Calling All Kittens


| November/December 1991



Kitten engine

Ben Winter, who brought the ''parts'' engine.

Rt. 2, Box 6 Slaton, Texas 79364-9501

First, for all the people in the world who have the last name of Kitten, we have a short story of your heritage. For many years we have known of our family heritage from Texas to Nebraska to Indiana to Ohio to Ibbenburen (Prussia) West Germany. Last year we had a family reunion and invited the Kittens from Ibbenburen, West Germany. The Germans came and, much to their surprise, they found that the Kittens in the U.S.A., and especially West Texas, were very prolific. For until a few years ago, they thought they were the only Kittens anywhere. As it turns out, the Kitten family tree can be traced all the way back to 1100 A.D. According to Josef and Rein-hold Kitten of Ibbenburen, West Germany, the name Kitten came from a description of the mountain range that they came from. In Germany the valley or range was called 'From Kitte to Hollenberke.' Hence all the people from that valley were called Kitten. Also, as the researchers tell us, that far back the people only had one name instead of two or three that we now have. And in case you wonder, the American Kittens came over about 1850; Josef and Reinhold Kitten from Ibbenburen are my 6th cousins!!!! Reinhold Kitten lives on some farmland that has been continuously owned by Kittens since 1100 A.D.

The following article was written and given to Joseph Kitten at our Kitten Reunion on July 1, 1990.

'Dear Kitten Family,

'We are very happy to be here with you on the meeting with the big Kitten Family. This voyage was an old dream for us for our family. Even you have heard some information about our family.

'It was not easy to realize this voyage. Reinhold and I have normally to work, but now we are happy to be here. And today it is much easier to come than in former times that's only some hours with an airplane. Your ancestors need many weeks for this way and they had no comfort on this was, maybe no bed and maybe no home, when they came in this country. But they have had much courage we know it, they had founded farms and factories we have seen it yesterday, and they founded big families we see it here.