Florian Kronbichler – landlord, mayor and Cross of Merit holder
Florian Kronbichler had been a landlord and farmer for quite some time, but that was not the end of the story. In his early 30s he was elected almost unanimously as Mayor of Gais after the Sunday service on the church square on 27 May 1945. He was the municipality’s mayor from 1945 to 1974. On 8 December 1975 he was appointed honorary citizen of Gais due to his outstanding service. In 1973 he was awarded the Tyrolean Cross of Merit by the Tyrolean Governor Eduard Wallnöfer in Innsbruck – the highest award for exceptional services for the common good.
Private insights into the life of Florian and his wife Hermine
Florian Kronbichler was 36 years old when he married the merchant's daughter Hermine Steger from San Lorenzo/St. Lorenzen in 1949. She was a very capable woman whose purpose in life was the welfare of her family and her guests. She was also the one who opened a shop with food and all kinds of other things for sale next to the Windschar inn in the annex. She also managed the Wiesemann farm household, which still belonged to the family. Hermine's "office” was also legendary and would amaze many a computer and online freak: from the list of rooms to various order slips and room reservations, Hermine had everything neatly arranged and always had a pencil in her black apron pocket. A mobile office of the time, so to speak. The black apron, like Hermine herself, was legendary; she wore it every single day, even over her Sunday best.
Hermine and Florian’s sons
Hermine and Florian were not lacking in heirs, for their marriage produced four strapping lads. Their son Franz decided to take over the inn, which he managed successfully until 2013, Josef took over the Wiesemann farm including the associated agriculture. Eduard took over the business founded by his mother, which as Despar is still an invitation to shop opposite the hotel today, and Alois, who has a doctorate in economics, is still a well-known tourism consultant with an office in Gais today.