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Seasonal Migration

In spring, the builders from the back regions of the Bregenzerwald went to work.

They met on the "Red Mountain" which is just west of Hittisau where the streets branch out through the Weissach Valley to Oberstaufen in the Allgaeu, through the front of the Bregenzerwald to Weiler in the Allgaeu and into the Rhine Valley. The masters themselves, usually rode horses. The individual troops were put together during the winter by the masters and the foremen. In 1729, Peter Thumb took 200 builders, foremen, journeymen, and boys from the Bregenzerwald with him to Alsace. The workday for a builder was long.  In 1704, for example, the agreed upon working hours were from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and then from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturdays they finished at 6 p.m.

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