The hard years in Bakowa
In 1788, after the first settlers had built and equipped their houses with difficulty, cleared the
wasteland and prepared it for the first sowing, the Turks invaded the country again, drove the people away,
plundered their stocks, killed the animals and devastated the houses and fields.
When the frightened settlers came back, they found nothing left, so many of them died of hunger.
Those who survived needed years to recover.
But only a few years later, in 1794, another hard year had to be overcome.
There was so much snow in winter, so the winter grain was killed by frost. The following summer was extremely
hot and dry, so wells and springs dried up and a great famine broke out.
The next plaque stuck the young village in 1836, when cholera came to Bakowa.
After months of struggling more than 200 people had died.
Then the horrible year 1863 came. From autumn 1862 on there was a great drought and over the whole
year 1863 there was no rain, so the drain became stunted and could hardly be used.
The pastures were brown and dry, the animals found nothing to eat and forced many slaughters.
Unfortunately, the following winter was unusually cold and the population suffered immensely.
Luckily the following year 1864 brought a rich harvest, so the hardship came to on end.