Conrad Hitz (1811-1886) ∞ Anna Panzer (1813-1890)
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Conrad Hitz (1845-1902) ∞ Maria Brunner (1848-1891)


Konrad III Hans Hitz (K.7, 1877-1970)

∞ Rosalia Mihelj (1891-1977)

Konrad IV Albert Hitz (1908-1999)
Pista Hitz (1910-1948)
Danica Eichler (1914-1993)
Helene Holle (1916)


Konrad (son of Conrad II and Maria Hitz), was born in Fribourg, Switzerland. He was educated in Meiringen, Schiers, Interlaken and Zurich. He studied civil engineering at the ETH in Zurich an the TH Karlsruhe. He started his career as an engineer with the company of his brother in-law David Pick (sister Maria’s husband) in Salzburg, Austria, in 1901-1903, where he was in charge of the construction of hydro power plant Kitzlochklamm. In 1903 he went to Berlin and worked for Siemens & Halske (department for electrical railways). 1903-1906 he worked for the Klagenfurt based construction company Madile & Cie., leading the construction of several contract sections of the Austrian Alpine Railways (Los 1 & 2 of the Karawanken and Wochein line, Los 2 of the line Görz-Triest). Around 1906 he met the young Slovene girl Rosalia Mihelj near Görz and sent her back to school for one more year in order to marry her afterwards (June 22, 1907 in Görz). 1906-1907 he was employed as engineer by Valli & Holinsky, an architecture firm in Laibach (today Ljubljana). From 1907 to 1908 he worked for the Royal Serbian State Railways as project leader for the railway line Cacak-Uzice. In Cacak, Konrad IV was born.

In 1909, the Hitzes moved back to Switzerland where Konrad was employed until 1919 by the Rhätische Bahn, leading the construction of parts of the lines Ilanz-Disentis, Bevers-Schuls, and for the Bergell railway. He built avalanche protection fences in the Albula valley and was also in charge of reconstructing great tunnels in the lower Engadine (Tasna, Magnacun). In Disentis, son Pista (the later Swiss Army pilot who became famous for rescuing the passengers of an American plane crashed at the Gauligletscher in 1946) was born in 1910. Daughter Danica was born in 1914, and Helene in 1916 in Chur.

From 1919 to 1922, he worked for the Bündner Kraftwerke at the construction of the Schanjelabach power station. 1922-1924 he was an engineer with the construction firm Caprez & Cie. A.G.

In 1924 the family moved to Klagenfurt where Konrad bought David Pick’s construction firm. This company was lead by himself, later by his son Konrad IV and finally by his grandson Konrad V.

Konrad III was very fond of mountaineering – sometimes starting his tour after office, staying overnight in a hut, returning in the morning to the office again. He was also a passionate dancer, singer and Jasser (the Swiss card game that has been imported to Carinthia by the Hitz family). He was also famous for being able to multiply four to five digit numbers in his head.

In Klagenfurt, the family lived in the beautiful villa at Christlweg upon Wörthersee which served as a focal point for the whole family for many years. When the Wörthersee highway was built in the 1960’s, the house had to be abandoned and Konrad, Rosalia and Helene moved to Pörtschach/Wörthersee, where Helene is still living. Konrad and Rosalia both died peacefully in 1970 and 1977, respectively.

Pista, Konrad III, Konrad IV

Danica, Konrad IV, Pista, Helene

Konrad III & Rosalia

The villa at Christlweg

Konrad's family

Pista, Konrad III, Konrad IV skiing in Schuls (1913)

Danica, Konrad IV, Pista, Helene (1927)

Konrad III & Rosalia

The villa at Christlweg 19 (Klagenfurt/See)

Christmas 1960. Standing: Jürgen Holle, Rosi Waske, Ilse Hitz, Konrad III, Rosemarie Gratzhofer, Helmut Hitz, Dagmar Marx, Rosalia Hitz, Konrad IV Hitz
Sitting: Helene Holle, Martin Hitz, Monika Felderer, Konrad V Hitz

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