Birr is named for the first time in 1270. From this time on the dominion changed several times from the house of Habsburg to the cloister Koenigsfelden till 1803 when the canton Argovie was founded as a result of
the French Revolution. Till 1950 Birr has always had about 500 inhabitants. From this date the industrialisation was so big, that the number of people almoust exploded up to 3400. Birr is often named in context with Pestalozzi,
who tought here for a long time.
From the townarchive of Lupfig I got some pictures. I guess, you have seen the picture of the cooper Heusel already. The picture of the mainstreet in Lupfig is typical for the time of 1900.
There are 120 years or 4 generations between these two pictures. And
everyone can see the similarity not only because of the beard! The Seebergers always played an outstanding role in the social life of this town. Adolf Seeberger was born 1843. The picture was taken about 1880 when he was
Gemeindeammann (Mayor) of Lupfig. His grandson Ernst was managing director and his g-grandson Ernst has been Mayor of Lupfig for the last 18 years. This picture is brandnew!