The southern part of Westfalen, I learned, is called the Sauerland. It's mountainous, woodsy, and filled with Roman Catholics. The Wolfschlaegers were Catholic, as were Theresa's maternal relatives, the Wiggers, several of whom were priests. But more on that subject some other day. Today you'll have plenty to read on the Sauerland website.
Among other things, you'll find a letter that the website owner has translated from German to English. The letter was sent from Detroit to Germany by a German woman. Here's a bit of what she had to say about Detroit:
"If you came on the street here and heard how kids, three to four years of age, curse and swear, you would be struck with amazement. They don't know respect for the elders here. The smallest booby dares to throw dirt and stones at the oldest people. In general, there is no education here; it's a rough country. Boys, 12 to 13 of age, already wear revolvers and knives in the pocket, which are drawn because of trifles; that´s why there are so many accidents. In a word, I could write a whole book on this."I must admit, I'm "struck with amazement" every time I turn on the news here in the Detroit area. But I was also struck with amazement to read this description of Detroit in her letter, which was written over a hundred and thirty years ago. The times, apparently, are not changin' all that much!
The focus of Dierk Stoetzel's Sauerland website is Emigrants from Kreis Meschede and Kreis Olpe (Westfalen) to the United States of America. I found the site very informative and useful to my research and my understanding, well worth a visit. And I'm pretty sure there's a Peitz descendant in Dierk's family tree who married a Wolfshlaeger descendant in mine!