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Transcribed biography of Lewis Shurr


Lewis Shurr, known as Ludwig Friedrich Schurr, was born in Wurttemberg County, Plochingen, Germany on April 5, 1829. He was the son of Johann Ludwig Schurr and grandson of Matthaus Schurr.

Born of a large family and since there was no work to be found at that time, Lewis boarded a cattle boat on the Rhine River and came to New York. He went on to Chicago where he soon left to come to Valparaiso looking for work. There he met the Fehrman family, who owned a farm southwest of Valparaiso, just south of Porter Cross Roads. Lewis worked for them for two years before marrying their daughter, Anna Fehrman.

When Anna's parents retired, Lewis took over the farm. They had eight children, who were George, William, Christina, Lewis, Jr., Luetitia, Ervin, Andrew, and Magdeline. When their son Andrew got married, Lewis, who had farmed all his life, turned the farm over to him and moved to 308 Napoleon St., Valparaiso to retire.

George Shurr, born March 10, 1858 to the parents of Lewis and Anna Shurr, married Louise Ehretsman and moved on a 80-acre farm next to his father's farm south of Porter Cross Roads. They had five children, who were Emerson, Anna, Vernon, Alta, and Carl. When his wife died, his son Vernon and his wife of one-year marriage moved in to help him. George bought more land and continued to farm for the remainder of his life.

Source: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County. 1976. A Biographical History of Porter County, Indiana. Valparaiso, Indiana: American Revolution Bicentennial Committee of Porter County, Inc. 180 p.
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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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