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Rev. William F. Schuerman

Male 1859 - 1932  (73 years)


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  • Name William F. Schuerman 
    Prefix Rev. 
    Born 9 Aug 1859  Sextonville, Richland, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Also Known As Frederick Wilhelm Schurmann 
    Died 30 Oct 1932  Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Buried Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I2427  Schuerman-Wood-Worden
    Last Modified 12 Mar 2015 

    Father Peter Wilhelm Schurmann,   b. 23 Nov 1825, Duisburg, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1902, Twin Bluffs, Richland, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother Anna Christina Carolina Weegmann,   b. 23 Aug 1822, Mulheim, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1905, Twin Bluffs, Richland, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 23 May 1849  Mintard, Rheinland, Prussia, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Notes 
    • Note from Gladys Schuerman says married 17th of May 1849.
    Family ID F1037  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lillian J. Wood,   b. 31 Jan 1863, Carimona, Fillmore, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1951, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Married 18 Feb 1885  Richland Center, Richland, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    _STAT MARRIED 
    Children 
     1. Naomi Ruth Schuerman,   b. Apr 1886, Bethany, Harrison, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1886, Bethany, Harrison, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 0 years)
     2. Nell Beatrice Schuerman,   b. 6 Aug 1887, Bethany, , Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1965, Chula Vista, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     3. Lester Wood Schuerman,   b. 25 May 1889, Lincolnville, Marion, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1952, Salina, Saline, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     4. Merle Duston,   b. 28 Apr 1892, Halsted, , Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1978, Garden Grove, Orange, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     5. Lawrence Herman Schuerman,   b. 27 Jan 1900, Washington, Washington, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jul 1990, Chandler, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     6. Gladys Mildred Schuerman,   b. 13 Jan 1902, Washington, Washington, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Nov 1973, Denver, Denver, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Photos
    Lester, Lawrence, and Merle with Lillian, 1951
    Lester, Lawrence, and Merle with Lillian, 1951
    At the reunion of Merle Duston with his Schuerman family
    Lillian Wood Schuerman and her daughters, Nell and Gladys 1944
    Lillian Wood Schuerman and her daughters, Nell and Gladys 1944
    Schuerman families
    Schuerman families
    Jim Boyles family, Gladys Schuerman, Wm. & Lillian Schuerman, Wilbur Schaffer family, about 1928
    The Schuerman (Duston) siblings, 1951
    The Schuerman (Duston) siblings, 1951
    Back row: Lester, Lawrence, Merle; front row: Nell, Lillian, Gladys
    Last Modified 22 May 2017 21:59:30 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Aug 1859 - Sextonville, Richland, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Feb 1885 - Richland Center, Richland, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 30 Oct 1932 - Denver, Denver, Colorado Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Denver, Colorado Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Schuerman
    William Schuerman
    Ash Creek, Wisconsin S. S.
    Ash Creek, Wisconsin S. S.
    Ash Creek, Wisconsin S. S. (Sunday school?), W. F. Schuerman in back row, fourth from right.
    William and Lillian Schuerman
    William and Lillian Schuerman
    William and Lillian Schuerman
    William and Lillian Schuerman
    W F Schuerman
    W F Schuerman
    William Schuerman on the right, 1885
    William Schuerman on the right, 1885

    Documents
    Lawrence Schuerman on his father
    Lawrence Schuerman on his father

  • Notes 
    • In father's 1880 census unit in Richland, Richland, WI.

      Marriage certificate from Richland County Register of Deeds in possession of John Schuerman.

      Fifty Years in the Kansas Conference, 1864-1914, A record of the Origin and Development of the Work of the Evangelical Association in the Territory covered by the Kansas Conference:

      The Evangelical Asociation was a largely German evangelical denomination. W.F. Schuerman first appointed to congregation in 1885, apparently shortly after his marriage in Wisconsin. Appointed to Deer Creek, Kansas City District. Book contains many references to his preaching assignments.

