Karl Weyrich

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Karl Weyrich (* 21 September 1884 in Ruhla; † 1 January 1973 in Sontra) was a Thuringian, Prussian and Hessian local politician, last mayor of Sontra.

Karl Weyrich was born as the son of the Ruhla saddler Wilhelm Weyrich and spent his childhood and youth in Ruhla. He was a gifted music student, learned the violin and cello and initially wanted to become a teacher. During his Ruhla education, Karl Weyrich attended the commercial vocational school for three years and, after graduating, became the first clerk of the newly established Ruhla commercial court. At the age of 20 he was appointed office assistant.

Karl Weyrich became an avid supporter of the “Ruhla Music Association” in his hometown and one of the most active members of the Heimatverein Alt-Ruhla. He also contributed to the creation of the Ruhla local history museum. At the age of 22 he became office manager in the Ruhla town hall. During the First World War he took on important tasks in the town administration of the small town of Camburg and married Martha Winkler. Already in 1915 he was elected mayor of Ziegenrück.

In 1924 he moved to Wanfried in Hesse, where as a municipal official he played a major role in school development and in combating unemployment. In 1934 he went to Sontra and was mayor there until his retirement in autumn 1945.

Until his death on January 1, 1973, Weyrich promoted the Sontra cultural and local history associations. After a moving memorial service, Weyrich was laid to rest in Sontra on 4 January 1973.


  • Heinrich Crede: Former mayor Carl Weyrich. In: Das Werraland – Zeitschrift des Werratalvereins e.V. Heft 3, 1964, Eschwege 1964 p. 40f
  • Friedrich Eigenbrod: Karl Weyrich in memory. In: Das Werraland – Zeitschrift des Werratalvereins e.V. Heft 1, 1973, Eschwege 1973 p. 18