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Versmold is a town in Gütersloh District in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located some 30 km west of Bielefeld.

Versmold is a town in Gütersloh District in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located some 30 km west of Bielefeld.

Memorials

As in many small German towns part of its modern history had become a visible expression within the cityscape. A small unimposing stone cross from the 11th c. in the middle of a traffic circle had been once the sign for a rural medieval court. A bronze medallion of Otto von Bismarck and bronze bust of the German emperor Wilhelm I are signs of the patriotism and the Bismarck-cult in the 1880s. They are in the city's park. The bust of Wilhelm I is since more than 20 years much damaged by vandalism and hard to find hidden behind bushes. The medallion however is attached to a stone block leisurely placed at one of the walkways. The fallen World War I soldiers from the municipality of Versmold are remembered on a monument in front of the Protestant church, a column crowned by an eagle (see picture). The victims of World War II, without giving their names, found in the sixties a place of commemoration in a small park behind the town hall in the form of bronze crosses and a bronze flambeaux. In the late 1990s, a memorial for the former Jewish population was set up in the middle of the town, very prominently, right in front of the town hall. It lists the names of the local victims of the Holocaust. Most prominent among them figures the family Spiegel. The new blossoming of the town after World War II is visualized by a bronze statue of a worker with a pig passing under his right leg. He holds in both hands a stick with six sausages dangling from it. It stands across the Protestant church on a modern (1980s) Italian style 'piazza'. This statue is locally known as "Schweinebrunnen" (pig's fountain)".

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More about the History of Versmold

Belonging to Westphalia, Versmold formed the western most town of the historical county of Ravensberg with its capital Bielefeld. Since 1614 the county belonged to Brandenburg and later to Prussia. Within the predominant Catholic Westphalia, the county of Ravensberg is Protestant. In 1719 the King of Prussia granted city rights in order to raise more taxes. In the 19th century the county was poor and subsistence oriented. Only the linen production is worthy to note. During the harvest season many people sought for an additional income in Holland. During the 1850s and 1860s the city saw an extensive emigration to America, because of the weak economic situation. Many of them settled in the Midwest, especially Missouri and Texas. After 1871 when the newly united Germany built up a navy, the linen-industry became prosperous by providing sailing canvases. Most notably engaged in the linen-industry was the family Delius. In the 1820s some members of the family emigrated to Mexico where they established a flourishing import-export business. By the late 19th century they had representations in Berlin and Hamburg.

Since World War II the city flourished mainly due to its meat-processing factories, which had grown out of the rural art of sausage-making. The bigger companies and factories took even the specialties of small often one-man workshops into their sales program. This created the profession of the Kleinfleischhaendler (small scale meat dealer) which became typical for the region. This regional peculiarity faded out during the 1980s and 1990s. Supply industries evolved around the meat processing factories. Several forwarding companies specialized in food transportation. The largest of them, Kraftverkehr Nagel operates today in many countries. Its head quarter remains in Versmold. The industry diversified after World War II. In the late 1940s a local entrepreneur Gustav Baumhoefer founded a shoe factory producing under the brand name Ravensberger Schuhe. The factory closed in the early 1980s because of shifts in world markets for shoes. The firm was not competitive anymore. In the 1950s a wood processing factory producing frames was opened, the Wirus Werke, also shut down during the 1980s. The mother company resides still in Guetersloh. A major factory for bottle crown caps Bruenninghaus is flourishing. Today Versmold's population numbers around 20,000.

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Versmold is a town in Gütersloh District in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located some 30 km west of Bielefeld.

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