Our German Bohemian Legacy
Robert J. Paulson
The village Schiefernau, which was located north-northwest of Stockau at the brook Zeisermühlbach, was attached to the parish and community of Berg. In 1789 the chronicler Schaller mentioned it as a part of the “Kammeradministrationsgut Stockau”(1) and wrote: “Schiefernau, so auf der Karte unter dem Namen Schischetin angemerkt ist, von 9 Nummern!’(2).
In 1839 Schiefernau had increased to 11 houses with 77 residents. In 1913 it had 13 houses and 82 residents and in 1945 there were 15 houses and 62 residents.
In 1937 the boundary encompassed 311,94 ha, which could be divided in 62,51 ha fields; 31,93 ha meadows; 7 ha pastureland; 202,71 ha woods.
Also attached to Schiefernau was the hunter’s house “Brandhäusl”. The children went to school in Berg which was barely 3 kilometers away. The residents worked in agriculture and forestry and in 1913 there was a “Land - und - forstwirtschaftlicher Verein”(3) which had 40 members.
In World War I Schiefernau supplied 10 soldiers. One of them did not return. Twenty men were called in World War II and nine of them fell.
(1) A Kammergut (or Kameralgut) were parts of the country that the souvereign could dispose of freely. They were administrated by his “Kammer” which was the administrative body of the sovereign for finances. Glaserau, Heiligenkreuz, Münchsdorf, Gramatin, Kleinsemlowitz, St. Georgen, Linz, Schiefernau, Tannawa, Trasenau, Waltersgrün and Frohnau were foundations of the cloister of holy Augustin in Stockau. On 8th September 1785 the cloister Stockau was taken over by order of the emperor Josef II, so in 1789 Schiefernau was mentioned as part of the “Kammeradministrationsgut Stockau.” until it was sold. See: Unser Heimatkreis Bischofteinitz, Stockau, page 275 – 276.
(2) Schifernau, so marked on the map under the name of Schischetin, of 9 numbers.
(3) agricultural and forest property society