Habberge district – the oral distribution of official notices used to be the task of the municipal clerks in the municipalities. Because they almost always carried a bell with them to alert the burgers on their way through the streets to the latest news, they were called "ausscheller". In zeil, this task was temporarily the responsibility of the municipal police officer.
A "ausscheller" was a person employed by the municipality on a full-time or part-time basis, who in earlier times informed the members of the municipality by loud, oral, public distribution of announcements. With the local bell in his hand he made his fixed round through the village. He stopped at all the prominent places, rang his bell and made himself heard. The burghers stepped in front of the door and hoarded the money.
Bell on the chapel
When the mayor of zeil wanted to call his burghers together in the town hall to announce an order, to pass work or to lease a communal field or meadow, the little bell on the anna chapel was rung. It was a sign that the citizens were obliged to attend the meetings.
1909 mayor kraus considered installing a bell on the roof of the town hall. In this way the political community wanted to make itself independent of the church community.
Because the town expanded after the settlement of factories, the bell gradually lost its secular function. From now on, the municipal servant with the municipal bell in his hand was to be the extended arm of the mayor. In the bad years after the first world war, he loved to announce, for example, that the cutting out of ring bushes would also be punished as an outrage in the field.
1926 the local policeman warned against the use of patched fuses. Such have caused by short-circuit oftenters fires in the houses. In 1928 zeil temporarily abolished the bell and introduced the official boards on which announcements and orders were posted. The pastor of zeil, dumler, writes in his chronicle of the parish: "just as 40 years ago the town bell tolled, so now the local bell falls silent. The old sturzt."
In the third reich the barking was reintroduced. However, the mayor allowed the use of the local bell only in very important cases.
In the post-war years, the civil servant went through the streets to announce announcements from the town hall and the orders of the american military government. But the americans tended to tell the germans their convictions in black and white in official boxes. In the beginning, the "amis" did the stapling the orders of the military government still had to be delivered to the striking points themselves. Because they did not know all the locations, americans in zeil one day stopped young robert kirchner, who was walking through town with his sister. Kirchner, who was later to become a city councilor, sat in his jeep and, under orders, showed the liberators the official signs in zeil and schmachtenberg.
Gradually, official bulletins were established in the municipalities and administrative communities. Since then, all citizens receive the ordinances and notices of the city administration via this newsletter delivered to the house.
The activity of tax collectors was still common for a long time, especially in the rural municipalities. Every evening in prappach in the early 1950s, the community servant georg ankenbrand announced through the local bell which groups would be deployed for trench construction the following day and what driving duties were to be performed.
Television team in weisbrunn
Self-help was still the order of the day until the 1960s. When it came to implementing municipal projects with the help of the citizens, manual labor was the order of the day.
In 1965 even a television crew came to weisbrunn to make recordings of the community work. It was pointed out that the burghers did not have to "beg and plead" for a long time had to be posted when it was time to take action. It was often enough a sign with the municipal bell, he hieb it. Everyone knew immediately that they were called upon to help out.
In 1964, the municipal servant georg hornung resigned from his post in furnbach. Since no one was initially willing to take over the office, the 73-year-old mayor georg thierstein had no choice for a while but to take the local bell in his own hand and make his announcements – most of which bore his name – in person.
The town bell that announced official announcements in krum for decades had to be "retired" in 1966 had to be sent. No one had been willing to walk around the village and announce the arrangements. Mayor alois mantel then informed his krumler in writing.
Loudspeaker system in the village
In 1960, the wealthy community of schmachtenberg wanted to install a modern local loudspeaker system from siemens at seven locations in the village. This step had become necessary because no one in the village was willing to act as a community servant and to ring out the announcements. It was the only installation of this kind in the 67 municipalities of the former district of habfurt. For the first time, mayor jobst von zanthier addressed the residents on new year’s eve 1960 with a new year’s speech.
If you still want to see and hear a ausscheller, you only have to go to stettfeld. There, the 76-year-old willibald viering has been calling out the announcements of the community, the church, the clubs and associations for more than 50 years. During its walk through the village it stops at about 60 different places. For this, he needed two hours on foot and half the time on a bicycle. On the way, there are plenty of opportunities for a break and a chat. On one occasion, he was on the road from 6 p.M. To 11 p.M., which was perceived by some people as an intrusion on their bedtime routine.