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And know that, at the moment, at least, this page is dedicated to Sherman Ebbert, or “BRICK WALL,” as I fondly call him. Sherman may have been born in 1867, in Illinois, and it is said that he married Laurenda Rosalind (Laura) Schuchard on September 29, 1891, at Zumbro, Wabasha, Minnesota, USA. If constructing this blog results in nothing in addition to our capturing of records registering his birth and that marriage, it will have served its purpose well.

“Sherman,” by the way, is occasionally spelled as one of five variations, namely Scherman, Schermann, Shearman, Shermann and Shermon. And we have found "Ebbert" to be spelled in a surprising number of ways.

Oh, well!

Sherman and Laura had four children who survived until adulthood. They were Walter George Edward Ebbert (1892-1954), Elmer William George Ebbert (1894-1975), Alice Ella Ebbert (1895-1940) and Earl Lewis Ebbert (1897-1969). Because of their connections to Saskatchewan, I have given this site the name that it has.

Many will be very grateful to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those people, or to others, for particulars concerning Sherman Ebbert, and that will be especially so if evidence is provided that will satisfy those of us who are truly concerned about ‘doing’ genealogy and family history properly, that being no small feat, given that genealogists generally apply much higher standards, concerning admissibility of evidence, than do the judges and legal beagles who frequent our courts of law.

Thanks for visiting this page, folks. I've provided a few finding aids on the margins of it, hoping that you'll enjoy using those should you decide to join us in our search. I'll be pleased if some of you will provide links to finding aids we might use with respect to Minnesota and Illinois genealogy.

Thanks for any contribution you may make to this page. Cheers! Do have a happy day!

Post Script: Sadly, Blogger does not provide an opportunity to present what is and will be posted in a reversed chronological order. But I do think that most who chose to study this site carefully will take the most from it by studying the oldest posting, first, and, step by step, working towards the most recent entry that may be found. I apologize for any inconvenience that doing so may cause for you.

Monday, July 8, 2013

But I Digress

During last night I found William Henry Schuchard’s Attestation Papers while searching, and I was frustrated because I couldn’t print those from that site.  Today I went to the LAC web site, easily accessed those, and easily printed them.  An image of the first page accompanies this note. Moments ago I studied that carefully, for the first time.

What an amazing find.  Those pages reflect a chapter in our Canadian history that I no longer have time to properly explore, in all likelihood, but here’s a challenge to a grandson who I know has an interest in that historic war.  Maybe he can do 'the job.'

Chris, notice that William Henry Schuchard was willing to take up arms against Germany.  He swore to do so, if need be, on March 3, 1916.  But notice the handwritten entry in the center of the page.  It says “Of German extraction & discharged 11th March 1916.”

If and when you ever decide to study the matter, I’d like to learn from you about Canadian law and policy with respect to aliens joining the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.  At the moment my hunch is that William was still an American citizen when he applied to enlist, but I may be wrong about that.

More interestingly, what, precisely, was Canadian law and policy respecting enlistment of those of German extraction?  Were they treated differently than were other Canadian citizens?  Would that be acceptable by today's standards?

Very interesting ‘stuff,’ indeed!

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