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Jacob Froese 1882-1966

Jacob Froese 1882-1966 and his wife Maria (Schmidt)

Jacob Froese was born August 19, 1882, to Heinrich Froese and Anna Guenter. His parents came to Canada in the 1870s and settled in Manitoba. They took up a homestead at Blumenhoff, Manitoba.

He married Maria Schmidt on July 20, 1902. She was born June 16, 1882, to Jacob Schmidt and Helena Janzen. Her parents had also come to Canada as youths with their parents in the 1870s.

Jacob Froese and his young the wife moved to Saskatchewan. in 1903. His homestead was the SW 14, Tp 40, R5, W of 3rd, one mile east of the village of Gruenfeld (west of Osler). He had hoped to live in Gruenfeld village but it was already full.

In 1902, he broke 3 acres and cropped 0; in 1903, he broke 10 acres and cropped 10; in 1905 he broke 8 acres and cropped 21; in 1905, he broke 20 acres and cropped 21.

In 1905, he owned 5 head of cattle, 3 horses, and 2 pigs. He built a 16 x 24 log house when, arrived in Saskatchewan, valued at $100. This house was replaced in 1915 by a framed house, the contractor being Gerhard Penner of Schoenwiese. In 1903, he had also built a 16 x16 lumber stable with a sod roof valued at $50. He also built a l0 x 18 framed granary, valued $300, and dug a well valued at $10.

In 1947, Jacob and his wife moved to Durango, Mexico, into the village of Gruenfeld. One daughter had moved to Mexico in 1937 with her husband but the rest of the Froese family remained in Canada.

The parents returned to Canada in 1961 or 62 and lived in Neuhorst, and at Clark's Crossing and Warman. They lived in Canada three years before moving back to Mexico. Mr. Froese enjoyed making fork handles and wooden slippers or just whittling things out of wood.

Jacob Froese, died Sept. 2, 1966, and his wife Maria died April 16 of the same year. They both died and are buried in Mexico.

There are many Froese descendants still to be found in the Warman and Osler districts.




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