The Schürch Family Association of North America

Bus Tours


Schürch Historical Tour - The tour begins with Doon Pioneer Tower, adjacent cemetery, and properties of 1800 settlers, Joseph Sherk Code H46 and Samuel Betzner Sr., and the Blair cemetery. We will see the Bridgeport mill site of Peter Shirk Code E1651. Special feature is a tour of the John E. Brubacher house, built in 1850 in a style typical of Pennsylvania German architecture, now owned by the University of Waterloo. John E. Brubacher was a son of John Brubacher and Catherine Sherk Code H463 and great-grandson of Christian Erb and Maria Sherk Code C3. More points of interest to the Schürch family such as Abraham Erb’s house will be included as time allows.

Mennonite Countryside Tour - Our tour begins with a visit to The Mennonite Story interpretive centre in St. Jacobs. A step-on guide will take us through an area where most of the farms are owned by Old Order Mennonites. Some use horses to do their farm work; we may see a man walking behind a 5-horse hitch ploughing a field. We will pass a one-room parochial school and learn about the education of the children. Our guide will explain the area’s history and the Old Order religion, their Sunday services, how a minister is chosen, seating arrangements, and why their plain church buildings have five entrance doors. We will learn about the everyday Old Order Mennonite lifestyle, their courtship and weddings. In West Montrose we will walk across the West Montrose Covered Bridge, also known as the Kissing Bridge, built in 1881. Here we also visit Lost Acre Variety with its traditional baking. Our last stop is a visit to an Old Order Mennonite farm family where there will be a chance to ask questions. We will discover how the Old Order Mennonite people are able to maintain their numbers and keep their young people from leaving this way of life.

Local Agriculture Tour - Mountainoak Cheese: Quality farmstead cheese is manufactured here from milk produced on the farm. Tour the factory and sample some of their award winning cheese. Visit the modern dairy farm of Murray and Sandra Sherk Code H46. Watch the cows being milked. Finally, there will be a brief stop at Lyndon Fish Hatchery and Fishing Pond. The hatchery sells eyed eggs and fingerlings across Canada and internationally. This was once the property of Reuben Sherk Code N1313 and Leah Hallman. Reuben’s father, Daniel, farmed nearby. We plan to stop at Mannheim Mennonite cemetery where Daniel, Reuben and Leah are buried.

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What's New?

Reunion 2018 - Save the Date!
The next Schürch Reunion is being held in Lewisburg, PA - a location we have not used before.
The dates: July 27 - 29, 2018
NEW REUNION FORMAT - watch for details on Facebook and here.

Reunion Commemorative Issue on Sale

If you already receive the newsletter, then you should have received this special issue. If you do not have a subscription to the Schürch newsletter, then you can order a copy of this special issue, highlighting the reunion in 2016 in Waterloo, Ontario. Send your order to the correct treasurer and Cary, the editor, will send out a copy.

American Treasurer: Jack Sherick
49 Lovel Court, Apt C Nutley, NJ 07110

Canadian Treasurer: Laurine Mills
1750 Killaly St. E., Port Colborne, ON L3K 5V3

Newsletter Excerpts online
Go to the Newsletter menu.

Reunion 2016 is Over

Watch for photo updates on this site

Schürch Database is online!

The Schürch family database, in its most current form, is now online at two sites:
(This tree, at RootsWeb, is free for all to view.)
(For subscribers)

Updated Booklist on Site

An updated book list is on this site. In the menu across the top, look under Historical Committee, Research Resources, Books related to the Schürch Family

Schürch Photo Gallery is up and Running

For more information about this project go to Photo Gallery Project page in the menu.