachrichten auf 4 Jahre berufen war. Continue reading Der Kanzler Dr. Wolfgang Kettwig

Our name

The name Kettwig and Kettwich is rather rare in the German speaking countries. In Austria there are only two known families (my parents and I). In Germany there are more instances found, according to the telephone directory of the year 2002 (will not be updated due to a decreasing number of fixed line phones) about 123 entries in 37 distinct counties. Projected to the total population in Germany there might be approximately 328 people with that name. The following maps were created with the help of Geogen . More details, such as a map with names of all counties and regions, can be found there as well. Continue reading Our name

Ernst Kettwig (1868 trip to the USA)

On March 5, 1868 a 37-year old mechanic from Germany, Ernst Kettwig, crossed the Atlantik on the steamship “Bremen” from Bremen to New York. He wanted to settle in the USA.


The BREMEN. Source: Georg Otto Adolf Bessell, 1857-1957, Norddeutscher Lloyd; Geschichte einer bremischen Reederei (Bremen: C. Schünemann [1957]), p. 11.


Conflanser 1761

Bei diesem Text handelt es sich um einen gekürzten Auszug aus dem Buch “Aurich – von C.B. Meyer bis auf unsere Tage. Erstes Buch.” von Gramberg, Kalli (1992), Stadt Aurich, Druckerei Soltau-Kurier-Norden. S. 9.

Im „Siebenjährigen Krieg” (1756 bis 1763), den König FRIEDRICH II. in Sachsen, Böhmen und Schlesien führt, sind seine westlichen Provinzen ohne Schutz, was die Österreicher, aber vor allem die Franzosen zum Vorrücken bis nach Ostfriesland veranlaßt, um preußisches Eigentum in Besitz zu nehmen und Kriegskontributionen, das heißt Gelder, einzutreiben. Continue reading Conflanser 1761