Bakery Chronicles

Three Generations of Baking Tradition

Hobein Kassel 1929Hobein Kassel 1929In the village of Fürstenhagen there lived a small farmer named Heinrich Hobein. He worked the land and ground grain in his water wheel mill that adjoined his home. Shortly after the turn of the century, he decided not only to grow and grind grains, but also to bake and sell bread. He bought his first oven and founded what we know today as the Bäckerei Hobein. He hired a Master Baker to handle the production. He then hitched up his horse and wagon and traveled over 30 kilometers to Kassel and other neighboring cities on market days to sell the baked goods. City people were willing to buy bread whereas the villagers of Fürstenhagen baked their own bread in the communal oven that is still in use today.

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Shown: Heinrich Hobein, Horst HeinemannShown: Heinrich Hobein, Horst HeinemannDuring World War II, from 1939-1946 the bakery was closed. After the war, the bakery was leased to other Master Bakers while Heinrich Hobein worked the farmland with his older sons. Heinrich and his wife Marie raised ten children in these very difficult years. Most of the family still lives today in the Fürstenhagen area with their children and grandchildren.

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Backstube HobeinShown: Backstube After completing his Apprenticeship and Journeyman years, Heinrich's fifth child Karl-Heinz completed his training and recieved from the Bakers Guild the title of Master Baker. Karl-Heinz built a new bakery down the street from his family home. He had his home above the store that adjoined the production area. With a great deal of hard work, Karl-Heinz with his wife Elisabeth added three more stores in the neighboring towns and a store on wheels, a mobile shop that did business in the smaller villages. They raised four children, the oldest of which followed the family tradition and became a baker.

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Rolf Hobein recieved the title of Master Baker on April 25, 1985. He took over the family business on January 1, 1990 bringing the bakery into the third generation. Rolf expanded the production area in 1997. With the increased production space, he was able to bring the technological advances of bakery production into the business. With his american wife Kathleen and their three young sons, Jens-Peter, Christopher and Alexander, they continue the family's baking traditions.

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Shown:Rolf Hobein, Henner DippelShown: Henner DippelHenner Dippel

Four generations of Hobeins
Will there be a fourth generation of bakers?
We don't know yet, the story will continue...

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Karl-Heinz Hobein, Heinrich Hobein, Rolf Hobein Jens-Peter Hobein, Christoper Hobein, Alexander HobeinKarl-Heinz Hobein, Heinrich Hobein, Rolf Hobein, Jens-Peter Hobein, Christoper Hobein, Alexander Hobein

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