Family legend has it that Rosetta Taryll's brother Sylvester's wife had become sick. Rosetta went to…
Family legend has it that Rosetta Taryll's brother Sylvester's wife had become sick. Rosetta went to look after her brother and his family. She spent quite some time there, so Steve told her it was time to come back and take care of her own family. Rossetta's brother then threatened to kill Steve and actually made three attempts to do so. On one occassion, the brother stretched a wire across a road to decipitate Steve; Steve was riding slow enough that day to notice the wire before he hit it. On another occassion, the brother fired a shot at Steve; just before the shot, Steve bent over and then felt the bullet go over his head. Steve, being a pacifist Quaker, decided to leave. The brother was purportedly firing at their carriage as they drove off.
"Douglas moved from Pennsylvania to Kansas where he married. Then he returned to Pennsylvania. Later, they returned to Kansas, then on to Oklahoma, Montana, Sascatchewan, back to Montana, and finally Alberta, Canada." - mckinney713
"Stephan Douglas Horn was a tall, skinny, funny looking guy who wore black clothes and a worn-out black top hat. His thick glasses made him look even more serious than he was. He was a Quaker preacher. Other folks called him "Pennsylvania Dutch", maybe he was, in any case he was a "Pennsylvania Travelling Man". Stephen Horn was born in Williamsport, PA. In 1859, a grandson of a German army officer who deserted from the Kaiser's army after being sent to America on a diplomatic mission.
"Stephan Horn set out from Pennsylvania as a young man, also on a mission, a mission to save the world. He picked a hard road. The railroad went by way of Harrisburg and Columbus Ohio, to St. Louis, Missouri, and "Steel ended near St. Joseph, Missouri. From there a wagon trail led into the Pawnee Indian Territory between the Platte and Arkansas rivers. In the 1880's this area was opened for homesteading, and that's where he settled first. Homesteading in the same area was a hard riding, "hell-raising" Irish family by the name of Terrel, who had traveled west from Wisconsin, by wagon. Stephen managed to "save" one Terrel daughter, a spunky redhead named Rosetta, born in 1866. I don't think he saved any of the Terrel sons.
"Stephen and Rosetta were married in 1885, in the Kansas Indian Territory, in the village of Great Bend, named after the great bend of the Arkansas River. Here Grace was born in 1886 and Louis in 1888. Stephen and Rosetta were soon on the move again, travelling south with the Terrels, crossing recently settled Osage and Kiowa lands in wagons and "Democrats". On April 22, 1889 they were at the "starting line" on the edge of the "Cherokee Strip", new lands being opened for homestead in the new state of Oklahoma (the Cherokee Indian Territory). A rifle shot signaled the start of the race for land by thousands of excited homesteaders. Some people sneaked across the line before the beginning of the race, but Stephen was not one of them. Those people were referred to as "Sooners" and Stephen Horn would correct anyone would mistakenly called him a Sooner. When the race started, Rosetta stayed behind with the wagon and her babies while Stephen, in his top hat bent over by the wind and standing to see over the dust, whipped his trotter and democrat into a run. The race lasted many hours and miles and miles before Stephen drove in his stake on a quarter section, between the Cimmaron River and where the city of Enid now stands.
"The county was open prairie, broken only by dry creek beds and ravines. The only fuel to be found was Mesquite brush, sage roots and buffalo chips, all of them scarce. With no building materials available, they dug a "cellar" into a dry creek bank to live for the first years. The promised "fertile lands" of the cherokee returned drought, tornadoes, grasshopper plagues, dust storms and prairie fires. After the grass fires, the children gathered roasted grasshoppers in sacks, to be eaten when there was nothing else to eat. Stephen hauled rock and stone from the surrounding prairie for stone fences and a house.
"For the house they dug a hole in the prairie about two feet deep, then covered the floor with stone, and built stone walls five feet high. The roof was of poles and sod, grass side up. The window openings were covered first with flour sacking, and later with glass. John was born in the dug out cellar in 1890 and Inis was born in the sod house in 1899. As the stone was stacked up for fences and walls, the rattlesnakes moved into the rocks by the hundreds. Hogs were turned loose to control the snakes. This worked well, but the pork from the hogs was discolored and bitter tasting. As the hogs grew older they became addicted to the snakes, and would eat nothing else. Eventually the hogs would go crazy and die.
"The children went to school at Enid, with Louis attending agricultural College there. Stephen never got on too well with the rest of the Terrels, who were also homesteading nearby. This eventually led to some shooting, and in 1905 or 1906 Stephen loaded the wagons and headed north again. They traveled north across Kansas and the Dakotas, as far as Fargo, North Dakota, where they loaded outfits onto an "immigrant train" bound for Winnipeg and west. They off-loaded near Regina, sK. And took up homesteading near Craik. With the help of sons Louis and John, now eighteen and sixteen, the family "proved-up" on three-quarter sections. In 1909, Grace married Jesse Anderson, a young traveling homesteader from Illinois. Louis married Ruth Williams in 1912. The family's fortunes improved until 1912, when Stephen, Louis, John, and Jesse seeded over 400 acres of wheat with horses. Later that year young John was in a poker game that got out of hand and the farms were sold to pay his debt.
