Photos of Gornitz, Posen, Prussia

My Schmidt ancestors [Carl Friedrich Schmidt, Wilhelmine Winkelmann and their six children] lived on a farm in the very small village of Gornitz, Netzekreis, Posen, Prussia from about 1875 to 1892 when they immigrated to America.  According to my cousin Doris Winkelmann Sonntag, the town was destroyed by the advancing Russian Army when they swept through Netzekreis on their way to Berlin in 1945 near the end of WWII.  Almost nothing remains.  I found a site in Germany ( which has a few historic and current photos of Gornitz.  These give a tantalizing glimpse of the quiet, country lifestyle the Schmidt family had before they came to America. You can click on the photos to see larger versions.

[“Gruß aus Gornitz” means “Greetings from Gornitz”]


Prussian map showing Gornitz


The Gornitz Mill


Gornitz Mill Pond


Mill in Gornitz


E. Krumm Restaurant with banquet hall


The E. Krumm Restaurant


The Bohm Restaurant


Residential Home in Gornitz


Homestead and Farm Pond


Forest Homestead


Town Center


Gornitz Church – Historic Photo


Same church, modern photo


About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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