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1904 Ella Frances Miles graduated from McDonald Institute, Ontario.

1907 Edwin Schafer received a B.S. in Agriculture from Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University). [1]

1907-1909 Edwin Schafer worked with Experimental Field Crops, K.S.A.C. and Experiment Station. [2]

1910 Edwin Schafer received a M.S. from the University of Illinois.

1909 Ella Frances Miles graduated from Columbia University.

Ella Frances Miles was a Home Economics Instructor at Kansas State Agricultural College.

1910-1913 Edwin Schafer was an Instructor in Farm Crops, K.S.A.C. [3]

1913 Edwin Schafer joined Washington State University as a Professor of Agronomy. He was later Department Head.

1917 WWI Draft Registration: Edwin George Schafer, 1718 B. Street, Pullman, Washington, age 34, born 18 Feb 1884, Professor Farm Crops, Washington State College, nearest relative Mrs. Ella M. Schafer, medium height, medium build, grey eyes, dark brown hair. [4]

1947-50 Edwin Schafer was Assistant Dean, College of Agriculture, Washington State University, 1947-1950.

Notes from Jack (John Francis) Schafer: Mom and Dad must have graduated from high school the same year, 1902, she at 16 in Hamilton and he at 18 in Jewell City. (I have his about 3 x 4 foot diploma.) She spent the next two years at the McDonald Institute--the first in Hamilton and the second in Guelph--in a two-year home economics program. This is one of the three institutions that subsequently comprised Guelph University. Dad spent these two years farming with his father.

Dad graduated from college in three years, having come from a "good" high school. He spent the next two years working for the College's Agronomy Department. Mother worked at various jobs--child care, secretary at the Otis Elevator Company--until she was old enough to teach Junior High home economics in Hamilton. She must have lived with relatives after her mother returned to LaGrange.

In 1909 Dad went to the University of Illinois where he spent a school year and received a Master's degree. Mother spent the summer of 1909 at Columbia University in New York City. Later that year she answered a commercial recruiting ad, and on January 1, 1910, arrived in Manhattan, Kansas, as an instructor in home economics at Kansas State Agricultural College, now Kansas State University. Later in 1910 Dad returned from Illinois, and became an instructor in agronomy. They were both faculty members until their marriage in 1912, when Mother, of course, immediately lost her job, now being a faculty wife. They remained at Kansas State for another year, until moving to the State College of Washington, now Washington State University, in Pullman, where they spent most of their adult and family life and Dad's professional career.

1920 Edwin G. (age 35) and Ella (age 33) lived in Pullman, Whitman County, Washington, with children George (age 6) and Judith (age 4). [5]

1930 Edwin G. (age 46, age 28 at marriage) and Ella Schafer (age 44, age 26 at marriage) lived in Pullman, Whitman County, Washington at 1814 Monroe St. with son George (age 16), daughter Judith (age 14) and son John (age 9). Edwin's occupation is college instructor. Edwin was born in Kansas, his father and mother in Germany. Ella was born in Illinois, her father in Wisconsin, her mother in Canada (English). All of the children were born in Washington. [6]

Notes from a conversation with Judy Schafer Chevalley Hiss on her 90th birthday:

The family had a Model T Ford (perhaps two different models at different times) and visited the National parks of Glacier and Yellowstone and also visited Seaside, Oregon on the coast (when Judy was 8). They stayed in motels and cabin camps (with restrooms in separate buildings).

1958 Ella died of a stroke, after having a previous stroke.

Edwin later moved to a retirement home in Spokane and rented his house in Pullman to a faculty member with the stipulation that he could visit when he returned to Pullman. He left the car (likely a Pontiac) in the garage. He took the train from Spokane when he visited Pullman and walked to the garage to get the car and then drove back to the train station to get his suitcase. He attended a men's weekly luncheon club and the Kiwanas and the Wranglers Club when he visited in Pullman. Edwin's son Jack lived in Pullman during part of this time.

1976 In July, Edwin Schafer, born 18 February, 1884, died in Spokane, Washington. [7]

1976 Edwin G. Schafer was buried at Pullman City Cemetery, Pullman, Washington. [8]

Notes from Jack (John Francis) Schafer: When I was a young teenager, I appreciated listening to my mother tell of her background and growing-up years, sometimes leaning nearby while she ironed. Being considerably younger than my brother and sister, I had her somewhat to myself in this particular era. Mother was born in Chicago in 1886, the second of nine children. Her name was Ella Frances Miles. Her parentage had a largely Canadian background with mostly English and northern Irish ancestry. Her father was an executive in the Armour Co., being the son of a former Armour partner (deceased 1891). Her early childhood was in LaGrange, a western suburb, from where her father commuted to his job in downtown Chicago by commuter train.

