Many of the children want so badly to learn to knit that they are brought to tears, but they have no yarn or thread. Others wish to learn to weave cotton cloth, but have no wood to make the wheel, nor money to buy the small piece of iron they would need. In Solbach there is a boy between 10 and 12 years old who, for lack of clothing, has only been to church four times in his life. I assume there are others in the same situation.
Excerpted from “Annales du Ban de La Roche surtout de la Paroisse de Valdersbach Commencées l’an 1770” Manuscript – Collections of the J.F. Oberlin Museum