Events focus on Schaeffler daily routine


The Wm. F. Schaeffler House will open its doors to celebrate the Schaeffler House Centennial with ?Sunday at the Schaefflers.? The two sessions will be 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 and June 21. Each Sunday will connect with aspects that were part of William and Ida Schaeffler?s routine when they lived in their home, which was built in 1909.

?Sunday Afternoon at the Schaefflers? is planned for 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 and June 21 at the William F. Schaeffler House at Grand and Jefferson in Hillsboro.

The two sessions are part of this summer?s centennial celebration of the Wm. F. Schaeffler House, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Schaeffler Centennial is being observed in conjunction with Hillsboro?s 125th Anniver?sary celebration June 25 through July 3.

Home canning will be featured June 14 at the Schaefflers. Monica Leighy, who teaches family and consumer science at Hillsboro High School, will give facts and a demonstration about canning techniques and processes.

The Schaefflers annually canned fruit gathered from the orchard north of their house for their use, as well as to make donations to St. John?s Lutheran College, a two-year institution in Winfield.

In 1909, William and Ida Schaeffler built their 12-room Victorian-style house that incorporated Edwardian and Queen Anne features.

The Schaefflers were Lutheran immigrants from Germany and Poland. They met in Hillsboro and were married in 1884.

The Schaefflers founded a small cafe business in 1887 that evolved into the Schaeffler Mercantile Co., which served the Hillsboro community for more 75 years.

Ida Schaeffler operated a millinery department at the Schaeffler Mercantile Store at Main and Grand where Dale?s Supermarket and Nancy?s Fashions are now located.

The June 21 event, presented by Janelle Riedy of Abilene, will focus on a history of women?s hats. Also, Peggy Goertzen, director of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies in Hillsboro, will highlight facts about Mrs. Schaeffler?s millinery business.

People who have hats purchased at the Schaeffler store are asked to bring them to the event for recognition.

Sunday Afternoon at the Schaefflers is hosted by the Friends of the Hillsboro Museums. Light refreshments will be served at each event and admission is free.

For more information, call Anita Boese at 947-2067.


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