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About Wilhelm Friedrich Ronneberg, II
Note: The correct order of Christian names is as follows: "Friedrich Wilhelm". Wilhelm is the name, which was used in daily life to call him. In this profile, the name Wilhelm is distinguished by displaying it in the first position of the headline, although its correct position is the 2 nd one. This makeshift seems to be the only reasonable way to show all Christian names as well as to distinguish the name of daily life, when using the available GENi-software.
The birth certificate of Wilhelm Ronneberg II is available in the municipal archive of Münster (Gemeinde St. Mauritz no. 138/1883). It is supplemented by the stamped note: "deceased 500/1937 Berlin-Schöneberg" . In the Klahn family he is always denominated as "uncle Willy" ("Onkel Willy"). He is one of the key figures in the Ronneberg history.
Willy wrote the famous "judge-letter" to his cousin Gertrude Ritch, née Ronneberg, (USA) on the occasion of the burial of his uncle Hermann, the mayor of Lütjenburg (on June 10, 1923), in Lütjenburg. The letter essentially says that all money being once obtained by purchasing Gut Insel (Münster) to the city of Münster is lost by inflation. This letter is preserved by Thomas Ross JR. A copy is available in the Ronneberg file of Bruno Klahn II.
Re-obtaining the remaining money of Gut Insel (1928)
In a legal procedure, which lasted from 1923 to 1928, Willy got that money from the city of Münster back, which remained from the 1911 purchase of the Ronneberg property "Gut Insel" (Münster) by Hermann Ronneberg to the city of Münster. The remaining nominal amount before the total inflation of 1923 was 100,000 Mark. Originally, the city of Münster argued that this money was lost in the inflation and thus no debts are open to the Ronneberg family.
Determination of Jürgen Klahn I's life (1924)
Since Willy expected to win the legal procedure against the city of Münster, he looked for a member in his family in time, who could once run the farm he was planning to buy. This member was his nephew Jürgen Klahn I. Jürgen wanted to become a physician, not a farmer. So uncle Willy and his sister, Sophie Klahn, mother of Jürgen, agreed that uncle Willy should talk to Jürgen and tell him that he had to become a farmer. After that conversation in 1924, Jürgen had to undergo an agricultural education. Later on, Jürgen often told his family that in that moment he had felt to be betrayed by his parents. He often talked about the place, where this happened (a bench at he former home of the Klahn family on the peninsula Scheid at the Edersee, Hesse), to his family, because he felt that this moment determined his (in his own understanding) further rather unlucky life.
The "dream" - Gut Vietow in Mecklenburg (1928 - 1939)
Willy distributed the re-obtained money among the 4 siblings (Sophie Klahn, Willy Ronneberg, Mathilde Hallmann, and Gertrud Brüser). The share of his sister Sophie and his own one was used to purchase the farm "Gut Vietow" in Mecklenburg (size: 400 Morgen = 250 acres). The share of his sister Gertrud Brüser was originally also planned to be invested in Gut Vietow, whereas the share of Mathilde was needed for the education of her son Rudolf Hallmann II. However, Gertrud rejected any engagement in Vietow. This was one of the reasons for the compulsory sale of Gut Vietow in an auction in summer 1939, i.e. after Willy's death in 1937. The shares of Willy and Sophie together presumably covered only half the purchase price of Vietow. The family was not even able to pay for taxes. The quality of soil was not sufficient to yield the necessary income. Jürgen Klahn I in his late years often said: "Vietow was a dream."
The difficulies began already with the fact that the lawer, Bauermann in Mölln (Schleswig-Holstein), who made the purchase contract of Gut Vietow between the previous owner and the Ronneberg/Klahn family, was a friend of Willy Ronneberg. Moreover, it is told that Bauermann in fact was the previous true (although not legal) owner and thus had specific own interests. These interests were of moderate importance as long as Willy Ronneberg was alive. After his death in 1937, however, in view of a rather bad financial situation of Gut Vietow this delicate construction caused the ownership of the Klahn family to become more and more critical, what finally ended up in loosing the farm.
It was Willy's understanding that Gut Vietow should become a permanent home of the Ronneberg family, in the tradition of what Gut Insel in Münster was presumably originally supposed to become for the Delius / Ronneberg family in the understanding of Carl Delius II.
Wilhelm Klahn, Willy's brother in-law formally became the legal owner of Gut Vietow. Once, Jürgen Klahn I should become the future owner, what never happened because of Gut Vietow's compulsory sale, however. Wilhelm Ronneberg used to spent his summer vacation on Gut Vietow every year - without his wife Elli.
Before Gut Vietow was sold to Ronneberg / Klahn in 1928, it was owned by Dr. Otto Wiedfeldt (August 16, 1871 - July 05, 1926). Otto Wiedfeldt was a Privy Councillor of the Department of Interior in Berlin ("Geheimer Regierungsrat des Reichsamtes des Innern"), member of the board of directors of the Friedrich Krupp AG in Essen, and the German embassador in the USA between March 1922 and December 1924. A bibliography about him "Ernst Schröder: Otto Wiedfeldt – Eine Biographie, 2. überarbeitete Auflage (2nd revised edition), Neustadt/ Aisch 1981, ISBN-10: 387707032 9 and ISBN-13: 978-387707032 1, Library of Congress Cat. no 82152208" says that Wiedfeldt had a series of political meetings and talks in Berlin in July / August 1922 and that he spent 4 days of rest on Gut Vietow during this time in order to supervise the harvest there. Wiedtfeldt had a wife, Anna, and a son, Hermann, who studied in Madison (Wisconsin) in the winter term 1922/1923. Moreover, rough information about Wiedfeldt can also be obtained from Wikipedia and some documents in the internet. It is rather probable that Wilhelm Ronneberg met Otto Wiedfeldt in Versailles (France) during the peace treaty negotiations in 1919, because both belonged to the German delegation there.
Note: Mecklenburg belonged to the GDR (East-Germany) between WW II and Oct 3, 1990 (day of reunification). I.e., from a western view it was beyond the iron curtain. Therefore, Gut Vietow was in fact unreachable for residents of Western Germany until 1990.
The lawer and the judge
As a young lawer, Willy was involved in the negotiations in Versailles after WW I, which resulted in the peace treaty of Versailles.
Willy was a judge at the country / district court Berlin Moabit ("Landgericht I"). His task was to lead processes upon capital offences. According to Dr. O. Neudecker, Wiesbaden, director of the "Wappenrolle der Deutschen Heraldischen Gesellschaft", Willy was a "Landgerichtsdirektor" (title of a director at the country district court) in 1927.
In the understanding of that time, it was certainly helpful for his career to have such a status symbol as Gut Vietow.
Addresses of Willy:
- 1925: Schlüterstraße 61 I, Berlin-Charlottenburg ("Landgerichtsrat")
- 1928: Luitpoldstraße 3, Berlin ("Landgerichtsdirektor")
Ancestry-Reference with respect to Willy's marriage: http://search.ancestry.de/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=xjJ7&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&db=easternprussiacivilreg&so=2&pcat=34&gss=angs-c&new=1&rank=1&gsfn=friedrich%20wilhelm&gsfn_x=XO&gsln=ronneberg&gsln_x=XO&msbdd=25&msbdm=6&msbdy=1883&msfng=eduard&msfns=ronneberg&msmng=gertrud&msmns=holter&cpxt=1&cp=6&MSAV=0&uidh=000&msbdy_x=1&msbdp=_x