Since 1995 the Association for Town Marketing of Wetter ("Stadtmarketing für Wetter e.V.") works for the presentation of the location Wetter and the systematic prestige advertising as well as for improving the attractiveness of the town of Wetter (Ruhr) for citizens of Wetter (Ruhr), citizens of the surrounding area as well as resident and interested companies. The association wants to contribute by ideological, material and / or financial support for appropriate events in cultural, sporting, economic, social and / or environmental fields. The association can also achieve these purposes by implementing appropriate procedures (eg. planning and guidance documents, publications and related services).



Walk in the footsteps of Gustav Vorsteher


On this hike, we set out on the search for the visible signs of the life and work of our first honorary citizen: Gustav Vorsteher.

105 years ago, on December 5, 1914, the "Royal Secret Counselor of Commerce" passed away. In the same year the First World War began. As a result of the urgent war reports, an appropriate appreciation of this personality failed to appear, although Wetter owed him a lot during the years of the so-called "period of promoterism". In silence he was buried in a family grave, in the most beautiful art nouveau style, on the old cemetery at the Bornstraße. Thanks to the sponsorship of the maintenance of the local home association, the last retirement was once more attractively arranged, and therefore it spreads dignity and gratitude for Gustav Vorsteher's deeds. The inscription on the gravestone, now readable again, pays tribute to him with the apt words: "Here lies in God the benefactor of his hometown, the royal secret councilor Gustav Vorsteher, honorary citizen of the city of Wetter on the Ruhr."

Born on 6 January 1836 in Wetter, he grew up in humble home. Through his creativity, hard work, and the favoring of the period of promoterism, he came to great prosperity, which he generously shared with the city of Wetter. There are few written testimonies of his life. Everything that reminds us of the great benefactor of our town are the land, the buildings and the participations in public and ecclesiastical institutions that he founded. The many oral traditions and anecdotes from the local population also speak for its popularity. Probably thanks to his appointment to the honorary citizen on the occasion of his 70th birthday, the largest donation of Vorsteher was, without a doubt, the town hall. This dimension of the charity of a citizen of a small town has no equal.

And this awaits you:

  • Who was Gustav Vorsteher: Important steps in his life
  • In which era did he work: Historical background
  • Who were his contemporaries: People of liberty democratic change in Prussia, Germany, Wetter, Europe
  • Events and testimonies of this time: Visible signs of peripheral events in Wetter and environment
  • Donations and foundations for Wetter: Visible and transmitted signs and actions of his work
Contact: Tina Huth

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