Quarrels about the forest of the Donnersberg

Quarrels about the forest of the Donnersberg, argues with the other villages like Jacobsweiler, Dannenfels & Marienthal

The forest workers (lumberjacks) from Albisheim lived from mid of December till end of February in simple shacks. They cut trees for lumber, made firewood and harvested the bark, which was sold to the tanneries in Worms. In wintertime, the farmers came daily to bring food to the lumberjacks and to fetch the wooden products, to deliver the carpenters, constructors or the mills. Everybody from Albisheim made a profit, The workers had a job, the farmers got money for transporting the wood to the buyers, and last but not least the City, which had either a steady trading or received taxes from the involved enterprises.

The success of Albisheim flamed the envy of the surrounding cities. The citizens of Marienthal,  Jacobsweiler or Dannenfels gathered into a mob and launched angry attacks on the workers or would raid the “trucks” from Albisheim. Surprised by the perfidious assaults,  the workers escaped and hid in the dense forest. After returning to their homes in Albisheim – 10 miles away – the mayor rallied strong supports. A lot of people came with their scythes, pitchforks and cudgels and then they marched into Marienthal to take bloody revenge.  This happened for centuries.

  • These fights mobilized the three different noble owners of these villages, who asked for support for their conflicting positions from the German Emperor. Maximilian I. invited the Dukes to Cologne, where the National Imperial Diet was in 1512, to bring their sealed documents.
  • Another freedom was found on October 20th 1602 by the Imperial notary Albardus Mollery from Winnweiler.
  • After ending of the 30 years long during war – 1618 till 1648 – between the German states, the deep animosities started again. Each village had advocates and brought own documents,   another 7 decades long