Posted 3 years ago
3 images of the Franz Welz production facility in Klostergrab / Hrob from different time periods. The first one is the newest card, and is from the interwar, or Deco period.
Looks like Welz did make glass after all!! :-) (secretly... I knew they did)
Hopefully these images will put to bed the issues the "pundits" have continued to raise regarding if Welz bought from others, or actually produced glass for export, and citing a lack of paper documentation as sufficient "evidence" to question if they even produced product.
"How could they have produced so much glass and there is not any paperwork found???"
I still have not located any sales info or documentation yet... but will never quit looking...... something will show up eventually...... but the size of the facility would certainly support the idea they exported large quantities of glass through Butler Brothers and others.... and it was glass that they actually produced.
The final remains of the Klostergrab / Hrob facility were destroyed in the 1960's as a result of brown coal mining in the region, so there are no physical remnants in Klostergrab / Hrob of their presence.
Following Franz Welz's retirement, Franz Welz's eldest son Josef, ran the company with his younger brother Franz Alois Welz, until it's demise in the 1930's. Josef Welz was married to Karolina Hinke. Karolina, Josef, and their son Felix are all buried in Klostergrab / Hrob. The house owned by the Hinke family, is still standing.
There may also be a home still standing there which was occupied by members of the Welz family. I am working on obtaining information and images if it is still there.
I do not know if the same applies to Dobra Voda (Gutenbrunn) where the original Welz facility was located in the early 1700's by the family. That location was about 280 miles S/SW of Klostergrab. It appears that the move to relocate in Klostergrab was as a result of Alois Welz acquiring coal mines in an effort to update production facilities and modernize with coal ovens, as opposed to the more commonly used wood.
I would hope that something remains somewhere as a monument to a long and rich family history in glass.
Initial lead for this information was provided by Kevin... many thanks!! Additional images and information provided by a gentleman who grew up in Hrob / Klostergrab and now lives nearby in Most.