The Fernbachs were a
large and influential family in the Batschka and in
Apatin whose origins can be traced to Marlen and
Goldscheuer in Baden-Wurttemberg.
The patriarch of the Batschka Fernbachs was Johann
Georg Fernbach born about 1733 in Marlen. He and
his wife, Magdalena Endt, had ten children seven of
whom were born in Apatin. They were the
great-great-grandparents of Balint (Valentin) Janos
Fernbach born in 1871.
Valentin Fernbach was called the “Deichgraf” or
“dike count” because he drained swampland between
Apatin and Sonta. He created 10,000 Joch (one Joch
is a little less than half a Hectare) of farmland by
building dikes and pumps so that in case of flood
the water could be drained out of the farmland. In
this way he created his large fortune.
Written by Boris
by Annette Schwindt
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