FAMILY REUNIONS IN THE AARHUS LINE

Back in the days of Louis (Pater) and Ellen Hammerich (Mater) the ten children were brought up with the attitude that family ties are almost sacred. Nearly every weekend on Saturdays or Sundays the whole lot got together with children, i.e. those who were not elsewhere engaged. They had been taught that by their parents. The early get-togethers took therefore place at their homes, either at Pater's parents' or with the Liisbergs in Krathuset, later in their own homes at Fredenstorv and Soeholt.

Krathuset in 1903. Pater and Mater in front with children

It could be a tea party, a lunch or a dinner. And you had to put up a good excuse to be forgiven for not showing up. The grandchildren will recall countless Saturday afternoons, when the house of their grandparents, Soeholt in Risskov, was full of aunts and uncles, cousins and half-cousins playing. Afternoon tea in the large dining room, and the children had to be reasonably quiet, unless they were playing in the big garden.

There were also somewhat bigger occasions, when more far away family was present, e.g. distant grand-uncles and cousins. Some of those may never have met or even heard of one another before. That was exciting and strange for the children, often difficult to comprehend.

As far back as living grandchildren recall there has so far been only two really large family parties. And as a lot of the holiday activities in the family were concentrated in beautiful Mols, this place was the natural choice to get the family together. But as Provstgaarden could not accommodate a large number of people, a larger place had to be found.