I know very little of her actual childhood, the things a child does or plays with. My information appears generally to be more of the "bean-counting" variety. Marion was two years older, "Johnny" (Frederick) was two years younger. The three of them, as the older children, went on some sort of a train vacation with their father some time before Mother was ten years old.

Following these three, there were Marshall, born in 1889, Dorothy in 1892, Douglas in 1893, Evelyn in 1895, Frank or "Dop" in 1896, and Peggy (Margaret) in 1899.

The winter of 1895-96 was especially tragic. Douglas--age 2--and Johnny--age 8--both died, of different childhood diseases of the era (Douglas: diphtheria, Johnny: meningitis), during that winter. Mr. Miles was diagnosed with tuberculosis to which he later succumbed, and I believe that Marshall also was very ill. I remember being very impressed with these happenings as our family, a generation later, seemed particularly free from these sorts of tragedies.

In 1898, the family moved from LaGrange to Omaha, Nebraska, where Mr. Miles was in charge of the Armour and Company operations. Presumably, this move was made on account of his health, either for a "better" climate or for a less demanding position. Mother's first year in high school at age 13-14 occurred in Omaha. Although only staying in Omaha for two years, she maintained contact with two friends, at least up into my childhood years.

The following year, the family moved to Longmont, Colorado, where Armour had a small plant at which Mr. Miles nominally worked, and the climate was "better." His health had deteriorated, and he spent much of the time in bed. Mother's second high school year was at Longmont. The parents also spent some time in Arizona, and Mr. Miles passed away early that year.

At the end of the school year--in 1901, the family consisting of Mrs. Miles and the seven surviving children, moved to Hamilton, Ontario, where Mrs. Miles' closest family members lived. Mother spent her third and last year of high school in Hamilton. She graduated from a three-year high school program at age 16 in 1902. She thus had three years in high school, each in a different city.

Mother remembered going to the beach at Lake Ontario, but not going into the water. As far as I know girls of her generation sat on the beach but didn't swim. Although we went to lakes in later years, I don't believe that she ever swam.

Mrs. Miles had two much younger sisters, Sarah and Nettie, who helped her with her young family, ranging in age from two (Peggy) to 17 (Marion) the year that they moved to Hamilton. She was 39 herself. The family income was greatly reduced, but apparently resources were adequate so that they were not poor, and Mrs. Miles did not work outside of the home.

Following high school graduation Mother enrolled in MacDonald Institute, in their initial year as a home economics school in Hamilton. After one year in Hamilton, the Institute moved to Guelph, I believe as part of the Ontario Agricultural College, later Guelph University. When in Guelph in 1984, Joyce and I visited a city museum which included several exhibits on the University and its components and their early history.

Mother moved with the Institute to Guelph, and graduated in 1904 from their 2-year program at age 18. (Her paternal grandmother died in Chicago earlier that year at age 64.) Although qualified to teach, Mother was too young to obtain a position, so returned home to Hamilton. Marion had graduated from a high school 4-year program the same year that Mother also graduated from high school and went on to a 4-year college nursing program, so was no longer at home. With Aunts Sarah and Nettie available, along with Mrs. Miles, I don't recall Mother talking about being heavily involved in child care during this period.

She went to work as a secretary for the Otis Elevator Company. Eventually, she obtained a position teaching junior high "domestic science" in Hamilton. During the summer of 1909 Mother attended graduate school at Columbia University in New York City, as an opportunity to upgrade her teaching credentials. She was 23 years old and had been out of college for five years. She returned to her position at Hamilton in the fall, but obviously was searching for new opportunities.

In the fall of 1909 Mother answered an advertisement in an educational journal or responded to a professional recruitment ad and accepted a position as Instructor in Home Economics at the Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University). I believe that she arrived by train in Manhattan, Kansas, on New Years Day of 1910, a few weeks short of 24 years old. The Kansas years seemed to me to be her years of closest friendships. It must have been a year of program expansion. Several young women joined the faculty that year. Their names are those that I remember best from my youthful conversations. Mrs. Van Zile was the Dean. There has been a Van Zile Hall on the KSU campus for many years. This new young faculty were apparently her "girls.".

One of Mother's duties was to be in charge of the home demonstration program in which the students lived in cottages under her supervision and practiced the elements that they had learned in class.

My dad, a Kansas State graduate and an assistant in the Agronomy Department, returned to Manhattan with his new Master's degree from the University of Illinois in the summer of 1910. I don't know when they first met, but they courted over the next two years, and often double-dated with Mother's close friends from the Home Ec faculty. Upon his return from Illinois, Dad was promoted to Instructor in Agronomy, so these two daters were both instructors at the College.