"In 1912 the families were on the move again. Stephen bought land from C.P.R. at Tudor, next to the Schafers. Louis and Ruth went to Montana, where Louis, a stern young man like his father, was sheriff of the frontier town of Plentywood from 1912 to 1917. Grace and Jesse went to the mining town of Butte, Montana. John went loggng in Washington. In 1916 Grace and Jesse went to Tudor and started a general store. Louis and Ruth and John arrived in Tudor in 1918. The Horn, Schafer and Anderson families all lived and farmed around Tudor through the 1920's. Most of the Horn, Schafer, Anderson and Kaughman children were born there.
"Linley Arnold was born at Tudor in 1925. By 1930, drought, dust storms, grasshoppers and depression were at Tudor and everyone started moving again. Grace and Jesse sold the store to Marion Schafer and moved north with their family, Irene, Oliver, Thelma, Louis and Rosetta and settled in Millet, where Norma was born. Inis and Lin Schafer, and Stephen and Rosetta Horn, moved to Beaver Flats in 1931 and to a quarter section on the Clearwater River near Dovercourt, south of Rocky in 1932. The neighbors organized a "work bee" and built a log house and barn for Inis and Lin in just a few days. Some of the neighbors helping out were, Louis Bertagnolli, Uno Antila, John Rauch, Nick Periche, Louis Fassina Bill Murray, Joe Pilgrabbe and Joe, Tom, Vern, and Alex Bertegnolli.
"Lin junior remembers his Uncle Louis, Aunt Ruth and Cousin Doug Horn arriving with loaded wagons and livestock at Dovercourt and stopping for a two-day rest. They were on their way from Tudor to homestead at Stewartfield, near Barrhead, with Louis and Ruth's family, Douglas, Ellen, Viola, Ruth, John and Nancy. Lulu was born at Stewartfield. John and Helen Horn moved to Kelowna B.C. and logged with their family, Rex, Margaret, Patricia, Jean, Fred, John and Terry. Marion and Bernice Schafer, who never married, bought the Anderson store and most of the families farmlands. They stayed in Tudor with their parents Fred and Maggie Schafer and brother Ken and his wife Betty.
"Mary was the first baby born in the new Rocky Mountain House hospital in 1937. Lin went to school at Dovercourt, crossing the Clearwater River on a suspension bridge built between their place and the Sinclair's. The Dovercourt post office was across the river on the Lane place. At the time everyone on the east side of the river crossed by the suspension bridge on foot or drove their teams downstream to the ford.
"After the depression of the 1930's came World War II in 1939. Douglas Horn, Oliver and Louis Anderson and Robert and Lorne Kaughman all "Joined up" and went overseas. Wes Toop, Thelma (Anderson)'s husband joined the Air Force and also went overseas. Nancy (Horn) Ostaficiuk was also in the Air Force but did not go overseas. In 1941, when Lin Jr. was 16, he went to Calgary and joined the army too. He was posted to training camp at Helena, Montana with the First Special Service Force", and oufit made up of half Canadian and half American troops. At Helena they received parachute, ski and commando training. Most of the commando training was done at the expense of the Helena miners, who put up a good fight in the beginning. After Helena they were sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for Amphibious and Marine training. Lin arrived in England in 1942, and landed on Sicily at Ispica on July 5, 1943 with the 49th Loyal Edmonton Regiment, the 106th U.S. Tank corps. and the 105th U.S. Infantry. They fought their way approximately 250 miles across Sicily to Palermo and Leonforte and Messina in 19 days with the Italian army in complete rout. Tens of thousands of Italian troops were marched south to be loaded into the same ships that landed the allied troops, and shipped to prisoner of war camps in the U.S. A false landing was staged at Anzio while the allies ferried tens of thousands of troops across the strait of Messina from Sicily to mainland Italy, with Lin and Louis included landing at Reggio Di Calabria.
