County of Ponoka GenWeb Project: Pioneer Biographies pg 10
Pioneer Histories Pg10
The Henry A. SCHEUERMAN Family The Charles BROWN Family
The Adam SCHEUERMANN Family The Henry SCHEUERMANN Family
A SCHEUERMANN Family Tree The Jacob SCHIERMAN Family
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The Charles BROWN Family
S.E. quarter, 24-44-26-W4 Dennis (Brooks) District
Charles BROWN was one of the bachelors who came to the Brooks district in 1900 as a young man from the USA. He homesteaded the S.E. 1/4 of Sec 24-44-26.
The following year he met and married Neenah FISH in what was the first wedding in the district. Their first child died, sadly, in infancy but two more children were born to them: son Walter, who was born on the homestead and daughter Katherine.
The Browns lived in Ponoka for a few years before returning to the States. Charlie died in 1943, but Neenah lived past 90 years old and lived with her daughter in California.
The children ...
Walter - He married and had 3 children. In 1973 he and his family were living in Belmont, California, USA.
Katherine - She married and had 2 children; a son and a daughter. In 1973, Katherine and her family was also living in Belmont California, where her mother made her home with them.
Based on an excerpt from Ponoka Panorama (1973)
Brown family researcher: unknown

In 1888 my father came from a German colony near Saratov, Russia to the States and settled down in Kansas. We lived there three years. After that we went to Endicott, Washington. We lived there for two years. My father rented a farm and started to farm, but he could not make any headway on it. The crops were poor, no rain, so they burned out.
My mother, the former Mari RAUSCH, got sick and died in the States, so my father made up his mind to go to Canada. He heard a lot of it, but how could he get there? He had no money to take the train. So one day he found a good man. He was prospector that wanted to know if there was a road through the mountains to travel with horses and get to Canada. So my father packed his wagon with grub, one breaking plow and seven horses and five men. Here are the men's names - BEELER was the leader, John HATZENGER, CLEMENS, my brother John and my father.
We children, I and Jacob and my sister Lizie stayed with my brother-in-law Adam SMECK.
So they started out on their long journey, full of hope to reach Canada in about three weeks. Everything went fine till they got into the mountains, but they soon found out to their big surprise that there was no wagon road in the mountains, only for pack horses trails. What now? They didn't' want to go back again. They made a big raft out of logs and put the wagon on it and put it on a river that would flow through the mountains (on this side of the mountains). Two men went with the wagon to guide it on the river. There other three men took the horses and followed the trail. When they got deeper into the mountains they found that there was no grass for the horses. They had to tie them to spruce trees to pick the needs off the branches. That was all they could find. It didn't take long until the men ran out of food, too. What now? They hoped to get something to shoot - a deer or a bear but saw nothing. They had nothing to eat for three days. They got so hungry that they were going to kill a horse and serve it. But the fourth day they found two traders in the mountains who gave them a sack of flour and a little rice so they had enough to get through the mountains. But that wasn't so easy as you may think it cross those mountains. There were some big rivers to cross with horses. Let me tell you a little about them, how they crossed them. My father bought a good saddle horse from a cowboy before they left. He wasn't afraid of anything, he would go through everything. We had him here in Canada for many years yet. He was my saddle horse here. My brother John had to take his horse and test every river first to find out how deep it was or how fast it was running. He always had to take a long rope with him, fastened to the horse. If he couldn't make it they could pull him back. If one could cross it he had the rope on the other side to pull the other horses over with two men. If the current was too fast so that the horse went down stream, they pulled him back and looked for a better place to cross. My father told me that it happened more than once when John and his horse went down from a steep bank in the river that man and horse were gone for a while under water before they got above water again. Well finally they got across the mountains. The horses were so sick and so poor and their feet sore and bleeding from rocks that they had to give them a rest for a week. After that, it got better again. They found the wagon and two men safe. They went on again and finally got to Wetaskiwin. It took them six weeks to get here.
There wasn't much of Wetaskiwin at that time, only one small store. The storekeeper's name was West. From now on they were looking for homesteads so they drove southeast from Wetaskiwin thirty miles and picked each his homestead in what is now called the Schultz district. The land was not surveyed then. That was in 1892. That was the end of Henry's writing.
Adam went to help build the railroad between Calgary and Edmonton. Adam's second wife was Katie Poffenroth, a widow with six children. Besides serving on the Fair School board, Adam was an official of St Peter's and the Sunday School teacher. He died in 1920; Katie, in 1928. Rudy Orom now lives on the Scheuermann homestead (S.E. 10-43-22-4).
The children ...
Henry was seven when his father brought the family here by train,. Adam and Marie had John, Catherine (called Micka, became Mrs. Adam Schmick), Henry, Mary, Elizabeth, twins - Jacob and Lillian who died as a baby), Moailis (she died in childhood). Only Henry's and Jacob's children live in Canada. The others are in the States.
Adam's son John married Anna Lilge in Calgary.
The family tree reads, "Bernard, Lena, Clara (born in Canada, 1903), Agnes (born in Canada, 1905), Retha Marie (born in Canada, 1907), Charles Sherman (died, 1915)."
John worked for an Edmonton Packing plant until told to leave for the sake of his health. He found a job in Washington State and wrote his wife telling her to sell the house and join him. She went to Oregon instead. An attempt at reconciliation proved futile. He bought S.E. 33 and batched there. He finally returned to Washington where he married a rich widow. All his descendants live in Oregon, USA.
Based on excerpt from: Mecca Glen Memories (1968) Written by his son, Henry, shortly before Henry's death in 1961
SCHEUERMANN family researcher: Linda

