I need to take a “time out” here to describe how I met Herr Dr. Max Baumann. Max has been so helpful to me – to get this story to where it is today.
When Bud Bauman and I got to Switzerland in May 1999, we got caught up with Max at his house in Silli, Switzerland. Max’s house sits on the banks of the Aare River. This is Max and me, beginning our friendship.
That’s the Aare River, just out the back of his house.
I was introduced to Max just before this picture was taken. As he thought about my last name, he suddenly exclaimed, “Holliker; I know this name!”
When Max retired from being a university professor (teaching Swiss history), he began doing village research (for commission) for Swiss communities. It just so happened I met him just after he completed a book on Rein and Rufenach. (Rein is such a small community it is now included with Rufenach.) Rein is where Johannes is from. So he took me out to the porch here, opened his computer and the lecture began! How cool was that? And what do you think the chances of meeting (probably) the one guy who had the answers for a lot of the questions I had?