More on the 1564 Bible of the Geis Family

 

     I was curious about other Bibles that might exist from 1564 and discovered another copy of the one in the Geis family that was sold by what was called on the web as the "invaluable" auction house; a crisp photo of the entire large cover can be seen with a mouse click.

 

     Meanwhile, Bill Welsh quickly worked with the text shown on last month's web site and sent me his translation done on the same day I asked for help.  He wrote that he spent many years in Germany where he picked up the language.  He sent in the following translation of the cover on the Geis' Bible.  I've somewhat lined up his "quick but probably serviceable" translation with the original text.

 

 

 

 

 

In praise of God, and the (Holy) Roman Empire

 

and especially for the benefit of surely the most faithful (religious sense) common (greater) German Nation

 decorated with beautiful and respectful illustrations and presented in magnificent form.

 

 

In Koeln / published through the inheritance of Johannes Quentell and by the Geruvinum Calenium

 

with the great grace (mercy?) and freedom of the (Holy) Roman Empire / 1564

 

 

Bill adds some additional information...

 

     "Iíve verified that the Geruvinum Calenium was a publisher that existed in Koeln in 1564.  Iíve also used the currently-accepted spelling of Johannes Quentellís name.  They published several books in 1564.

      "The name 'Geruvinum' almost certainly means something like 'Friends of Wine,' but the origin appears not to be entirely Latin.  'Vinum' means 'of wine' in Latin, but the 'Geru' prefix would seem to come from early versions of Scandinavian languages (especially Icelandic and Norwegian), in which 'Gers' referred to 'friends.' 

     "This probably was something like the Dom Perignon Society, of whose Hungarian branch I became an honorary member some years ago.  (Not for exhibiting either good taste or skill in drinking wine, but for doing all sorts of pro bono stuff for the City of Pťcs, Hungary.)

      "Itís interesting that friends of wine would have been behind publishing books.  But I guess Iíve always thought that wine drinkers were likely to be book readers.

      "The origin of 'Calenium' I canít speculate on.  Itís the name of the publishing house.

      "Incidentally, 1564 was an important year in the history of the Holy Roman Empire.  It marked the death of Ferdinand I (King of the Romans; King of Hungary; and from 1558, Holy Roman Emperor), and the accession of Maximilian II as Emperor."

 

    

          In Case You Can Go Home After All

 

     On the Friday afternoon before the 2012 Salina class reunion, Sheri arranged for a tour of the old and new parts of good old SHS (now Central).  Much was recognizable but just which room had that English class, which one was for learning Spanish, and so on wasn't always easy to recall.  Maybe an old map would help out, although you'd have to figure out which are the old parts of SHS from the many new additions and renovations these days.

     Ginny's scrapbooks have the 11th grade Handbook with floor plans and rooms all numbered.  Her 10th grade scrapbook has the list of teachers, the subjects they taught and the room numbers they taught in.  These separate lists only had to be combined to identify what subjects were taught in which rooms.  Click on one of these miniature floor plans below and a large version should appear to ponder.  I tried to squeeze in names of teachers and subjects.

 

This the old first floor.  I read that it is now being radically changed.  The office is  taking over the much larger library space (predictable), the science classrooms are moving into a brand new wing jutting westward out of the old office location, the concourse is becoming offices, forget the study hall, and I've lost track of all the other changes.

This is the old second floor.  The cafeteria has long been gone after a new separate eatery building came into existence.  I don't know what else, but here's the way it was 60 years ago.

 

 

 

I took this photo in April, 2016 as construction was underway.  The small print says to expect completion in September 2018.  That's a year after our reunion. 

 

 

     Just think what stories each room must have to tell if only they could talk.  I'd settle for surveillance tapes kept for decades that we could play back at reunions.  Such devices were (thankfully) unknown in the 1950s.

 

     The map of the second floor shows an unmarked space above the library.  Was the ceiling of the library two stories tall?  I doubt it.

 

     Also on the second floor map is the precise path someone took from the English classroom of Frances Lindblom's into the cafeteria where Kim Novak was eating lunch.  The classmate who sent in this information wishes to remain anonymous but assures me the path is quite accurate.  (This happened on May 16, 1955.  So I'm told.)

 

     I had the impression there was a teachers' lounge, but I find no space where it may have been.  Or was that the unmarked space above the library?

 

    You will notice that on the first floor I wrote "Mr. Lundy" at room 131.  That's because I was present once when another student casually called him simply "Lundy."  I'm taking no chances even after 60-plus years and he is only reported to have died.  Besides, I like and respected Mr. Lundy a lot.  He was awarded a medal for action in the Korean War.

 

    Just below the list of teachers were the requirements to graduate.  One was that every Junior had to take a class in American History.  I didn't recall doing that and panicked that I may not really have graduated; I hoped that my extensive readings the last few decades would be accepted after some testing.  I knew that I never had Edna Maude Smith, or Hosley for anything.  I doubt that I even knew what they were teaching in 1957.  I'm sure that today I know more American history that there was ever time to learn in high school.

    But, WHEW!  I checked around and I did indeed have American History in Room 112 with Dorothy Andrews.  I remember her as a teacher of some class I took but I assumed it was psychology or something...I really don't remember the subject.  I DO remember listening in that class to the game 7 of the 1956 Dodgers-Yankees World Series game over the school intercom (Yankees 4, Dodgers 3). 

     I also remember some goof-balls doing Dorothy Andrews imitations before class that ended when hard-luck Tom Coe was doing his version when she walked into the room wondering what was going on. 

     And for a short time in that mysterious class we had a student teacher from KWU who we quickly realized would never be a teacher, as did Miss Andrews, and finally the poor man himself; so he bid us all farewell.  Yet he did in fact teach us that a bear market on Wall Street means a downturn in stock prices because bears kill by crushing their prey, while a bull market means a rise in the market because bulls toss their prey upwards.  So in fact I remember more from this failure at teaching than from many of my lifetime teachers over the years.  You never know.

        Just for Fun

 

     The Bible study on this web site begins and ends with the cover of a 1564 bible in really old German that is more about the publication of the book than the book's contents.  The story is covered in many other editions anyway.

 

     I move on to a 60-something year old map of Salina High School as we knew it and long before a second high school in south Salina was even dreamed about.  A study of the rooms, their teachers and their subject matters may generate memories pleasant or perhaps best forgotten.  I've got mine, good luck with yours.

     I don't want to appear something I'm not -- I've never read Thomas Wolfe.  But I've heard about him, if that counts.  The title of this book has some relevance below.