Mother and Dad were married on August 16, 1912. Grandmother Miles and her five younger children had moved back to La Grange, Illinois. The wedding was held in her home. Dad's youngest brother, Raymond, an undergraduate at Kansas State came with him as best man. Dad and Mother honeymooned at the Wisconsin Dells and returned to Manhattan for the 1912-13 academic year. Mother lost her job immediately as did all married women of the era. They bought a home on Humboldt Street in Manhattan near the University. (Some 55-plus years later, when I lived in Manhattan, Dad and I toured this house, during one of his visits with us, courtesy of the then-current owner.).

Several of their contemporary friends were married about this same time as Mother and Dad. The two couples that I remember best are the Calls and the Conrads. Both Mrs. Call and Mrs. Conrad were Home Economics instructors with Mother. In contrast to Mother and Dad, these people spent their whole careers at KSU. Mr. Conrad was a long-term Engineering Professor. Mr. Call eventually became the Dean of the College of Agriculture. Of course, both Mrs. Conrad and Mrs. Call lost their jobs as Mother did.

Kansas State maintained a preparatory division for enrolling students who were not adequately prepared for college. Uncle Dop, who was about 16 at this time came to Manhattan and attended this program for a while.

In the fall of 1913 Dad obtained a new position as Professor of Farm Crops at Washington State College (now University), and Mother and Dad moved to Pullman, Washington.

Research Notes:

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Pullman, Washington 99164-5610, Archives 104, College of Agriculture, Assistant Dean Records, 1947-1950 (Number of Containers: 18, Linear Feet of Space: 9, Approximate Number of Items: 9,620, reprocessed by Wendy E. Williams, 1982): The records of the Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture consist of correspondence and administrative materials including budgets, reports, admissions information, scholarship applications and awards, and student advising records. During the time period covered by these records Edwin G. Schafer, formerly head of the Department of Agronomy, held the position as Assistant Dean. Because of Dr. Schafer's background, the collection also contains a great deal of information dealing with agronomy research. During 1947 and the first part of 1948 E. C. Johnson, Dean of the College of Agriculture, was involved in a special project in Latin America, leaving the Assistant Dean to handle most of the departmental correspondence and duties in addition to his regular duties of supervision of agricultural personnel--faculty, staff, researchers, and students--and administration of placement services for agricultural graduates.

Listed in the Kansas State library catalogue: A laboratory manual of agriculture for secondary schools, by Leland E. Call and E.G. Schafer. New York: The Macmillan company, 1912, 344 pages, LC Call Number: S495 .C16 (located in KSU Hale Library). The condition of Kansas seed corn by E.G. Schafer, Published by Kansas State Agricultural College, Experiment Station; 22, located in State Library of Kansas, Topeka, call number E 47.4:22

Who Was Who in America - Volume 7, 1977-1981: Edwin George Schafer (Deceased). Occupation: agronomist. Born: Jewell, Kan., Feb. 18, 1884. Son of John Christian and Mary Louisa (Klink) S.; B.S., Kansas State Coll., 1907; M.S., U. of Ill.; 1910; married Ella Frances Miles, Aug. 16, 1912; children: George Miles, Judith Evelyn (Mrs. Louis Chevalley), John Francis. Asst. in agronomy, Kan. State Coll., 1907-09, instr. in farm crops, 1910-13; prof. farm crops, State Coll. of Wash., and agronomist Wash. Agrl. Expt. Sta., 1913-51; head of dept. farm crops same, 1917-28. of dept. agronomy (farm crops and soils), 1928-48; asst. dean Coll. of Agr., 1947-51, emeritus prof. of agronomy 1951—; prof. of agr. Idaho State Coll., 1952-1954. Fellow A.A.A.S., Am. Soc. Agronomy (pres. Pacific sect. 1925-26); mem. Am. Assn. U. Profs., Alpha Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Gamma Rho. Conglist. Club: Kiwanis. Author: A Laboratory Manual of Agriculture (with L. E. Call), 1912; also various bulls, dealing with farm crops. Home: Pullman, Wash. Retired.

Footnotes:

[1] Record of the Alumni of the Kansas State Agricultural College (Manhattan, Kansas: Department of Printin, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1914), 185, [Google Book].

[2] Record of the Alumni of the Kansas State Agricultural College (Manhattan, Kansas: Department of Printin, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1914), 185, [Google Book].

[3] Record of the Alumni of the Kansas State Agricultural College (Manhattan, Kansas: Department of Printin, Kansas State Agricultural College, 1914), 185, [Google Book].

[4] United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, GS film 1992258, [FamilySearch_Image].

[5] US census, 1920

[6] US census, 1930

[7] Washington State Digital Archives, [Washington_Archives].

[8] Billion Graves Record 6135965, [BillionGraves].


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