This autobiography is about a man who began his career as an apprentice butcher traveling throughout Germany from 1872-1874. He lived near the German-Dutch border in a time period that some today consider one of the best of times to have been alive. Hubert had a brief 2-year stint in the German army in 1876, then continued his colorful life as a civilian. If there is such a thing as living life to the fullest, then Hubert Dielen has done it. He managed to avoid all of life's pitfalls unscathed in addition to having a wonderful family of 9 children. Hubert's success continued on to the 3rd generation! What an example Hubert sets for all of us. The book includes 2 detailed maps, a handwriting sample, 12 photographs and more!
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About the Author
Hubert Dielen wrote his autobiography 9 months before he died in 1926. Although entrepreneurial Hubert only had a grade school education, he was a self-taught man who continued to learn throughout life. He was a prominent member of his community and became a Venlo city councilman.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the autobiography of a man who lived during the close of the ninteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. No fictional flourishes here and no political agenda, just the real story of a person who actually lived in those interesting times. The maps and editorial details are meticulously done.
It was very interesting and informative to read about the life of this gentleman. It provided insight into what life was like in Belgium many years ago and how diligently Hubert worked his way through the challenges he encountered to become a success. He set a standard for his family with his hard work and willingness to adapt when needed to provide for his family.
The maps were a big help in placing me where the events took place as I traveled through this interesting man's life's journies. The old photos were a plus.
'This autobiography is about a man who was a butcher by trade and lived in the latter half of the 19th century. He lived in a time period that some today consider one of the best of times to have been alive. If one did everything right, then the opportunity for subsequent success and prosperity did exist for the common man, as can be seen in the 1937 photograph on the cover. Here is a wholesome family where everyone looks well taken care of and is fairly content. Although Hubert wouldn't like my use of the word content since he often said, - Contentment is the beginning of decline. - Well anyhow, entrepreneurial Hubert did set an example for his children in which many of them also became successful entrepreneurs. Today he has descendants who are pillars of society! In fact, Hubert's great-grandson, Capt. Robert E. Reininger mentioned on p. 86, managed the entire U.S. Coast Guard operation in the Gulf of Mexico during the late hurricane Katrina (9/2005) and was subsequently personally thanked by President George W. Bush. Also, two of Hubert's grandsons were recently knighted by the queen of the Netherlands.'