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Turist Information Centre Ajdovščina
Cesta IV. Prekomorske 61 A
5270 Ajdovščina

tel.: +386 5 36 59 140

mon - fri: 8.00 - 16.00
sat: 8.00 - 12.00

mon - fri: 10.00 - 18.00
sat: 8.00 - 12.00

important personalities

Edmund Čibej (1861 - 1954) - Teacher and Chronicler

A teacher Edmund Čibej was born on 15 March 1861 in the hamlet of Slokarji of the village of Lokavec, and died in his hometown on 9 January 1954. Čibej attended teachers' training secondary school in Koper and graduated in 1881. He worked as a teacher in Rihemberk, the present-day village of Branik. He taught also in the villages of Brje and Vipavski Križ and in the hamlet of Dol, the present-day village of Predmeja, between 1884 and 1913, when he decided to take retirement.
In the fall of his life and in the postwar years he wrote memoirs and assorted his personal collection. It is not an easy task to write down all his work, activity and contribution to the society for he was a very enthusiastic and influential teacher in the Primorska region.

Čibej was in a way quite a modern man, for he engaged in activities that were relatively new in the area. One of these activities is skiing. Čibej was the first or one of the first who put up skiing in this area. He saw an advertisement in the Viennese newspaper Weltblatt advertising skis, ordered them and got them by mail from Kristiania, the today Oslo, in 1888 or 1889. Together with Josip Jarisch, a forest keeper from the hamlet of Dol, he introduced skis to the locals. We have to take into acount that at first skis were merely used as a help to walk faster in snow and not yet a sports activity.

Living in the Trnovo Forest for 29 years and being constantly in touch with nature made Čibej a forest lover and an enthusiastic hiker and this is how he got in touch with a lot of forestry experts and hunters. He was especially popular with scientists and experts, for he led them through the forest and helped them research the flora and fauna on the Trnovno Plateau.
In 1903 Čibej was appointed to the committee for exploring the Trnovo Plateau, its soil, rocks, minerals, waters, flora and fauna. While being a member of this committee, Čibej collected most of his specimen and samples for his various collections.

Mountainners on mount ČavenČibej contributed also in organization of the Slovene Alpine Association and was the initiator of founding a branch office of the SAA in Ajdovščina in 1903. Čibej was the first vice chairman of the SAA and was in 1953 appointed an honorary member of the SAA for his contribution to the hiking and Alpine-climbing in the area. In 1906 he wrote articles on the Trnovo Plateau and described the three most beautiful and outstanding views from the Trnovo Forest for the Slovenian mountaineering magazine Planinski Vestnik.
Between 1892 and 1897 he strove and endeavoured to build the road from the village of Predmeja on the Trnovo Plateau, to the hamlet of Slokarji near the village of Lokavec.
Besides all these contributions to the society, he also engaged in amateur carving, helped organizing a lace secondary school in the hamlet of Dol and wrote columns for various newspapers and magazines, such as Slovenski Narod (published in Maribor), Jutro (published in Ljubljana), Planinski Vestnik (published in Ljubljana) and published his necrology of Josip Plesničar in the magazine Lovec in 1913.

References: the Primorski slovenski biografski leksikon (the Slovene Primorska Region biographic lexicon)