My grandfather, William Louis Schauerhamer, was born June 26, 1878, in Goerkwitz, Thuringia, Germany to Gottlieb August Schauerhammer and Johanne Christiane Friedricke Giegling. He was the fifth child and first son. His younger brother, Erwin, died after an accident when he was just two years old, and William's mother died when William was four years old.
Life for a young boy in a tiny German village was filled with adventure as well as a great deal of work. Small children worked in the fields along with the adults, and William was no exception. I will share some of his adventures next time.