Near Saratov on the Volga were half cousins, Peter and Luft. Peter's son, Adam, came here with his sons John, Henry and Jacob.
Henry's children - Willie, Paul, Ernest, Walter
Jacob's children - Mabel, Eva, Lily, Heidi
Luft's son, Henry came here too.
Henry's children - John, Mary and Katherine.
John's children - Ella, Sophie, Bessie, Jennie, Cecil, Myrtle, Norman, Reeta, Margaret. Peter, half-brother to Henry, came.
Peter's children - Mary, Elizabeth, Adam, Catherine, Emma, Lena, Martin, Peter, Victor.
Based on excerpt from: Mecca Glen Memories (1968)
SCHEUERMANN family researcher: Linda SCHIERMAN family researcher: unknown

The Henry SCHEUERMAN Family, Son of Luft
Henry (1861 - 1955) and Elizabeth (nee Gerlitz) with John, Mary and Katherine came from Russia to America in 1891, and thence to Red Deer Lake in 1892. They homesteaded S.W. 10-43-22-4, later buying the quarter south, N.W. 3. They put up permanent buildings. Mrs. Scheuermann died in 1911 leaving a young family. Henry went to Russia and married Mrs. Cook, a widow with eight children. The Cook children are: George, Henry, Philip John, Alex, Martin, Mary (Keller) and Liza (Poffenroth). Mary became Mrs. Dittberner, New Norway; Katherine, Mrs. Hemeyer, Ponoka. Henry was a gentle little man. He liked to move, and did many times but always in the same district. The story goes that once he was having trouble getting home after a bit too long a stay in town. Two school boys asked if they could help. He told them to push, but they protested that a wheel was missing. "That doesn't matter. Push anyway, "came Henry's reply. Henry's son John was born in Russia in 1878. He married Anne Skode, a lady with a flair for drawing, especially horses. A number of her pictures stored in the loft, were lost when the old barn burned down in 1956. John owned other land but their home was S.W. 28-42-22-4, now the Reich home.
The children ...
Ella (Radke, Bashaw);
Sophie (Mrs. Robert Schultz, Lacombe);
Bessie (DeLeeuw, Ontario);
Jenni (Mrs. Peter Schultz, Bashaw);
Myrtle (Mrs. Harold Fjeldheim, Edmonton);
Reeta (Mrs. Bill Schultz, Ponoka);
Margaret (Mrs. Walter J. Schultz, near Bashaw).
Based on excerpt from: Mecca Glen Memories (1968) originally written by Esther Orom
SCHEUERMANN family researcher: Linda

The Jacob SCHIERMAN Family
Adams' son, Jocob married Marie SCHEUERMAN in 1911. Their children - Mabel (Mrs. Gunnard Johnson, Ponoka), Eva, (Mrs. Louis Hartman, 14 miles west of Ponoka), Lily, (Mrs. Julius Traptow, Bashaw), Heidi (first Mrs. Arnold Olsen, now Mrs. Spike Johnson, Ponoka)
In 1941 Jacob and Marie sold S.E. 10-43-22-4, the original homestead, retiring in Bashaw. They moved to Ponoka in 1955. Jacob died in 1959; Mari, in 1965.
Based on excerpt from: Mecca Glen Memories (1968)
SCHIERMAN family researcher: unknown

The Henry A. SCHEUERMAN Family
According to the church register both Henry and his bride, Amalia RADKE, were eighteen when they were married in December, 1905. They bought N.E. 13-43-22-4 near Red Deer Lake and lived in a one room shack. They had a little coostore, a homemade table, a bench and an old bed. The few dishes were kept in an appl box. They later moved to S.W. 1-43-22-4. Amalia (called Molly) worked hard all her life. As a girl she "worked out" for nearly a year and was paid a little cow worth $20.00! A few places paid $10.00 a month. She dug potatoes for four days for 25cents a day. Those were years of heavy rains. There were no fences so cows wandered far. She recalls, many times, having to get up at 1:00am to go out in the rain to milk fourteen cows that had just arrived home with big, heavy udders. She would feed calves, wash milk pails and come in at daylight, drenched and no time left for sleep. The Scheuermans retired to Bashaw where Henry died in 1961. Mrs. Scheuerman, at eighty-one, grows a good garden, with some of the earliest potatoes in the country. T
The children ...
They had Willie (died in infancy); Paul, married Dorothy Whitehorn, lives in Seattle, Washington, USA; Ernest, farmed N.E. 13, married Emma Hensch, lives in Chilliwack, B.C.; Walter, married Norah Fewkes, Mirror.
Walter and Norah live on S.W. 1 with their children: Stanley, Glen, Garry and Barry (twins) and Jeannette. St. Peter's Lutheran is their church; the children to go to Mecca Glen.
Based on excerpt from: Mecca Glen Memories (1968) Originally written by Norah Scheuerman
SCHEUERMANN family researcher: Linda

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