Name ID 2549
Extract Author: George Brzostowski
Page Number: 2009 03 21
Extract Date: 1950's
I loved coming across this web site. My parents, Helena and Henry, were close to Mrs Margarete Trappe.
We shared a 3-room building on Momella with her son Rolf and daughter-in-law, Linka (who was also Polish and whose full name was 'Halina'). We were in the Southern end and they were in the Northern room.
We had a lounge room in the middle of the building, and I still remember the lion skin on the floor.
I remember also there was a vegetable garden on the floor of the valley to the South, and among that garden, there was a circular swimming pool.
My father share farmed on Momella before eventually going to head up a pasture research station in Kongwa. He had 2 tours of duty in Kongwa (the first with the OFC and the second with the TAC), with one tour of duty at Urambo, where he established for the OFC the 'Jacaranda Farm' station.
I went to Kongwa School from about 1952 to 1958 with one year in London.
Mrs Trappe's daughter, Ursula, and her husband Ulrich, lived in a a nearby building. It was on the South side of a road that ran East-West, and which was also the access road to Arusha. To the West of it there was what we called 'elephant rock'. This was from where each afternoon one could watch firstly shrieking and playful Colobus monkeys emerge from the forest on the other side of the valley which was on the south side of that road, followed by many elephants coming out to feast on the vegetation in the valley floor.
Mrs Trappe lived in a lovely stone building up on the hill, facing the East (and Kilimanjaro). Nearby there was a growth of pine trees, and the source of a stram of cool clean water. It was used to power a maize grinder and other machinery in the workshop building down the hill.
I have been trying to find any information about the actual location of the original farm, and any remaining buildings. I have some photos similar to the ones in the books 'Am Fuse des Meru', and in the English language, 'Momella'.
Being in Australia now, and getting on in years, I am limited to Google Earth, and the part which may be relevant is not shown in fine resolution compared to what one can see from where the Momella Wildlife Lodge is shown.
I would be grateful for any references that might be of help.
I would like to make contact with anyone who knew people in Kongwa, Momella, Arusha or Tengeru where I was born.
George Brzostowski SC