      According to his wife's mother's obituary, living in Abilene, Kansas in 1908.

      Autobiography of Wm F. Schuerman [MS in possession of John Schuerman, date unknown]
      I was born August 9, 1859 in Richland County, Wisconsin one of a family of six children-- four boys and two girls. My parents came from Germany in the Fall of 1848, and settled in the above named county. Six years after their emigration to this country they moved on the old homestead where they still reside.
      Honor is due to the brave old missionaries, who, in those early days sacrificed themselves in searching out the scattering German pioneers in the wild forests of Wisconsin, that my parents were soon found and brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
      There was a small class organized in that community which has, on account of the few Germans in that vicinity, ever remained small; but nevertheless has produced much good.
      Our home life was somewhat peculiar. My father was very strict. He would never permit his children to spend the evenings or Sundays away from home, without knowing that we were in good society or in suitable places.
      My parents were very attentive church goers, and their whole family, large and small, were obliged to attend church. Thus I was in early youth compelled to attend both church services and Sabbath school, regularly. My mother was a pious woman, seeming to realize the great importance of rearing her children "in the fear of the Lord." By her I was instructed in the scriptures, and in this way received early impressions of spiritual things and early learned to shun all profanity, bad habits, and bad company. I was taught to love and reverence my Creator; to meditate upon Him, and not to forget His goodness. I can venture to say that none of my years have been given to Satan. I praise God for permiting my lot to be cast in the midst of such favorable circumstances, and for the gift of a pious and consistent mother.
      In my childhood days I had common school privileges. My father laid much stress on having his children read the news of the day and being generally informed. He was much concerned in giving his children a good education; yet on account of the busy life of a farmer, I was permitted to go to school but three or four months in a year.
      At the age of eleven, being convinced that I should make a more complete surrender of self to Christ, I became converted and joined the church.
      Immediately after my conversion I was impressed with the thought that I was called by God to preach the Gospel, in after life. I then decided in my own mind to devote my manhood to God's service. On becoming more acquainted with my inability, and realizing the sacredness and importance of such a life, I bacame fearful to attempt to be a minister of God. And especially the thought of perhaps not being successful (feeling my great weakness), caused me to doubt my calling.
      I remained working on the farm and going to school in the winter. At the age of fifteen I had the opportunity of attending High School during the winter months.
      When eighteen years of age, a position was offered me, in a mill, of which my father owned a half interest. I had a great inclination to mechanical life, consequently I entered the mill, thinking to make milling my life's pursuit. At first, I found great pleasure in my new sphere, as I liked the business very much; and I consoled myself with the thought that I could do good, even not being a minister, and I would in this way escape the much dreaded ministerial life. But never did I feel wholly in my sphere. I often had severe contests, in trying to remove from my mind the thought that I should yield to the high calling.
      I praise God for the experience I had while in the mill. He miraculously led me to see His kind mercies. A number of times I was in dangerous places, and one time particularly my life was much endangered. Being wound up on a shaft, death staring me in the face, expecting every moment the fatal one to come, which would have certainly been my lot, had not the good Lord wonderfully sent a helping hand in one who brought the machinery to a standstill and relieved me from my perilous position, just in time to save my life. This and many other things led me to see that the mill was not the place for me. Finally, after I had been in the mill three and a half years, circumstances were brought about so that I was elected class leader of our class; which position I was compelled to fill though feeling too weak and small. I went ahead trusting in the Lord for help and strength, and on attempting to exhort a little, found the lord to be "a precious help in time of need." I found I could do a little by trusting Him. Thus I finally yielded and decided to enter the ministry.
      When I had been in business five years, at the age of 24, I left the, to me, precious gotten old mill, and entered North Western College, where I attended a little over four terms and a half. I then went home for a few weeks visit and on the 18th of February 1885 I married. On the same day I took leave of parents, friends and home to come west and I now am ready to go anywhere, do anything, and be anything to the honor of my Master, and the advancement of His Kingdom.
      Amen.

