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A Pioneers Birthday

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Parent Issue
Day
10
Month
February
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Tuesday John George Schairer, oue of Ann Arbor's most respected citizens celebrated his 79th birthday anniversary. He is enjoying good nealth and ia wonderfully clear and acourate in the remembrances of the many years, three-quarters of a century, which he has traveled through this vale of trials and tribulations. He ia of a very cheerful disposition, and ricbly deserves the love aud afïection which ne receives from his 11 children aud 25 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild He was born in Durrweiler, Ober Amt Frendenstadt, Wurtemberg, Germany. He lost his father at au early age. When he waa a boy he often heard the people speak of the Napoleonio wars ind the feara expressed of having the French again overrnn Germany. At the battle of Strassbnrg, the guns had beea heard in the village, as it was only 18 miles distant. Hearing of the fertility of Michigan tbrongh letters written by Rev. Frederick Sohmid to his oousin, he made np his mind he wonld immigrate, and in company with a large party of neighbors, he in tlw year '36 started for Ann Arbor. Among this party were the late John George Neithharnmer, Jacob Schairer and family, John Wagner and brother, and Mrs. Lndwig Beek. They had a good voyage across the Atlantic only being on the high seas 47 days. This was pronouncd by their captain as one of the quickest voyages that he had ever made. The party arrived in Auu Arbor in August '36, taking their first meal in the bospitable home of Henry Mann, the first Germán settler in the village. In October of that year he left for Saline where he learned the shoernakor trade. In '39 he retnrned to Ann Arbor where he has since resided. Oct. 29, '44, he married MissOhristine Ruehle, who with him enjoys their happy oíd age. When Mr. Sohairer carue to Ann Arbor Indians frequently passed through the town. The campus was then a sort of open comnlous and the general cow pasture for the villagers. One season during the spring a calf strayed away near the campus, and ha did not find the animal agaiu until the fall. He has lived in his preseut home 40 S. Ashley st, for 49 years. On account of the death of Mre. Schairer's sister at Chicago, the intention of having a large family reunion was frustrated, but he was remembered and heard from those childrén who were unable to be present. Mr. and Mrs. Schairer's 11 living children are : George, of Saline ; Mrs. Maria Ofcto, of Anu Arbor; John, of El Paso, Texas; D. Fred Scahirer, of the flrm of Schairer & Millen, of Anu Arbor; Mrs. Henriette Reimold, of Saginaw, e. s. ; Sarah, wife of State Senator Daniel C. Gifford : Eunice, wife of William Stever, Aaron M. , of West Point, Neb; Ernma, wife of Samuel Krause, of Grand Rapids; Jessie and Alice, of West Point, Neb. His large circle of friends sincerely hope that Mr. Schairer may be long spared in health, to his faithful wife and their children.