Schoof Family Photos and Family History

Donated by Dawn Coen

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The Schoof Home

Dawn writes "This is a photo of the house that I grew up in. It was built in 1904 by my great, great grandfather and his sons. The man to the left in the carriage is my great grandpa, Ernest Schoof (Jul 30, 1884-Aug 08, 1963). The man sitting in the chair is my great, great grandfather, Frederick Schoof (Jul 30, 1850-Apr 26, 1934) who came from Loppin, Mecklenburg, Germany in 1881 to Varna. Next to him is Clara Antrim Schoof (Nov 04, 1885-Aug 10, 1966), next to her is Adolph Henry Schoof (Mar 13, 1880-Jul 31, 1957 - immigrated from Mecklenburg with his parents, Frederick and Fredericka) and sitting next to him is my great, great grandmother, Fredericka Armstrong (Oct 16, 1852-Apr 04, 1930) who also immigrated from Mecklenburg. The man on the horse to the right is Otto Frederich Schoof (1886-?). This is one of the coolest pictures that I have. My great grandparents lived in the house and my grandfather was born in the house. My father (Raymond Shoof) still lives there. I need to get a recent picture taken from the same angle for comparison!

Ernest Schoof and Alvina Otto Wedding, Dec. 07, 1910

Ernest Carl Schoof married Alvina L. Otto (b. Oct 23, 1888 in Toluca, d. Dec 22, 1966 in Varna) on Dec 07, 1910 at the Lutheran Parsonage, LaRose, Illinois. Alvina was the daughter of August S. and Augusta Garske Otto, both immigrants to Varna from Germany.

Ernest and Alvina Schoof - 50th wedding portrait, 1960.

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Schoof Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Schoof quietly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 7.  Ernest Shoof and Alvina Otto were married at the Lutheran parsonage at LaRose by Rev. Rudolph on December 7, 1910. Their attendants were Mr. Ernest Kantz of Lacon and Mrs. Minnie Klotz, now of Milwaukee.

They farmed in the Varna community until ten years ago when they retired and moved into their new home in Varna. They are the parents of one son, Raymond Shoof, and have three grandchildren, Donald and Duane of Varna, and Dorothy, a freshman at I.S.N.U. of Normal.

Varna Woman Succumbs

Varna - Mrs. Ernest (Alvina) Schoof, 78, died suddenly at her home Thursday morning.  Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. from St. Paul's Lutheran church, Varna with Rev. Paul Schnelle officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-9 tonight at the Pries funeral home and one hour prior to services at the church.

Mrs. Schoof was born in Toluca, Oct. 23, 1883, daughter of August Otto and Augusuta (Garski) Schoof.  She was married Earnest Schoof Dec. 17, 1910 at LaRose.  She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran church and the Ladies' Aid.

Survivors include: one son, Raymong, Varna; one sister, Mrs. Anna Nenni, Wenona; three grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and one sister.

Death Takes Varna Man

Varna - Ernest Carl School, 79, of Varna, succumbed in St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valey, at noon yesterday after bing a patient there for one day. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. from St. Paul's Lutheran Chruch in Varna with Rev. T. A. Richert officiateing. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Pries Funeral Home at Lacon from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Mr. Schoof was the sone of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schoof and was born July 30, 1884 in Bell Plain Township, near LaRose.  He married Alvina Otto, Dec. 7, 1910.  They became the parents of one son, Raymond of Varna.  The deceased farmed near Varna until 1946 when he retired, and he and his wife moved into Varna. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Varna.

Survivors include his wife, Alvina, son Raymond and three grandchildren, Dorothy, Donald, and Diane Shoof.  Mr. Schoof was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. He was the last of his family.

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