Jacob and Eve Zeller and Family
"Both Jacob’s and Eve’s parents came to the U.S.A. from Germany about 1840 to avoid conscription. Both were born in the U.S.A. Jacob fought in the Civil War for the north, but Eve and her family supported the south.
They were married on June 27, 1867, in Ohio, and bought and took over the Bookmiller farm (Eve’s parents). To this union, one daughter and six sons were born.
With no opportunities for such a large family on an eighty-acre farm, they decided to come to a new fronteier and take advantage of free land. So they came in 1907 with six sons. Della, but this time, was married and remained in Ohio. The homestead location was SW ¼ 22-19-16 W3rd. The family all had high school educations, some taught school, and some others worked in the oil fields in Indian Territory – now Oklahoma. Some of the men folk had come in 1906 to file on hojesteads and to bui9ld meager living quarters for their families. They came by train in April 1907 and shipped by freight car their settlers’ effects – machinery, household supplies, a cow, and feed for the cow. The parents Jacob and Eve, were in the centre of a half circle of sons.
The first years they used the basement for a kitchen and living room. The bedrooms were upstairs. There was also a small basement dug below the level of the wooden kitchen floor. Some of the sons were married before the big move to Canada in 1907.
Eve kept busy reading her Bible, knitting, raising a garden, and reading. They were mnot school educated people, but through the years educated themselves by reading anything available. The “Literary Digest” was read from cover to cover. Jacob was interested in politics and Congressional records; Eve in her family and her home. She raised one baby calf a year on dish slops and raw eggs. The money realized from the sale of this calf was used to buy wool for the knitting of swocks and mitts – sold privately, or through Getterman’s store. That money was her church money. The whole family belonged to the Evangelical Church, and Eve always made the unleavened bread for communion.
In later years, Jacob spend many hours fishing in the South Saskatchewan River off the stone bar near the Pennant Ferry, driving there with old Daisy hitched to the buggy. The Zellers’ diet included many meals of fresh gold eye.
Jacob gave up active farming in 1923. The farm was sold to Blake Shaw in 1929. In later years Jacob and Even went to Ohio or California in the winter time, returning to the farm each spring.
They celebrated their 50th and 60th wedding anniversaries here, but after their 60th, decided to stay permanently in McComb, Ohio (their first home town), where they bought a small house. Jacob died shortly after their 65th wedding anniversary. Even then mostly visited her families in Ohio, Saskatchewan, and California, for several years and then finally went to a Senior Citizens’ Home in California and died at the age of eighty-five years."
Source: Pennant and District History Committee, River Hills to Sand Hills, 1983, pp 783-784