Altmannsgruen (near Treuen) is a typical village of the Vogtland region. The place already exists mor than 670 years.
Most inhabitants were farmers.
Between the years 1924 and 1944 there were 3 mills, 2 backeries, 1 grocery shop and many farmers and owners of stitchery machines.
Over the years the population decreased:
1924 520 inhabitants
1928 507 inhabitants
1934 476 inhabitants
1944 430 inhabitants
2010 330 inhabitants
Now Altmannsgruen is a part of town Treuen.
City directory of Altmannsgruen - year 1924:
City directory of Altmannsgruen - year 1928:
City directory of Altmannsgruen - year 1934:
overview of Altmannsgruen
(after Google Maps)
In the address books (city directories) from 1924 to 1944 we find the house numbers in blue !
My great-grandfather Karl Friedrich Horlbeck (1834 - 1908) was owner of a farmstead (A) in Altmannsgruen.
He had 12 children, but only 5 survived.
Son Richard Horlbeck, born in 1873, was the heir of the fatherly property, later his son Ewald Horlbeck, born in 1904, farmed the estate.
Son Hermann Horlbeck (1877 - 1963) - my grandfather - built in the neighborhood (B) a house for his family. He owned a
stitchery machine and worked for a company in Plauen. Later my father Artur Horlbeck (1909 - 1981) lived there with us.
Another son, Emil Horlbeck, born in 1875, was also an owner of a stitchery machine. He built the house for his family near the farmstead (C) .
Four of the seven sons of Emil Horlbeck immigrated between 1923 and 1928 to United States:
Alban Horlbeck (1898 - 1960) in the year 1926,
Alfred Horlbeck (1900 - 1983) in the year 1923,
Erich Horlbeck (1904 - 1975) in the year 1925 and
Walter Horlbeck (1907 - 1975) in the year 1928.
They settled in the states New Jersey and New York. And their descendants now also live in these states.
Later son Konrad (1910 - 1992) worked as carpenter and had a workshop in his father's house in Altmannsgruen.