Family stories have
said that Karl's great great grandfather Christof Zellmer was born in Klawittersdorf,
Posen. After extensive searching and many doubts we located the village
name on an old map of the area near Deutsch Krone, now known as Walcz.
On our trip we visited the area but unfortunately we had left our research
map behind in the Netherlands with the boys and could only approximate
Klawitterdorf's location on the modern road map. We reached the village
of Szwecja, about 5.5 mi NE of Walcz, and thought we had gotten to our
Klawittersdorf but were mistaken. Later map comparisons showed Szwecja
was formerly called Freudenfier, and was about 2.4 km NNW along the River
Pilawa from Klawittersdorf. Klawittersdorf is now an unnamed place with
a few houses on the small rather heavily wooded river, and we are very
sorry to have missed actually seeing it.
Szwecja is an unremarkable
hamlet of perhaps two dozen homes, a store or two and a small church.
The town and church were likely the closest place to Klawittersdorf and
our Zellmers must have known them well. The principal activities
in the neighborhood appear to be farming, timbering, and hunting and fishing
the river and lakes in the forest preserve. We suspect Christof's early
life included both farming and fishing as his later life did at Wolf River,