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Tradition and History of the Greiter Family

Your host family Greiter comes from a longstanding and rich farming history and care deeply for their roots in agriculture in Serfaus and the special bond it brings to nature and their animals. The oral family history suggests that 3 brothers came from Switzerland to live in Tyrol and settled in the hamlet of St.Georgen in Serfaus. This was their first place of settlement. Later they moved to the hamlet of Madatschen in Serfaus.

As early as 1653 the family name Greiter appeared in the registry of Serfaus. Our great-grandfather Franz Greiter was born in 1858 in Madatschen and later moved further into the centre of the village of Serfaus. He settled in the hamlet Serfauser Feld, as the land there was a lot easier to work on for his wife Apollonia and their children. Franz worked at another farm to save money and was able to buy a house with a stable in the centre of Serfaus at around 1900.

Our grandfather Josef Greiter was born in 1893 and was in the unfortunate position to be sent to work as a farmer's aid to Swabia (area in Germany) just like so many other Tyrolean farmer's children. These so called "Swabian-children" needed to gain employment to help provide for their parents who were farmers living in poverty. At the young age of 12 he worked on a farm from March until November far from his own home. He fought in the First World War and finally took over a part of the farm in Serfaus. He was in charge of about 4 or 5 cows, young cattle, and bullocks. The farming of the land was an essential part of surviving as a farmer and he managed to provide for his family. 

Josef married the lovely Adelheid Illmer from Fiss in 1927 and they already had the brilliant idea to share their home with guests visiting this lovely area. They rented 4 rooms in the farmhouse building and changed the layout to suit their guests. In 1930 they set up a store in the ground floor. Due to their success and hospitality, Josef and his son Franz Greiter decide to build a guest-house the beautiful "House Greiter" in 1952-1953.

Josef and Franz Greiter were  successful cattle dealers and sold their livestock to the alpine pastures in the region and numerous markets in the area. The transportation of the livestock was always conducted on foot and was a hard task as Serfaus is at a high elevation. Later they were able to make use of bikes until motor vehicles were available to them for transportation.



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