Duval's Oldest Pioneer Passes

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Duval's Oldest Pioneer Passes

Katherina Elizabeth [Erhardt]Jauck was born June 6, 1884 at Halstein [Holstein] Russia in the Volga Colony to George Erhardt and Anne Fretzler[Fritzler], being one of a family of three brothers and two sisters.

In 1902, at the age of 18, she immigrated to new land in an area hardly touched by human hands. In 1903 she was married to Gottfried Jauck in Winnipeg Manitoba. In 1904 her husband and his father, George Henry Jauck, took up land grants of two quarters on section 11, three miles north of what is now called Duval. In the spring of 1905, her husband purchased four horses, a wagon and a few implements and set out for their new home on the prarie.

The train going north from Regina stopped at Bulyea. From Bulyea they travelled by wagon a distance of nearly 30 miles. They made their first stop with the Schwandt family and spent the first night in the hayloft. Her husband went on from there to locate their new land. The first days were spent under a wagon box. Their first concern was a fire guard and digging a well for water. They constructed their first house of sod and clay plaster.

Having firmly planted their roots, they raised their family of eleven children, seven boys and four girls, one died in infancy.

She had a very simple, deep and abiding faith which not only provided for the foundation for her life but for her children. Her humble home became the centre for church services since the community didn't have a Lutheran Church. In 1917 she and her husband donated the land for a church and cemetery on the original homestead. St. Paul's Lutheran Church was built in 1918 in which some of her children were baptized and confirmed and from where her family said their last goodbye. Because of the closeness of the church to her home, Sunday after church it became a meeting place for many of the parishioners especially those who had come from a long distance with horses and buggy.

The farm has been passed on from one generation to another and is presently the home of her grandson Darcy. The Jauck children considered it as home although they reside in different areas of North America. She retired from the farm in 1949 to make her home in Duval.

For over seventy-six years she was a resident of the Duval area, when because of failing physical strength she became a resident of Last Mountain Pioneer Home at the age of 97. She was a resident there for 10 years and went to her heavenly home on July 31, 1991 at the age of 107 years.

She was predeceased by her husband Gottfried in 1950; two daughters, Marie in 1915 and Katherine in 1987; two sons; David in 1953 and Jacob in 1977; also one grandson and one great granddaughter. She is survived by five sons and two daughters and their families; Godfrey and Emilie of Southey; Henry and Daisy of Shattuck Oklahoma, Alex and Catherine of Duval; Fred and Esther of Victoria, B.C.; Ernest and Elsie of Regina; Molly and Fred Bender of Saskatoon, and Caroline and Chris Herber of Regina; as well as 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Blessed be her memory.

.   .   .   .   .   (from a local newspaper in 1991)