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Lewis Scheerer

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Posted: 7 Nov 2000 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Scheerer, Foust, Walters
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 378-379

Prominent among the leading farmers and stock-raisers of Huntington county is Lewis Scheerer, whose beautiful place two miles from the county seat on Centre turnpike is an object of interest to every passerby. Mr. Scheerer, as the name implies, is a native of Germany, where his birth took place on the 25th day of October, 1836. He is one of nine children, five sons and four daughters, born to Jacob H. and Catherine Scheerer, who came to America with their family in 1837, making the voyage in a sailing vessel, which was on the water nearly seventy days before reaching its destination. Shortly after landing in the city of New York, Mr. Scheerer proceeded westward as far as Stark county, Ohio, where he concluded to locate. Here he established his home and continued to reside until his removal, in 1851, to Huntington county, Indiana. On reaching his destination, that locality, he purchased eighty acres of wild land in the township of Dallas, and as soon as a small cabin, twenty by twenty-six feet in size, could be erected, the family began life under conditions such as they never before experienced.

The stories of pioneer efforts in transforming the wilderness into cultivated fields, fruitful orchards, thriving villages and populous cities are so similar in detail that a repetition in this connection is unnecessary; suffice it to say, however, that Mr. Scheerer, with strong arms and an active brain contributed his share to the general work of laying the foundation upon which this prosperous section of the commonwealth now rests. After bearing well his part in life, rearing a family and providing a good home, he lay down to his last, long sleep at the age of sexty-one. His good wife survived him many years, dying at the remarkable age of ninety-two.

At the age of fourteen, Lewis Scheerer came to Huntington county, and began working in the thick woods of Dallas township. Actuated by a worthy desire to help his father, he labored arduously for a number of years at felling trees, digging out stumps, making ditches, plowing, sowing and reaping until the farm was made and a good home established. After his father's death he took charge of the farm in the interest of his mother, and when she was called hence he assumed sole management of the place by right of inheritance. He continued on the homestead until 1886, in the spring of which year he removed to the place where he now lives, in Huntington township, two miles distant from the county seat. Here he has since lived and prospered, adding many improvements and establishing for himself a name second to that of none among the many successful agriculturists in the township, which is proud to acknowledge his citizenship.

Mr. Scheerer is a notable representative of the large and respectable class of German-American citizens that have contributed so much to the material progress and development of our county, especially the great west. Strength of resolution and earnestness of purpose are among his more pronounced characteristics, while industry, thrift and economy have marked his career from early childhood to the maturer years of manhood's estate. Loyal in thought and deed to the United States, he is a true American in all the term implies, and believing that Indiana occupies no second place in the galaxy of commonwealths, he is not ashamed to be called "Hoosier," although only one by adoption. As a farmer, he iseasily the peer of his neighbors, and as a business man is conservative and cautious, exercising good judgment in all of his dealings and seldom making mistakes.

Personally he is popular in the community, possessing to an eminent degree the confidence of his fellow citizens, and retaining those strong friendships contracted in youth and strengthened with the passing years. A Democrat in politics, he has wisely avoided the paths that lead to public distinction. In religion he is a member of the German Reformed church and lives a life of quiet devotion to duty instead of making ostentatious display of his faith. At the present time Mr. Scheerer carries on general farming and stock-raising quite exsively (sic) on a beautiful place of one hundred and seventy-six acres, a part of which includes the home of his wife. All but about thirty acres of this farm in a high state of cultivation, and in all of its appointments ranks with the most highly improved farms in the county of Huntington.

On the 4th day of November, 1864, Mr. Scheerer and Miss Susan Foust were united in the bonds of wedlock, and their union has been blessed with the following children: Sarah, wife of William Walters; William F.; Matilda; Henry; Lizzie; Daniel; Amanda; John and Edward. John died in infancy.

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