|Maria Stuck (right) with a cousin|
Michael Hofer lived in Main Amana and some years after joining the Inspirationists, while drawing water at a well, he met Maria Stuck, a girl from his own village. When I first read this, a song we usually sing at weddings, came to mind: Es wollt ein Mägdlein Wasser gut, schöpfen bei einen Brunnen, based on the Bible story about Isaac and Rebecca. Of course Isaac himself didn’t meet his future wife at the well, but a servant of the family. Still, the stories have some similarities.
|Katharina Hofer Moershal (middle) with daughter Henrietta|
Ruff (right) and daughter-in-law Marietta Moershal(left)
As mentioned previously, Michael has relatives here at my colony. His niece, Maria Hofer corresponded via mail with Katharina Moershal for some time. Included in one of these letters was this picture. I have no idea when and where it was taken. Fortunately, one of Maria's granddaughters, kept the picture for many years, since the death of Maria Hofer. (Thank you, Kathryn!)Would be interesting to read the letters, but I haven't been able to find them yet.
My sincere thanks to Lanny Haldy, at the Amana Heritage Society for putting me in contact with Peter Hoehnle, a historian who’s studied the Amana Society extensively. Mr. Hoehnle kindly sent me an interesting article he wrote on Michael Hofer, which had been published in the journal, Communal Societies in 2002. This article helped shed a lot of light on the life of Michael Hofer.