History of Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

Rose Simon, editor, photos courtesy of Jerome Hoffart and Hilda Mitzel. 75th Anniversary Committee, Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan, no date, 65 pages, softcover.

The Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is pleased to provide this publication which shares the history of Tramping Lake in Saskatchewan especially important to the settlement of German-Russians immigrating from the Catholic villages of the Kutschurgan District, South Russia (today near Odessa, Ukraine). Tramping Lake is situated in the eastern part of St. Joseph's Colony.

As stated in the section of "The First Settlers": "In 1905, Bernhard Hoffart Sr. came out to the Tramping Lake District to look over the land and take up a homestead. He came from North Dakota by train, to Saskatoon, then by team to Tramping Lake. On his way back to the U.S, he met Anton Gutenberg Sr., John Jahner, George Reiter, and Paul Fuller, who also came to Canada in search of a new home. They filed claims for homesteads, paying $2, before returning to the States for their families."

In the spring of 1906, thirty four families came out to the Tramping Lake District including Peter Bertsch, Sebastian Bohn, Andrew Burckhardt, Stanley and Charles Froehlich, Nels Heidt, Frank Hoffart, Philip Hummel, Roy Kraft, Lawrence Meier, Wendelin Schwab, Philip Senger, Carl Tuchscherer, Peter Volk, Joseph Wagner, Kasmer Weber and others.

Book sections include "Our Ancestors," "The First Homes," "Personal Memories from Our Ancestors," "Recreation and Social Life" and "The Community in Two World Wars." Photographs include St. Michael's Catholic Church and various photos of Tramping Lake.

History of Tramping Lake

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