"Three days later they were fighting well dug in German troops and the March north through Italy slowed down. It took more than two months of hard fighting to advance 350 miles to Avellino. Near Avellino five Canadians were together in a front line trench when their section took a direct hit from an exploding cannon shell. Leonard Brierley of Rocky Mountain House was killed, while troopers Zack of Blairmore and Moore of Calgary each lost legs. Jim Bilsky from Rocky was also badly wounded but Lin was untouched. A few days later near Benevento, in a front line trench, Lin met a Radeau from Dovercourt and Herbie Lane, whose parents ran the Dovercourt Post Office. In November the allies destroyed Mussolini's retreat on Mount Albano. Lin was picked to escort two officers, taken prisoner, to Tunis for questioning. The round trip back to Tunis, on the North tip of Africa, through war-ravaged Italy and Sicily took almost a month. After delivering his prisoners Lin caught up to his outfit again, where the Special Service Force, the Calgary Princess Pats, the 49th Edmonton, the Seaforth Highlanders and a Ghurka Regiment were advancing slowly with heavy fighting near Ortona. On Christmas a lone motorcycle rider came nonchalantly up to the front, as though on a Sunday picnic. It was Louis Anderson of the signal Corps, coming to spend Christmas day with his cousin Lin Schafer. A couple of hours swapping rations and stories, then back to headquarters, Louis made an unforgettable impression at the frontlines. A few days later Lin had another visitor, Tommy Reid of Beaver Flats, on his way back to his own outfit after some sick leave. After sparding the day with Lin and his outfit, he left that night to reach his own regiment. He was killed overnight, while still on his way.
"In 1944 Lin was with the commando forces dropped onto Sardinia and Corsica, both large occupied islands. The invasions were at night. After Sardinia and Corsica they took two smaller islands on the south coast of France, Isle Du Levant and Isle Du Le Croisic, using 3-man inflatable boats, again at night. By 1944 the German armies has renamed the First Special Service Force "The Devil's Brigade", for their after dark exploits. Lin landed on France at Marseille, moved on to Belgium and was in Holland on VE day. Oliver Anderson finished the war in England. Lorne Kaughman was in Holland and Robert Kaughman was buried in Holland. Lin was discharged in March of 1946 with a shrapnel wound in one knee. He married Molly Gerard in London and three of their children were born in England." -- Horn, Shafer Family Book, 2004
"The homestead was on an Indian reservation, and the Indians were against the white man moving in, so any buildings Stephen put up, the Indians usually burnt down. For two years Stephen and Rosetta lived in a place like a root cellar. After they were able to build, they used the root cellar for storage of food and an escape from tornadoes, cyclones, ect..." -- Horn, Shafer Family Book, 2004
"Stephen was a very religious man, a Pennsylvania Dutch Quaker and a real nice person who would never raise his voice, would never say anything bad about anyone and would certainly never fight with anyone. Rosetta was and excellent cook and housekeeper but she also had a true lrish temper.
"Her brother Sylvester had the same temper. He and his wife Sarah lived on the next homestead to Stephen and Rosetta in Oklahoma. Sylvester hated Stephen and tried to kill him. Some say it was because Sylvester wanted the property that Stephen had. Some say it was because Rosetta cooked and kept house for them when Sarah became ill. Later when it was clear she was better, Stephen refused to have Rosetta keep up the cleaning and cooking for two households. Sylvester got mad and tried to kill Stephen. In response to this Stephen and Rosetta packed their belongings and left by covered wagon. They settled on a farm near Craik, Saskatchewan.
"Stephen and Rosetta moved to Tudor Alberta area in 1912 and purchased a farm from the Canadian Pacific Railroad. This property was about 1/2 mile up the road from the Schafer's farm.
"Stephen was a Lay Minister and Sunday School Superintendent as they did not have a real minister or a church. Church and Sunday School were held in alternate homes in the area, until a school was built in the area.
"There is a story about Stephen and his love for berger cheese. One evening at meal time while Stephen was saying grace one of the grandchildren got a whiff of the cheese and promptly asked in a loud voice, as children do, "Who messed their pants"
"Stephen finished saying grace, then leaned over and told the child "That's not what you smell, granddaughter, that's just my cheese you smell."
"Stephen and Rosetta moved to Dovercourt, Near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and lived there until Stephen's death November 6, 1938. He had cataracts and over a period of time had two operations on each eye. He died of a brain hemorrhage, believed to have been caused from one of the eye operations.
"Rosetta lived for many more years. She was living with her daughter Grace and her family until it became too much for Grace to cope with. She was placed in the Good Samaritan Hospital. In there she gave the staff a real workout.
"One day she wanted a drink of orange aide fram the machine but it wouldn't give her any, mainly because she didn't put any money into it. She got mad and broke the spout off and orange aide came squirting out all over the place. She ran back to her room and pretended to be asleep. Another time she broke the water tap in the bathroom because she couldn't get it to turn on and she wanted a drink.
"She had a room mate who was bedridden and the nurses would come in and put the woman on the toilet and a little while later come in and take her off again. Every time Rosetta wanted to go to the bathroom it seemed this woman was already there so she got mad and grabbed her around the waist and yanked her off. Unfortunately Rosetta fell backwards on the the floor and the woman fell on top of her. Rosetta broke her hip and never recovered. She passed away March 19,1963 in the University Hospital and was buried at Rocky Mountain House, Alberta." -- Horn, Shafer Family Book, 2004