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Memorials to Conrad Kain

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  • Publication Year: 1937

Memorials to Conrad Kain. On June 21st, 1936, a memorial tablet to this guide was unveiled at the foot of the Ochsenwand, Raxalpe, near Nasswald, Kain’s birthplace, under the auspices of Sektion Reichenau of the German-Austrian Alpine Club and the Nasswald section of the Austrian Gebirgsverein, the committee including Dr. Thorington as representative of the A. A. C. Herr von Haid, of Sektion Reichenau, greeted the guests, outlined the reasons for the memorial and read a message from the American Alpine Club. Frl. A. Malek, Kommerzialrat A. Gern- gross and Hofrat Dr. E. Pistor, all of whom climbed with Kain in the Alps prior to 1909, were present, Dr. Pistor offering a sympathetic and moving eulogy of his old guide. There was music, and old songs were sung. On the bronze tablet, which is to be surmounted by a portrait medallion, one reads: “Dem lieben Bergfreund Konrad Kain, Nasswald 1883—Cranbrook, B. C., 1934, Dem genialen Führer durch die Wunderwelt der Berge, Erstersteiger in Korsika, Kanada, Neuseeland. Errichtet vor seinen Freunden in der Heimat und über See—1936.”

At Cranbrook, B. C., in August, Kain’s grave was marked by a large boulder, with bronze tablet inscribed as follows : “In Memory of Conrad Kain … A Guide of Great Spirit. Mt. Robson, 1913. Erected by his Friends.”

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