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A Kurhaus (sanitorium ?)

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A Kurhaus (sanitorium ?)

I have a very old handwritten poem on " Kurhaus Rosenlaui, hei Meiringen, Berner Oberland " notepaper. The poem was written by a Mrs J V Evans (circa 1920s ?).

The poem is titled "The Man & the Dog" . It is quite humerous & the last verse is:

Many thanks I owe this Kurhaus,

That it's owner's name is Brog.

Else I'd wait to write till Doomsday

For a word to rhyme with dog.

The proprietor's name, C Brog, is printed on the notepaper.

This is posted purely as an item of interest.

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It is indeed the Hotel Rosenlaui. There was a spring, and a spa was built there, along with the Kurhaus. The mineral spring was destroyed by an avalnche around 1950. The hotel is now owned and lovingly cared for and managed by the Kehrli famiy.

This information is from the book "Switzerland's Mountain Inns" byMarcia and Philip Lieberman.

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More information: the present Victorian0style hotel was build in 1904, and ceased functioning as a Kurhaus in 1914, probably because it was too isolated. This timeframe would fit with your poetess' description.

I would think the present owners, Andreas and Christina Kehrli, would be interested in a copy of this hand-written poem; they have been careful to preserve the history of the place.

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Dear Enzian,

You are very kind. Thank you for the information. I will write to

Andreas & Christina & send them a copy of the poem.

Regards from Rob.

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Brilliant! We are going to be in that area ourselves in a few weeks; I think I shall consider arranging our itinerary to include a walk to Hotel Rosenlaui for lunch or something. According to my book, the food is particularly good.

What kind of dog is in the poem? A Bernese perhaps? They are lovely dogs.

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Unfortunately, the breed of dog is not mentioned but I suppose in the summer it was a "hot dog !"

The poetess was fascinated by the pair as more verses show:

verse 1

Hear my friends, oh ! hear the story

Of the family named Brog.

Of the Kurhaus Rosenlaui,

Of the man & of the dog.

verse 7

Pass the guests, the maids, the chattels.

Pass the family called Brog.

Pass the cows, the pigs, the horses,

But NOT the man & NOT the dog.

Take some decent boots because;

verse 3

Far above Meiringen village

('Tis a rough climb - this I know)

Stands the Kurhaus Roselaui

"Ice" - olate in winter's snow.

Gut Gluck !

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