When I started genealogy research for my ancestors about 1990, the definition of Treichel meant small herder. There was even a coat of arms. Yeah. Right. Of course, there was money to be had in selling something. There was a list of the Treichels in the United States and for a few dollars they would sell you a copy of your coat of arms and the list of Treichels in the United States. This was pre 1990 before the internet grew to what it is today.
When hiking Colorado's mountains in the mid 90s, I met a fellow hiker who was visiting from Switzerland. He told me that Treichel was a bell. A couple of years later in 1998 when in Australia on a hike with a group of Germans, they also said that Treichel was a bell.
When doing more genealogical research early this century, I found more references to the definition of Treichel being a bell.
That was when I made up a story about how a cow bell became known as Treichel.
Back in the late 15th century in today's Switzerland, Herr and Frauchen Treichel had some cows. When it was time to bring in his cows from the grassy commons of the Alps, Herr Treichel listened for the bell on his lead cow. However, that sounded like most every other cow bell. Being an inventive man, Herr Treichel decided to get a different sounding bell. So he went to Herr Schmidt -- the local blacksmith. Herr Treichel described that he wanted to get a different sound from a bell. Herr Schmidt said that was no problem. A week later Herr Treichel had the new bell on his lead cow. When farmers heard the bell, they wondered if Herr Schmidt might be able to make that same bell with a little different tonal sound. No problem. Soon Herr Schmidt was a very busy man as farmers came to him to make a Treichel (i.e. bell) for them.That is my fictionalized version how Treichel became known as a bell.
I could have been more creative with my fiction. In recent searches of the internet for cow bell, quoting from cowbell at Wikipedia:
"The importance of the cow bell is highlighted in Swiss folklore, which reflects a period when a great Trychel, or large cow bell, was a rare and much-coveted item. The legend of the Simmental tells how a young cowherd strays inside a mountain, and is offered by a beautiful woman the choice between a treasure of gold coins, a golden Trychel, or the fairy herself. He chooses the Trychel."According to that quote and others I found on the internet, it seems that bells were identified as Treichel for a long time.
When the population adopted surnames 500 years ago, some took the name Treichel. Others were called ding dongs (i.e. Treichel). It stuck and Treichel became the surname for other families as a result of the pejorative ding dong.
Or your family were bell rings in the great cathedrals.ReplyDelete
My father's surname means keeper of the forest in old English.
I've always been fascinated by surnames. Why a surname like Newlove or Lovejoy or Goodenough. How did that happen. Those are just a few of the unusual that come to mind.Delete
Thanks you for the info. :) This was a nice entry! Blessings... LynnReplyDelete
Having lived in Arizona for a number of years, these sunsets are always memorable. As a fellow Badger, I recently found your Blog and I am enjoying your archives. Morrison is still there, but not same as with all things in live.ReplyDelete
Okay. Fellow Badger who knows Morrison. So who is this "Jim F". I have some guesses. Send me an email if you want to protect your anonymity.Delete
Hi Lloyd...I thought I would make you guess my name...I am only a third through your archives. My parents owned the general store in Morrison and for a few months I helped your father build a corn storage bin at your farm. He was wonderful to work for and one of my many memories from that area. I believe you were already at UW Madison, which was also my destination in Engineering. I lived in Arizona near Cave Creek and the desert area is one of my favorite places...you made a wise choice for your current home. I also lived in Colorado for 7 years...first in Castle Rock and then in Lafayette. Storage Tek was a familiar sight as I drove to the Mall. I moved thirteen times and retired 3 times as of 12/31 /2013 While my wife(Linda) and I have a permanent home we spend most of our time traveling the states in our Airstream. More laterDelete
My first -- and only -- guess was correct who might be the mysterious Jim F. It was seven years ago for my last visit to Morrison. Checked my photo archives to find an entire school photo (circa 1951) where you are on the ground front row. Since this post was tangentially about genealogy, I am distantly related to Linda via the Lemkes. My maternal grandmother was a Lemke. Would write more, but these comments end up on the internet search engines.Delete
I think you should add your made up story to the article in Wikipedia. Once on the Internet, it will become fact!
Wikipedia does require sources or the post is eventually deleted. I will leave the story on my site. It will get plenty of hits.Delete
That's a good story, Mr. Ding Dong.ReplyDelete
Now I started something!Delete
BTW, we got an empty lot in Saguaro. It's not your perfect lot, but it is empty.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on the lot. So which one did you get? Considering that I had transitioned through three empty lots while there, I may have already been through the one you just got.Delete