Do You Know Of The Nauke Guest Houses?
In the late 1880s Martin Julius Nauke with his wife Anna (born Dittmann) and his brother Adolf Nauke owned and operated "Gasthaus zum Langen Hause" ("The Long House") located at Hirschgraben 2 in Hirschberg Schlesien (now Jelenia Gora, Śląska, Poland). Martin Julius managed the brewery and bakery, Adolf managed the sausage factory, Anna managed the lodging and dining. During this time Martin Julius Nauke and Anna Nauke had eight children. Five of the eight survived. Martin Herbert Nauke was the sixth child. It is not known if all of the family lived in the Long House or had rooms nearby at Bahnhofstrasse 64, a large building owned by Martin Julius's father. Sometime just before the turn of the century, The Long House was sold and Martin and Anna along with all the children moved to the town of Schweidnitz, Schlesien (now Świdnica, Śląska, Poland). There they owned and operated "Martin Nauke's Etablissement Preussischer Hof" ("The Prussian House") at Waldenburgerstrasse 27. This is where Martin Herbert and his siblings grew up. It is also how and where the Nauke and Häfner families first met. When Martin Herbert Nauke and Gertrud Häfner were just 16 years old, Gertrud and her parents lodged at the Nauke Preussischer Hof guest house while they operated their Schwebe-Bahn (Zip-Line) amusement ride at the Schweidnitz annual festival. Sometime in the early 1900s Anna Nauke sells the Preussischer Hof and purchases a smaller guest house in Schweidnitz at Äussere Kirchestrasse 27 directly across from the famous Friedenskirche (Peace Church). It is not known what became of Martin Julius Nauke. She owned this guest house until her death around 1915. If you know any information about these guest houses please use the form below to contact us.
What is known of Photo 1.1:
This postcard was made in Hirschberg, Schl. to advertise the Hotel and Brewery. This card is postmarked 1920. It was used by the new owner Otto Marquardt after the Nauke family sold the property. The Long House offered about 20 rooms, a dining room, dance hall, and bar. They operated an onsite brewery, bakery, and sausage factory.
What is known of Photo 1.2:
This postcard was made in Hirschberg, Schl. to advertise the Hotel and Brewery. This card was never postmarked so the date of use is unknown. It was used by the new owner Otto Marquardt after the Nauke family sold the property. The Long House offered about 20 rooms, a dining room, dance hall, and bar. They operated an onsite brewery, bakery, and sausage factory.
What is known of Photo 1.3:
The small brown building at 70 Bahnhofstrasse was the home and butcher shop of Paul Friedrich Nauke. to the left the large white building at 64 Bahnhofstrasse was the home of several Nauke families. It is possible that Martin and Anna Nauke may have had rooms there as well. To this day a large "N" can be seen at the top center of the building.
A personal note: The brown building in the center of the postcard was Paul Nauke's butcher shop that also made its own smoked meats and sausages. To the right was a coffee shop that roasted its own coffee beans, across the street was a pastry shop, and two doors down a tobacco and cigar shop. On my many visits to Hirschberg I have sat at a table in front of the butcher shop (now a Pizza Hut) and wondered what a delight of smells must have greeted early morning visitors and patrons to this area.
What is known of Photo 1.4:
The photo for this postcard was taken in the mid 1890s by the then owner A. Griel. This guest house offered about 10 rooms, a dining room, a ball room, and an outside beer garden with performance stage.
What is known of Photo 1.5:
The photo for this postcard was taken in the late 1890s by the owners Martin and Anna Nauke. It is not known when Martin and Anna purchased this guest house or when they or she, sold it. What is known is that their children Harry, Hildebert and Martin lived in the back house along with their parents. The oldest two children, Gotthard and Erna were old enough to have their own apartments.
What is known of Photo 1.6:
The Nauke guest house was located directly across from the famous Friedenskirche (Peace Church). I do not have a photo or building drawing of the Nauke guest house at Äussere Kirchestrasse 26, Schweidnitz, Schl., Germany. The original building no longer exists. I am seeking a photo or building drawing of it.
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