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Amiel Edward and Jessie (nee... Smead) Scheske...
Posted by: Debbi Edmondson (ID *****0688) Date: October 28, 2002 at 10:18:57
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I don't know if the following information will help anyone, however, I am conducting the "flank attack" in researching my "Baquet" line. William C. Baquet married Hattie Smead. Hatties sister was Jessie Smead who married Amiel Scheske. If anyone is researching any of these families mentioned in the following article (an excerpt from "The History of Gonzales County, prepared by the Gonzales Genealogical Society) I would love to share any and all information that I have. Thanks bunches...
deb-

*       The History of Gonzales County, Texas
(page 465-466)
              Scheske, Amiel
       Amiel Edward Scheske was born in Posen, Germany near Berlin February 1, 1849. He immigrated to America at the age of six with his parents F. A. and Wilhelmine Scheske (see Scheske, F. A.).
       The family settled in Gonzales where they bought a farm. According to courthouse records, two lots east of Water Street were purchased in December, 1855 from H. Rothingberg, Augustus Burchard and Caroline Bunte for $160.
       Before A. E. Scheske reached the age of senority, he became a capable and resourceful young man. Being too young to serve during the Civil War, he drove horses from Gonzales to Lee's army in Virginia, to Mississippi and carried mail on horseback from Gonzales to Harrisburg, Texas. He made a name for the Gonzales region in the early cattle driving days. Seven trips were made up the Chisholm Trail by Mr. Scheske. In six drives to Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, he was foreman. His last drive was from Yorktown to Dodge city in 1882.
       The cattle brand recorded in November, 1858 by F. A. Scheske was OS. Amiel Edward Scheske used the same brand as early as 1863. The use of the OS brand was continued through following generations by a son Joe Scheske, a granddaughter Mary Ella Scheske Hurt, both in Gonzales County, and a grandson Dr. James Millar Scheske, in Atascosa County. It was one of the ten oldest brands in Gonzales County and was burned into a wall of the Kleberg Center at Texas A. & M. University.
       October 29, 1878 A. E Scheske and Jessie Smead were married. Daughter of Isaac and Sarah Smead, Jessie was born in Michigan and went to Gonzales from Sandusky, Ohio August 20, 1858 at the age of ten. She attended the Old Gonzales College. The wedding was held at the residence of the bride's parents, a large home at 213 St. Andrew Street. The first pastor of the Gonzales Presbyterian church officiated. The Scheskes celebrated their golden wedding anniversary October 29, 1928, being at home to some 400 guests.
       Mr. Scheske had bought the old Melborn Ranch six miles northeast of Gonzales and they made their home there until the children were old enough to attend school. Later they moved to the northern part of the city.
       A. E. and Jessie Scheske had four sons and three daughters: Clarence Newton (April 27, 1855 - July 27, 1897); Joseph Richard "Joe" (September 30, 1888 - October 24, 1964); Frederick August "Fred" ((Jully 22, 1891 - October 26, 1962); and James Millar "Jim" (September 13, 1893 - March 16, 1948); Edna Sarah (August 23, 1879 - May 15, 1950); Ada Lee (March 28, 1881) (see Dawe, W.T.); Otelia Elizabeth (June 3, 1883 (see Reese,H).
       Joe Scheske followed in the footsteps of his father. He was a prominent stockman and for twenty-two years was a buyer for Roegelin Provision Company. In 1914 he married Kathleen "Pet" Lamkin and had one daughter Mary Ella who married Hensley T. Hurt July 3, 1959.
       Fred Scheske founded the Scheske wholesale grocery firm. He attended A. & M. College and was a member of the Gonzales Volunteer Fire Department for fifty-four years. He was married in 1915 to Annie Laurie Cobb and had two children: Fred Scheske Jr. (see Scheske, F. A. Jr.) and Margaret Jean who married Herbert Garrison.
       Jim Scheske was associated in business with his parents, a director of the Gonzales State Bank of many years and was a stockman and rancher. He married Ella Mae Vrazel in 1923. They had one son James Millar Scheske Jr. who practiced medicine in Edna, Texas until his death November 3, 1984. James M. Scheske married November 26, 1948 Tillie Nash, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Nash of Franklin, Texas. They had one child James Joseph.
       Edna Scheske married A. K. Bell and had one son Jesse Smead Bell of Seguin, Texas.
       In 1870, A. E. Scheske established A. E. Scheske Meat Market. In 1916 the firm name of the business was changed to A. E. Scheske and Son when the youngest son Jim joined the firm. In 1931 a full line of groceries was added and the business was affiliated with the Red and White Grocery system. The location was purchased from Albert Reese. When the Southern Pacific and San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroads were built Mr. Scheske supplied the meat for workers. Throughout her life Jessie Smead Scheske was the record keeper and was closely associated with her husband in business.
       A. E. Scheske died August 6, 1937. At the time of his death he was the oldest living elder in the First Presbyterian Church and the oldest member of the Masonic Lodge.
       Mrs. Scheske died January 29, 1938. They were both buried in the Gonzales Masonic Cemetery.


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