In our area most of the inhabitants of the different villages and cities have nicknames which are reflecting on historical people or on the special activities the people did to increase their income. For example the people of Weißenborn are called „Thornsmen“, those of Grebendorf „Sandhares“ and those of Eschwege are called „Tootlemen“. This enumeration could be continued. In former times the people of Datterode were called „Juniperknockers“ because they harverested the berries of the juniper-tree by knocking at the trunks to sell those berries to chemist’s shops at the county capital of Eschwege from which they produced medicine. A little more income during hard times.
While the religious group of the hugenotts imigrated from the french area of Alsace the family-kin of the „Fischers“ came to Datterode. They bought and sold chicken, ducks and of course geese. They went over the countryside with a back-basket called „Kötze“ (the original is in our museum). First by foot and with a dog-pulled cart, later with horse-pulled carts, then by motorbike at least by motorcars. Over the times of tradings, the “Fischer Dynastie” was known at the cities and all over the countryside from Eisenach (Thuringia) to Kassel (district capital in northern Hesse).
So the nickname „Geesefellows“ was developped for the people of Datterode. Some Fischers are still living in our village. While one of the traders died in 2007, a second one still continues that profession, a third one ist trading with cattle today.