Botiz

The village is located 7 km north-east of Satu Mare. Botiz forms a single commune after in 2004 Agriş and Ciuperceni had separated from the old administrative unit. Botiz commune is located on E81 at a distance of 7 km from Satu Mare, the county seat. It is documentary attested in 1364, the same year taking place the relocation of the boundary between Botiz and Osvareu in front of the elected judges.

Botiz commune has the following neighbors: Micula commune to the northwest, Agriş and Micula communes to the northeast, Odoreu commune to the southeast, Livada commune to the north, Lazuri commune to the west and Satu Mare Municipality to the south.

The soil of the commune is part of clayey textured soils groups consisting generally of forest brown and red podzol. The fauna belonging to Botiz commune is made up of a wide variety of birds, pigeons and doves.

For Botiz, we remind that from the border of the locality originate pottery fragments from the Roman era, sec. II-IV AD, indicating the existence here of a settlement belonging to the free Dacians. In the Middle Ages the area was part of the city domain, which, in a document dated August 11, 1715 shows that it was stretching from Hodişa to Micula, with the length of four German miles and the width of 1 mile. A German postal mile was equivalent to 7.5 – 7.6 km.

  • Anderco Gheorghe (1884-1935) was born on November 28, 1884 in Botiz locality. He did the primary studies in his native village, and the secondary ones in Satu Mare and Oradea, where he also obtained the Baccalaureate. For 2 years he was a student at the Faculty of Letters, University of Budapest, after which he followed the Theological Academy in Gherla. In 1909 he was ordained, a year later he became assistant priest at Bixad, and after the death of the holder priest he was appointed parish priest of this parish until 1934. He was buried in the churchyard of Bixad as a sign of respect for his work and for his effort to have restored and renovated from ruin this place of worship.
  • Anderco Ştefan (1906-1989) – lawyer and politician, former prefect of Sătmar, Ştefan Anderco was born on January 7, 1906 in Botiz locality, Satu Mare County, one of the five children of Peter Anderco and Maria Selmenczi’s family. He did the first five years of school at the school of Botiz, then he enrolled in the Royal Greek Catholic High School in Satu Mare, and in 1919 he transferred to the “Mihai Eminescu” High School where he graduated in 1924. Since 1925 he attended the distance-learning classes of the Faculty of Law in Cluj, while being employed as a clerk at the City Hall of Botiz. In 1931 he became Doctor of Law and activated in the Satu Mare Bar. In 1944 he was appointed prefect of the county, being the last PNT leader who had such a position.
  • Marcu loan is another personality of the village of whom there are few data. He was born in Botiz, he was ordained a priest in 1857, he was assistant priest in the parish of Satu Mare, belonging to the Greek Catholic Diocese of Gherla, appearing then as a priest and archpriest. He asserted himself as the initiator and organizer of the conference of intellectuals in the county of Sătmar on the issue of Romanian language and spelling. He asserted himself also as a consistent militant for a single Romanian church with its own rite, in this sense publishing his work “The Romanian church” printed in 1883 in Satu Mare. He died at the age of 55, after having served for 15 years as a priest in Satu Mare and 12 years as a district priest.
  • Tamaş Pompiliu – priest and politician, was born on 7 January 1878 in Popeşti locality. His presence at Botiz takes place in 1915, and along his priestly activity his parish in Botiz was considered the largest and richest in the county. He was archdeacon, member of PNR and subsequently of PNT, participating as well to the Great National Assembly in Alba Iulia on December 1, 1918.

The basic preoccupation of the inhabitants of Botiz commune remained the agriculture and land cultivation both in town and outside town, the largest share being represented by the individual production. In the Town Hall records in 2008 there was registered a number of 14 holdings. The structure of the agricultural holdings is mixed. The main crops remain the traditional ones respectively those of cereals, with tendencies to crops of strawberries, vegetables and fruit trees. These crops have known an increase in the last period demonstrating the interest of small producers to these crops.

The events organized on the occasion of the Day of Botiz commune (in October) begin with the parade of Beltiug brass band and of the cheerleaders. A unique horse show is also offered by actor Vasile Blaga, who has an important equine base in this commune. As is customary each year, on stage take place performances of the children in the village, followed by Ceatăra folk music band from Carei and many other performers. Through this celebration is intended the strengthening of the ties between the people of these lands.

At the level of Botiz commune the social – economic activity focuses on the following areas:

  • Production
  • Commerce
  • Transports
  • Services of different types
  • Agriculture