      Obituary, unknown newspaper:

      REV. W. F. SCHUERMAN
      DIES AT AGE OF 73
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      Retired Minister Had Lived in Denver for 13 Years
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      Rev. William F. Schuerman, 73, retired minister of the Kansas Conference of the Evangelical Church and resident of Denver for the past 13 years, died last night at his home, 2063 S. Pearl st., following an illness of a year's duration.
      Rev. Schuerman has been bedridden with a stomach disorder since April. He had not been active in church work since he came to Denver.
      He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lillian Schuerman, two daughters, Gladys Schuerman and Mrs. Wilber J. Shaffer, both of Denver, and two sons, Lawrence, of Denver, and Lester, of Salina, Kan.
      Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

      Another Obituary, probably from a church journal:

      REV. WILLIAM F. SCHUERMAN
      Rev. William F. Schuerman, son Peter William and Caroline Schuerman was born at Cextonville, [sic] Wis., Aug. 1859, and died at his home in Denver, Colo., Oct. 30, 1932. Just as the church bells were reminding the people of the hour for evening worship, he answered the call to forever be with his divine Lord and Master.
      In the atmosphere of a Christian home and under the influence of the early Evangelical pioneer preachers, Brother Schuerman was converted at the tender age eleven years. His boyhood days were uneventful, like those of most boys who are reared in rural communities. Yet, wholesome surroundings of the parental home and community had much to do in the moulding of this youthful character.
      He received his elementary education Richland County, Wis., and developed his talents as best he could with the limited facilities of rural life. Later in life spent some pears [sic] in further preparation for his life's calling at North Central College, Naperville, III.
      Appreciating the ability and consecration of this young man, the church which he was a member, elected him the office of class leader. While serving in this capacity, he became keenly conscious of his call to the holy ministry.
      Ou [sic] Feb. 18, 1885, he was united in marriage with Miss Lillian J. Wood, then a school teacher and now the honored president of the Colorado Conference Branch of the Woman's Missionary Society. In the forty-seven years of their happy marrried life, she was a good and faithful companion, upholding her husband in all his endeavors for kingdom building. Soon after their marriage these two young people, full of hope, and consecrated to their task, turned their faces westward; casting their lot with the members of Kansas Conference. In the spring of 1885 Brother Schuerman received his first appointment as an Evangelical minister. The session of conference that year convened at Worden, Kan.
      With the exception of several years without an appointment, due to impaired health, he served in the Kansas Conference the following fields: Deer Creek Mission, Winston, Marion, Rosette, Halstead, McPherson, Industry and Alida, Washington, Alida, Burdick, Industry, Washington and Huscher. In the Colorado Conference he served the Las Animas appointment.
      In 1919, he, with his family, came to Colorado, locating in Loveland. A few years later they moved to Denver where he lived in retirement the remainder of his life.
      Brother Schuerman was a man of strong religious convictions. He was fearless in the declaration of the truth. His preaching was clear, scriptural, unctuous, convincing and in the power and demonstration of the Spirit. He was a tireless worker and an ardent dispenser of the gospel of the Son of God. His messages were of the evangelistic type as was evidenced by the results achieved in the winning of souls to Christ.
      The deceased is survived by his widow, two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren and a brother, besides other relatives and many friends.
      Funeral services were held in Denver Evanston Church, in charge of the undersigned, assisted by Revs. I. A. Young, A. E. Butler, H. Ninneman, R. D. Dexheimer, S. Beese, T. A. Marks, C. G. Bartsch and C. R. Steelberg. Bishop John S. Stamm preached the sermon. Fourteen ministers were present. The body was laid to rest in the Fairmont Cemetery to await the morning of the resurrection.
      R. V. Price
      B. Barthel


  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Family Bible.

    2. [S149] Obituary, unknown paper.

    3. [S288] Find a Grave Memorial, 31972851.

    4. [S288] Find a Grave Memorial, 31972851 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S153] Marriage Certificate from Richland County Recorder of Deeds.