An interesting bronze medalion
commemorating the 700th year of the German state of Kaiserslautern
(1276-1976) was sent to Ken Kroh at Christmas of our Bicentennial
Year by Gottfried Hess, present occupant of the home from which the
Shrivers migrated in Alsenborn, Germany, in 1721. While Andrew
Shriver and his half brother, David Jung, came to Conewago and
started the clan in these parts, Andrew's mother, Margaretha
Shriver, was a Hess and lived in the Alsenborn Hess home. She
settled in Goshenhoppen, in upper Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
The residence in Alsenborn was visited by Mr. and Mrs. Kroh while
they were on a visit to Germany, and they have been corresponding
with Gottfried since that time.
medallion was struck by Hermann Mannheim of Kaiserslautern, a place
about the size of Lancaster, Pa. Alsenborn, itself more than 1,100
years old, remains about the size of Littlestown, Pa., Ken says. The
bronze pieces are attached to a calfskin pendant.